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As a singer and instrumentalist, Greg Lake had his greatest success and influence in the progressive rock outfit Emerson, Lake & Palmer and, before that, as a founding member of the original King Crimson. He has also been reasonably popular as a solo artist working in more of a hard rock idiom. As a boy, growing up in a poverty stricken part of the seaside resort town of Bournemouth, he got his first guitar for his 12th birthday, as a gift from his mother, and began taking lessons from a local teacher named Don Strike, one of whose other students was Robert Fripp, who became close friends with Lake. Around the time he was 12 years old, Lake also wrote a folk-style song that played a major part in his future, entitled “Lucky Man.”
Throughout his career with the Nice, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and as a solo artist, Keith Emerson has proven himself perhaps the greatest, most technically accomplished keyboardist in rock history. For all his reputation as an innovator and master of classically influenced rock, Emerson (born November 1, 1944, in the English town of Todmorden) began his career playing R&B; the Nice got their first big break backing soul singer P.P. Arnold in 1967. Independently of Arnold, the Nice carved out a niche in the fledgling prog rock movement, with Emerson’s classical flourishes and flamboyant showmanship (flinging knives at his keyboard, etc.) leading the way. After the Nice’s dissolution, Emerson fleshed out his musical ideas to their fullest with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, which debuted in 1970 and had a series of highly successful albums throughout the decade. Emerson made his solo debut in 1976 with the single “Honky Tonk Train Blues,” which hit the U.K. Top 30, but did not pursue a solo career in earnest until after ELP’s 1980 breakup.
The end of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Listen here and then buy the DVD here.
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Say what you like, Greg Lake as vocalist and bassist with the first edition of King Crimson, Keith Emerson with the Nice and then the two joining with drummer Carl Palmer as ELP created a body of music that was enormously influential, a mainstay force in what later was called Prog Rock. (more)
It really is a testament to professional musicians and performers, who can get back on stage like it was riding a bike, because these three legends don’t sound like they have missed a beat. (more)
So in 2010, when Emerson, Lake and Palmer reunited for a one-off show to celebrate their 40th anniversary, it was big news. They commanded the closing spot at London’s High Voltage Rock Festival, attracting fans from all over the world. The questions remained: could these guys still cut it? Could they take the stage and be true to their material after not playing live together since 1998? (more)
Musically, their performance was unbelievably good considering their time off and complexity of the music they make. In the old days, much of the time they played as young men possessed. (more)
While Emerson and Lake have toured recently, and Carl Palmer frequently performs ELP songs with his own band, real Emerson Lake and Palmer concerts are a rarity these days. In 2010, the trio reunited to celebrate forty years since they first got together. The concert was held in London and filmed for the purpose of preserving the experience. This DVD represents the document of that historic concert.
The concert was really trademark ELP, and while time has worn on the guys, the music still sounds fresh. The video and audio quality were both good, but not stellar. There’s a nice bonus in the form of a “making of” documentary. All in all, this video is recommended to both hardcore and casual ELP fans.