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The Nice


Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 12 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Worth getting... 35 years ago!

This compilation actually sold quite well when it was originally released in 1973. In the UK, the title was slightly different, being Autumn '67, Spring '68. At the time, ELP were riding on the peak of their popularity, so anything which offered an insight into the background of the band members was lapped up by an inquisitive public. The Nice having been in relative terms not nearly as successful, this budget priced release offered a useful summary of their earliest recordings.

Many of the tracks here appeared on the band's first album, albeit in slightly different form. If you have the original albums though, there's nothing here which makes this release essential.

The highlight has to be the spirited (and controversial) interpretation of America from West side story, the rest of the tracks being decidedly more mundane. As the band evolved, they would move into more progressive areas with pieces such as The five bridges suite and Rondo. Here by and large, we have psychedelic and pop influenced rock with hints of proto-prog.

Worth getting at the time, but now of historical interest only.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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