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What did they do next Part 4a – Rick Wakeman PLUS Dave Watkinson’s new Jon Anderson book! 391

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In a slightly ‘bare bones’ episode, we start our look at the next man to leave the band, Rick Wakeman. What did he do next?

Also, we were delighted to welcome Dave Watkinson back onto the show to talk about his long-awaited new book about Jon Anderson’s time before Yes which also includes the earliest days of the world’s greatest progressive rock band. It sounds amazing!

Listen and let us know what you think!

  • What did Rick Wakeman do next and why?
  • Is Rick the definition of Prog excess?
  • When will we get to see Dave’s new Jon Anderson and The Warriors book?

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Dave Watkinson’s Jon Anderson book update

Yes and Jon Anderson fans:

I have some good and exciting news about my forthcoming book, Jon Anderson and The Warriors – The Road to Yes.

With a recent publisher change to the release date is expected to be around October 2019.

The first special limited-edition book will ONLY be available from however, it is NOT quite ready to order yet!

The limited number (250 worldwide) hardback edition with dust jacket will come signed by the author.

The book tells the story of Jon Anderson’s journey from Lancashire England with his first ever band The Warriors to the start of Yes in 1968.

It includes new interviews with Jon and the band members, a family tree, rare and never-before-seen photographs of both The Warriors and Yes, tour dates, memorabilia and a collectables section. This is the most complete book on these early exciting and crazy years.

Supported by a web page that will go live on the day of release. This features their UK tour dates from 1960 – 66, including notations and more, coming from the original band members diaries.

More details to follow on when the book can be ordered. NOT AVAILABLE YET.

2020 will see a paperback version available.

A thrilling bonus for 2020, the recently discovered unreleased demo tracks by The Warriors will also be released. These are the earliest known recordings of Jon performing.

All the best

David Watkinson

Mark’s 1975 1st UK pressing. .the first pressing had an embossed cover (mainly the seal):

Mark’s 1975 US White Label Promo pressing. The cover is different in that it has a matte finish to it…whereas the UK had a gloss cover with the embossed seal….no embossing on the promo copy. Also this promo copy has the song titles on the back cover…which weren’t on the UK…and the centre label is obviously a white label variation:

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5 replies on “What did they do next Part 4a – Rick Wakeman PLUS Dave Watkinson’s new Jon Anderson book! 391”

Another great show. I pre-0rdered Dave’s book earlier and eagerly await it coming in Oct. I have tons of Rick Wakeman memorabilia, so will share some of my King Arthur items on your FB page, since I don’t do Instagram or Twitter.

Anderson and Howe won Best Composers in Melody Maker magazine the year after TALES was released and toured (Wakeman did not appear in the Top 10 composers list despite having a hit album in Journey to the Center of the Earth). TALES was #3 and #4 in their album poll sections, and #9 in Playboy magazine’s readers poll which has an older readership that are musical snobs and jazz freaks. It was also named one of the Top 5 pop albums of the year by Time magazine. Wakeman’s whole idea that the album would have been better if CDs had been around is stupid beyond belief because CDs hold 80 minutes which is almost the entirety of Tales from Topographic Oceans. Why is he even bringing CDs up? You could put 50 minutes on a vinyl album if you wanted– Todd Rundgren was doing it. Once he put 36 minutes of music on an album side– “A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.”

Here’s an interesting contemporaneous feature on Rick Wakeman, this weeks show reminded me of seeing it years ago and it’s on YouTube these days – an interesting viewing if you haven’t seen it before

I think the point of Jon and Rick’s comments about “Tales” being more concise had CD been available crucially hypothesises a single CD.
So, rather than being 80 minutes of double vinyl, let alone 148 minutes of double CD, it would have been around 60-70 minutes of CD, with a duration somewhere between those of single and double vinyl albums.

Who said King Arthur on ice was a “calamity”? I was there and it was great. Even better than Journey at Crystal Palace with inflatable dinosaurs fighting on the lake.

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