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Ars Longa Vita Brevis Import


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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle
  • ASIN: B0000AM77L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Daddy Where Did I Come From?
2. Little Arabella
3. Happy Freuds
4. Intermezzo From The Karelia Suite
5. Don Edito El Gruva
6. Prelude
7. Acceptance Brandenburger (3rd Movement Pf 'Prelude') (Mono Single Mix)
8. Happy Freuds (Mono Single Mix)
9. Brandenburger (Demo Version)
10. Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Bbc Session)
11. Aries (Bbc Session)
12. Lumpy Gravy (Bbc Session)
13. Little Arabella (Bbc Session)
14. Happy Freuds (Bbc Session)
15. Intermezzo From The Karelia Suite (Bbc Session)
16. I'm One Of Those People (Bbc Session)
17. Azrael Revisited (Bbc Session)
18. Blues For The Prairies (Bbc Session)
19. Diary Of An Empty Day (& Top Gear Signature) (Bbc Session)
20. Rondo (Live In Newcastle 1968)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2003 reissue of 1968 album (8-track edition) includes a bonus disc with 12 tracks, (BBC Sessions 1968-1969) 'Ars Longa Vita Brevis', 'Aries', 'Lumpy Gravy', 'Little Arabella', 'Happy Freuds', 'Intermezzo From The Karelia Suite', 'I'm One Of Those People...', 'Azrael Revisited', 'Blues For The Prairies' & 'Diary On An Empty Day (& Top Gear Signature)', and 'Rondo', & 'America' (Live in Newcastle). Slipcase. Castle.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Why oh why does this not include "America" ? The Immediate reissue from a few years back had it,I have the cassette and was hoping to get the complete thing on CD.The 1973 vinyl reissue even had it.So what happened ?An important piece of music missing from the album it was intended to be heard on makes this yet another example of the criminal attitude running amo in the music industry.If that one song had been included this would be a five star disc and an essential part of any collection that even cares about rock music,prog rock in particular.A worthy investment would be the 5 cd set from Rhino called Supernatural Fairytales-The Progressive Years.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By oval on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Yes in the UK there was no America on this album. The Castle release gives no real benefit at all. The masters are from the UK issue which was poorly mixed and produced. A shame that the USA tapes for this and the third Nice Cd werent used they are much clearer. The Castle reissue shows up some more tape faults on Karelia and is a little bass light. Stick with the Repertoire issues if you can find them. The Castle reissue of "Nice" even has an awful edit between Rondo and She Belongs to Me
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JIM G. on January 2, 2012
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In my opinion Castle is to be commended on their reissues of the first three Nice albums in 2003. The first one "Emerlist Davjack" and this release are two cd deluxe sets with bonus tracks and BBC Sessions/live material. The third album is a single disc with five bonus tracks. To these ears the remastering sounds great. I know there have been several versions of these albums released on CD but I haven't heard them all to give a comparison on sound.

Guitarist Davey O'List left the band during the recording of this (their second) album, leaving the remaining three members to complete it. Structurally the album started where "Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack" left off- short wigged-out psychedelic songs and extended work-outs based on classical themes- but a step forward was taken with the addition of an orchestra and the extended length of Ars Longa Vita Brevis itself, forshadowing the later Five Bridges Suite.

Includes a bonus second disc with 12 tracks, (BBC Sessions 1968-1969) 'Ars Longa Vita Brevis', 'Aries', 'Lumpy Gravy', 'Little Arabella', 'Happy Freuds', 'Intermezzo From The Karelia Suite', 'I'm One Of Those People...', 'Azrael Revisited', 'Blues For The Prairies' & 'Diary On An Empty Day (& Top Gear Signature)', and 'Rondo', & 'America' (Live in Newcastle). Recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. E Jackson on December 15, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'm still a bit confused why the Nice isn't more well-known. Hasn't the success and popularity of Emerson, Lake and Palmer made people curious what the band members were doing BEFORE that band came into existence? Keith Emerson was doing something incredible on these early Nice albums. Very "nice" albums indeed!

The first three songs on the album are INCREDIBLE! I love the verse melody on the opener, but the highlight of the album is "Littla Arabella" with its moody bluesy vibe and REALLY good vocals. I love them a lot. What a classic. An unknown gem that unfortunately most people aren't aware of. "Happy Freuds" is another really good song as far as vocal melody is concerned. The lyrics are funny too, though kind of honest. You'll know what I mean once you hear the song.

"Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite" is a showcase of keyboard swirls that sound like Christmas music (hey, it's Christmas time right now, so for me to hear this album for the first time ever in the middle of December is PERFECT timing!) I love every moment of this incredible song. The keyboards are played in a quiet way that reminds me of children sleeping for some reason (probably because it's almost like music box music- very pretty, quiet and beautiful).

Anyway, make sure you buy this wonderful album and experience underrated greatness. And I mean it- this is GOOD stuff.
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