I don’t know about you but I just can’t have too much Greg Lake so……….this week I’m resurrecting the Thursday Interview post. Here’s a recent two part interview with Greg which happens to include a couple of great performances woven into the interview. The first part of the interview also has a great story about Lucky Man that you absolutely don’t want to miss.
Before this interview I had never heard Greg speak. I have to say I’m very impressed with his eloquence. If I wasn’t already a huge fan, this interview would have made me one. The second part is just as good….enjoy!
Today we introduce a new recurring post called Yesterday and Today where we celebrate rock heroes from the 60s and 70s that managed to survive fame and fortune and are still entertaining us today. To kick off these posts I’m featuring a singer that I like to refer to as “The Voice”…..Mr Greg Lake (pictured above at an Emerson, Lake and Palmer concert from the 70s). Let’s listen Greg performing C’est La Vie at a concert in Montreal in 1977…..
Greg is still with us today and still performing. Like the rest of us he doesn’t look the same as he did forty years ago but… if you listen closely… the voice is still there.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone that reads this blog. I wish you all the best!
To close out our favorite Holiday Songs series I have two special Holiday Greetings from the southern US where I live. First up is Christmas in Dixie which was written and recorded by the group Alabama. For those of you that are not from the US, Dixie refers to the southern states in the US.
Next up is a great song by Jimmy Buffet called Merry Christmas Alabama.
Our final post in this series is my all time favorite Holiday song, I Believe In Father Christmas by Greg Lake one of the very best voices in rock music. Christmas, as it is celebrated today, has become overly commercialized in my opinion and I think this song is a wonderful protest against what Christmas has become. As always…..let me know what you think!
I have a great one today from King Crimson for our last “dream” inspired Long Song Tuesday post. This is an amazing song from King Crimson’s first album and I think you will really enjoy it. Greg Lake is one of my favorite rock vocalist and he does a fine job on The Dream portion of this one. Let’s listen…..
Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the song.
“Moonchild” is the fourth track from the British progressive rock band King Crimson’s debut album, In the Court of the Crimson King.
The first section, “The Dream”, is a mellotron-driven ballad, but after two and a half minutes it changes to a completely free-form instrumental improvisation by the band (called “The Illusion”), which lasts until the end of the song. Robert Fripp plays a snippet of “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” in this section. In the 2009 remastered version of the album, the track was edited by Fripp and colleague Steven Wilson, with around 2.30 minutes of the original improvisation (the reference by Fripp to “Surrey With the Fringe on Top”) being removed. This issue of the album does, however, offer the original version as a bonus track.