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Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon Original recording remastered

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The Nice with keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson (later to be a founding member of Emerson Lake & Palmer) at the helm was one of the most adventurous bands of the British psychedelic scene. Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon is a 2 CD collection consisting of live recordings from 1967- 70 concerts, TV, and radio appearances and the first complete overview of the live history of The Nice, covering the bands entire lifespan and all the tracks have been newly re-mastered. The first Volume The Quartet documents the band s quartet phase and features a re-invention of Dylan s She Belongs To Me , acid-fantasy lyricism of Flower King of Flies , surprisingly never recorded covers of The Byrds Get To You and Frank Zappa s Lumpy Gravy and the bands biggest charting single a bold radical reinvention of Bernstein s America . The second Volume The Trio documents the band s trio phase (minus a lead guitarist) finds Emerson as a front man unleashing particularly proto ELP pieces Intermezzo Karelia Suite and Pathetique a choral arrangement of Tim Hardin s Hang On To A Dream, a pych-soaked take on Dave Brubeck s Rondo , Sonny Rollins jazz classic St Thomas featuring a surprise guest, the renowned U.K. troubadour Roy Harper on vocals and the ambitious Five Bridges Suite . Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon also features cover artwork designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock n roll bootleg cover artists. In Keith Emerson s own words I hope you will enjoy listening to these unique recordings as I do .


Disc: 1
1. THE QUARTET - She Belongs To Me
2. Flower King Of Flies
3. Sombrero Sam
4. You Keep Me Hanging On
5. The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
6. Brandenburger
7. Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon
8. Ars Longa Vita Brevis (2nd Movement)
9. Aries
10. Lumpy Gravy
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Disc: 2
1. THE TRIO - Introduction
2. I m Not One Of Those People
3. Azrael Revisted
4. Blue For The Prairies
5. Diary Of An Empty Day (& Top Gear Signature)
6. For Example
7. St Thomas (With Special Guest Roy Harper)
8. Intermezzo Karelia Suite
9. Hang On To A Dream
10. Country Pie Brandenburg Concerto No 6
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B003PIUIEM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peter Baklava on August 25, 2010
The NICE was a pivotal band in the progressive rock fold, but they never were particularly well-recorded. Their albums for Immediate Records didn't represent the band's powers at their fullest, and only 1969's self-titled "Nice" would qualify as a classic.

Micro-Werks "Diamond Hard Blue Apples..." is a compilation of bootleg recordings, personally endorsed for release by Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson. There are some choice rarities here which should delight fans to no end, but on the downside, there are a number of poorly recorded BBC takes. (Why is it that big name bands like the Beatles, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix get sparkling BBC treatment, and lesser bands have to settle for bootlegs?)

Well, to concentrate on the good: the selections open strongly with startlingly good live recordings taken from Stockholm in late 1967, when the Nice was on tour promoting its first album. In particular, the cover of Charles Lloyd's "Sombrero Sam" is incendiary. With underrated guitarist Davy O'List leading the way and the band on fire, this cut is fantastic, and goes a ways toward explaining why Jimi Hendrix toyed with the idea of joining the fledgling Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1970.

There is a snappy band salute to Frank Zappa, the "Lumpy Gravy" theme with Keith Emerson on celeste.

A lyrical, well-arranged version of the Byrds' "Get to You" offers a preview of Emerson's later, Romantic styled piano with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

There's a nice, straightforward take on Oscar Peterson's "Blues of the Prairie", which shows that the Nice could easily have played jazz festivals as well as rock venues.

A side-slapping, but musically astute version of Sonny Rollins' "St.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip S. Wolf on October 31, 2010
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Here are two discs of 27 tracks of the greatest (and obscure) Nice tunes from Keith, Lee, Davy & Brian. From the end of the first year (Stockholm, December 1967) to after the news of the band's ending (BBC, April 1970) These two official bootlegs really tell the tale in music of what these progressive pioneers were all about.

Almost all of this material has seen a CD release already before. But, the sonics of the Stockholm tapes, The Nice at the BBC, the Fairfield Hall concert, and the Fillmore East & West of 1969 have been remastered and tweaked yet again and they sound better than before. The William Stout cover is a very nice touch as he was the artist of many bootleg records sold in the early seventies that are most famous today.

Disc one covers the Davy O'List era of 1967-68, and disc two spotlights the heavier "trio" years of 1969-70. Highlights include a very groovy: "You Keep Me Hanging On" from Sweden and the best: "Sombrero Sam" that you are gonna find. Davy's presence of disc one is very prominent and his playing (hardly heard on Nice records) is really great here. Early Nice is close in form and style to early Pink Floyd music of this same era, but it's a fun experiment of art-rock as this is colorful magic for the ears.

Disc two features the more Keith Emerson domainated trio with Lee & Brian stepping up more as the sound becomes harder and heavier. The Band was becoming known for their outrageous antics on stage with American flags and knives that were being tossed about. Crazy behavior aside, the music gets even better and is years ahead of everybody else, and is really the blueprint of what would define live shows of the 1970's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By music man on October 15, 2010
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I FEEL THESE LIVE RECORDINGS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF PROGRESSIVE MUSIC HISTORY.KEITH EMERSON "THE FATHER OF PROG" HAS REALLY DONE IT ALL ON THESE RECORDINGS.ALL MUSICAL STYLES ARE INCORPORATED IN THIS MUSIC.THE KEYBOARD PLAYING IS OUTSTANDING AS ARE THE OTHER MEMBERS PERFORMANCES.
SOME OF THE RECORDINGS ARE POOR IN AUDIO QUALITY.BUT MOST TRACKS THE SOUND QUALITY IS VERY GOOD.THERE ARE TRACKS HERE FROM THE NICE LIVE-SWEDISH T.V. CD AND FROM THE AMERICA COMPILATION BBC LIVE CD RECORDINGS.
IF YOU ARE A NICE,ELP,KEITH EMERSON,PROG FAN, DEFINITELY GET THIS AND THE OTHER NICE CD'S TO COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION.GREAT PROGRESSIVE MUSIC.ENJOY!
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