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So long, Keith Emerson

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by taxor, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. taxor

    taxor Well-Known Member

    Sad news for me. I grew up listening to ELP and whatever you think about 'em, Keith Emerson was an accomplished keyboard player. Sad.
     
  2. mediaman

    mediaman Well-Known Member

    The "old school" guys are going fast....... wonder who will be next !
    Thoughts and prayers with the family.
     
  3. AGW

    AGW Well-Known Member

    There was a man who could stick knives in his organ and throw it around. Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.....
     
  4. saxacat

    saxacat Well-Known Member

    I was introduced to the music of ELP in 1973, I was 18 and going through a difficult time. When I heard their Brain Salad Surgery album I was totally amazed, it was so different from any other album I'd ever heard; I was immediately a fan. I even managed to get tickets to see them at Wembley in '74, but never made it to the stadium :-(

    Today, I have to admit that for me the sound of the Moog now seems very dated; nowadays I prefer Rattle and the Berliner Phil performing Pictures at an Exhibition, but it was Keith Emerson who introduced me to that work and others.

    By all accounts he was a very nice individual and I will always be grateful for the influence he had on my musical tastes.

    RIP Keith
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  5. Malcolm_Stewart

    Malcolm_Stewart Well-Known Member

    Even sadder that he apparently took his own life.

    I have the original LP of "Pictures at an Exhibition" - the fact that I bought it, and enjoyed it, suggests to me that they weren't as progressive as the music industry claimed. (I'm predominantly a classical music lover.)
     
  6. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    A story I remember about him was from the days he lived in the home counties. Fans were always hanging around the gates of his estate. One Sunday as he was sitting down to lunch with the family he caught sight of a busload of Japanese (iirc) tourists crowding the gates.

    So he stripped off, did a couple of laps of the garden then returned to the house to eat. Leaving some confused tourists to get back on the bus and go home. Often wonder how many aged Japanese ELP fans have a framed photo of the event on their wall...

    As for Pictures... I prefer my CD of Brigitte Engerer playing the piano version.

    Yeah, I have the original vinyl too. And saw them perform it at the Manchester Free Trade Hall (before they turned it into a hotel!) back in '71 or '72. I'm expecting the ringing in my ears to stop any day now!
     
  7. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    One of my all time heroes
     
  8. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Don't forget the work he did with the Nice. They were pretty amazing. "The Five Bridges Suite",
    was the first time I enountered him.

    It used to be said he had two modes: classical ( eg Five Bridges ) and freaky ( eg One of Those People ). I liked them both. And he often fused them together. ( see clip below )

    "Pictures" was an introduction for me too and at 29/6 ( less than £1.50) it was a bargain for a double album. When I re-visited it decades later I realised what a rough rendition it was. At first it turned me off ELP's version but then I started to enjoy it again.

    Here's a treat

     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2016
  9. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Man, now I'm off on one. Happy days indeed

     
  10. steveandthedogs

    steveandthedogs Well-Known Member

    Always preferred the Nice to ELP. Bit more of an edge.

    S
     
  11. spangler

    spangler Well-Known Member

    I too preferred The Nice and have been listening to "Five Bridges" and "Elegy", my favourite ELP album is "Trilogy" and I love "Piano Improvisations" on the ELP live triple album.
    Another idol of my teens now sadly gone and making me even more aware of my own mortality. Thank you for the music Keith.

    Andrew
     
  12. SXH

    SXH Well-Known Member

    That reminds me, a friend who ran a disco back in Newcastle used to force people to leave the dance floor at the end by playing Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon - if you've ever seen drunks trying to dance to that... :D
     
  13. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    I have such fond fond memories of these years.

    We were going to go and see KE at the Barbican last year but for some reason couldn't make it. Wish we had managed :(
     
  14. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="willie45]
    We were going to go and see KE at the Barbican last year but for some reason couldn't make it. Wish we had managed :([/QUOTE]

    Same here
     
  15. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="SXH,That reminds me, a friend who ran a disco back in Newcastle used to force people to leave the dance floor at the end by playing Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon - if you've ever seen drunks trying to dance to that... :D[/QUOTE]

    He'd have had problems with me- I once put Karn Evil 9 on in my local and when someone said "No one could dance to this"

    I did..............

    (I did some modern dance training in my youth and had a couple of "lessons" from Stacia who danced with Hawkwind)
     
  16. DaveM399

    DaveM399 Well-Known Member

    Did you wear as little as Stacia when having the lessons??!!
     
  17. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    [QUOTE="DaveM399]Did you wear as little as Stacia when having the lessons??!![/QUOTE]

    Not in lessons no.....
     
  18. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Not in lessons no.....[/QUOTE]


    Jings, Lesley. The mind boggles :eek:
     
  19. LesleySM

    LesleySM Well-Known Member

    I'll leave your mind to bogggle shall I?
     
  20. willie45

    willie45 Well-Known Member

    Fair enough ;)
     

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