Detroit, 9-25-74 – The film of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer’s Lyceum concert in December, 1970 was released by Crown International and played successfully through The US. Around this time, the three-album Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends – Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson Lake, and Palmer was their then-recent album which documented their show in their Brain Salad Surgery era that was arguably their best. Their film showed why they were a major concert attraction in their early days which saw them appear in Detroit a few times, not least for five shows of the Eastown when it was a major Rock venue in 1971, while by that time of this movie they were regulars at Cobo Arena when they appeared in the Metro Area.
Greg Lake’s great musicianship and songwriting was a part of the Prog and Album Rock scene of The 70’s and beyond, and was the distinctive voice on the first two albums of King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King and In the Wake of Poseidon. In his years with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer, his vocals were just as distinctive and was also behind the production of their music (Brain Salad Surgery, with its legendary HG Geiger sleeve, was possibly his best). While critics dismissed them outright, the fans were more honest about their love for the music. Lake passed away after a battle with Cancer at 69.
Garage Punk fans should take note that his voice was also part of the British 60’s Beat scene in a band called The Shame who had a record out on MGM which should have had better luck.
Earlier this year, influential keyboardist and occasional soundtrack creator Keith Emerson passed away.
While Rock and Roll Your Eyes turned into a Midnight Movie favorite in the Album Rock era, this was a time when ELP songs turning up in various Adult films unaccredited (keep in mind that this was an era where something like Pink Floyd’s 1968 masterwork “A Sucerfull of Secrets” appeared in Psyched by the 4D Witch). While having an IMDb listing including titles like Forbidden Ways with Porn Star Vanessa Del Rio might raise some eyes to those not in the know, films using non-credited Rock Music was a regular happening.
On a better-known note, there was a very memorable scene in Aloha, Bobby and Rose which used ELP’s crowning moment in music…
St. Louis, 10-4-74 with the normal FM Rock support for movies like this. Fellow Prog legeneds Pink Floyd also had their Live at Pompeii film turn into a hit. After this time, Yes also had their concert film, Yessongs, make its way through the US cinemas. The Mid 70’s were known for several FM Rock movies of the day.
Although YouTube clips of the film are hard to come by, here’s a clip focusing on the band in 1970 with one of Lake’s showcase moments.
Although the Works era Emerson, Lake, and Palmer was a band in it’s final round of popularity before the Punk Era moved Prog and Album Rock to the side in many areas of the world, their promotional film for “Fanfare for the Common Man” still is one of the highlights of the pre-video era that shows them in good form before the infamous Love Beach. “I Believe in Father Christmas” is also another song that has turned into a standard.
After the trip’s fade-out following In Concert and an under-representative Best Of (In concert was thankfully expanded into Live Works for the CD era), Lake would be there in the reunions of ELP (including the Emerson Lake and Powell line-up) and perform solo. His appearances with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band were very notable.