VC2 0025 Works Volume 2
Produced by Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Peter Sinfield
Released on November 10, 1977
UK CHART POSITION #20 . . . US CHART POSITION #37 . . . GOLD RECORD (12/30/77)
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K ronomyth 8.0, Prog Inkarnate. After nearly being drawn in by the gravity of the first Works, Captain Mebyl narrowly averts slamming into the second: an uneven, floating mass of space junk stuck together. Masquerading as a planet, Works Volume 2 is really an asteroid. Bits of the Karn system congealed into a single, substantial sphere: brain salad and apple blossom (km 5.0), ghosts of christmas (last seen in the vicinity of km 6.0), satellites from the neighboring constellations of Emerson and undiscovered chunks of rock from the original system. Yet far from being a garbage planet, Works Volume 2 turned out to be a land of interesting, little discoveries. As before, the source can sometimes be distilled to a single element (“Watching Over You,” “Bullfrog,” “Maple Leaf Rag”) and sometimes to a trilogy of them (“So Far To Fall,” “Tiger In A Spotlight”). Collectors in the Karn system saved themselves a good deal of spelunkering when these artifacts were unearthed. Of course it isn’t the first place to visit, but considering that the air gets a little thin after this point, you might find Works Volume 2 more lush and habitable than later, legitimate planets.

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SD 19147 front cover
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SD 19147 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. TIGER IN A SPOTLIGHT    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Carl Palmer/Peter Sinfield)    4:32
  2. WHEN THER APPLE BLOSSOMS BLOOM IN THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND I'LL BE YOUR VALENTINE    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Carl Palmer)    3:56
  3. BULLFROG    (Carl Palmer/Ron Aspery/Hodgkinson, arr. by Palmer)    3:49
  4. BRAIN SALAD SURGERY    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Carl Palmer)    3:07
  5. BARRELHOUSE SHAKE-DOWN    (Keith Emerson)    3:47
  6. WATCHING OVER YOU    (Greg Lake/Peter Sinfield)    3:54
  7. SO FAR TO FALL    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Carl Palmer)    4:55
  8. MAPLE LEAF RAG    (Scott Joplin, arr. by Keith Emerson)    2:00
  9. I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS    (Greg Lake/Peter Sinfield)    3:17
  10. CLOSE BUT NOT TOUCHING    (Carl Palmer/Harry South)    3:18
  11. HONKY TONK TRAIN BLUES    (Meade "Lux" Lewis)    3:09
  12. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME    (Irving King, arr. by Keith Emerson)    3:30

    UK 2001 CD reissue bonus tracks
  13. TIGER IN A SPOTLIGHT (LIVE)
  14. WATCHING OVER YOU (LIVE)
  15. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GO HOME (LIVE)

CREDITS

KEITH EMERSON --
GREG LAKE --
CARL PALMER --
Alan Cohen -- orchestrations
Tony Harris -- orchestration (7)
Godfrey Salmon -- orchestration (12)
Mike Putland/Retna -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK November 10, 1977 Atlantic LP/CS K50422  
US November 10, 1977 Atlantic LP/CS SD/CS 19147 tactile cover
AUS'L 1977 Atlantic LP/CS SD/M5A 19147  
CAN 1977 Atlantic LP KSD 19147  
GER 1977 Ariola LP 25553XOT  
JPN 1977 Atlantic LP P-10438A lyric insert
MEX   Atlantic LP GWEA5283  
JPN 1980 Warner Pioneer LP P-6403A picture sleeve, insert
US Nov/Dec 1993 Victory CD VC2 0025  
GER   Victory CD 828473  
JPN 1993 Victory CD VICP-23106  
UK 1996 Essential CD ESMCD 361 digital remaster
US May 21, 1996 Rhino CD R2 72230  
UK 2001 Castle CDX CMRCD225 w. bonus tracks

 

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