Greg Lake (feat. Gary Moore) – In Concert (1995)

FrontCover1King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert is a live album recorded by Greg Lake live in concert on November 5, 1981. It was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England and aired on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast. It was first released on CD in 1995. Recording mastered at PolyGram Studios. The CD was mastered at Dolphin Studios.[2]King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert is a live album recorded by Greg Lake live in concert on November 5, 1981. It was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England and aired on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast. It was first released on CD in 1995. (by wikipedia)

The show captured on King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) (1996) was recorded circa Greg Lake’s 1981 self-titled debut, and features Lake (guitar/bass/vocals) leading an impressive backing combo with Gary Moore (guitar), Ted McKenna (drums), Tommy Eyre (keyboards), and Tristian Margetts (bass). The set originated as a King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcast from the Hammersmith Odeon in London on November 5, 1981. During this time, Lake was on an extended hiatus from Emerson, Lake and Palmer (ELP), and issued a pair of solo efforts.

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As such, the play list is heavy on Greg Lake(1981) material from the first of these. Standouts among the lot are the slightly synth sounding “Retribution Drive,” and the edgy-’80s power rockers “The Lie” and “Nuclear Attack.” Also worth mentioning is the upbeat and agile “Love You Too Much,” which Lake actually co-wrote with Bob Dylan. Likewise, there are classics dating back to the King Crimson sides — “21st Century Schizoid Man” and “In The Court Of The Crimson King” — from Lake’s brief tenure in the band. The unit heard here is not as lean as the ELP version, and both “Fanfare For The Common Man” and “Karn Evil 9” prove just that, as the arrangements lumber along in places. However, in terms of sheer musicality, the acoustic side, “Lucky Man,” is arguably the highlight in its simplicity. For enthusiasts looking for a passable anthology, From the Beginning: Retrospective (1997) is a good place to start. From the Underground: The Official Bootleg (1998) is a perfect companion, as it features essential stops in Lake’s live legacy. (by Lindsay Planer)

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Personnel:
Tommy Eyre (keyboards, vocals)
Greg Lake (vocals, guitar)
Tristram Margetts (bass)
Ted McKenna (drums)
Gary Moore (guitar, vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Fanfare For The Common Man – Karn Evil 9 (Copland/Emerson/Lake/Sinfield 6.10
02. Nuclear Attack (Moore) 5.46
03. The Lie (Benyon/Eyre/Lake) 4.34
04. Retribution Drive (Benyon/Eyre/Lake) 5.41
05. Lucky Man (Lake) 4.50
06. Parisienne Walkways (Lynott/Moore) 6.03
07. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me (Robinson) 5.25
08. Love You Too Much (Dylan/Lake/Springs) 5.03
09. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp/McDonald/Lake/Giles/Sinfield) 9.07
10. The Court Of The Crimson King (McDonald/Sinfield) 5.40

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Greg Lake – Songs Of A Lifetime (2013)

frontcover1 Greg Lake, a multi-instrumentalist who was a member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died yesterday, December 7, at age 69.

Lake, who was a singer, songwriter, musician and producer, had been battling cancer for quite some time.
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His death was confirmed via his official Twitter account by Stewart Young, Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s longtime manager.

“Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer,” Young wrote. “Greg Lake will stay in my heart forever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief.”

The news comes nine months after Lake’s bandmate, keyboardist Keith Emerson, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Yes keyboardist Geoff Downes was among first rockers to pay his respects, saying, “Very sad about Greg Lake. I had the privilege of working with him on several projects. His great talent will be sorely missed by all. Another genius has passed away. 2016 has truly been an annus horribilis in musical history.” (by guitarworld.com)

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Songs of a Lifetime is a live album by British musician Greg Lake. It contains songs played by Lake during his Songs of a Lifetime tour that highlight his career as a musician.

“It’s those classic songs and the stories behind them that make Greg Lake’s Songs Of A Lifetime so special. While the former Emerson, Lake & Palmer, King Crimson and one-time Asia vocalist and bassist penned his autobiography Lucky Man, “songs would crop up that were in some way crucial or extremely important in the development of my career,” giving Lake the idea to go out and perform these tunes – both his own and ones that influenced him.

Blasting storm effects, jabbing keys and a drum machine back Lake’s powerful vocal on a snippet of the King Crimson classic, “21st Century Schizoid Man,” that opens the 20-track disc. He moves onto a much less complicated “Lend Your Love To Me Tonight,” a personal highlight for me when I caught this tour in New York and one of the better songs on this CD.

Lake’s stories are as every bit as important as the songs he performed at these concerts. He recalls seeing Elvis in Lake Tahoe in the early 70s before going into a rendition of what he calls “the greatest rock and roll song ever written,” a rather solid stab at “Heartbreak Hotel.” Then we’re into the court of King Crimson with “Epitaph,” followed by a delicious story about the players in King Crimson and the famous cover of their debut album. On “I Talk To The Wind,” another classic Crimson tune, Lake’s vocals are very strong, even though at times the backing keys bleed through, adding a slight karaoke feel.

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Bright quick audience participation lifts the equally bright and quick Beatles song, “You Got To Hide Your Love Away,” after Lake’s story about touring with Ringo Starr. A major highlight is when Lake’s vocal and acoustic guitar brush over “Trilogy,” which is practically worth the price of this CD alone. “Still You Turn Me On” sounded big and another story about how “C’est la Vie” was a hit for Johnny Hallyday (aka the French Elvis) in France certainly explains the global appeal of ELP.

The night wouldn’t be complete without the ubiquitous “Lucky Man.” Lake’s powerful voice and simple playing on the keys work well on a very sweet “People Get Ready.” The encore of ELP’s “Karn Evil 9, First Impression, Part 2″ gets the crowd really crazy with full complement of backing tracks. We do get a good mix of Lake’s bass up nice and high and his voice sounds as good at the end of the show as it did at the beginning. Overall, Songs Of A Lifetime does a stellar job of bringing a show from Greg Lake’s recent tour to life. We can only hope more will follow.” (by Ralph Greco, J)

I guess, to present this album is probably the best was to say good bye to Greg Lake … he was a real great one …

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Personnel:
Greg Lake (vocals, guitar, bass, organ on 19.)
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Andre Cholmondeley (vocals on 20.)
Jon Michael Engard (guitar on 20., background vocals)
April Laragy Stein (accordion on 11., background vocals)
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background vocals:
Rob LaVaque – John Akers – Mary Ellen Hayden – Cassidie Smith – Katie Andrianos

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Tracklist:
01. 21st Century Schizoid Man (Fripp/Giles/Lake/McDonald(Sinfield) 1.00
02. Lend Your Love to Me Tonight (Lake/Sinfield) 3.39
03. Songs of a Lifetime Tour Introduction (Lake) 1.03
04. From The Beginning (Lake) 5.03
05. Tribute to the King (Lake) 7.03
06. Heartbreak Hotel (Axton/Presley) 2.25
07. Epitaph/The Court Of Zhe Crimson King (Fripp/Giles/Lake/McDonald/Sinfield) 5.05
08. King Crimson Cover Story (Lake) 4.46
09. I Talk To The Wind (McDonald/Sinfield) 4.29
10. Ringo and the Beatles (Lake) 4.15
11. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away (Lennon/McCartney) 2.51
12. Touch And Go (Emerson/Lake) 3.06
13. Trilogy (Emerson/Lake) 2.56
14. Still… You Turn Me On (Lake) 3.34
15. Reflections of Paris (Lake) 1.21
16. C’est Le Vie (Lake) 3.57
17. My Very First Guitar (Lake) 4.05
18. Lucky Man (Lake) 4.45
19. People Get Ready (Mayfield) 3.25
20. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 2 (Emerson/Lake) 5.41

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REST IN PEACE.
(* 10. November 1947 in Poole, England; † 7. Dezember 2016 in London)

He had white horses
And ladies by the score
All dressed in satin
And waiting by the door

Ooh, what a lucky man he was

White lace and feathers
They made up his bed
A gold covered mattress
On which he was laid

He went to fight wars
For his country and his king
Of his honor and his glory
The people would sing

A bullet had found him
His blood ran as he cried
No money could save him
So he laid down and he died