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2.52 | 34 ratings | 4 reviews | 32% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. I Believe in Father Christmas (3:32)
2. Troika (from Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite) (4:19)
3. Humbug (2:26)
4. I Believe in Father Christmas (3:18)
5. Nutrocker (3:49)

Total Time 17:24

Line-up / Musicians

- Carl Palmer / drums & percussion
- Keith Emerson / multi instruments, organ, piano
- Greg Lake / guitar

Releases information

Rhino Records RHI72242.2

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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER I Believe In Father Christmas EP ratings distribution

(34 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(32%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER I Believe In Father Christmas EP reviews

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Review by Atavachron
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
2 stars This is a very nice little sampler of seasonal tunes from the band. 'I Believe in Father Christmas' and Prokofiev's 'Lt. Kije Suite' are both rousing holiday numbers done in a synth-rock style that evoke snowy days and sleighbells. The rest of the EP contains 'Humbug' and closes with 'Nutrocker' from their classic album 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. If you really want an ELP holiday album, I would highly recommend Keith Emerson's 'The Christmas Album' (re-released several times) but this will do in a pinch and makes a good stocking stuffer.
Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
2 stars This barely seems to be an ELP album, as the first track is Greg Lake's original solo version of I Believe In Father Christmas, the second sounds like a Keith Emerson solo take on Prokofiev's Lieutenant Kije Suite (Lake and Palmer do not seem to be on this), and Humbug is from a Greg Lake solo project as well. The remaining two tracks are from Works, Vol. 2 and Pictures At An Exhibition as well.

Troika is the only major reason for a prog enthusiast to want this album, as all of the other tracks are available elsewhere. This is a nice Emersonian take on the classical theme that pops up in the title track of this EP.

Humbug is a short jazzy piece around repeated harmonized "humbug"s. It's cute, but ultimately forgettable.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
2 stars Humbug

This five-track Christmas EP was released in 1995 and features the iconic photo of the band very warmly dressed during the Works era. The first track is the original 1975 solo single version of Greg Lake's classic Christmas song I Believe In Father Christmas. Humbug was the b-side of that single and one that I had never heard before, it appears here as track three. In between, we get Keith Emerson's Troika (From Prokofiev's lieutenant Kije Suite) which is dated 1995, and is the most interesting of the five tracks featured here. Personally, I hadn't heard this anywhere else, but apparently it appears also on some versions of Emerson's solo Christmas album. After that we get the Works Vol. 2 version of I Believe In Father Christmas, which differs slightly from the original Greg Lake solo version. Finally, we get Nutrocker, originally from the Pictures at an Exhibition album, which let's Carl shine with his short drum solo and screams of "yeah".

Like another reviewer has pointed out, even though this EP was issued under the Emerson, Lake & Palmer name, the bulk of the material is solo rather than band in nature. Still, the same could be said about the band's Works era, and Humbug would not have been much out of place on Works Vol. 2. So I guess you might think of this EP as being a "Christmas Works".

Since most of the music is available elsewhere, and already familiar to most fans, I cannot give a higher rating, but with the exception of Humbug the music is of course great.

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2 stars ELP's I Believe In Father Christmas, the only EP released over their whole career, is truly an album that is only for the fans. The two versions of the great title track are extremely similar, and I really didn't notice much difference between the two, so there doesn't seem to be a reason to incl ... (read more)

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