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Still Playing this Today
on 11 March 2008
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.