Lake, Greg


The “inspiration”, his official 1983 single (first released in September of 1982):


This explains, why Greg Lake’s name is not mentioned on the front, despite him playing a central role in 1/3 of this triple set – the bootlegger simply was not willing to deviate from this cover concept.


As this is practically identical in appearance to the XL releases, I feel it’s reasonable to assume that ‘Shiro’ was behind the ETS series as well.


Japan: 1983

Source for disc one: Incomplete KBFH recording of Greg Lake from the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 5th November 1981 (another source states the date was actually October 30th and an add showing that date exists), with Gary Moore on guitar; Excellent stereo. This saw a first official release in 1995 on CD and was just re-released on CD and vinyl in 2015.

2508 A: Fanfare / Karn Evil No.9 / Nuclear Attack / The Lie / Retribution Drive     
2508 B: Lucky Man / Love You Too Much / 21st Century Schizoid Man / In The Court Of The Crimson King

Source for discs two & three: Audience recording from the Marquee Club, London on 26th August 1982 (w. Ian Paice on drums); Very good stereo rating.

2509 A: Intro – Majestuso E Virtouso / End Of The World / Rockin’ Every Night / Wishing Well / Coldhearted     
2509 B: Nuclear Attack / I Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow
2510 A: Dallas Warhead / Don’t Take Me For A Loser / White Knuckles
2510 B: Rockin’ & Rollin’ / Parisienne Walkways / Back On The Streets

‘Rockin’ Every Night’, ‘Back On The Streets’ and ‘ Parisienne Walkways’ from the Marquee performance were officially released in the UK on a free EP, included with his album Corridors Of Power (official release date: 08 October ’82).

Where would prog-rock be without him?



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).



Sunday 30th August line up:   

    Andy Alan’s Future
    Reluctant Stereotypes
    Afraid of Mice
    The Enid
    .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.”


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.