Five Bridges Import
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As a bonus, they included in this long awaited release, side one of the record "Autuum to Spring"
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.
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?Read more ›
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An oldie... very valuable recording... with veteran keyboardist Keith Emerson... RIPPublished 4 months ago by dinub1
This album is one of the pillars of progressive rock. The Nice were pioneers of the genre, it really defines the genre, while other bands were still finding their feet in 1969 the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Minkosaurus
This album is a reasonably good introduction to The Nice. I heard it, in the early Seventies, as part of a two-LP package designed to sell the then-prog-superstar-Keith... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Marco Buendia
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 morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Arlee Bird
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 morePublished on May 25, 2013 by "Belgo Geordie"
"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 morePublished on December 30, 2010 by Kevin P. MacNutt
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 morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Glenn Fink