I am constantly amazed by the powerful brilliance of Greg Lake’s voice. He is instrumental in his role in the history of progressive rock. I was listening to the 2nd and 3rd tracks on King Crimson’s, In the Court of the Crimson King, marveling at the richness found in the songs he sings, “I Talk To The Wind” and “Epitath“. I decided to dig deeper into Greg Lake’s catalog. His vocal tone is a blessing within the music of our heart.
I spent time beguiled with his live recording, Songs of a Lifetime from 2013. Its a wonderful album to acquiesce with on a lazy afternoon. I relished how Greg Lake took the time to share his memories with an enraptured audience. The revelations allowed further insight into Greg’s artistic process which brought the songs greater sustenance.
So if you are searching for an hour of musical fulfillment, I strongly urge you to listen to Greg Lake’s Songs of a Lifetime.
The Emerson, Lake and Palmer catalogue has several progressive rock “gold standards”. A highlight of their recording achievements is Brain Salad Surgerywhich celebrates its 40th+ Anniversary this year. This recording has been given the super deluxe edition remastering and repackaging treatment by Manticore Records and Sony Legacy Recordings UK.
All three members of Emerson, Lake and Palmer have been directly involved in the remastering process. Initial customer reviews are glowingly positive that the sound quality has been drastically improved over past editions.
FULL TRACKLISTING (SUPER DELUXE EDITION BOX SET)
1. Original album remastered (CD)
2. Alternate album (CD)
3. New stereo versions (CD)
4. Super sonic audio (DVDA)
5. Extra brain salad – documentary/photo gallery (DVD)
6. 180 gram LP original album remastered
I have always struggled with this recording. It has never measured up to the excitement that builds within me when I hold it in my hands. I find this epic recording, imbalanced. It contains true gems such as “Still You Turn Me On” and “Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Part 1”. It also has the clunker track, “Benny the Bouncer” which denies the recording masterpiece status.
I love the album graphic art design. The cover of this album has one of the most compelling works of art ever created. The H.R. Giger “Alien” mask is multi-dimensional and layered. It is truly a beguiling science fiction design.
Greg Lake has a wonderful voice with memorable inflection and hauntingly wonderful tonality. He is a vital vocal energy in the music of our heart.
Lucky Man – Autobiography
I keep discovering audio books to listen to which help pass time illuminated by the spoken word. Greg Lake is the midst of writing his autobiography ‘Lucky Man’ which is projected to be completed by the end of this year. As good fortune would have it you can buy Volume 1 of his book now as a USB guitar collectible (Click the image for ordering information). Greg Lake is our reader which adds a special intimacy to the listening/fan experience. The daybreak is your midnight; the colors have all died. Disturbing the waters of our lives, of our lives, of our lives, lives, Lives, lives… Of our lives. – Greg Lake, “Take A Pebble“
Songs of a Lifetime
Greg Lake has released a live recording of his 2012 Songs of a Lifetime Tour. He is a sheer delight to witness in concert. You will be amazed when you hear him sing how you drift back to the time when King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer graced your stereo system. He typifies the feeling that you share with him in a concert hall in the quote below. We saw him a few years back with Keith Emerson at the Ridgefield Playhouse. It was a marvelous show and C’est La Vie was our highlight that evening.
The idea for the tour came about as Lake was writing his autobiography ‘Lucky Man,’ which is due toward the end of 2013. “Behind these songs there were often stories to be told and it occurred to me that the same must be true for the audience as well,” he says in a press release. “It was then that I thought of the idea of doing a series of very small intimate concerts where I could perform these songs and exchange stories with the audience, in a way reliving the time when the music we shared together really became part of our identity and in a way became the backdrop to our lives.”
View this tasty sample of one of Greg Lake’s “Songs of a Lifetime” tour concerts in this short video, filmed and edited by noted Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Archivist and Curator Tony Ortiz.
We watched the Concert One Limited, Emerson Lake & Palmer, 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert DVD the other night. It was filmed at the High Voltage Festival, on July 25th, 2010 at Victoria Park in London, England.
We found the live concert video to be an exciting visual experience. Rent or own it to learn more.
Continuing with the progressive rock music theme, MusicOfOurHeart turns its focus to the super group, Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
It was Scott Muni‘s radio show Things from England that turned me on to Emerson, Lake and Palmer in November, 1970. When he played “Take A Pebble” from their first album, I was forever convinced.
ELP is a group I have yet to experience live in concert. I saw the Carl Palmer Band perform at Toads Place in New Haven on June 1, 2006 . Carl Palmer was very personable as we spoke with him before and after the show.
Then three+ weeks later, June 24, 2006 I got to witness the Keith Emerson Band at the very same venue. It was ironic their paths did not pass closer. Keith Emerson outdid himself on Moog Synthesizer and keyboards. His concert was a very exciting event.
I then saw Keith Emerson and Greg Lake at the Ridgefield Playhouse on May 8, 2010. It was an intimate evening where both artists performed, answered questions and looked very relaxed. So this is the closest I have been yet to ELP live in concert via these three concerts.
Last I knew Emerson, Lake and Palmer were contemplating a North American Tour but nothing has materialized yet. I have my fingers crossed for a 2012 ELP US tour.
The good news is that the historic Emerson, Lake and Palmer High Voltage Festival headliner concert is now available on DVD. This extraordinary 40th anniversary reunion concert was held on July 25, 2010 at Victoria Park, in London, England. Here is a taste of that concert from the DVD promo.
I ordered this DVD on amazon today. I’ll let you know how it is later in the week 😉