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Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (16 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B003PIUIEM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. She Belongs To Me
2. Flower King Of Flies
3. Sombrero Sam
4. You Keep Me Hanging On
5. The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
6. Brandenburger
7. Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon
8. Ars Longa Vita Brevis (2nd Movement)
9. Aries
10. Lumpy Gravy
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Introduction
2. I'm Not One Of Those People
3. Azrael Revisted
4. Blue For The Prairies
5. Diary Of An Empty Day (& Top Gear Signature)
6. For Example
7. St Thomas (With Special Guest Roy Harper)
8. Intermezzo Karelia Suite
9. Hang On To A Dream
10. Country Pie - Brandenburg Concerto No 6
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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The Nice with keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson (later to be a founding member of Emerson Lake & Palmer) at the helm was one of the most adventurous bands of the British psychedelic scene. “Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon” is a 2 CD collection consisting of live recordings from 1967-’70 concerts, TV, and radio appearances and the first complete overview of the live history of The Nice, covering the bands entire lifespan and all the tracks have been newly re-mastered. The first Volume – The Quartet documents the band’s quartet phase and features a re-invention of Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me”, acid-fantasy lyricism of “Flower King of Flies”, surprisingly never recorded covers of The Byrds “Get To You” and Frank Zappa’s “Lumpy Gravy” and the bands biggest charting single a bold radical reinvention of Bernstein’s “America”. The second Volume – The Trio documents the band’s trio phase (minus a lead guitarist) finds Emerson as a front man unleashing particularly proto ELP pieces “Intermezzo Karelia Suite” and “Pathetique” a choral arrangement of Tim Hardin’s “Hang On To A Dream, a pych-soaked take on Dave Brubeck’s “Rondo”, Sonny Rollins jazz classic “St Thomas” featuring a surprise guest, the renowned U.K. troubadour Roy Harper on vocals and the ambitious “Five Bridges Suite”. “Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of The Moon” also features cover artwork designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock ‘n’ roll bootleg cover artists. In Keith Emerson’s own words “I hope you will enjoy listening to these unique recordings as I do”.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2012
Not a review but sound advice...
Most of the Nice's back catalogue has been repackaged and released on many different formats.

Some of the tracks on this Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon I simply did not know existed as live recordings.. So their origin is to my mind suspect. The dreaded Bootleg word springs to mind? An if that's the case then treat with caution and take my advice up go for the better Li ve at Filmore East or even the half live CD Nice. It has some really superior live tracks along with 4 studio that are good and the CD has been enhanced with some extra tracks thrown in! I reviewed that one too. So I'd read what I put and make your mind up.
In my collection I have many duplicates so rather than risking the 14GBp why not consider Live at the Fillmore East: December 1969 ?
This is generally acknowledged to be a brilliant double CD and comes in at less than 4GB (as at 01.02.12) and an excellent place to start.
It's two very good live concerts by the Nice.
Then I suggest you go to Amazon USA to see if any one there has written a write up on it.
Then please consider Live at the Filmore East.

If you like that one come back to this.

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As soon as I published my review were before there was simply no review those kind thoughtful peeps at Amazon tagged on the USA reviews!! Bless!
It seems my suspicions were well founded. The quality is mixed and bootleg standard albeit chosen by the great man Keith Emerson himself no less..
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Amazon.com: 4 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Essential for Prog-Rock Lovers 25 Aug. 2010
By Peter Baklava - Published on Amazon.com
The NICE was a pivotal band in the progressive rock fold, but they never were particularly well-recorded. Their albums for Immediate Records didn't represent the band's powers at their fullest, and only 1969's self-titled "Nice" would qualify as a classic.

Micro-Werks "Diamond Hard Blue Apples..." is a compilation of bootleg recordings, personally endorsed for release by Nice keyboardist Keith Emerson. There are some choice rarities here which should delight fans to no end, but on the downside, there are a number of poorly recorded BBC takes. (Why is it that big name bands like the Beatles, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix get sparkling BBC treatment, and lesser bands have to settle for bootlegs?)

Well, to concentrate on the good: the selections open strongly with startlingly good live recordings taken from Stockholm in late 1967, when the Nice was on tour promoting its first album. In particular, the cover of Charles Lloyd's "Sombrero Sam" is incendiary. With underrated guitarist Davy O'List leading the way and the band on fire, this cut is fantastic, and goes a ways toward explaining why Jimi Hendrix toyed with the idea of joining the fledgling Emerson, Lake and Palmer in 1970.

There is a snappy band salute to Frank Zappa, the "Lumpy Gravy" theme with Keith Emerson on celeste.

A lyrical, well-arranged version of the Byrds' "Get to You" offers a preview of Emerson's later, Romantic styled piano with Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

There's a nice, straightforward take on Oscar Peterson's "Blues of the Prairie", which shows that the Nice could easily have played jazz festivals as well as rock venues.

A side-slapping, but musically astute version of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas" includes some droll and off-the-wall lyrics courtesy of guest vocalist Roy Harper.

All of these go to show that the Nice was without a doubt one of the most adventurous and accomplished bands of the late Sixties. If they had committed these tracks to vinyl on an official release, who knows what would have happened. As it was, they never had their "Procol Harum moment", although they easily could have issued a concert album with a classical orchestra. There are some good outtakes from the Nice's experiments with a full symphony orchestra in this collection, too.

With about 13 of 27 tracks drawn from the BBC, be aware that there is variable sound quality.... but only about three are what I would characterize as "nearly unlistenable". Most of them stand up okay, which makes this collection essential for any fans of Keith Emerson and this wonderfully eclectic band of prog-rock pioneers.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nice & Fun 31 Oct. 2010
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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Here are two discs of 27 tracks of the greatest (and obscure) Nice tunes from Keith, Lee, Davy & Brian. From the end of the first year (Stockholm, December 1967) to after the news of the band's ending (BBC, April 1970) These two official bootlegs really tell the tale in music of what these progressive pioneers were all about.

Almost all of this material has seen a CD release already before. But, the sonics of the Stockholm tapes, The Nice at the BBC, the Fairfield Hall concert, and the Fillmore East & West of 1969 have been remastered and tweaked yet again and they sound better than before. The William Stout cover is a very nice touch as he was the artist of many bootleg records sold in the early seventies that are most famous today.

Disc one covers the Davy O'List era of 1967-68, and disc two spotlights the heavier "trio" years of 1969-70. Highlights include a very groovy: "You Keep Me Hanging On" from Sweden and the best: "Sombrero Sam" that you are gonna find. Davy's presence of disc one is very prominent and his playing (hardly heard on Nice records) is really great here. Early Nice is close in form and style to early Pink Floyd music of this same era, but it's a fun experiment of art-rock as this is colorful magic for the ears.

Disc two features the more Keith Emerson domainated trio with Lee & Brian stepping up more as the sound becomes harder and heavier. The Band was becoming known for their outrageous antics on stage with American flags and knives that were being tossed about. Crazy behavior aside, the music gets even better and is years ahead of everybody else, and is really the blueprint of what would define live shows of the 1970's. A version of: "The Five Bridges Suite" without orchestra shows that The Nice could always take their music up by a few notches and make it all bigger and better on stage. Disc two features a lot of Nice music you may already have heard, but these are different renditions of their standards. Sound quality isn't always great (hence the bootleg tag) but, this is a sonic marvel when compared to say that ELP bootleg series that sounds like mudd!

To have this much live Nice music fitted together in one package is a treat for fans. Without having to buy all of this material on separate CD's that today (if found!) sell for big bucks, this set is a bargain. This is no trick..."The Diamond Hard Blue Apples Of the Moon" is nice Nice.
This is a great addition to an ever expanding Nice Catalog of music.
Four Stars!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
KEITH EMERSON AND THE NICE!!! WOW!!! 15 Oct. 2010
By music man - Published on Amazon.com
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I FEEL THESE LIVE RECORDINGS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF PROGRESSIVE MUSIC HISTORY.KEITH EMERSON "THE FATHER OF PROG" HAS REALLY DONE IT ALL ON THESE RECORDINGS.ALL MUSICAL STYLES ARE INCORPORATED IN THIS MUSIC.THE KEYBOARD PLAYING IS OUTSTANDING AS ARE THE OTHER MEMBERS PERFORMANCES.
SOME OF THE RECORDINGS ARE POOR IN AUDIO QUALITY.BUT MOST TRACKS THE SOUND QUALITY IS VERY GOOD.THERE ARE TRACKS HERE FROM THE NICE LIVE-SWEDISH T.V. CD AND FROM THE AMERICA COMPILATION BBC LIVE CD RECORDINGS.
IF YOU ARE A NICE,ELP,KEITH EMERSON,PROG FAN, DEFINITELY GET THIS AND THE OTHER NICE CD'S TO COMPLETE YOUR COLLECTION.GREAT PROGRESSIVE MUSIC.ENJOY!
1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Its OK 6 Feb. 2013
By philip beck - Published on Amazon.com
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Just OK,Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, Just OK, This is my review
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