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Greg Lake’s Legendary 1981 Performance At the Hammersmith Odeon In London To Be Issued On CD & Vinyl

Purple Pyramid Records will be releasing legendary Greg Lake’s live album from
the Hammersmith Odeon in London, November 5, 1981, featuring guitar hero Gary
Moore on CD & vinyl! 

The concert recording features ELP and King Crimson
classic tracks such as “Lucky Man”, “Karn Evil 9”, “21st Century
Schizoid Man” and “In The Court of The Crimson King”, as well as songs from his
critically acclaimed first solo album from 1981. As a
founding member of King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake has
been a major force in music for over 40 years. He has long been considered a
legendary voice and musical powerhouse whose impact changed the landscape of
rock and roll. Many simply refer to him as “The Voice”.   

The Greg Lake Band made
its live debut on one of the biggest stages available to it, the annual Reading
Festival in England in August 1981. Much of the set was new to the audience –
Greg’s first solo album would not be released for another month. But the band
received a wild reception regardless, and there were enough old favorites on
display to ensure the fans remained happy…including the show opener “Fanfare for
the Common Man,” truly one of the most effective showstoppers ever to have
opened a concert. 

The band’s full tour
kicked off in October. Purposefully, Lake demanded smaller venues, the theaters
and universities that truly represented a refreshing change from the monster
domes he’d visited the last time he hit the road in 1977 with ELP. The string of
shows launched in Wales, at Aberystwyth University, then moved onto Cardiff
University, Dunstable Queensway Hall, Norwich University, Liverpool Royal Court
Theatre, Newcastle Mayfair, Glasgow University, Edinburgh Playhouse, Sheffield
Lyceum, University of Kent Canterbury, Birmingham Odeon, Leicester Polytechnic,
Bournemouth Winter Gardens, Exeter University, St Austell Cornwall Coliseum,
Crawley Leisure Centre and, finally, London’s Hammersmith Odeon.

It was not an
extravagant performance – no lasers, no levitating keyboards, no priceless
Persian carpets. The myths and legends that surrounded ELP when they toured were
all firmly locked away. The Greg Lake Band toured like a band, and on
stage they simply took up their positions and played. Brilliantly.

That last date on the
tour is where this disc was recorded, in front of 2,000 fans who now had every
note of Greg’s new album memorized, and the rest of the set firmly entrenched in
their DNA: the snatch of “Karn Evil 9” that eased out of
the opening “Fanfare”; “Love You Too Much,” the song Lake co-wrote with Dylan in
what remains another of the tantalizing collaborations of the age;
“Retribution Drive” and “The Lie” from Greg Lake. “21st Century Schizoid
Man” and “The Court Of The Crimson King,” from Lake’s stint with King Crimson,
wrapped up the evening in positively rhapsodic fashion, and, finally, “C’est La
Vie,” from ELP’s Works. (The version of this track included on the CD is
taken from a show in New York City 1981) “A single night at the tail end of a single
tour, alive with promise, bristling with presence. And welcoming back some new
friends, too” – Dave Thompson, writer

Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Karn
Evil 9
Nuclear Attack
The Lie
Retribution Drive
Lucky Man
Parisienne Walkways
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Love You Too Much
21st Century Schizoid Man
In The Court Of The Crimson King

Bonus Track: C’est La Vie (Live in NYC


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Greg Lake’s official website: 



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