Tracklist DISC 1 1. Azrial Angel of Death Version 1 3. Flower King of Flies 4. Bonnie K 5. War and Peace 7. Dawn 9. Cry of Eugene America Diamond Blue Hard Apples of the Moon Little Arabella Brandenburger DISC 2 Intermezzo from Karelia Suite Don Edito el Gruva Azrael Revisited For Example Rondo Compilation, , Immediate Records. Azrial 3. Sampler for the Thoughts of Emerlist Dayjack 4. Flower King of Flies 5. Rondo 7. War and Peace 8.
Tantalising Maggie 9. Dawn The Cry of Eugene Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite Brandenburger 3. Azrael Revisited 4.
Diary of an Empty Day 6. For Example 7. Rondo Live Fillmore East'69 8. America Live Newcastle'68 2. Rondo Live New Castle'68 3. Flower King of Flies Alternative Version 5. Bonnie'k' Alternative Version 6. America Alternative Stereo Version 7. Dawn Alternative Version 8. Tantalising Maggie Alternative Version 9. The Cry of Eugene Alternative Version Brandenburger Demo Version Pathetique Symphony 4th Live Fairfields Hall'69 The band were infamous for being banned from playing the Royal Albert Hall in when Emerson set fire to an American flag when playing the song America , originally by Sondheim and Bernstein.
Initia… read more. While they did not last more than three years, they were a major influence in bridging the gap between the psychedelic rock… read more. While they did not last more than three years, they were a major influence in bridging the gap between the psychedelic rock of the Sixties and the progressive rock of th… read more. Similar Artists Play all. Trending Tracks 1. Features Exploring the local sounds and scenes at Noise Pop Fest. Albums of the latest and loved, and the ones to look out for discover By okspud1 15 Feb am.
Friday 13 December Saturday 14 December Sunday 15 December Monday 16 December Tuesday 17 December Wednesday 18 December Thursday 19 December Friday 20 December Saturday 21 December Sunday 22 December Monday 23 December Tuesday 24 December Wednesday 25 December Thursday 26 December Friday 27 December Saturday 28 December Sunday 29 December Monday 30 December Tuesday 31 December Wednesday 1 January Thursday 2 January Friday 3 January Saturday 4 January Sunday 5 January Monday 6 January Tuesday 7 January Wednesday 8 January Thursday 9 January Their first year's worth of work had begun to build the group, and especially the extroverted personality of Emerson, a following in England.
The organist would jam knives into his keyboards, set fire to various objects on-stage including, at least once, at Royal Albert Hall, the American flag, creating a potential diplomatic incident for the government , and simulate sex with his instrument -- by he was known as the Jimi Hendrix of the keyboard. The quartet's debut album, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack, managed to sound different from virtually anything else in music at the time -- spooky organ solos and slashing guitar attacks ran together and clashed, and heavily veiled quotations from Dave Brubeck and Johann Sebastian Bach all seemed to trail out from in and around their songs, and pointed to something wonderfully strange about this band.
They were working hard on their second album when guitarist Davy O'List, owing to personal instability, left the group in the early fall of , and he wasn't replaced -- instead, the Nice became a trio comprised of keyboard, bass with a guitar added occasionally as needed, by a guest support player , and drums. Their sound tightened and also evolved in a new direction -- the centerpiece of their second album, Ars Longa Vita Brevis, was the title suite, a rock-classical amalgam for band and orchestra that took up the whole second side -- that work included an arrangement of one movement of the Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.
The other highlight was a band rendition of the intermezzo from The Karelia Suite by composer Jean Sibelius, and both of those classically inspired works dominated the record.
Released in November of , just four months after their debut album, Ars Longa Vita Brevis garnered sterling reviews, but it died without a single to help promote the album. By this time, the group's manager, Tony Stratton-Smith, was wary of the financial underpinnings of their label, Immediate Records, which always seemed to have someone knocking on their door demanding payment for some long overdue invoice or other, and lots of people hanging around trying to spend the company's money.
They went ahead with plans for a third LP, which initially was to have been a live album recorded at the Fillmore East during their early tour of the United States. Angel of Death. Ars Longa Vita Brevis.
Coda - Extension to the Big Note. Keith Emerson. Intermezzo from Karelia Suite Jean Sibelius. Hang on to a Dream Tim Hardin. Much of the material collected here displays characteristics that came to define that genre: virtuoso playing with an emphasis on keyboards; an exploration of eclectic styles, particularly classical and jazz; changing tempos and time signatures, although not with the degree of complexity pursued by subsequent prog rock artists; and a move away from conventional song structures and toward extended, multipart works.
Taken from the Nice's eponymous third album, the bombastic "Rondo '69" drains the syncopation from Dave Brubeck 's origina; from Ars Longa Vita Brevis , "Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite" reworks a section of Sibelius ' famous composition, while "Brandenburger" is a funky adaptation of Bach 's "Brandenburg Concerto," with strings played by members of the London Philharmonic.
Although these are interesting historical documents, illustrating how postmodernism's blurring of the boundaries between high art and pop culture manifested itself in '60s rock music, they don't stand the test of time. Granted, nothing like this had been heard before in rock, but it hasn't aged well. More engaging, although no less dated, are numbers on which Keith Emerson 's organ showmanship is tempered with other instrumentation in conventional song formats.
Balancing the Nice's less enduring proto-prog excesses with explorations of psychedelic rock and pop, this collection offers a good overview. Song Themes. All Themes. The Nice. Ars Longa Vita Brevis. The Immediate Story. Hang on to a Dream [EMI]. The Nice Collection. The Best of the Nice [Griffin].Jan 02, · I quite like the first three songs "Daddy Where did I Come From" (somehow the melody line reminds me of Blur), "Little Arabella" and "Happy Freuds" - all three psychedelia with a little touch of classical. But who needs the Nice's version of the Karelia suite, which like the original side two of the album just feels longwinded.