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The Nice


Symphonic Prog

3.47 | 121 ratings

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3 stars It's a "proto-prog" album, and as a raw composition of that time you cannot expect to hear something particular: the songs are worth checking out, but don't represent the best prog tunes ever, to be collected in a desert island I mean... it's an attempt to give such a classic rock music (with a few hints of J. Hendrix) the first progressive form, within an exploration of styles, in which the contamination is good, even though is not extraordinary.for instance you find some references to the 60's psychedelic music in the track "Flower King of Flies", as well as a melodic title track, which is easy to take, being connected to the old beat music.ok it's strange such a compromise between the commercial exigencies of the late sixties and the free act of "emancipation" from all the previous schemes, which could affect the true beloved project by Emerson. Anyway here They settled the foundations of the following progressive rock of the seventies, as They looked after the future, moreover being able to compose whatever They liked in that moment!! That's the approach I like, even though at the end it's important to order our own ideas within an organic music contest, which is so difficult.probably Emerson alone finally reached this goal with ELP in their most successful albums: nevertheless I want to remark also the importance of the collaboration between Jackson and P. Moraz, for example, performed some years after, in which They carried out till the end the previous good music ideas composed by Nice, sometimes emulating altogether the grandeur of the golden era of prog.

Definitive score (being much better than "Ars Longa Vita Brevis"): "3 stars", as for the importance of this work!!

lor68 | 3/5 |


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