5034X Greg Lake
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Released on June 26, 1007
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I n 2005, a new Greg Lake Band was formed and hit the road. I mention this just in case you didn’t know. In 2007, a live disc was released from the tour, the cover of which you were looking at just moments ago and probably thinking: That shameless William Shatner will hawk anything, even the latest Greg Lake CD. If the cover art isn’t enough to make you want to buy this on the spot, or barf, or buy this and then barf right afterwards, let me help you: this disc sounds waaaayyyy better than it looks. Imagine those latter-day live Camel albums with more singing and less guitar soloing, and you’re getting the right picture. Greg Lake is, after all, as close as prog rock has to royalty. On this disc, the King returns to recount his glory years with King Crimson and ELP. Far from tired and twice-told tales, these songs are made to feel new again. Listen to Lake’s fearless performance of “Pictures At An Exhibition;” if that doesn’t give you chills, you need to turn the heat down. Of course, since half of these songs are over thirty years old, they’ve been caught on other stages, most recently on ELP’s 1997-1998 tour. Only “Farewell to Arms” (from Black Moon) had yet to be captured live on disc, and it’s honestly one of the duller entries on here. Better by far are the storming version of “21st Century Schizoid Man” and the stately “Take A Pebble,” which features a Spanish guitar solo from 22-year-old wunderkind Florian Opahle. One point worth making: I’m not sure how much (if any) post-doctoring took place, but the audience is almost absent from the equation. The opening lines of “Touch And Go,” instantly recognizable, are greeted with silence. Greg Lake’s fans aren’t THAT old. It’s the mutual love between audience and artist that’s missing on this disc. I wasn’t in a hurry to leave; I wanted to hear stories, jokes, engage a King in crowded conversation. But the King simply leaves the building under fading applause, and we wonder when we’ll meet again.


  1. IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING    (Pete Sinfield/Ian McDonald)
  2. PAPER BLOOD    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Carl Palmer)
  3. TOUCH AND GO    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake)
  4. TAKE A PEBBLE    (Greg Lake)
  5. FAREWELL TO ARMS    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake)
  6. FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN    (Aaron Copland, arr. by Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Carl Palmer)
  7. LUCKY MAN    (Greg Lake)
  8. 21ST CENTURY SCHIZOID MAN    (Robert Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg Lake/Michael Giles/Pete Sinfield)
  9. PICTURES AT AN EXHBITION    (Modest Mussorgsky)
  10. KARN EVIL 9 (1ST IMPRESSION - PART 2)    (Keith Emerson/Greg Lake/Pete Sinfield)


GREG LAKE -- vocals, guitars, harmonica
DAVID ARCH -- keyboards
Bekki Carpenter -- backing vocals
Josh Grafton -- 2nd keyboards
Jai Ramage -- backing vocals
John Buckley -- sound engineer
Jim Hurst -- sound recordist
Franz Soprani -- cover photo
Max Marchini -- graphcis
Craig Whyte -- print design

US June 26, 2007 MVD Audio CD 5034X  


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