Album of the Day: The Nice (8/21/69)

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The Nice were an unusual 60s rock band. Rooted in psychedelic rock, they combined that platform with elements of jazz, classical, blues and funk, an eclectic mix that only a band led by keyboardist Keith Emerson could pull off. And they did. Their first album was heavy in druggy psychedelic rock, but the departure of guitarist Davy O’List during the recording of their second album reduced the band to a rock organ trio. Emerson not only kept it that way but built the band’s sound around his organ mastery. By their third album, the highly acclaimed Nice, the sound was pure progressive rock, with Emerson’s organs dominating the four studio and two live recordings (including a rework of Dylan’s “She Belongs to Me”). Nice was released on August 21, 1969 and is ample evidence of the claim that Emerson and The Nice created the progressive rock movement of the 70s. Nice is available on Amazon and iTunes.

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