9-29-09 The Nice
Not sure whether I first heard about Emerson, Lake & Palmer…or The Nice. Certainly, I must’ve seen records by The Nice before ELP, but…did I know what they were? Fans and record companies agree – Keith Emerson was the star.
1967 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
LP ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS IMMEDIATE
1968? 12 TRKS 2nd album
LP AUTUMN '67 TO SPRING '68 (Collection) CHARISMA
1972 9 TRKS ('67/'68 recordings)
CD ELEGY CHARISMA
1970 10 TRKS ('90 issue) (6 x bonus tracks)
LP ELEGY CHARISMA
1970 4 TRKS full-size hatter, 5th album
LP EVERYTHING AS NICE AS MOTHER MAKES IT IMMEDIATE
1969? 6 TRKS stereo, 3rd album – original edition
CD FIVE BRIDGES CHARISMA
1970 13 TRKS ('90 issue) (5 x bonus tracks)
LP FIVE BRIDGES CHARISMA
1970 9 TRKS
LP THOUGHTS OF EMERLIST DAVJACK, THE IMMEDIATE
1968? 8 TRKS stereo, 1st album
My collection is modest – I never became a completist on The Nice. That I only have CD’s for their two final albums is telling. Well, on the two Charisma / Virgin CD’s, the bonus tracks are all of the “Autumn ’67 to Spring ‘68” album – plus a few others! So, it’s like all three of their Charisma LP’s on 2 x CD’s (11 bonus tracks between them, and they’re not even re-masters in clear trays!).
After The Nice, Lee Jackson went on to form
I should also mention their original guitarist Davy O’List, who was on the Immediate albums – he eventually turned up in Jet, that wonderful mid-70’s faux-Sparks glam rock band, with a self-titled LP (on CBS UK).
My favorite tracks by The Nice are easily “One Of Those People” on “Five Bridges” and some of the swank psychedelia found on the “Autumn ’67 to Spring ‘68” album.
The Nice also provided backing for Roy Harper on “Hell’s Angels” , as found on his “Flat Baroque & Berserk” (Harvest