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Title - 'Starship Trooper'
Artist - Rick Wakeman

All puns intended, but Rick Wakeman's delicious spacecapade Starship Trooper is an out of this world collection of extraordinary performances by the King of Keyboards, the Prince of the Piano, the Saint of the Synth himself!

For those not in the know, Rick Wakeman is an English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter, author, and actor. He is best known for being in the progressive rock band Yes across five tenures between 1971 and 2004 and for his solo albums released in the 1970s.

Wakeman's discography includes over 90 solo albums that range from several musical styles. He has made many television and radio appearances; in recent years he became known for his contributions to the BBC comedy series Grumpy Old Men and his radio show on Planet Rock that aired from 2005 to 2010. Indeed, Wakeman has written three books; an autobiography and two memoirs.

This Starship Trooper collection contains 2 previously unreleased tracks including a powerful rendition of Tool's 'Sober' plus several more brilliant cover songs from The Who, Pink Floyd, and The Doors. Including 5 never before heard versions of some of his better known songs, Starship Trooper is Wakeman at his weird and wonderful musical best.

1. 'Sober'
2. 'Are We To Believe'
3. 'Random Acts (Revisited)'
4. 'Dynamics Of Delirium'
5. 'Love Reign O'er Me'
6. 'Crime Of The Century'
7. 'The Great Gig In The Sky'
8. 'I'm Not in Love'
9. 'Starship Trooper'
10. 'Check Point Karma'
11. 'Change'
12. 'Nobody Home'
13. 'Light My Fire'

Personally, my favorite tracks here are Supertramp's 'Crime of the Century', The Who's 'Love Reign O`er Me', Yes' 'Starship Trooper', and an incredible 'Light My Fire' (The Doors) - which, incidentally, has a very orchestral treatment, as compared to the original Doors' version.

Starship Trooper also includes performances by Gong's Steve Hillage, Yes's Billy Sherwood and Steve Howe, 'Star Trek's very own William Shatner, Jerry Goodman and more! Inclusive of liner notes by modern rock scholar Dave Thompson, Wakeman's brilliant Starship Trooper collection is something to put on when the sun shines, sit back, kick back, close your eyes and smile to.