Title - 'London '81' (Cleopatra Records)
Artist - Greg Lake
Vocalist/guitarist, Greg Lake from the legendary prog rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer launched a solo career in 1981 and embarked on a spectacular worldwide tour. Captured on this historic live album and made available on both CD and vinyl for the very first time, London '81 is an incredible album to be hearing for the first time in any of these musical manners.
Lake's live album, captured during his live show at the Hammersmith Odeon on November 5th, 1981 performance in London, and featuring late guitar legend, the late Gary Moore, is a powerhaus of a recording. With both guitarists at the top of their game, the VERY top, together with Tommy Eyre (Keyboards), Ted McKenna (Drums) and Tristram Margetts on Bass, London '81 is a true testament to how music of this ilk should actually be performed.
As the concert opens with a quite literal fanfare, and after a count in of "One, two, three, four ..." Lake's guitar work is instantly on deck and recognizable. Emerson Lake & Palmer's hit 'Fanfare for the Common Man' soon bleeds into the vibrant, practically urged storytelling of the sidekick cut, 'Karn Evil 9.' Then the Moore-penned 'Nuclear Attack' is next, and is backed by the frenetic duel guitar work of 'The Lie' and then 'Retribution Drive.'
A rather beautiful live version of ELP's 'Lucky Man' is next, and then for me, the stand out track on this entire album, Moore's very own 'Parisienne Walkways.' Sung by Lake, with Moore of backing vocals, it is a mega delight - for me, a devoted Moore fan - to hear something that I had never heard before associated with the great guitarist. Moving along and we next get a delightful rendition of the Smokey Robinson & The Miracles hit 'You Really Got A Hold On Me.'
The hectic pop sensibility of 'Love You Too Much' from his self-titled solo debut album is next, and that is followed by a thunderous King Crimson cut, '21st Century Schizoid Man.' The true behemoth of the live set, it must have been simply incredible to have watched unfold live. Simply incredible. From King Crimson's debut album, 'In The Court Of The Crimson King' is a suitable follow up to the song prior, and the whole album is then brought to a close with ELP's 'C'est La Vie.' A delightfully, perhaps magical even, song about love and passion for life, it's lyrical passionate resonates and ensures the whole album is one begging for the repeat button to be pushed.
A digital version of this album, London '81 was actually released in 2012, but this brand new release, on vinyl for the very first time, means you can actually hold the beautiful sounds in your hands; so to speak! A printed inner sleeve and on limited edition clear vinyl, London '81 is here and ready for you to own - so do just that, you won't regret it, you have my word.
'London '81' - Greg Lake (Vinyl Album Purchase Link)