Emerson Lake & Palmer
Works Volume 2

Emerson Lake & Palmer — Works Volume 2 (November 1, 1977)

        Emerson Lake & Palmer — Works Volume 2
♠   Popular English progressive rock group formed by members of Nice, The (Keith Emerson), King Crimson (Greg Lake) and Atomic Rooster (Carl Palmer). The band are notable for their classical and jazz influenced compositions, virtuoso musicianship and over–the–top live performances.
Formed: 1970. Disbanded: 1979.
Reformed: 1991. Disbanded: 1998.
Reformed: 2010.
Location: Croydon, South London ~~ Birmingham, England
Album release: November 1, 1977
Recorded: 1973 — 76
Record Label: Atlantic / Victor Entertainment Japan
N°.: VICP–78029
Duration:      54:34  
01. Tiger In A Spotlight      4:36
02. When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine      3:58
03. Bullfrog      3:52
04. Brain Salad Surgery      3:10
05. Barrelhouse Shake–Down      3:53
06. Watching Over You      3:58
07. So Far To Fall      4:58
08. Maple Leaf Rag      2:02
09. I Believe In Father Christmas      3:20
10. Close But Not Touching      3:24
11. Honky Tonk Train Blues      3:12
12. Show Me The Way To Go Home      3:36
Bonus Tracks:
13. Bo Diddley      5:07
14. Humbug      2:31
15. The Pancha Suite      2:57
Written by:
♠   Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Peter Sinfield     1
♠   Emerson, Lake, Palmer     2
♠   Ron Aspery, Mick Hodgkinson, Palmer     3
♠   Emerson, Lake, Sinfield     4, 7, 9
♠   Emerson     5
♠   Lake, Sinfield     6
♠   Scott Joplin, arr. Emerson     8
♠   Palmer     10
♠   Meade "Lux" Lewis, arr. Emerson     11
♠   L. James Campbell, Reginald Connelly     12
♠   Manufactured By — Victor Entertainment, Inc.
♠   Distributed By — Victor Entertainment, Inc.
♠   Phonographic Copyright (p) — Leadclass Ltd.
♠   © — Leadclass Ltd.
♠   Drums — Carl Palmer
♠   Keyboards — Keith Emerson
♠   Vocals, Bass Guitar, Producer — Greg Lake
Guest musicians:
♠   Ron Aspery — saxophone on "Bullfrog"    (uncredited)
♠   Colin Hodgkinson — bass guitar on "Bullfrog"      (uncredited)
♠   Andy Pearce Remastering
♠   Derek Dressler Reissue Producer
Billboard Albums
♠   1978 Works, Volume 2 The Billboard 200      #37
Review by David Ross Smith; Score: ****
♠   After the rather dull Works, Vol. 1, the highly underrated Works, Vol. 2 is a godsend. Works, Vol. 1 took their pompous, bombastic, keyboard–driven prog rock epics to the limit; had it been stripped of its excesses and coupled with the strongest cuts from Works, Vol. 2, the band may have had an enormous success with critics and fans alike. Volume 2's brief, eclectic compositions cover an array of musical styles, combining stimulating originals and handsomely orchestrated renditions of "Maple Leaf Rag," "Honky Tonk Train Blues," and "Show Me the Way to Go Home." Lake peppers the tunes with guitar and bass flourishes, resulting in some of his most challenging instrumental work, and both he and Palmer deliver incredibly strong performances. Meanwhile, Peter Sinfield contributes some of his most mature and accomplished lyrics. Emerson’s work is solid and creative, but sounds a bit dated, which is part of why the band couldn’t endure. Unlike some ELP albums, Volume 2's brief pieces sustain interest; there really isn't a weak tune in the set. The five instrumentals are highlighted by two short prog rock tunes, including the jazzy "Bullfrog," which features Lake's brief jazz bass solo and Palmer's fluid, versatile drumming. "Barrelhouse Shake–down" and "Maple Leaf Rag" showcase Emerson’s superb ragtime and barrelhouse piano playing, and Palmer’s jazz fusion/marching band piece, "Close But Not Touching," features horns and Lake's psychedelic electric guitar lines. The vocal pieces are equally interesting. "Brain Salad Surgery" is progressive jazz–rock that bears some resemblance to King Crimson’s "Cat Food," unsurprising since each features Lake singing Sinfield’s lyrics. And, of course, there is the hit "I Believe in Father Christmas," a beautiful Lake/Sinfield composition that highlights Lake's strong voice and vibrant acoustic guitar.
Hiatus and Works album:
♠   ELP then took a three–year break before releasing the double album, Works (later renamed Works, Volume 1), in which each member had a side to himself. Side 4 contained ‘full band’ pieces, including a highly synthesised cover of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". Released as a single, it reached number 2 in the UK charts. A great deal of the album was recorded with an orchestral accompaniment; in fact, Keith Emerson’s side consisted solely of a 20–minute piano concerto which he had composed himself. This album was soon followed by Works Volume 2, which consisted entirely of 3–4 minute songs including ballads, pop songs, jazzy instrumentals and a Christmas single  It was seen as a collection of leftovers (not helped by the fact that one of the songs was actually called "Brain Salad Surgery", and another had previously been released as a solo single by Lake) and was ELP's first commercial failure.
he band toured the US and Canada in 1977 and 1978.
♠   Greg Lake commented on the Beyond the Beginning documentary about the Works tour that they had lost about 3 million dollars. On the same documentary, Keith Emerson said, they (Lake and Palmer) still blame him for it, "you and your bloody orchestra".
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Studio albums
♠   Emerson Lake & Palmer      (1970)
♠   Tarkus      (1971)
♠   Trilogy      (1972)
♠   Brain Salad Surgery      (1973)
♠   Works Volume 1      (1977)
♠   Works Volume 2      (1977)
♠   Love Beach      (1978)
♠   Black Moon      (1992)
♠   In the Hot Seat      (1994)