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Here Come the Nice: Immediate Anthology [Box set, Import]

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 6, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • ASIN: B00004Z1E7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
2. Azrial (Angel Of Death)
3. Sampler For The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack LP
4. Flower King Of Flies
5. Bonnie K
6. Rondo
7. War And Peace
8. Tantalising Maggie
9. Dawn
10. The Cry Of Eugene
11. America
12. The Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon
13. Daddy Where Did I Come From
14. Little Arabella
15. Happy Freuds
16. Intermezzo From The Karelia Suite
17. Don Edito El Grava
18. Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Symphony For Group And Orchestra)
19. Brandenberger
20. Azrael Revisited
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Editorial Reviews

3CD set includes 40 tracks, some previously unissued, as well as their 3 complete albums for the label.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Psychedelia Anyone? May 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Discussions about the birth of that equally feted and reviled musical genre known as progressive rock usually award a little too much credit to the original King Crimson line-up. Their 'pioneering' debut tour de force 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' brought ecstatic praise from most quarters - the sort of praise that often eluded the true pioneers of prog, the Nice. Indeed the group have garnered more fame in the thirty years since their demise as 'that band that used to play with P. P. Arnold and had Keith Emerson in them' than on their own merits. To dismiss the Nice merely as the experimental nursery ground of one of the greatest pianists/organists in rock history, is to do the band a serious injustice. For Emerson, Lake & Palmer fans there is no further excuse not to give Keith's former band a thorough reinvestigation with 'Here Come The Nice' available. The packaging of 'Here Come The Nice' is admittedly somewhere just above shoestring but within there is the band's first three albums - 'The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack', 'Ars Longa Vita Brevis' and 'The Nice' - four previously unissued live tracks and a plethora of alternate versions, demoes, stray b-sides and singles. The Immediate label have managed to cram all these delights onto just three compact discs. Also included is a fairly comprehensive history of the band so little needs to be said of that here. A reevaluation of the music of the Nice is, however, long overdue. Their debut LP 'The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack' can, quite rightly be seen as one of the epochal releases of the late 1960s. Reviews have been written claiming that ultimately it is too psych for prog fans and too prog for psych fans. Read more ›
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money for Keith Emerson fans February 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The rarities included in this box set overcome the one or two shortcomings.


1. The Sampler for the Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack LP is an extremely rare radio promo for the great 1967 first album.

2. America : I) America/II) Second Amendment [Live Newcastle '68] is a rare live track that contains Davy O'List who is obviously on something here as he barely gets through the beggining of the number and is out of sync with the rest of the band, no wonder he was fired soon after this live recording.

3. Pathetique Symphony 4th [Live Fairfields Hall '69]- They had already released the Pathetique Symphony movement 3, this is the rarely performed movement 4 with Lee Jacksons eerie narration.


1. single 4 minute version of the Brandenburger is right after the long version of ARS LONGA Vita Brevis(brandenburger suite) which is a little redundant, they should of placed it on the 3rd rarities disc.

2. Between Rondo "69" & She Belongs to Me (Live at Fillmore East, New York)there is an awful edit not heard on the original record "everything as nice as mother makes it" Keith originally says "this is a song by Bob Dylan call She Belongs to me" here he says "this is a song by Bo.......then the song starts abruptly,a bad edit of a classic live show from the Fillmore.

On a positive note, IF you get this, Five Bridges and Elegy, you'll have a complete Nice collection.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rondo! Takes me back to the Mecca in Sunderland. June 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This three CD set is an absolute must for anyone interested in the music of the nineteen sixties. It is difficult to understand that there was an awful lot more to music in the 1960's than the West Coast rock which dominated the latter part of the decade.
Some of that music re-emerged with the new Van Morrison album of May 2002 with it's early sixties r'n'b styles evocative of the music that the Beatles, Stones and Them were listening to and playing and the jazz of the period. The Nice were part of a trend that came to be known as Progressive in Britain which grew out of the growing number of musicians who were influenced by a wider musical heritage. If Fairport Convention were the progressive side of folk music then the Nice were the progressive side of classical - long before Yes got the idea.
The music on the CDs is not all of the legacy of the Nice. Other recordings for other labels still exist but some of the most powerful compositions and performances of the Nice are contained here on these three discs. There are some novelties to be sure but in the main each one is packed with excellent songs, playing and virtuosity. The Nice were a band with an awesome stage act not just because of Emerson's dagger throwing antics. Only Steve Winwood could coax better sound from a Hammond organ.
Standout tracks for me are the incredible 'Rondo' especially the live version from Newcastle upon Tyne. A crowd favourite this was a regular at the Mecca in Sunderland well into the early 1970s; and the spectaculr live version of 'America' at the same venue.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology from a Very underrated group September 19, 2001
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I own all three The Nice CDs, Elegy, The Nice with Keith Emerson and now this box set, which contains additional material etc. I first learned about The Nice many years ago, after following everyone else, listening to ELP/YES, In retrospect, I think the body of music made by The Nice appearing in this collection compared to the collected works of ELP/YES (albeit some of their stuff was good) - put The Nice way ahead because the bulk of ELP/YES music is/was inconsistent.
It is amazing The Nice recorded & split over 20 years ago! While it has been some time since I played their CDs - the music is always "new" for me. It is all here in this anthology notwithstanding, some dated lyrics & Keith's capable tinklings, I especially like the tracks from the first CD with Davy O'List - where the guitar is used more for rhythm than as a "lead". Jackson & Davison are also an excellent back up to their main "star" Emerson.
This set is a MUST HAVE in my Desert Island collection!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great anthology
I never saw The Nice live in concert but wish I had. I had a few of their albums & they were lost or misplaced over the years. Read more
Published 8 months ago by SteveO
5.0 out of 5 stars A great anthology, in one NICE package.
English progressive rock band (1966-1969). Led by keyboardist Keith Emerson b.November 2, 1944 along with vocalist, bassist Lee Jackson Jan. Read more
Published on August 25, 2012 by ScottE
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty much all of their essentials in one nice package.
"Here Comes The Nice" collects all the albums, singles and a whole bunch of outtakes from their time on the British independent label Immediate. Read more
Published on December 30, 2010 by Kevin P. MacNutt
4.0 out of 5 stars A definite listen for ELP fans and prog rockers, others, nope....
This is a compilation of the three albums the Nice put out during their time together. There were 2 posthumous releases after they broke up (The Five Bridges and Elegy), but The... Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by Grigory's Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars "She Belongs To Me" and hopefully you too soon!
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's... Read more
Published on June 4, 2007 by Craig Fenton
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps too much Nice
It was great to revisit some of the classic recordings. Everything else just seemed like overkill. How many different versions of America does any one listener really need? Read more
Published on February 18, 2007 by Marcus Aurelius
5.0 out of 5 stars specially made for The Nice fans!
In this compilation you will find everything you know about the Nice...and more!

Great presentation and better compilation of studio and live recordings.
Published on November 3, 2006 by Zero
3.0 out of 5 stars More nice than necessary...
Most people have either never heard of the Nice or know them as the band Keith Emerson was in before Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Too bad. Read more
Published on March 13, 2005 by J. Joens
5.0 out of 5 stars If you got nothing - you can start here
My only real complaint is that everyone is talking about Emerson and his B3 Hammond - Emerson played a C3 Hammond in ELP and an L-100 in the Nice - to my knowledge has NEVER used a... Read more
Published on July 21, 2003 by Robert J. Salo
5.0 out of 5 stars Here come my dream!
Yeah!that's it!Wow,excellent audio,excellent compilation,incredible tracks never released before,instead of bad vocals of Mr.Lee Jacson,reason of end of The Nice.GOOD DEAL.
Published on June 7, 2003 by David Elias Nader
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