This is a great reissue. The mastering, booklet, and bonus tracks are all great. If you like the first two albums, then I recommend this. Tracks 1-4 are studio (side 1 of the original lp). Tracks 5-6 (side 2 of the original lp)are live from the Filmore East. Extensive workouts of Rondo and Dylan's "She Belongs To Me". It's on these two tracks where you hear the beginings of what was to become ELP. Emerson really shines.
This reissue is supplemented with five bonus tracks (live & BBC) which are great. The Nice were a very underrated band in my opinion. If you're an ELP fan you will love this. Early progessive rock for sure.
This was one of the first 'progressive rock' LP s i listened to many years ago on my mates Dansette in in England (Ask your dad what an LP and Dansette is and where England is on the map!). Those that remember these things will know you had to turn the things over to play the other side. BUT we never bothered with the first 4 tracks of side 1. The killer and standout track here is the live side 2. The stand out track being Rondo 69. This has always remained my favorite Nice track and captures what the Nice were, a really fabulous Live band. That organ sound that Emerson produces drives the trio along. No lead guitars see. She belongs to me, a Bob Dylan song, has Lee Jackson barking out the vocals, his bass guitar being the powerhouse with able support by Brian 'Blinky' Davison on the drums. This revamped CD comes with seven extra tracks live versions This helps swell the shortness of the original LP. Why the 3 stars? well any fan will tell you that the Nice never really 'cut the mustard' on LPs. The live shows were their forte and never was a term 'Showman' more apt for the knife throwing, Hammond organ abusing Emerson! Bad luck with their ill fated label Immediate and their sad breakup prevented the Nice from achieving their potential. There are 3 versions of this CD kicking around. be sure you get the version with extra tracks which bump up the value. LPS could sometimes be a mere 40 mins long back in the late 60s!
As were their first albums Nice's third album is a rather uneven affair. This fact may be hard to avoid when trying to reconcile such diverse genres as classical, jazz, rock and blues in a psychedelic wrapping. Moreover half of the album consists of two long live-recordings.
The Nice were skilled musicians, especially keyboardman Keith Emerson was sublime, but the group were as songwriters not particularly remarkable. One of their very best tracks is the psychedelic "Diary For an Empty Day" - in spite of the somewhat fragile vocals this song is one of the most successful the group recorded; both melodic and instrumentally interesting. Their cover version of Tim Hardin's "Hang on to a Dream" also keeps level - here their fusion music actually works. Could recall early King Crimson.
The opening track is a pianodriven rocker - with jazzy experiments. Not a bad track with interesting exceptional beats.
"For Example" is so experimenting that for me it is too diffuse and uninteresting.
The two long live tracks naturally gives an impression of the group on stage, but basically the tracks feel rather lengthy.
The Nice was possibly seen as interesting and innovative in their time, but I fear for their music in the long term.