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I Believe in Father Christmas EP, Original recording reissued


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Audio CD, EP, Original recording reissued, November 7, 1995
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  • Audio CD (November 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP, Original recording reissued
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033PH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,299 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Believe In Father Christmas
2. Troika
3. Humbug
4. I Believe In Father Christmas
5. Nutrocker

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Josef on December 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Say what you will about the much-bashed progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer -- they were audacious enough to try just about anything. This made it easy for Rhino Records to assemble this little collection with a holiday theme.

In 1975, during a group hiatus, Greg Lake relased his first solo single, "I Believe in Father Christmas", which opens this CD. This number has since appeared on numerous Christmas compilations and has proven to be pretty popular over the years. Although it's a bit hard to understand why, given Pete Sinfield's rather cynical lyrics ("Alleluia! Noel!/Be it heaven or hell/the Christmas we get, we deserve" -- well, happy holidays to you, too, Pete). But Greg Lake sings them with a rather nice voice and melody.

The flip side of that single was the delightful, jazzy, near-instrumental called "Humbug", which has only appeared on CD here to date. The Scrooge-esque title is not indicative of how much fun this track is.

Sandwiched in between on this CD is the newest track, Keith Emerson's solo version of "Troika", the fourth movement of Prokofiev's "Lt. Kije Suite", also available on Keith's "Christmas Album." You might wonder what Prokofiev has to do with Christmas, unless you know that Greg Lake lifted the main theme for the coda to "..Father Christmas." Keith's rendition, with modern keyboards and a drum machine, pushes him into Mannheim Steamroller territory. A little cheezy, but still kind of fun, also.

The fourth track is another version of "..Father Christmas", which originally appeared on the band's 1977 album "Works, Vol 2." Although its credited to the band, it's always sounded to me like a remix of the original Greg Lake single with the choir and orchestration removed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reed VINE VOICE on December 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I rarely go for Christmas releases, but come on! This is ELP for wailing out loud. Clocking in at 17:24, this has got to be one of the best EP's of all time. You get two (2) versions of the mid-'70's title track, the timeless Greg Lake gem "I Believe In Father Christmas" (this classic can STILL bring tears to your eyes), plus three more ELP tunes, with the best being the extremely well written "Nutrocker" that comes off their 'Picture At An Exhibition' album (see my review). The other two are good as well, "Troika" and "Humbug" that looks to be exclusive to this EP. Would make a nice holiday gift. Enjoy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This title song has always been my favorite x-mas song. It puts me right in the mood, so does the rest of the album. I just wish it was in stock so I could buy it.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J.Clarke on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The original "I Believe In Father Christmas" was released by Greg Lake, solo, in 1975. THAT is the version that will send chills up your back every Christmas Time.
The ELP version released in 1994 is similar, but does not have the same beauty and impact as the original.
It appears that there are two versions of the song on this ep. Maybe it includes both the original Greg Lake release as well as the newer ELP version. Just make sure before you buy this.
The song, in general, gets 5 stars!
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The first time I heard the title song "I Believe in Father Christmas" was last year driving in traffic. I found myself dreamy, enchanted, and spellbound by what I was hearing (not a state in which I typically drive in traffic!). My brain was triggered into humming the song again this Christmas and I hastily ordered the EP. I was not disappointed. The selections are haunting, melodic, occasionally edgy, but always unforgettable, living up fully to the legacy of EL&P.

I suggest a roaring fireplace, soft velvet pillows, and sharing a warm glass of Grand Marnier with your honey while you sample this staple of the Christmas season!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jonathan p rager on October 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I love the title track, and Troika is an unbelievable song.
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