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The Nice — Five Bridges (June 1970)

The Nice — Five Bridges (June 1970)

               The Nice — Five Bridges (June 1970)
♠   Slavné album vyšlo ve 26 vydáních po celém světě: v UK, Germany, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, US, Japan, Canada, Austria, Netherlands, Russia, Israel. The creators of some of the earliest experiments in combining classical music and progressive rock, the Nice started out in the mid–'60s as the U.K. backing band for the transplanted U.S. soul singer P.P. Arnold. Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Album release: June 1970
Recording date: October 17, 1969
Record Label: Universal Music Japan, UICY–40151 / Virgin, EMI
Duration:     45:50
Tracks:
01 Fantasia: 1st Bridge / 2nd Bridge (Keith Emerson, Lee Jackson)      2:42
02 Chorale: 3rd Bridge     3:26
03 High Level Fugue: 4th Bridge     4:03
04 Finale: 5th Bridge     8:05
05 Intermezzo: 'Karelia Suite' (Sibelius, Arr. Emerson, Joseph Eger)   9:02
06 Pathetique (Symphony No. 6, 3rd Movement), (Tchaikovsky, Arr. Emerson, Joseph Eger)  9:33
07 Country Pie / Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 (Bob Dylan, Johann Sebastian Bach)  5:47
08 One Of Those People (Emerson, Jackson)     3:12
Recorded: 17 October 1969, live at Fairfield Halls, Croydon except "Country Pie", live at The Fillmore East, December 1969 and "One Of Those People" (1969 studio recording)Awards:
Billboard Albums
♠   1970 Five Bridges      The Billboard 200      #197
Credits:
♠   Bob Auger Engineer
♠   Bernstein Composer
♠   Brian Davison Drums
♠   Joseph Eger Conductor, Orchestration
♠   Keith Emerson Arr., Composer, Keyboards, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Organ, Piano, Vocals
♠   Harris Greenfield Mastering, Recompilation
♠   Joe Harriott Horn
♠   Eric Hayes Inside Photo
♠   Lee Jackson Composer, Lyricist, Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Bass), Vocals
♠   Peter King Horn
♠   Eddie Kramer Engineer, Mixing
♠   The Nice Producer
♠   Chris Pine Horn
♠   The Sinfonia of London   Orchestra
♠   Alan Skidmore Horn
♠   Malcolm Toft Mixing
♠   Dave Turner Mastering, Recompilation
♠   John Warren Horn
♠   Kenny Wheeler Horn The title suite of the Five Bridges album was inspired by five bridges that span the River Tyne between Newcastle Upon Tyne and Gateshead. Peter McDermott
AllMusic Review by Mike DeGagne;  Score: ***
♠   Five Bridges is a delectable representation of early–'70s progressive rock. Its makeup contains all of the elements needed to complete a solid prog album: a heavy intermingling of synthesizer and electric guitar, strong punctuation of both bass and drums, a central concept, and the fusing of rock and classical music, which in this case employs the Sinfonia of London. The eight tracks, centered around Newcastle's urban structure and life in a blue collar society, are as colorful as they are intricate. "Intermezzo" from Sibelius' Karelia Suite, and Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" are marvelous examples of classical and rock commingling, with the spotlight focused on Keith Emerson's keyboard virtuosity. The second movement from Fantasia is a sparkling model of improvisational use containing various rock & roll rhythms and time structures, while the third track entitled "High Level Fugue 4th Bridge," was inspired by Guida's "Prelude and Fugue" and incorporates assorted jazz techniques and boogie–woogie styles into a classical recipe. "Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto, No. 6" unites Dylan with Bach for a most extraordinary illustration of instrumental creativity. ♠   Each example of genre merging is pristine and fluid, making the actual overlapping of multiple styles completely transparent. Five Bridges may rank just a tad below The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack or Ars Longa Vita Brevis on the patience scale, but it does demonstrate how Emerson's work with ELP came into fruition.
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The Nice — Five Bridges (June 1970)

 

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