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Greg Lake




Greg Lake - In Concert -1995 - King Biscuit Flower Hour -

Great concert from one of the pioneers of the British Progressive Rock Movement. There are some great ELP and King Crimsn songs covered here, as well as great covers of other songs by artists like Gary Moore, Phil Lynott, and Smokey Robinson. The band with Greg Lake on this recording are all veterans of some of the greatest ever rock recordings. They include the late, great Tommy Eyre, who played with John Martyn, Aynsley Dunbar, and Juicy Lucy, just to name but a few. His organ playing in Joe Cocker's version of 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. gave the song a real touch of class, and his playing in the famous eternal classic 'Baker Street' by the great Gerry Rafferty will always be remembered. Tristian Margetts played with a great seventies prog. rock group, "Spontaneous Combustion" whose debut album was produced by Greg Lake. Ted McKenna has played with "The Sensational Alex Harvey Band," and the legendary Rory Gallagher. What can you say about Gary Moore? His work includes stints with Albert Collins, Ginger Baker, Jim Capaldi, The Beach Boys, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II, and Pat Travers!!! Rather than extol, ad nauseam, the virtues of these amazing musicians, it is worthwhile listening to "The Greg Lake Retrospective: From The Beginning ," "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson, and "Pictures at an Exhibition" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. There is info on the "Emerson, Lake & Powell" album @ emerson-lake-powell

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

1. Fanfare For The Common Man - Aaron Copland, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake
2. Karn Evil 9/Nuclear Attack - Gary Moore
3. The Lie - Greg Lake, Tommy Eyre, Tony Benyon
4. Retribution Drive - Greg Lake, Tommy Eyre, Tony Benyon
5. Lucky Man - Greg Lake
6. Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore, Phil Lynott
7. You Really Got A Hold On Me - Smokey Robinson
8. Love You Too Much - Bob Dylan, Greg Lake, Helena Springs
9. 21st Century Schizoid Man - Greg Lake, Robert Fripp, Michael Giles, Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield
10. The Court Of The Crimson King - Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield
Recorded live in London on 5 November 1981 at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

CREDITS

Gary Moore (Guitar), (Vocals),
Greg Lake (Guitar), (Vocals)
Tommy Eyre (Keyboards), (Vocals)
Tristian Margetts (Bass)
Ted McKenna (Drums)

REVIEW

The show captured on King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) (1996) was recorded circa Greg Lake's 1981 self-titled debut, and features Lake (guitar/bass/vocals) leading an impressive backing combo with Gary Moore (guitar), Ted McKenna (drums), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), and Tristian Margetts (bass). The set originated as a King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast from the Hammersmith Odeon in London on November 5, 1981. During this time, Lake was on an extended hiatus from Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP), and issued a pair of solo efforts. As such, the play list is heavy on Greg Lake(1981) material from the first of these. Standouts among the lot are the slightly synth sounding "Retribution Drive," and the edgy-'80s power rockers "The Lie" and "Nuclear Attack." Also worth mentioning is the upbeat and agile "Love You Too Much," which Lake actually co-wrote with Bob Dylan. Likewise, there are classics dating back to the King Crimson sides -- "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "In The Court Of The Crimson King" -- from Lake's brief tenure in the band. The unit heard here is not as lean as the ELP version, and both "Fanfare For The Common Man" and "Karn Evil 9" prove just that, as the arrangements lumber along in places. However, in terms of sheer musicality, the acoustic side, "Lucky Man," is arguably the highlight in its simplicity. For enthusiasts looking for a passable anthology, From the Beginning: Retrospective (1997) is a good place to start. From the Underground: The Official Bootleg (1998) is a perfect companion, as it features essential stops in Lake's live legacy. © Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide



BIO (Wikipedia)

Gregory Stuart Lake (born 10 November 1947) is an English bass guitarist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and producer, best known as a founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Born in Poole, Dorset, England, Lake was interested in music at a young age, and wrote what would become one of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's biggest hits, "Lucky Man", when he was still at school. In 1968, Lake was a member of a band called The Gods along with future members of Uriah Heep. Lake left the band in summer 1968 before they released their debut album. Lake went on to form King Crimson with an old school friend, Robert Fripp. As both Fripp and Lake were primarily guitarists, Lake switched to playing bass guitar. For King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King, Lake also contributed as songwriter and singer. The album was originally to be produced by Tony Clarke who was then the producer for the Moody Blues. However, after the first day Clarke walked out as he had difficulty understanding what the band were trying to create. Lake assumed the role of producer. Although the album credits the whole band as producers, it was primarily Lake who produced it. King Crimson went on a North American tour with The Nice, who were on their farewell tour. It was after this tour in April 1970 that Lake left the band to form Emerson, Lake & Palmer along with Keith Emerson from The Nice on keyboards and Carl Palmer from Atomic Rooster on drums and percussion. Despite his official departure from King Crimson, Lake agreed to help with the completion of King Crimson's second album In the Wake of Poseidon. ELP were hugely successful in the 1970s (with album sales totalling over thirty million), and significantly contributed to the evolution of progressive rock. Lake contributed to many of ELP's songs but was particularly noticeable for his guitar-oriented and soulful tunes such as "C'est la vie" (Works Volume I), "Still... You Turn Me On" (Brain Salad Surgery) and "The Sage" ("Pictures at an Exhibition"). Lake became popularly known for his UK Christmas number two single, "I Believe in Father Christmas" in 1975 which was later included on the ELP album Works Volume II. In 1973, Lake founded the Manticore label and signed some very talented musicians such as Italy's PFM and Banco and King Crimson/Emerson, Lake & Palmer lyricist Pete Sinfield. After the break-up of ELP, Lake toured briefly with the group Asia in 1983 as a temporary replacement for John Wetton, as well as releasing two solo albums and conducting a tour in the early 1980s. The albums were Greg Lake (1981) and Manoeuvres (1983), both of which featured ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore and, even though the latter is more sophisticated, saw Lake playing straight rock. In 1986 he, Emerson and Cozy Powell released the album "Emerson, Lake and Powell" -- basically an ELP reunion with Powell replacing Palmer who was then drumming in the band Asia. Emerson, Lake & Palmer subsequently reunited in the early 1990s and played the progressive rock circuit, especially in outdoor summer concerts, and released two new studio albums. In 1998, the members of ELP had a rather acrimonious falling-out and Lake left the band. Keith Emerson's 2004 memoirs "Pictures of an Exhibitionist" give an unflattering portrait of Lake, and not surprisingly Lake has said that he will never reunite with ELP in the future. He has not been especially visible on the music scene since then, though he did tour as a member of Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band in 2001. In late 2003 he played bass on The Who's "Real Good Looking Boy". On 22 October 2005 Lake began touring the UK with a brand new "Greg Lake Band", to positive reviews. The band comprised David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Trevor Barry on bass, and Brett Morgan on drums. A double DVD was released by Warner Bros/Classic Pictures early 2006, with Greg Lake in full form, his voice now deeper and louder than before[. The Greg Lake Band was ready for a new tour on September 2006 with rumours of a new album in the pipeline, although this tour was cancelled at the last minute due to "management troubles"Lake performed "Karn Evil 9" with the Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, New York on December 20, 2006, at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on December 21, 2006 and at the Quicken Loans Arena, aka the Q in Cleveland Ohio, on December 30, 2007 at the end of both the 3:00pm and 7:30pm shows. Lake played "Lucky Man" with Jethro Tull at their show at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 28 May, 2008.

5 comments:

xmac said...

Great album thanks for sharing

Mac

oz said...

this is a great album - i already own it :-)

gary moore's sustain on parisian walkways has to be heard to be believed.

the album is a little rough in places but there are some genuine moments too.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi! xmac. Thanks for visiting, and your comment. Please keep in touch with A.O.O.F.C.

Howzitgoin' oz! Gary Moore has a huge input into the album. It has been said that Moore's guitar breaks often eclipses Lake's skills. I look on it as a good album, and the combined talents of the band make it a good album. I don't think it's a showcase for any one musician. The album is a little rough in places, but that's a coomon feature of live recordings from these kind of venues...Talk 2U soon, oz

pbeagan said...

Wow - I'm a huge Gary Moore fan and wasn't aware of this release from '98.

Unfortunately, the link is dead already. Can you re-up one more thing for me?

I continue to be in your debt....!

A.O.O.F.C said...

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