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Five Bridges [Import]

The NiceAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B000024ZSR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fantasia 1st Bridge/2nd Bridge
2. Chorale 3rd Bridge
3. High Level Fugue 4th Bridge
4. Finale 5th Bridge
5. Intermezzo 'Karelia Suite'
6. Pathetique (Symphony No 6 3rd Movement)
7. Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
8. One Of Those People
9. The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
10. Flower King Of Flies
11. Bonnie K
12. Diary Of An Empty Day
13. America

Editorial Reviews

Mid-price reissue of 4th album by Keith Emerson's pre-Emerson, Lake & Palmer band, originally released in 1970, features 13 tracks including 5 bonus tracks, 'The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack', 'Flower King Of Flies', 'Bonnie K', 'Diary Of An Empty Day', & 'America'. Virgin. 1990.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic October 7, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been waiting for this on CD since I wore out the tapes. The sound is much cleaner than the records or cassette tapes. Unlike Keith Emerson with the Nice it includes Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto No.6, plus 5 bonus tracks. Recorded live in Oct of 1969 it's the next best thing to having been there. If you liked the orchestration on ELP Works Live Tour then this one will take you back to the early days of Emerson and the Nice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic holds up well May 3, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After not hearing this album for quite a few years, it was very enjoyable to listen again. I was surprised how some moments of it are as inculcated in my memory as any Beatle song or other item of the era. Lee and Brian play with authority, Emerson is amazing--this was my first exposure to his stuff. Over time, I acquired the 3 Immediate albums and Elegy besides this (LPs long gone now). For me, this remains the high point of the Nice; I did go on to follow ELP for awhile and saw them once in Atlanta in 1971. It struck me at one moment that the Nice were better rehearsed than the orchestra! Naturally, rehearsing an orchestra is a far more complicated and expensive proposition. And no doubt Emerson and Eger would make some changes or corrections in that process, which would hinder polishing things. That said, the orchestra plays quite well. An energized and joyous live performance. Absolutely recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Only 24 years old at the time, Keith Emerson writes a Concerto and this is the live premier caught on tape at the Fairfield hall. If ever their was a time when reefer smoke was in the same hall as a tuxedoed stuffy orchestra, this is it. THis is also the first time this was done anywhere, before Deep Purples Concerto a year later, the Moody Blues did it, bu tonly in the studio and Yes tried to play live their Time and a Word record with an orchestra with disasterous results, But Keith, Lee and Brian pull it off here, what an amazing record.

As a bonus, they included in this long awaited release, side one of the record "Autuum to Spring"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band you've never heard. January 16, 2012
Format:Audio CD
The battle to determine the best rock band ever (certainly of the progressive rock era) was settled many years ago. However, very few people knew about the outcome. I count myself among those unfortunates who were left out of the loop by an uncommunicative rock label that had THE NICE under contract. This album may very well be the equivalent of the super weapon that ended W.W.II. An example of an event when very few people knew what had happened. It took a large communication effort to let the world know.

To convert the barbarian hordes of singleminded drones that adore the tired gods of progressive rock is my life's work. I feel the daunting task of what looms before. Even now I can sense the massing of gigantic armies to divert (nay prevent) me from my righteous quest to communicate to the world the good words: "THE NICE are the masters of the Progressive Rock universe". One listen to the FIVE BRIDGES album could be all that is needed but it is a sneeky opus. My task with this expanded edition CD is made even easier. But I would still wholeheartedly accept the commission if given only the original vinyl pressing. My favorite song of the last year is contained herein. "Country Pie/Brandenburg Concierto No. 5". I can't imagine life without it. And yet, with those words, I am only increasing the array of enemies that will form an axis against my undertaking. Their very worst complaint does no harm against the magnificent armor that protects my enterprise, which is the voice of bassist/vocalist Lee Jackson. So often maligned by those who have no inkling of what it's like being the first at the beginning of a movement, a genre, a new creation. Certainly there are more pleasant voices. But are they perfectly balanced vocals with the subject and the content?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long time coming May 29, 2010
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I bought the original LP on vinyl in 69 or 70 when I was in Europe. I loved it, particularly the cover of Dylan's Country Pie. That song has run in and out of my head for 40 years. I didn't think I'd ever find the recording again after losing it when relocating back to the states. Amazing. It's here and better than ever with the remastering.

Over those past 40 years, my passion for music expanded to include classical as well as rock and other genres. This album was part of that expansion, particularly Tchaikovsky's Pathetique. I thank Keith Emerson (and the other classically-trained rock musicians) for helping me investigate new areas.

Although I'll never play as well as Emerson or Greg Lake (I play bass and Hammond organ) they, along with those others, have been inspiration to me.

I'd recommend this remaster to anyone who heard The Nice or ELP in the 60s/70s, particularly those who heard the 5 Bridges Suite. It never sounded sweeter. (Bad pun...sorry.) Anyway, it's a great album, a great job of remastering and a steal at the mp3 download price.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the Fog on the Tyne is all mine, all mine August 23, 2006
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I finally got this album following a bout of nostalgia for my native land and in particular for an area of the country where I frequented my youth.

Thirty seven or so years later, the album does not generate as much enthusiasm as it did in my younger days. While the expanded edition is a most welcome addition to the growing repetoire of the available music of the Nice, it really has not stood the test of time too well.

All the trademarks of the band are there in their glorious splendour while Keith Emerson towers as a colossus virtuoso against the others in the band who are no novices in the rock game themselves. However there is a gnawing sense of doubt against the project of group and orchestra in the Fairfield Hall. The music of the time stands as empty as a Tyneside shipyard today despite all of Emerson's skills as a musician. I find that the commissioned work is not a real reflection of the city either then or now. The city which has undergone a major renovation and has been transformed into a city of culture from a city of deindustrialisation and now presents a bold new face to the future.

In retrospect it seems to me that this is a vainglorious attempt at a novel approach for the arts in bringing a progressive rock band together with an orchestra via the mechanism of Emerson who clearly is a talented and gifted musician but who lacks the rquisite skills of composition to do a significant portrayal of the city of Newcastle.

Having said all of that the musicianship of this album is no doubt exceptional and certainly portrays the power and intensity of the Nice and the orchestra. It is a real pity that a DVD does not exist which would transform the aural experience to the multi-media event that a Nice performance was.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the greatest live recording ever made
Probably one of the greatest live recordings ever made, and a prog rock trio with orchestra makes it even more outstanding. Read more
Published 3 months ago by tony jullie heads
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Album
As Keith Emerson was emerging from The Nice to go on his own, the group released this very fine mostly live album with much performed with a symphony orchestra. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Arlee Bird
4.0 out of 5 stars It regrows on you but the main track is still a mission into...
But "Five Bridges", it's a bit like being caught in church with the mad geezer on the organ chucking his lollies about. I know, it is so much more. Read more
Published 17 months ago by "Belgo Geordie"
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting album, but the orchestra and rock band never quite...
"Five Bridges" is the final proper album by the Nice (they would release one after this called "Elegy", but it was assembled and released posthumously) in which they perform a... Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by Kevin P. MacNutt
2.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, but this is not for everyone
Okay, true I don't know much about The Nice except for their reputation and Keith Emerson. I like ELP and I also like Tchaikovsky's 6th symphony, so I gave a listen to this album. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by Glenn Fink
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Early Art Rock
What you get here is a suite composed by Keith Emerson of Nice and backed by a symphony orchestra. I played this album 3 times after I recently got it. Read more
Published on November 17, 2009 by Joseph P. Darak Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best at mixing rock/orchestra - and live too!
The reissue with all the extra tracks is a bargain and shouldn't be missed - I will say right here and now that Lee Jackson was and is amazing. As a bass player and a singer. Read more
Published on September 8, 2005 by Robert J. Salo
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