The Nice Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon (Live) (2-CD)

Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon (Live) (2-CD)
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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  MWRK 67
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2010
  • Label: Micro Werks

Description by OLDIES.com:

2-CD set amounts to the first live overview of this legendary band ever to be released, as it consists of 1967-1970 concert recordings taken from live shows, television and radio appearances covering both the Nice's quartet and trio phases. The first disc ("The Quartet") features their biggest hit, a radical reinvention of Bernstein's 'America', plus never-recorded covers of the Byrds' 'Get to You' and Frank Zappa's 'Lumpy Gravy' and the band's own audacious 'Flower King of Flies'. The second disc, "The Trio," sees Keith Emerson move to the forefront of the band, unleashing such proto-ELP pieces as 'Intermezzo Karelia Suite' and 'Pathetique', along with daring covers of Tim Hardin's 'Hang On to a Dream', Dave Brubeck's 'Rondo' and Sonny Rollins' 'St. Thomas' (with special guest Roy Harper).

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.She Belongs To Me
  • 2.Flower King Of Flies
  • 3.Sombrero Sam
  • 4.You Keep Me Hanging On
  • 5.The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
  • 6.Brandenburger
  • 7.Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon
  • 8.Ars Longa Vita Brevis (2nd Movement)
  • 9.Aries
  • 10.Lumpy Gravy
  • 11.Little Arabella
  • 12.Happy Freuds
  • 13.Get To You
  • 14.America

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Introduction
  • 2.I'm Not One Of Those People
  • 3.Azrael Revisted
  • 4.Blues Of The Prairies
  • 5.Diary Of An Empty Day (& Top Gear Signature)
  • 6.For Example
  • 7.St Thomas (w/ Roy Harper)
  • 8.Intermezzo Karelia Suite
  • 9.Hang On To A Dream
  • 10.Country Pie - Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
  • 11.Rondo
  • 12.Pathetique (Symphony No. 6 3rd Movement)
  • 13.Five Bridges Suite

Product Description:

Personnel: Keith Emerson (vocals, keyboards); Lee Jackson (vocals); Davy O'List (guitar); Brian Davison (percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Randy Wine.
Liner Note Authors: Keith Emerson ; Jim Allen .
Recording information: Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (04/06/1970); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (04/06/1970); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (04/06/1970); Fillmore East, New York, NY (04/06/1970); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (04/06/1970); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (04/06/1970); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (04/06/1970); Pop North, London, UK (04/06/1970); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (04/06/1970); Top Gear, London (04/06/1970); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Pop North, London, UK (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Top Gear, London (06/16/1968-06/08/1969); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (08/23/1968); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (08/23/1968); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (08/23/1968); Fillmore East, New York, NY (08/23/1968); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (08/23/1968); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (08/23/1968); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (08/23/1968); Pop North, London, UK (08/23/1968); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (08/23/1968); Top Gear, London (08/23/1968); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (08/29/1968); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (08/29/1968); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (08/29/1968); Fillmore East, New York, NY (08/29/1968); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (08/29/1968); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (08/29/1968); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (08/29/1968); Pop North, London, UK (08/29/1968); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (08/29/1968); Top Gear, London (08/29/1968); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (10/17/1969); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (10/17/1969); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (10/17/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (10/17/1969); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (10/17/1969); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (10/17/1969); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (10/17/1969); Pop North, London, UK (10/17/1969); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (10/17/1969); Top Gear, London (10/17/1969); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (10/25/1969); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (10/25/1969); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (10/25/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (10/25/1969); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (10/25/1969); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (10/25/1969); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (10/25/1969); Pop North, London, UK (10/25/1969); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (10/25/1969); Top Gear, London (10/25/1969); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (10/26/1969); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (10/26/1969); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (10/26/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (10/26/1969); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (10/26/1969); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (10/26/1969); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (10/26/1969); Pop North, London, UK (10/26/1969); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (10/26/1969); Top Gear, London (10/26/1969); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (12/12/1969); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (12/12/1969); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (12/12/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (12/12/1969); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (12/12/1969); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (12/12/1969); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (12/12/1969); Pop North, London, UK (12/12/1969); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (12/12/1969); Top Gear, London (12/12/1969); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (12/19/1969); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (12/19/1969); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (12/19/1969); Fillmore East, New York, NY (12/19/1969); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (12/19/1969); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (12/19/1969); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (12/19/1969); Pop North, London, UK (12/19/1969); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (12/19/1969); Top Gear, London (12/19/1969); Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium (12/1967); Beat Club, Bremen, West Germany (12/1967); Fairfield Hall, Croydon, UK (12/1967); Fillmore East, New York, NY (12/1967); Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA (12/1967); How It Is, Shepherd's Bush BBC Studios, London, UK (12/1967); Koncerthusit, Stockholm, Sweden (12/1967); Pop North, London, UK (12/1967); Sound Of The Seventies, London, UK (12/1967).
Led by the keyboard exploits of Keith Emerson, the Nice were a pioneering psychedelic prog-rock outfit, and while the band never reached the commercial heights of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, in many ways that may have been a blessing since it left the group free to explore a lot of different musical avenues, particularly in live shows. This two-disc set collects several such live tracks from shows performed between 1967 and 1970, both as a quartet (disc one) and as a trio (disc two), including a reimagining of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me," covers of the Byrds' "Get to You" and Tim Hardin's "Hang on to a Dream," a surprising version of Frank Zappa's "Lumpy Gravy" (with Emerson on celeste), and a turn at Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" (with Roy Harper handling the vocals). The sound here ranges from good to merely passable, and while this set captures the Nice in action perhaps better than any of their studio albums, it has the feel of an upscale bootleg recording when all is said and done -- a good thing if one is already a Nice fan, a maybe not-so-good thing if one is trying to decide. ~ Steve Leggett

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