Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon Original recording remastered
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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 bands quartet phase and features a re-invention of Dylans She Belongs To Me, acid-fantasy lyricism of Flower King of Flies, surprisingly never recorded covers of The Byrds Get To You and Frank Zappas Lumpy Gravy and the bands biggest charting single a bold radical reinvention of Bernsteins America. The second Volume The Trio documents the bands 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 Hardins Hang On To A Dream, a pych-soaked take on Dave Brubecks 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 Emersons own words I hope you will enjoy listening to these unique recordings as I do.
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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.
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..
But I stand by my comments about there being better places to start your Nice CD collection.
So please dear reader be gentle with your 'was this review helpful' choice because if I had not written this review you would not be reading all those reviews.
I wouldn't touch this with a barge pole and as for Mr Emerson endorsing it, was he hearing what we do? File under "crap"
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The history of The Nice didn't leave much studio recordings, but some fantastic live renditions of their music. This collection has several live versions that I hadn't heard, and it delivers great value for the true Emerson fan Highly recommended if you are an old school prog rock fan.
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!