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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Charisma
  • ASIN: B004BEK1Q4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Kilgour on 11 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album when I was 14 or 15, to cheer me up on the way to the dentist. I think it was the cover that appealed to me, I hadn't heard the album, but I remember it being among the first few I bought. This placed me firmly in the "weirdo section" at school, when everyone carried their favourite albums in plastic sleeves to broadcast tastes and attract exchanges. It also established a lifelong preference for bands with keyboards, and I soon bought the other 4 albums.
My own favourite track is My Back Pages. I love the way it goes from a piano intro to heavier when the organ kicks in. Hang onto a Dream features some really nice piano playing. America live has` Keith Emerson "playing" the strings of the piano and later on the track sounds like a train going slowly over points. Not so impressed with these bits nowadays.
Overall this is probably the best place to start listening to The Nice. The original 4 tracks are all outstanding. This was the last album they released.
(Great pity as they were due to bring out another, featuring their version of Lt Kije. Its release was announced in the music press, but due to difficulties with the publisher it was shelved. Not sure, but this is probably the "new" content on The Immediate Anthology).
And I am still playing this CD today, long after I wore out the album.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
It is with sadness that, while researching a little for this review,
I discovered that Brian 'Blinkey' Davison, drummer with The Nice
died in April last year aged 65.

I saw him once with his band Every Which Way at a gig in a small
sweaty rock club in deepest, darkest Essex in the early seventies
(1971 I think). A great little jazz/rock combo who raised the roof.
At one point during a particularly raucous number the tip of one
of his drumsticks snapped, flew thought the air and was caught
by yours truly in mid-flight. I still have it !

A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then !

'Elegy', The Nice's' fifth studio album was originally
released in 1971. It proved to be their last.
To hear it again in this gloriously remastered edition
is strangely moving.
One is reminded immediately what an extraordinarily talented
band they were. Supremely virtuosic musicians playing music
of startling complexity. A real dream-team if ever there was !

The album is, in fact, a bit of a ragbag of studio and live material.
(It was actually released after the band split). As an epitaph to a
unique 'prog-rock' phenomenon it is none-the-less indispensible.

Listen to Jackson's mercurial bass runs in 'Third Movement : Pathetique'.
Together with Emerson's raging Hammond and Davison's elemental
drumming there can be little doubt that we are in the presence
of greatness. There is real passion and fire in the performance.

The live recording of 'America (Second Ammendment)' is astonishing.
Emerson plays like a man possessed - which in some ways he was - but his
ego never compromises the integrity of the performance for a moment.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. Mason VINE VOICE on 13 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was lucky enough to see The Nice just before they broke up and I remember buying this on vinyl when it came out (just after I had seen ELP on their first tour).
It has always been one of my favourite albums as it celebrates all the best things about the band. 'Hang on to a Dream' is a 12 minute version of the Tim Hardin song with some beautiful piano playing from Keith Emerson right through to the full power of the band in their version of 'America' -it is a great pity this is not available on DVD so that everyone could see what Emerson was doing to get the range of sounds from the Hammond organ.
The extra tracks really are just an add on to what is really the Best of The Nice
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
There's a fair bit of history to this CD that explains why it was issued and why, to my mind, it seems as if it's a bottom trawl of `what have we got that has not been released so far to squeeze a few more dollars out of the old milk cow'.
As the name suggests Elegy,a song after mourning, was released after the band had broken up.
Immediate their label had been slaughtered causing all sorts of reissue hell for the collectors to fathom.
As a Keith Emerson, ELP and Nice fan (the group not an adjective) I still believe that the Nice never realised their full potential as a group. This CD confirms it. Heck I still love the Nice but I am a realist.
The original 4 tracks have been enhanced with further tracks. BUT beware there are now two different reissue versions of this CD. At the time of writing in Feb 2012 the one with 2 is the cheaper.
To the actual tracks with bonus later.
Track one is a live version of the Tim Hardin penned `Hang on to a Dream'. Here as with all tracks Lee Jackson's vocals were not top division.
Track 2 is My Back Pages a Bob Dylan song with which the Byrds found success with. The Nice really seemed to go for Bob Dylan at that time but then everyone seemed to be releasing Dylan Tracks at that time from Manfred Mann's Mighty Quinn to Hendrix' All Along the Watchtower.

The third track and orginal opener to side two of the LP (yes LPs were that short in those days! ) is Pathetiquethis is a far better version than the one previously released onFive Bridges [with 5 bonus tracks] . No orchestra and just the trio showing just how good they were.
The final and the Stand out track of the original LP and of course the Nice's only single success is America. This is a really stomping version and is worth the price of the CD alone.
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