Tribute To Keith Emerson & Greg Lake by Various Artists

2016 has been nicknamed “The Year The Music Died” as it saw the passing of such musical giants as David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen (not to mention George Michael, Leon Russell and Alan Vega of Suicide, among many others). Two more names that should absolutely be mentioned in the same breath as these legendary figures are keyboardist Keith Emerson & singer/songwriter/bassist Greg Lake both of whom passed away in 2016 and both of whom had a massive impact on modern rock music not only collectively as part of the brilliant Emerson, Lake & Palmer but individually as well with Emerson as part of pioneering English progressive rock band The Nice and Lake as a founding member of juggernaut King Crimson.  On April 10, 2020, from Purple Pyramid Records, the album A Tribute to Keith Emerson & Greg Lake offers a fresh and comprehensive look into some of the 20th century’s most daring compositions re-imagined by the likes of Todd Rundgren, Larry Fast (Peter Gabriel), Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash), Sonja Kristina (Curved Air), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theatre), and Arthur Brown plus a very special performance from Emerson’s son Aaron & grandson Ethan!  This ten-track album features such Emerson Lake and Palmer/King Crimson tracks as 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Todd Rundgren & Brian Auger, Still…YouTurn Me On feat. Sonja Kristina & Steve Porcaro,  Lucky Man feat. Martin Turner & Geoff Downes, Karn Evil #9 1st Impression Part 2 feat. Arthur Brown & Jordan Rudess and so much more.  I was impressed with the renditions of all the songs on this album except for the Karn Evil #9, it just did not sound right to me.  The rest of the album was well arranged, performed and recorded.  If you are a fan of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake like I am, you will want to add this album to your library which will be available on Vinyl, CD and digital download on April 10th from Cleopatra Records, Bandcamp, and many other music outlets.

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