Nice, The

Also known as Nice
Members of Nice, The: Brian Davison, David O'List, Keith Emerson, Lee Jackson (2)
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Nice

Discography of Nice, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The Long Versions 16 Audio 1999 Double Classics
2 Elegy 4 Audio 1971 Charisma
3 Five Bridges 5 Audio 1970 Charisma
4 The Nice 14 Audio 1976 Charly Records
5 Elegy 4 Audio 1971 Philips
6 The Nice Collection 14 Audio 1985 Castle Communications
7 The Nice 9 Audio 1976 Pickwick Records
8 The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack 8 Audio 1973
9 Intermezzo 10 Audio 1989 Soundwings
10 Keith Emerson With The Nice 9 Audio 1972
11 Keith Emerson & The Nice - La Grande Storia Del Rock 4 Audio Curcio
12 America 10 Audio 1994 LaserLight Digital
13 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 9 Audio 1987 Immediate
14 Nice 6 Audio 1969 Immediate
15 Vivacitas - Live At Glasgow 2002 14 Audio 2003 Sanctuary Records
16 The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack 8 Audio 1967 Immediate
17 Here Come The Nice-The Immediate Anthology 38 Audio 2000 Castle Music
18 Autumn '67 - Spring '68 9 Audio Charisma
19 The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack 12 Audio 1992
20 Nice 6 Audio 1987
21 Nice 6 Audio 1969 Immediate
22 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 11 Audio 1969 Immediate
23 Elegy 11 Audio 1990
24 Keith Emerson With The Nice - Vol. 2 5 Audio 1971 Fontana
25 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 11 Audio Castle Communications
26 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 11 Audio 1977 Immediate
27 Nice 6 Audio 1969 Immediate
28 Hang On To A Dream 8 Audio Emidisc (2)
29 Keith Emerson & The Nice 9 Audio 1975 Polskie Nagrania Muza
30 Five Bridges 11 Audio 1990
31 20th Anniversary 9 Audio 1987 Seal Records
32 The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack 13 Audio 2006-01-12 Immediate
33 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 15 Audio 2006-01-12 Immediate
34 The Immediate Story: Volume One 22 Audio 1975 Sire
35 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 13 Audio 1969 Immediate
36 Keith Emerson With The Nice 6 Audio 1990-10-25 Mercury
37 Ars Longa Vita Brevis 13 Audio 1976
38 Nice 6 Audio 1969 Immediate
39 The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack 8 Audio 2000-11-22 Immediate
40 Autumn '67 - Spring '68 9 Audio Charisma
41 The Nice 10 Audio
42 The Best Of The Nice 8 Audio 1971 Immediate
43 Elegy 4 Audio 1982-08-00 Charisma
44 Autumn '67-Spring '68 11 Audio 2010-06-23
45 Live At The Fillmore East December 1969 10 Audio 2010-06-23
46 Elegy 7 Audio 2010-06-23
47 Five Bridges 12 Audio 2010-06-23
48 Nice 6 Audio 1973 Columbia Special Products
49 Amoeni Redivivi 9 Audio 1976 Immediate
50 America 2 Audio 1968 Immediate


One of the first art-rock bands to experiment with classical forms and fusion, the Nice was an early vehicle for the talents of keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, who plundered Mozart, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky for his extended rock instrumental forays. The group began as the backing band for British soul singer P.P. Arnold and also featured guitarist David O'List, drummer Brian "Blinky" Davison, and bassist Lee Jackson. In October 1967, only two months after formation, the group split from Arnold, christened itself the Nice, and released a single called "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack," which became the title track of their 1968 debut album. The Nice quickly built a reputation as an exciting, theatrical live band thanks to Emerson, who dressed in gold lame, hurled knives into his Hammond organ to produce strange sounds, and mimed masturbation onstage. Emerson's antics spawned controversy with Ars Longa Vita Brevis, which contained a cover of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story song "America." The Nice performed it at the Royal Albert Hall while burning an American flag, and Bernstein subsequently attempted to stop the song's release in the U.S. Emerson had emerged as the star of the group, both in terms of instrumental skill and showmanship, and the fed-up O'List had departed the group by the time of the album's release to join Roxy Music. Nice and Five Bridges Suite became big hit albums in Britain, but the group never broke through in America. In 1969, Emerson met Greg Lake, then with King Crimson, on a U.S. tour, and broke up the Nice in frustration in 1970 due to its lack of success. He, Lake, and drummer Carl Palmer formed the much more popular Emerson, Lake and Palmer, which expanded on Emerson's innovations with the Nice. The remaining Nice members went on to several short and/or unsuccessful stints with other groups before fading away.


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