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Emerson, Lake & Palmer's performance at the historic 1974 California Jam festival officially be released for the first time on December 11th. 'Live in California, 1974' marks the first time the British prog-rock trio's set at the landmark event will officially be released. California Jam took place on April 6, 1974, at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California, and was attended by an estimated quarter-of-a-million people.
ELP appeared at Cal Jam during the height of its popularity, when the band was touring in support of its classic 1973 record Brain Salad Surgery. Among the songs they performed were "Lucky Man," "Still...You Turn Me On" and an epic rendition of the Modest Mussorgsky piece "Pictures at an Exhibition."
In the album's liner notes, frontman Greg Lake says of ELP's set, "The band was at the very pinnacle of their performing powers, the event was of biblical proportions and the performance itself was almost flawless."
Adds drummer Carl Palmer, "This was a monumental moment in the history of ELP, and will always be remembered by myself with great pride."
Live in California is part of an ongoing series of archival ELP recordings that the Shout! Factory label is issuing. Here is the album's full track list:
"Still...You Turn Me On"
"Piano Improvisations" (including "Fugue" and "Little Rock Getaway")
"Take a Pebble"
"Karn Evil 9, First Impression Part 2"
"Karn Evil 9, Third Impression"
"Pictures at an Exhibition"
Greg Lake says Jimi Hendrix was planning to collaborate with Emerson, Lake and Palmer shortly before his death
Currently on his 'Songs Of A Lifetime' solo tour, rock legend Greg Lake recently spoke with the Phoenix New Times about a musical union that never quite materialized between himself and Jimi Hendrix.
Lake (King Crimson, Emerson Lake & Pailmer, Asia) addressed the rumors stating Jimi Hendrix was planning to collaborate with Emerson, Lake and Palmer shortly before his death. "Jimi used to come and watch King Crimson," Lake said, "When Keith [Emerson] and I got together we went looking for a drummer. The first person I talked to was Mitch Mitchell because the Experience had just broken up and Jimi was off doing this Band of Gypsies thing. Mitch was available at the time, and he said maybe we should get Jimi together. He’ll be finished with this band of Gypsies thing in a few weeks, and we can get together and maybe the four of us should play. I said, ‘fair enough,’ and that’s how we left it.”
“A couple of days later,” he continues, “we got a call from Roger Stigwood (Bee Gees and Cream manager), who said ‘Look, I’ve got the perfect drummer for you. A guy called Carl Palmer.’ We played together, it was instantaneously obvious that the chemistry was right. That was the band we were looking for. And so that was it really. We made a decision on the spot. A short while after Jimi was found dead in an apartment in London. The press got a hold of the story that we might jam with Jimi, and speculated that the group would be called HELP. But, alas, it was just a rumor.” It's too bad that never happened. It certainly would have been a trip.
His resume reads like a classic rock bible: The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath, Robert Plant, Gary Moore, Brian May, and many, many more. He is the legendary Cozy Powell, one of the greatest rock drummers in history. Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Cozy. I have always felt that because of the death of Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice In Chains on this day, Cozy gets overlooked when his name should be right there with the two of them.
Powell once said that he drove cars like he drummed - madly - was on the phone to his girlfriend as he hurtled down a highway at 104 miles per hour without wearing his seatbelt. Powell was killed when his powerful black Saab 9000 turbo blew a tire on April 5, 1998.
He was driving up the M4, near Bristol, on his way to visit his girlfriend Sharan Reeve in Cardiff. She heard a "terribly loud noise", then silence, as she talked to him on the phone. In a statement, Ms Reeve said that Powell had just told her he was having problems finding fifth gear, and hoped the engine would not seize up as he was going so fast. Then she heard him say: "Oh shit", and the line went silent.
She kept trying to ring him back until she realised something was wrong and contacted the police. Powell, 50, was found to be slightly over the drink-drive limit after the car spun, and the car came to rest on its roof.
Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and started playing drums at age 12 in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. Powell started out with a vocal harmony pop band called the Sorcerers, which led Powell to friendships with fellow musicians like Robert Plant and John Bonham (both at the time unknowns in 'Listen'), future Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and a young guitarist called Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers became Youngblood, and released a series of singles in late 1968–69.
From there he was recognized by Jeff Beck, joining his group from 1970-72. After the breakup of that band, he became an in demand session drummer, bashing for the likes of Hot Chocolate, Donovan and Suzi Quatro. He eventually formed 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' in April 1974. The line-up included Bernie Marsden (guitar), Clive Chamen (bass), Don Airey (keyboards) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals.
In 1975 was in my opinion, where Cozy started becoming recognized internationally as one of the great drummers in rock. He joined Rainbow with Ritchie Blackmore, staying until 1980, but not until Rainbow headlined the first ever Monsters of Rock show at Castle Donington, England on August 16th. The festival was Powell's last show with the band.
After Powell left Rainbow, he worked with former Rainbow vocalist Graham Bonnet, For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands — Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their first album, which was released in 1986 when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.
A stint with Gary Moore followed in 1989. His was with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional tour using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band, playing on the 'Back To The Light' and 'Another World' albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N' Roses on the second American leg of their 'Use Your Illusion' tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy's last recording session was for Colin Blunstone's 'The Light Inside', alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy's death. Prior to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was preparing to tour with Brian May. The final solo album by Cozy Powell 'Especially For You' was released in 1998 after his death.
The greatness of Cozy Powell cannot be disputed. Cheers to one of the great all time rock drummers!
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) reformed for the first time since 1998 for their final show to headline the High Voltage Festival on Sunday, July 25th 2010. Now, the 40th Anniversary Reunion of the World's Greatest Prog-Rock Band is available on DVD this coming August 23.
2010/2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of Emerson Lake and Palmer. ELP was a predominant force that laid the foundation for all progressive rock. The band consists of Keith Emerson, the explosive keyboard who came from the Nice, the sultry vocals and extraordinary bass of Greg Lake from King Crimson and the theatrical and extraordinary drumming of Carl Palmer, who emerged from Atomic Rooster.
ELP became the first true prog-rock Super Group and defined an era. This is a show that brings back the same theatrics that the highly creative and unsurpassable combination of Keith Emerson's legendary keyboards, Greg Lake's extraordinary voice, and the dramatic drumming of Carl Palmer to their core fan base and to the new generation that hails the musical and technical virtuosity that ELP delivered at every performance, and recorded in every album.
- Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2
- The Barbarian
- Bitches Crystal
- Knife Edge
- From The Beginning
- Touch and Go
- Take A Pebble/Tarkus
- Farewell to Arms
- Lucky Man
- Pictures At An Exhibition
- Fanfare for the Common Man/Drum Solo/Rondo
- Interviews with managers, Rock music journalist, tour manager and archivist.
- Contains brand new interviews by Rock DJ Nicky Horne with Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer
Check out a trailer here:
You can pre-order your copy here.