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Keith Emerson & The Nice

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. Emerson first scored the films The Inferno (1980) and Nighthawks (1981), but did not return until 1985, when he released Honky. 1986 found Emerson participating in a revamped ELP -- this time with drummer Cozy Powell -- but still finding time to record the solo LP Murderock. In 1987, Emerson released Harmageddon/China Free Fall, and the following year, he undertook a project with Carl Palmer and songwriter Robert Berry. Emerson, Lake & Palmer reunited in 1992 to record new material and tour, but when this venture proved less successful than hoped, Emerson announced his retirement from the music business in 1994. That retirement was short-lived, though, as Emerson went on to release the occasional collection of new material or appear on-stage. He even reunited with Nice bandmates Brian Davison and Lee Jackson for a show in Glasgow, Scotland, in 2002 (Vivacitas). He penned an autobiography, Pictures of an Exhibitionist, in 2004 and received the compilation treatment from Castle Records in 2005 with the two-disc Hammer It Out: The Anthology. In 2010, Emerson released a live DVD entitled Moscow, featuring his road band with vocalist Marc Bonilla; its program consisted of everything from ELP tracks and soundtrack selections to tunes by the Nice. In 2011, the audio was released as a CD with the same title. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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KM is THE greatest keyboardist of my life (born 1958), Wakeman is also great, just a small notch below. Anyone who grew up w ELP witnessed the best of rock!
@prmfith...R u d e s s much more skilled?? Wakeman zero... originality? ? Palmer one of the worst drummers in prog rock?? Dude, you know less than F**K. At best, Jordan sniffs Keith's jockstrap.
pmfith
Ashame that Emerson's technique is failing him due to some physical ailment. Though Rudess might be technically much more skilled than Emerson - he can't hold a candle to Emerson's compositions . The sheer genius and ingenuity of something like Tarkus or Trilogy puts him in a lone category. Wakeman was like Rudess - great skill but zero compositiona l originality.
As far as Palmer goes - one of the worst drummers in progressive rock. Fast rudiments, yes - but can't keep time at all.
Still waiting for a Wakeman/Emer s o n concert. Ever happen?
Doubtfully,n e v e r will there be any band compared ELP. They recreate studio in their
live shows.
dgsummerfun
Elp rocks:):):)
Not to be picky guys, but I think the original ELP version of Hoedown was on the Trilogy album, not Tarkus. Either way, this guy will always top the list.
Any adaptation of Tarkus by the Master KeithEmerson is a bonus!!! ... Rudess (from Dream Theater) is not even in the same league as KE...
14739578
Rudness does a better job
Overall a refreshing and pationate rendition of this classic and one of the ALL time top 5 progressive rock masterpieces . Agreed that the drumming was certainly lacking and some of the synth patches were amateurish. Even in this state only one attempted cover has even come close and in some aspects has managed to top this recording, that being ENCORES. LEGENDS and PARADOX. All others fall far short.....
hey bplotkin1 How much better can you execute drums than Carl Palmer?
bplotkin1
In my opinion, ELPs greatest song. I agree with Doug MacDonald that the original studio recording is a better version, but its fun to hear Emerson expanding on the original. The guitar works good on this version, but the drums just aren't there.
The original studio recording of Tarkus by ELP is much better in both sound quality and playing than this live solo version by Emerson. Regardless, this tune is an absolute delight. Makes the blood course through the veins.
abalko
skimpy bio for an artist who has contributed so much.
AWESOME..ANO T H E R EDITION TO A GREAT MUSICAL SONG DONE BY A SUPER MUSICIAN..
revamped TARKUS WOOOOOW

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