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Full-length studio recorded CD (2012 reissue; originally recorded in 1988) \"One Christmas, I sat at the piano and discovered amongst my manuscripts a book of carols that my eldest son, Aaron, had brought home from school. I began improvising on some of the themes. My next door neighbour, Nigel, happened to drop by to take in some of my Christmas spirit and listened while I played. 'You should do a Christmas album,' he said..... - Keith Emerson Delightful holiday album originally recorded in 1988 with traditional carols and classical pieces infused with improvisational \"Emerson\" flavour, as well as his original pieces. One of the original pieces, \"Glorietta\" is one of Keith's personal favourites which he dedicated to his late mother, who use to be a cook supervisor at West Park School in Worthing, UK. The voices of the children from the same school can be heard on \"Captain Starship Christmas\". (Today, those children are around 35 years of age...)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Troika
  2. Variations On O'Little Town Of Bethlehem
  3. We Three Kings
  4. Snowman's Land
  5. Captain Starship Christmas
  6. Aria-From Bach's Christmas Oratorio
  7. I Saw Three Ships
  8. Glorietta Part 1
  9. Glorietta Part 2
  10. Petites Litanies De Jesus
  11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  12. Silent Night


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gunslinger Records
  • ASIN: B00002Z86O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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From the fingers that fused 'Tarkus'; from the mind that molded maniacal music with keyboard molestations; from the honky who helped heave huge pianos end over end... comes one of the most creative Christmas albums of all time. There are incredible arrangements included within this collection as well as stellar performances from the premiere key-meister of our time. The album closes with the most soulful version of 'Silent Night' that you will ever hear. Keith has been called every name in the book from genius to prodigy to legend. Listen to this album, though and get lost in the inherent soulfulness of the season. Then call Emerson the bringer of peace-filled tidings. Happy Christmas, Keith (in the middle of July) and thank you for your gift.
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I place Keith Emerson side by side with giants like Paul McCartney, Miles Davies, Tom Jobim and Cole Porter. It is a shame is work is not known as it should be. Anyway, this is a good opportunity to become acquainted with one of the most creative, daring and coherent artist of our times. "Glorietta" and "I Saw Three Ships" are small masterpieces and show very eloquntly Keith's prowess both in synthesizers and the Grand Piano. It is time for the big labels to start editing some of the solo materials of this giant.
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May sound a bit strange to some as its not just another sweet Christmas Pudding! This is a gem of improvisations on familiar tunes - as well as new ones! For all lovers of sparkling mixes of rock and jazz and electronics!
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I've been an Emerson fan since 1971 and this just might be my favorite album of his entire career. It's that good. The initial release was shorter than this reissue; it lacked the Prokofiev and the "Gloriettas". One way or the other, Keith's CHRISTMAS ALBUM is a perfect mix of carols, classics and original compositions done with exquisite taste and extraordinary virtuosity.

Some thoughts on each tune:

"Troika" - Prokofiev's little 3rd movement (depicting a three-horse sleigh ride) from the Lieutenant Kije Suite. A joyous frolic. The classical opening is very true to the spirit of the original. Morphs into an energetic mix of synth, piano, wailing guitar, drums and... whistling.

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" - The British rather than the American melody, I didn't recognize this at first. Beautiful synth chorus and drum machine leads to a piano improv over a pedal tone bass. Very dignified, it would sound right at home on TRILOGY.

"We Three Kings of Orient Are" - Energetic and slightly humorous, a pronounced rhythmic groove sets up the synth chorus of the first two verses. A bridge leads into a bit of J.S. Bach a la "Knife Edge". More loose piano improv fades out over the same groove.

"Snowman's Land" - Emerson original piano/synth. Only Keith could have done this. Exhuberant all the way through but for the chorus's rather dark and imposing finale made up of quartals. Sounds like from TARKUS or TRILOGY to me.

"Captain Starship Christmas" - An Emerson original and the only track that is not completely successful. A cute fantasy, it would seem a natural for the children's choir that sings it, but the melody is too adventurous for a child's vocal abilities!
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This cd is excellent, imaginative, one that will satisfy you all year long. For Keith Emerson fans a must! Keith, we want...more!
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