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.
One of the most superb voices in all of rock music.
GREG LAKE ANNOUNCES TWO PROJECTS FOR CHRISTMAS 2015!
Christmas 2015 will see the release of a double CD of Greg Lake’s first self-titled solo album from 1981 and his second solo album Manoeuvres from 1983. This 2 CD set will include four bonus tracks which were previously only available on the “From the Underground Vol. 2” release, along with an extensive booklet.
This is a great and easy way to buy both of Greg Lake’s studio albums and all the rarities connected to these albums in one place. This title will be released on 27th November 2015 and can be preordered from Amazon here: http://geni.us/2JSb
Also set for release on the same date will be Greg Lake and Geoff Downes’ Ride the Tiger project, which is a collection of six songs (plus one alternate version), recorded in late 1989 – early 1990, which have never been released together before. Four of the songs appeared on “From the Underground” and “From the Beginning: The Greg Lake Anthology” but this set includes the previously unreleased Street War and Affairs of the Heart – both of which ELP fans will recognise.
This release includes all new artwork and has the full approval of both Greg Lake and Geoff Downes.
This title will also be released on 27th November 2015 and can be pre-ordered from Amazon here: http://geni.us/1UEo
I’ve always wanted to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer live in concert. The closest I have ever come to that reality was to see Keith Emerson and Greg Lake in concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse in May of 2010. I have also been fortunate to see The Carl Palmer Band and The Keith Emerson Band one week apart at Toads Place in New Haven. So if you push all those performances together you get ELP 😉
The next best thing though has occurred, Emerson, Lake & Palmer have released a new live recording, Once Upon A Time In South America (Live Version). This live four CD set contains 43 tracks and measures in at 4 Hours and 46 mins of fantastic prog rock from the ELP legends.
I am playing it in high fidelity via TIDAL HiFi wirelessly over Google Chromecast through my Sony Blu Ray 7.1 Home Theater.
I am developing content that centers upon Progressive Rock music. While conducting research about essential prog musicians I am uncovering recordings I never knew existed.
A treasure I discovered today is Live From Manticore Hall by Keith Emerson & Greg Lake. My wife and I saw Keith Emerson and Greg Lake perform this set list at The Ridgefield Playhouse on May 8, 2010. It was an intimate concert and we were glad we attended.
This recording brings that 2010 concert evening back with resonating purpose. I am thankful that Keith Emerson and Greg Lake decided to release the live recordings. My gratitude also goes out to Manticore Records and the engineering team for post-production delivery.
Recently Greg Lake was asked in Facebook, What inspired you to write this song and what did it mean to you back when you wrote it? and What does it mean to you today and what do you want people to come away with from hearing this song?
Here is his response:
“I Believe in Father Christmas” was written by myself together with Pete Sinfield. It started out with this little guitar riff which I had buzzing round in my head for weeks but no matter how I tried I just couldn’t seem to develop it into a song. It actually started to drive me crazy and one day I found myself humming the tune to Jingle Bells over the riff. This is the sort if thing that happens to writers when they get a few steps away from total insanity.
Anyway I told Pete about hearing this melody in my head and he said maybe it could be a Christmas song. I really don’t like most of those good time Christmas party songs but after a while I began to reflect on what Christmas really meant to me as a kid and how this had somehow got lost in the commercial feeding frenzy that has taken priority in more recent years.
Pete and I started to think about this and after a while we began to identify the core belief that children have about Christmas that really encapsulates the magic and benevolent spirit of Christmas.
Basically it was the belief that all children have in Father Christmas and in a more general sense about how the story of the nativity represents the concept of peace on earth good will to all men.
I honestly can’t remember whether it was Pete or myself who came out with the actual line but it was something we pretty much realised simultaneously. It was the magic key which unlocked the door to the song. I Believe in Father Christmas.
Merry Christmas to Everyone. Greg.
I found this beautiful collaboration filmed live in 2006 at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, in the City of London. Greg Lake performs his 1975 classic “I Believe in Father Christmas” with Jethro Tull’ s Ian Anderson on flute, David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on acoustic guitar and the church choir.
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 😉
Greg Lake took the time recently to answer many of his fans fan questions on his Web site. There is lots of great information to read about in the extensive Q&A. Great news Emerson and Lake plan to return to America touring again at some point. Glad to hear this as their Ridgefield, Ct. show was magical.
If the High Voltage Festival ELP reunion concert in England on July 25, 2010 goes well then we will see an Emerson, Lake and Palmer US tour also! Welcome Back My Friends! Having seen Keith Emerson Band live, Carl Palmer Band live, Asia live one Emerson and Lake live, ELP live would be the piece de resisitance.
I love the song Epitath from King Crimson’s In The Court of the Crimson King. Its a lovely haunting epic that encircles my heart and soul often. I was pleased to read Greg Lake’s interpretation of it. Allow me to share it with you.
Greg Lake wrote:
Epitaph is basically a song about looking with confusion upon a world gone mad. King Crimson had a strange ability to write about the future in an extremely prophetic way and the messages this song contains are even more relative today than they were when the song was originally written.
The walls on which the prophets wrote are cracking at the seams, upon the instruments of death, the sunlight brightly gleams. When every man is torn apart with nightmares and with dreams, will no one lay the laurel wreath when silence drowns the screams. Confusion will be my Epitaph.