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Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake (born 10 November 1947) is an English
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

 musician
Musician
A musician is an artist who plays a musical instrument. It may or may not be the person's profession. Musicians can be classified by their roles in performing music and writing music.Also....* A person who makes music a profession....

, songwriter
Songwriter
A songwriter is an individual who writes both the lyrics and music to a song. Someone who solely writes lyrics may be called a lyricist, and someone who only writes music may be called a composer...

 and producer
Record producer
A record producer is an individual working within the music industry, whose job is to oversee and manage the recording of an artist's music...

, best known as a vocalist and bassist of King Crimson
King Crimson
King Crimson are a rock band founded in London, England in 1969. Often categorised as a foundational progressive rock group, the band have incorporated diverse influences and instrumentation during their history...

, and the bassist, guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, are an English progressive rock supergroup. They found success in the 1970s and sold over forty million albums and headlined large stadium concerts. The band consists of Keith Emerson , Greg Lake and Carl Palmer...

.

1960s: King Crimson


Greg Lake first came to prominence as a founding member of King Crimson
King Crimson
King Crimson are a rock band founded in London, England in 1969. Often categorised as a foundational progressive rock group, the band have incorporated diverse influences and instrumentation during their history...

. He was a school friend of guitarist Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. He was ranked 42nd on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" and #47 on Gibson.com’s "Top 50 Guitarists of All Time". Among rock guitarists, Fripp is a master of crosspicking, a technique...

, who invited Lake to join the new band and take on the tasks of lead singer and bass player. Lake was primarily a guitarist, but agreed to switch to bass at Fripp's request. Lake had some involvement in writing the lyrics for King Crimson's debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King
In the Court of the Crimson King
In the Court of the Crimson King is the 1969 debut album by the British progressive rock group King Crimson. The album reached No. 5 on the British charts, and is certified gold in the United States....

, although Peter Sinfield was the primary lyricist. Aside from being the lead singer and bass player, Lake also ended up producing the album after their contracted producer (Tony Clark) walked away from the project.

"In The Court of the Crimson King," released in 1969, made King Crimson far more successful than any of Fripp and Lake's earlier projects (such as the Shy Limbs or Giles, Giles and Fripp), and became a key influence and landmark in the emerging progressive rock genre. Lake's vocals, which ranged from serene and soothing to acerbic and distorted, were a striking element of the album. Ultimately, however, Lake stayed with King Crimson for only about a year, leaving soon after their debut album to start the rock trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer. However, at Fripp's request, Lake provided the vocals for King Crimson's second album (In the Wake of Poseidon
In the Wake of Poseidon
In the Wake of Poseidon is the second album by the progressive rock group King Crimson. By the time this album was released, the band had already undergone their first change in line-up, however they still maintained much of the style of their first album, In the Court of the Crimson King.Greg Lake...

).

1970s: Emerson, Lake & Palmer



Formation and debut album


King Crimson had played a couple of venues along with The Nice, and Lake had struck up a friendship with their wunderkind organist and keyboardist, Keith Emerson. As a result, they teamed up and brought in the drummer from The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown is a psychedelic rock album by Arthur Brown and his band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, released in 1968. Considered a classic of the late-1960s psychedelic scene and a significant influence on progressive rock, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown includes covers of...

 and Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster were an English progressive rock band, composed of former members of the The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Throughout their history, keyboardist Vincent Crane was the only constant member, and wrote the majority of their material. Their history is defined by two periods, in the early...

, Carl Palmer
Carl Palmer
Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer is an English drummer and percussionist. He is credited as one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from the 1960s...

 - forming the progressive rock 'supergroup,' ELP. From the outset, Greg Lake filled acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, lyrics, vocals and production duties for the band. The trio did not make use of external producers for any of their albums in the 1970s, nor did they ever employ session players for studio work or live performances - during concerts, Lake would play an acoustic guitar, electric guitar or bass as required. (However, beginning with the 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery, Lake did begin collaborating with Peter Sinfield to write lyrics.)

ELP became highly commercially successful in the 1970s (with album sales totaling more than thirty million), and significantly contributed to the evolution of progressive rock
Progressive rock
Progressive rock is a subgenre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s as part of a "mostly British attempt to elevate rock music to new levels of artistic credibility." John Covach, in Contemporary Music Review, says that many thought it would not just "succeed the pop of...

. Lake contributed to many of ELP's songs but was particularly noticeable for his guitar-oriented and soulful ballads. For example, on their debut album (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Lake included an acoustic song (with a keyboard outro hastily recorded by Emerson) called "Lucky Man," based on a poem he had written at the age of 12. In determining the direction of the band, Lake's focus on ballads, radio-friendly material and "down-to-earth" compositions contrasted sharply with Emerson's desire to create rock symphonies and polyphonic, poly-rhythmic suites. The result was that ELP continuously merged classical and blues styles, producing albums with bewildering mixtures of classical pieces, ballads, hard rock songs and epic-length suites.

Pictures at an Exhibition, Tarkus and Trilogy


After their debut album, ELP recorded a live performance of their treatment of Pictures at an Exhibition
Pictures at an Exhibition (album)
*The material on the second disc was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in December of 1970.-Personnel:*Keith Emerson - Pipe Organ, Hammond C3 and L100 Organs, Moog Modular Synthesizer, Ribbon controller, Clavinet*Greg Lake - bass, acoustic guitar, Vocals...

, which brought in elements of electric rock, jazz, blues and, notably, Lake's acoustic ballad "The Sage." (Due to management conflicts, this recording was not released until after their next studio album.) Their second studio album, Tarkus
Tarkus
Tarkus is the second album by the British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971.In 1993 the album was digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio...

, had a side-long epic on Side A, and Side B combined a series of hard rock songs, an instrumental and a couple of comic songs. It was immediately recognised as a landmark and defining album of progressive rock. As with Pictures at an Exhibition, Lake was not heavily involved with the early composition work of Tarkus, although all of the lyrics and production work on both albums are his. He did contribute a haunting electric guitar solo to the epic title track
Tarkus (song)
"Tarkus" is the title track of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's second album. The progressive rock epic clocks in at 20:35. It was the longest studio song by the band until the three impressions of Karn Evil 9 and their concert performances. The name "Tarkus" refers to the armadillo-tank from the William...

. Also, the evocative lyrics and acerbic vocals of various songs from Side B of Tarkus (particularly Bitches Crystal and A Time and a Place) have been acclaimed by fans.

This was followed by the album Trilogy
Trilogy (Emerson, Lake & Palmer album)
Trilogy is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1972. The front cover depicts Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, while the interior of the original gatefold sleeve features a photomontage showing multiple images of the band in Epping Forest...

, which Lake rates as his favourite ELP album. His ballad From the Beginning was their most commercially successful single. Lake continued to provide powerful lyrics and highly inventive and adroit vocals in songs such as The Endless Enigma and the title track. This album was the most refined of ELP's work, combining signature classical pieces (Hoedown and Abaddon's Bolero) with multi-part progressive tracks (such as The Endless Enigma) and shorter, more accessible songs (such as Living Sin).

Brain Salad Surgery and international fame


With ELP steadily becoming one of the highest-grossing live acts on earth, they released their most ambitious album yet in 1973, Brain Salad Surgery
Brain Salad Surgery
Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records imprint. It fuses rock and classical themes. Lyrics were co-written by Greg Lake with fellow ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield. Cover...

. Once again, Lake contributed a soulful ballad - "Still... You Turn Me On" - and was able to match the grandiose playing of Emerson and Palmer not only with tight guitar and bass work, but also with innovative lyrics, most notably for the apocalyptic and bizarre epic "Karn Evil 9" (the first ELP song in which Lake collaborated with Peter Sinfield to write lyrics). Lake's production skills ensured his continued success in harnessing the complex, multi-layered and polyrhythmic studio work of the band into tightly produced, highly successful albums. Although he gave Emerson a free rein to incorporate massive, virtuosic instrumentals (such as in "Toccata" and the second impression of "Karn Evil 9"), he ensured that each album contained familiar, accessible material (such as his cover of the hymn "Jerusalem"). In particular, the decision to release "Karn Evil 9: First Impression, Part 2" as a single resulted in continued radio play and commercial attention being given to ELP. The driving lyrics of this section, opening with the classic line "Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends," ensured that Lake's vocals and ELP's unique brand of musicality would continue to gain popular recognition.

ELP's massive commercial success continued when they were the headline act (along with Deep Purple) at 1974's California Jam
California Jam
California Jam, also known as Cal Jam, was a rock music festival concert held at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California on April 6, 1974. It was produced by ABC Entertainment, Sandy Feldman, Don Branker and Leonard Stogel...

, where they played live to an audience of some 180,000. In the midst of this unprecedented renown and immense financial success, ELP went on a two-year hiatus, most likely due to growing tension among the members. During the hiatus, Lake gained further popularity for his UK Christmas number two single, "I Believe in Father Christmas
I Believe in Father Christmas
"I Believe In Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake , with lyrics by Peter Sinfield.Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song this was not Lake's intention...

" (released in 1975). It continues to be a well-known Christmas pop song, and Lake actually travelled around the Middle East to record the haunting film clip. The song was recorded with an orchestra and released as a solo effort.

Works albums


ELP then emerged from the hiatus and in 1977 they released the double album Works Volume I
Works Volume I
Works Volume 1 is a 1977 album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It is a two-disc set divided into four major sections, one each highlighting each band member, and one for combined works.-Overview:...

, with each member having an entire side to himself. Lake's "side" consisted of five acoustic ballads, some of which included an orchestra (and all of which had lyrics co-credited to Peter Sinfield). The mournful "C'est la Vie" and the inspirational "Closer to Believing" were particularly noteworthy, marking a mature, restrained and introspective side to his artistry. Lake was also a driving force behind the 13-minute song "Pirates," which occupied side 4 of the album along with the song that has become ELP's greatest legacy: their overdriven, electric rendition of "Fanfare for the Common Man." The album was highly successful, but it has been described by Lake as "an image of a band fragmenting." ELP had successfully reinvented themselves as an orchestral band, and also turned out a timeless rock treatment of Copland's "Fanfare," but a return to the heights they had reached a few years earlier was not to be.

"I Believe in Father Christmas" was later re-recorded with Emerson and Palmer, and included on their next album, Works Volume II
Works Volume II
Works Volume 2 is an album released in 1977 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Unlike Works Volume 1 , Volume 2 was a single album which seemingly was a compilation of leftover tracks from other album sessions that had not made those albums...

; it contains a direct reference in the melody to Sergei Prokofiev. This album also contained a number of signature Lake ballads, such as "Show Me the Way to Go Home" and "Watching Over You" (a ballad written for his daughter). Lake was also pivotal in the creation of many other songs on the album, such as "Tiger in a Spotlight" (a minor hit) and "So Far to Fall." The album was, by far, the most radio-friendly, pop-oriented and accessible work that ELP had, thus far, ever produced - nonetheless, it was seen as a collection of leftovers, and it was their first commercial failure.

Love Beach and ELP's first break-up


Emerson spearheaded plans to embark on an orchestral tour to accompany the Works albums. The tour was a financial disaster that bankrupted the band and brought to the fore the growing tensions among the members, particularly between Lake and Emerson. They were obligated to make another album for their record label, and went to the Bahamas to record what became Love Beach
Love Beach
Love Beach is a studio album by English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer released in 1978. It was the band's final album of original material until Black Moon and was produced to satisfy contractual obligations with the group's record company. It was a critical and commercial...

. Lake was highly uninterested in the album, leaning heavily on Sinfield to write all of the lyrics, and flying home as soon as his final guitar work was recorded. Emerson was left with some technicians to finish cutting the album - no one is actually credited or recognised as being the album's "producer." ELP's final obligations were then filled by releasing the double album In Concert
Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert
Emerson, Lake and Palmer In Concert is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer , recorded at the 26 August 1977 show at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, which is featured on the album cover. It was released by Atlantic Records in November 1979, following ELP's breakup...

(later rebranded as Works Live), garnered from the ill-fated orchestral tour, which was released after they had already broken up.

Lake's other production work


In 1973, Lake founded Manticore Records
Manticore Records
Manticore Records was the record label launched by Emerson, Lake & Palmer's production company Manticore in 1973. The manticore is featured in the artwork for the album Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, . Initially the label was jointly owned with Island Records, but that partnership was dissolved...

 and signed several very talented musicians such as Italy's PFM
Premiata Forneria Marconi
Premiata Forneria Marconi is an Italian progressive rock band. They were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics...

 and Banco
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso
Banco del Mutuo Soccorso is an Italian rock band. A popular progressive rock band in the 1970s, they continued making music in the 1980s and 1990s...

, and King Crimson / Emerson, Lake & Palmer lyricist Peter Sinfield
Peter Sinfield
Peter John Sinfield is an English poet, lyricist and artist, most famously known as the lyricist and co-founding member of early incarnations of King Crimson, whose debut album In the Court of the Crimson King has been regarded as one of the most influential progressive rock albums ever...

. The company is named after a beast pictured inside the album Tarkus. (The fifth movement of the Tarkus suite is named "Manticore," which is the mythological creature who finally succeeds in beating Tarkus.) Having produced albums, on which he also played, for both King Crimson and ELP, Lake briefly produced albums for other artists, including Spontaneous Combustion
Spontaneous Combustion (band)
Spontaneous Combustion were an English progressive rock power trio, active in the 1970s. The band consisted of Gary Margetts on guitar and lead vocals, his brother Tristiam "Tris" Margetts on bass guitar, and drummer Tony Brock. Spontaneous Combustion released two albums, Spontaneous Combustion ...

 (1972), Stray Dog
Stray Dog (band)
Stray Dog were a blues-based hard rock band of the early 1970s. They recorded two albums before disbanding around 1975.- Career :They originally formed in Texas under the name of Aphrodite, from there they moved to Denver, Colorado, they became very popular with the audience's in Denver...

 (1973) and Keith Christmas
Keith Christmas
Keith Christmas is an English singer and songwriter. In 1969 his first album Stimulus was released...

 (1974). His only other foray into production appears to be The King's Singers (1987) & (2005).

1980s: Asia and solo career


After the break-up of ELP, Lake played a few concerts, including Los Angeles and Tokyo with the group Asia
Asia (band)
Asia are an English rock group formed in 1981. The band was labelled a supergroup as it included former members of several veteran progressive rock bands, namely John Wetton , Geoff Downes , Steve Howe and Carl Palmer Asia are an English rock group formed in 1981. The band was labelled a...

 in 1983 as a temporary replacement for John Wetton
John Wetton
John Kenneth Wetton is an English bassist, guitarist, keyboardist, singer and songwriter. He was born in Willington, Derbyshire, and grew up in Bournemouth. He has been a professional musician since the late 1960s...

.

He also released two well-received solo albums and toured with that band in the early 1980s. The albums were Greg Lake
Greg Lake (album)
Greg Lake is the self-titled debut solo album of singer Greg Lake, released in 1981. It features ex-Thin Lizzy member Gary Moore on guitar, and the song "Love You Too Much" co-written with Bob Dylan...

(1981) and Manoeuvres
Manoeuvres
Manoeuvres is the second solo album of singer Greg Lake, released in 1983. It features ex-Thin Lizzy member Gary Moore on guitar again. It is Lake's last original studio album on his own to date.-Songs:#"Manoeuvres" - 4:02...

(1983), both of which featured ex-Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy
Thin Lizzy are an Irish hard rock band formed in Dublin in 1969. Two of the founding members, drummer Brian Downey and bass guitarist/vocalist Phil Lynott met while still in school. Lynott assumed the role of frontman and led them throughout their recording career of thirteen studio albums...

 guitarist Gary Moore
Gary Moore
Robert William Gary Moore , better known simply as Gary Moore, was a Northern Irish musician from Belfast, best recognised as a blues rock guitarist and singer....

. The first also featured an unfinished Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet, film director and painter. He has been a major and profoundly influential figure in popular music and culture for five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the 1960s when he was an informal chronicler and a seemingly...

 track, obtained through a mutual friend and completed by Lake.

In 1986 he reunited with Emerson to write and record an album, to be known as "Emerson-Lake." They recruited Cozy Powell
Cozy Powell
Colin Flooks , better known as Cozy Powell, was an English rock drummer who made his name with many major rock bands.-Early history:...

 and released the album as "Emerson, Lake & Powell
Emerson, Lake & Powell
Emerson, Lake & Powell, sometimes abbreviated as ELPowell, were an English rock band, an offshoot or variant lineup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, that released one official studio album in 1986....

". This was effectively an ELP reunion with Powell replacing Palmer, who was contractually obligated to Asia. The "new" ELP toured, and then Palmer replaced Powell, before the line-up split once more.

Having worked with Geoff Downes
Geoff Downes
Geoffrey "Geoff" Downes is an English rock keyboard player, songwriter, best known as the keyboardist for the bands The Buggles, Yes and Asia, of which he is the only consistent member. When he was a keyboardist for The Buggles, he played multiple keyboards to achieve a New Wave technopop sound...

 in Asia, Lake and Downes recorded 6 tracks in summer 1988 as Greg Lake's Ride the Tiger. A new Asia line-up for Downes curtailed the project, but ELP used one song ("Affairs of the Heart") on their next album, Black Moon, and Asia used another ("Love Under Fire") on their next album, Aqua.

1990s: Emerson, Lake & Palmer again


Emerson, Lake & Palmer subsequently reunited in the early 1990s and played the progressive rock circuit, especially in outdoor summer concerts, and released two new studio albums. In 1998, the members of ELP had a rather acrimonious falling-out and Lake left the band.

2000s: Recent work, Greg Lake Band, and ELP reunion



Keith Emerson's 2004 memoirs "Pictures of an Exhibitionist" give an unflattering portrait of Lake, and Lake said at the time that he would never reunite with ELP in the future. He has not been especially visible on the music scene since then, though he did tour as a member of Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr
Richard Starkey, MBE better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles' drummer in...

's All-Starr Band in 2001. In late 2003 he played bass on The Who
The Who
The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey , Pete Townshend , John Entwistle and Keith Moon . They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction...

's "Real Good Looking Boy."

On 22 October 2005 Lake began touring the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

 with a brand new "Greg Lake Band" to positive reviews. The band comprised David Arch
David Arch
David Arch is a British musician, composer, arranger and musical director.- Career :Arch is the current arranger and musical director of the Strictly Come Dancing house band, as well as the band's pianist and guitarist...

 on keyboards, Florian Opahle on guitar, Trevor Barry on bass, and Brett Morgan on drums. A double DVD was released by Warner Bros/Classic Pictures early 2006. The Greg Lake Band was ready for a new tour on September 2006 with rumours of a new album in the pipeline, although this tour was cancelled at the last minute due to "management troubles".

Lake performed "Karn Evil 9
Karn Evil 9
"Karn Evil 9" is an extended work by progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, appearing on the album Brain Salad Surgery. A futuristic fusion of rock and classical themes, it is regarded by many fans to be their best work...

" with the Trans Siberian Orchestra at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, New York on December 20, 2006, at the Continental Airlines Arena
Continental Airlines Arena
Izod Center is a multi-purpose arena, in the MetLife Sports Complex, in East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States. It opened in 1981 and currently has a maximum seating capacity of 20,000...

 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
East Rutherford, New Jersey
East Rutherford is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 8,913. It is an inner-ring suburb of New York City, located west of Midtown Manhattan....

 on December 21, 2006 and at the Quicken Loans Arena
Quicken Loans Arena
Quicken Loans Arena , is a multi-purpose arena, in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States....

, aka the Q in Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, the most populous county in the state. The city is located in northeastern Ohio on the southern shore of Lake Erie, approximately west of the Pennsylvania border...

, on December 30, 2007, at the end of both the 3:00pm and 7:30pm shows.

Lake played "Lucky Man" with Jethro Tull
Jethro Tull (band)
Jethro Tull are a British rock group formed in 1967. Their music is characterised by the vocals, acoustic guitar, and flute playing of Ian Anderson, who has led the band since its founding, and the guitar work of Martin Barre, who has been with the band since 1969.Initially playing blues rock with...

 at their show at the Royal Festival Hall
Royal Festival Hall
The Royal Festival Hall is a 2,900-seat concert, dance and talks venue within Southbank Centre in London. It is situated on the South Bank of the River Thames, not far from Hungerford Bridge. It is a Grade I listed building - the first post-war building to become so protected...

 in London on 28 May 2008. In November 2008, U2 recorded Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas" to mark the launch of (RED)Wire
(RED)Wire
Wire is an online magazine and music service created by Bono of the Irish rock band U2. It is a part of the broader Product RED organization, which serves to work with corporations who are contracted to give a percentage of their profits for particular products to the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS...

.

In 2009, Lake performed on the song "Nutrocker" on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American progressive metal band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O'Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. Since then, TSO sold nearly 8...

 album Night Castle
Night Castle
- Disc two :- Personnel :* Paul O'Neill - Producer* Robert Kinkel - Producer* Dave Wittman - Recording & Mix Engineer- Vocals :Solo:* Jay Pierce - "Childhood Dreams", "The Safest Way Into Tomorrow"* Tim Hockenberry - "Sparks", "Believe"...

.

After more than a decade, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP, are an English progressive rock supergroup. They found success in the 1970s and sold over forty million albums and headlined large stadium concerts. The band consists of Keith Emerson , Greg Lake and Carl Palmer...

 reunited in the Summer of 2010 at the High Voltage Festival. As preparation for this show, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake toured North America in the Spring of 2010, presenting an intimate unplugged performance of King Crimson, ELP and The Nice selections featuring only Emerson and Lake performing

Legacy and influence



Although Lake contributed to many of ELP's songs, he was particularly noticeable for his acoustic guitar-oriented and soulful tunes such as "Lucky Man" (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), "The Sage" (Pictures at an Exhibition
Pictures at an Exhibition (album)
*The material on the second disc was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in December of 1970.-Personnel:*Keith Emerson - Pipe Organ, Hammond C3 and L100 Organs, Moog Modular Synthesizer, Ribbon controller, Clavinet*Greg Lake - bass, acoustic guitar, Vocals...

), "From the Beginning" (Trilogy
Trilogy (Emerson, Lake & Palmer album)
Trilogy is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1972. The front cover depicts Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, while the interior of the original gatefold sleeve features a photomontage showing multiple images of the band in Epping Forest...

), "Still... You Turn Me On" (Brain Salad Surgery
Brain Salad Surgery
Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records imprint. It fuses rock and classical themes. Lyrics were co-written by Greg Lake with fellow ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield. Cover...

) and "C'est la Vie" (Works Volume I
Works Volume I
Works Volume 1 is a 1977 album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It is a two-disc set divided into four major sections, one each highlighting each band member, and one for combined works.-Overview:...

). Lake became popularly known for his UK Christmas number two single, "I Believe in Father Christmas
I Believe in Father Christmas
"I Believe In Father Christmas" is a song by Greg Lake , with lyrics by Peter Sinfield.Although it is often categorised as a Christmas song this was not Lake's intention...

" in 1975, which was later included on the ELP album Works Volume II
Works Volume II
Works Volume 2 is an album released in 1977 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Unlike Works Volume 1 , Volume 2 was a single album which seemingly was a compilation of leftover tracks from other album sessions that had not made those albums...

.

In addition to the enduring notability of those ballads, Lake is also highly noted as a bass player (both for King Crimson and ELP) as well as his electric guitar work in songs such as "Tarkus
Tarkus (song)
"Tarkus" is the title track of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's second album. The progressive rock epic clocks in at 20:35. It was the longest studio song by the band until the three impressions of Karn Evil 9 and their concert performances. The name "Tarkus" refers to the armadillo-tank from the William...

". As a singer, he ranges from soulful ballads such as "The Sage" to acerbic, guttural singing in songs such as "A Time and a Place." He experiments with different vocal timbres in the songs "Living Sin" (with very low, downtempo vocals) and "Benny the Bouncer" (where he sings with an abrasive slang accent). Throughout the 1970s, Lake was known as the svelte singer who could nonetheless deliver powerful, rasping vocals such as those in "Karn Evil 9."

Although a great deal of ELP's most notable output is instrumental (for example, "Fanfare for the Common Man," "Toccata," "Abaddon's Bolero" and "Hoedown"), Lake's lyrical contributions to the band should not be overlooked. His lyrics are often bitingly cynical toward Christianity (as in "The Only Way" and "Hallowed be Thy Name," for example), although he is equally acerbic toward spellcraft in "Bitches Crystal." Interestingly, Lake covered the classic Christian hymn "Jerusalem," although it opens an album that also includes decidedly irreligious lyrics. While many of his lyrics defy simple interpretation (songs such as "The Endless Engima" and "The Great Gates of Kiev" continue to be discussed among fans), his simple ballads have endured as well-regarded love songs ("Still You Turn Me On" and "Closer to Believing," for example). Although he does write about many typical progressive rock themes - for example, war and apocalypse in "Tarkus" and "Karn Evil 9" - he was unique throughout the 1970s with his regular output of comical songs: "Jeremy Bender," "The Sheriff" and "Benny the Bouncer" being the most notable examples. He was known to agonise over his lyrics, much to the chagrin and bewilderment of Emerson - for example, he did a great deal of research to make "Pirates" historically detailed and plausible, and he spent years perfecting "Hallowed be Thy Name," turning a series of lines from the Lord's Prayer against their original intention.

King Crimson

  • In the Court of the Crimson King
    In the Court of the Crimson King
    In the Court of the Crimson King is the 1969 debut album by the British progressive rock group King Crimson. The album reached No. 5 on the British charts, and is certified gold in the United States....

    (October 1969); US #28 UK #5
  • In the Wake of Poseidon
    In the Wake of Poseidon
    In the Wake of Poseidon is the second album by the progressive rock group King Crimson. By the time this album was released, the band had already undergone their first change in line-up, however they still maintained much of the style of their first album, In the Court of the Crimson King.Greg Lake...

    (May 1970); US #31 UK #4
  • Epitaph (1997)

Emerson, Lake & Powell studio albums

  • Emerson, Lake & Powell
    Emerson, Lake & Powell (album)
    Emerson, Lake & Powell is the only studio album recorded by the ELP offshoot band of the same name. It was recorded in 1985 and released in 1986 on Polydor Records. However, two further albums comprising rehearsals and live material were subsequently issued in 2003...

    (1986)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer studio albums

Year Title Billboard album 200
Billboard 200
The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists...

UK Top 100 RIAA BPI
1970 Emerson, Lake & Palmer 18 4 Gold Silver
1971 Tarkus
Tarkus
Tarkus is the second album by the British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1971.In 1993 the album was digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio...

9 1 Gold Platinum
1972 Trilogy
Trilogy (Emerson, Lake & Palmer album)
Trilogy is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1972. The front cover depicts Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, while the interior of the original gatefold sleeve features a photomontage showing multiple images of the band in Epping Forest...

5 2 Gold Platinum
1973 Brain Salad Surgery
Brain Salad Surgery
Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records imprint. It fuses rock and classical themes. Lyrics were co-written by Greg Lake with fellow ex-King Crimson member Peter Sinfield. Cover...

11 2 Gold Gold
1977 Works, Vol. 1
Works Volume I
Works Volume 1 is a 1977 album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It is a two-disc set divided into four major sections, one each highlighting each band member, and one for combined works.-Overview:...

12 9 Gold Gold
1977 Works, Vol. 2
Works Volume II
Works Volume 2 is an album released in 1977 by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Unlike Works Volume 1 , Volume 2 was a single album which seemingly was a compilation of leftover tracks from other album sessions that had not made those albums...

37 20 Gold -
1978 Love Beach
Love Beach
Love Beach is a studio album by English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer released in 1978. It was the band's final album of original material until Black Moon and was produced to satisfy contractual obligations with the group's record company. It was a critical and commercial...

55 48 Gold Silver
1992 Black Moon 78 - - -
1994 In the Hot Seat
In the Hot Seat
In The Hot Seat is a studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer released in 1994. Keith Emerson had nerve problems in his right hand, which made it almost impossible to play the keyboards...

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Live albums

Year Title Billboard album 200
Billboard 200
The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists...

UK Top 100 RIAA BPI
1971 Pictures at an Exhibition
Pictures at an Exhibition (album)
*The material on the second disc was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in December of 1970.-Personnel:*Keith Emerson - Pipe Organ, Hammond C3 and L100 Organs, Moog Modular Synthesizer, Ribbon controller, Clavinet*Greg Lake - bass, acoustic guitar, Vocals...

10 3 Gold Silver
1974 Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends
Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends... Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer is a 1974 live album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, originally released as a three-disk vinyl album in a gatefold cover, the inside of which used the letters "E", "L" and "P" as...

4 5 Gold -
1979 In Concert
Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert
Emerson, Lake and Palmer In Concert is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer , recorded at the 26 August 1977 show at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, which is featured on the album cover. It was released by Atlantic Records in November 1979, following ELP's breakup...

73 - - -
1993 Live at the Royal Albert Hall - - - -
Works Live
Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert
Emerson, Lake and Palmer In Concert is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer , recorded at the 26 August 1977 show at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, which is featured on the album cover. It was released by Atlantic Records in November 1979, following ELP's breakup...

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1997 Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
Emerson, Lake and Palmer Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970 is an album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, recorded at the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970 and released on CD in 1997...

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Live in Poland
Live in Poland
Live in Poland is a live album by the progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It features a performance in Katowice, Poland, during June 1997...

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King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents: Greatest Hits Live - - - -
1998 Then & Now
Then and Now (ELP)
Then and Now is a live album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1998.It brings together two separate periods of the band's career and places them back-to-back. First is the legendary California Jam performance , which took place at the Ontario Motor Speedway in...

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2001 The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume One - - - -
The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Two - - - -
2002 The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Three - - - -
2006 The Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults: Volume Four - - - -
2010 High Voltage - - - -
A Time and A Place
A Time And A Place
The A Time And A Place box set brings together a select body of live performances by Emerson, Lake & Palmer captured before worldwide audiences during the band's career and tenure at the sharp end of the Progressive rock genre. It features high-quality soundboard recordings on the first three discs...

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2011 Live at Nassau Coliseum 78 - - - -

Albums

  • 1981 Greg Lake
    Greg Lake (album)
    Greg Lake is the self-titled debut solo album of singer Greg Lake, released in 1981. It features ex-Thin Lizzy member Gary Moore on guitar, and the song "Love You Too Much" co-written with Bob Dylan...

    US #62; UK #62
  • 1983 Manoeuvres
    Manoeuvres
    Manoeuvres is the second solo album of singer Greg Lake, released in 1983. It features ex-Thin Lizzy member Gary Moore on guitar again. It is Lake's last original studio album on his own to date.-Songs:#"Manoeuvres" - 4:02...

    US #209
  • 1995 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert
    King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Greg Lake in Concert
    King Biscuit Flower Hour presents Greg Lake in concert is a live album recorded by Greg Lake live in concert on November 5, 1981. It was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England and aired on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio broadcast. It was first released on CD in 1995. Recording...

  • 1997 The Greg Lake Retrospective: From The Beginning
  • 1998 From The Underground: The Official Bootleg
  • 2000 Live
  • 2002 Nuclear Attack
  • 2007 Greg Lake (Compilation)

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