Greg Lake 10 November 1947 – 07 December 2016 / DEBUT GL 3008 triple LP

Where would prog-rock be without him?

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Japan: 1982

Side A: Fanfare / Nuclear Attack / Long Goodbye     
Side B: The Lie / Lucky Man     
Side C: Retribution Drive / I Remember Paris     
Side D: In The Court Of The Crimson King / Love You Too Much     
Side E: 21st Century Schizoid Man / You Really Got A Hold On Me     
Side F: In The Court Of The Crimson King / Epitaph / Get Thy Bearings

Sides 1 – 5: Greg Lake and Gary Moore taped from the audience at 1981’s Reading Festival on 30 August 1981. This was hist first ever performance as a solo artist. Side 6 is King Crimson recorded live 19 August 1969 by BBC Radio‘TOP GEAR’, hosted by John Peel (here misidentified as 11 May ’69). This is also on side 1 of this Japanese bootleg (click the link).

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Sunday 30th August line up:   

    Andy Alan’s Future
    Reluctant Stereotypes
    Afraid of Mice
    The Enid
    Desperadoes
    .38 Special
    Wishbone Ash
    Greg Lake
    Nine Below Zero
    The Kinks

Afterwards Greg commented:

Well it was a very nerve-wracking experience, really. I think for me, because it was the first show and it was 20,000 people or whatever it is, 30,000 people. And, um, I realized that I’m starting again. For me this is a new beginning.

One of the things I was happy to see was the very young people were enthusiastic over the band, and particularly over some of the old King Crimson numbers which must have been on the charts when they were 6 and 10, and that’s a fantastic feeling when you know that somebody’s father probably played it to their child and now their child’s in the audience and knows it. It’s a feeling of depth, you know.”

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I had hoped to keep up the posting pace from last month but the killer year that is 2016 also dealt me a blow on December 1st with the announcement that after almost 10 years my services at work are no longer required … I guess in the long run that could be good news for the blog at least.

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4 comments
  1. Yesdays said:

    So sad to see yet another talented musician gone, who’s art has been such an important part of my life. On another note, I hope the personal changes you are dealing with turn into some great opportunities that bring good fortune to you.

    • Thank you, Yesdays, it means a lot to me during this trying time.

  2. Erik T said:

    Same from here, on both counts…
    Working life can be such a drag and without getting super political, I think the employment market is going to stay in the crapper through the foreseeable future… People can be so productive nowadays with computer technology, I don’t know what the ratio is, but I am sure one average office clerk today can do what used to take several people’ collective work day.
    And of course, R.I.P. to Greg Lake, I always preferred King Crimson 69 to ELP any year, but he was a great musician…

    • Thank you, Eric. … I’ve changed my pre-X-Mas set list a bit: Lawyers, Guns And Money will get a few spins.

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