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Nice [CD]

The Nice Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B0000AM78E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Azrael Revisited
2. Hang Onto A Dream
3. Diary Of An Empty Day
4. For Example
5. Rondo 69
6. She Belongs To Me
7. Hang Onto A Dream
8. Diary Of An Empty Day
9. St Thomas
10. Pathetique Symphony 4th
11. Lt Kije (The Troika)/Rondo

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the first 'progressive rock' LP s I listened to many years ago on my mates Dansette. (Ask your dad what an LP and Dansette is!). 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. Now no doubt there will be legions of fans who will say that the first side was/is excellent I agree it's just that the second side was so good and was my favourite.
People forget that with LPs there were two sides asingle CD does not have that paradox.
I'm not saying I do not like the first 4 , rather I do. So if you see a review reeferring to the first 4 being great they simply have not read my review in full.

Now back to the album.
The stand out track being Rondo 69. This has always remained my favourite 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.
Now the proof that Rondo is wonderful and timeless is that it was a popular addition to the ELP live shows.
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.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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This was amongst my first albums purchased in 1969, but unlike the previous reviewer, I loved the first side of the original album, and don't agree that the Nice were not an album band. There's no doubt that their live act was masterful and that Rondo was up there with America at the spearhead of their energy - so much so that this became a mainstay of my own rock act and remained so for around 25 years. However, the energy of those acts very much covered over the fact that the fundamental material was really quite shallow by comparison not only with their own album tracks, but also with the subsequent music that poured forth from, of course, ELP, but also from Refugee, the band that the remaining members of the Nice formed with Patrick Moraz, but which was unfortunately cut short by PM's absorption into Yes.

Their album tracks demonstrated a depth of musicianship well beyond this single theme stage stuff, and nowhere more than on this album. Asrael revisited could almost have been a forerunner of Van der Graaf Generator or even early (Peter Gabriel era) Genesis, whilst For Example has to remain the most novel and multi-textured variation on the blues that I have ever heard by any band ever.

So in addition to enjoying the instant gratification of the live tracks, try a few listenings of the studio material - as with all highly structured and textured music it takes a few listenings for it to "grow" - and I'm sure you'll agree that there's ample room for both.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hanging onto a Dream 11 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
I have a really soft spot for this album mainly because it was one of the first I ever bought and played over again and I still think that it is The Nice at their best.I still get a tingle when I hear Keith Emerson piano intro on the first track.There is a very fine jazz/choral arrangement of Tim Hardins ' Hang onto a Dream ' and though ' Diary of an Empty Day ' is lifted from a classical piece ( Edouard Lalo's Symphonic Espagnole ) which of course was not uncommon regarding Emerson.it all fits and works rather well with the lyrics.The live tracks introduced me to the likes of Brubeck and Dylan and the Jimmy Smith style ' For Example '. Unfortunately by the time I had discovered The Nice they had split up and I had to be content with ELP who I saw but never loved.Give me Lee Jacksons gravelly vocals any time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nice Album 7 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
We (my wife and I) hadn't heard this record since the early Seventies, but we knew every note when we played the CD - what a thrill! Also, having recently heard and seen all the anniversary publicity about Dave Brubeck's 'Take Five', The Nice's 'Rondo 69' made sense as a tribute to Brubeck's 'Blue Rondo a la Turk'. A lovely bit of jazz/rock history.
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