Album: From The Beginning - The Greg Lake Retrospective
Artist: Greg Lake
1997 Rhino [US]; 2005 Castle Music (Sanctuary Records Group Ltd.) [UK]
CD: R2 72627 [US]; CMEDD1240 [UK]

Acts:
King Crimson (1, 2)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer (3-6, 8-10, 28-32)
Pete Sinfield (7)
Greg Lake (11-23, 26, 27)
    including Greg Lake's Ride the Tiger (26, 27)
    tracks 12-14 recorded by Greg Lake, but released on Emerson, Lake & Palmer albums
Emerson, Lake & Powell (24, 25)

Band members:
Robert Fripp: guitars (1, 2), Mellotron (1, 2), devices (1, 2)
Greg Lake: vocals (all), bass (1, 3-6, 8-10, 24-32), acoustic guitars (3-6, 8-10, 11-32), electric guitars (3-6, 8-10, 15-32)
Michael Giles: drums (1, 2, 26, 27), percussion (1, 2, 26, 27), vocals (1, 2) not credited on 26 in US release
Ian McDonald: reeds (1), woodwinds (1), vibes (1), Mellotron (1), keys (1), vocals (1)
Mel Collins: sax (2), flute (2)
Keith Tippett: piano (2)
Peter Giles: bass (2)
Keith Emerson: keys (3-6, 8-10, 24, 25, 28-32)
Carl Palmer: drums (3-6, 8-10, 28-32), percussion (3-6, 8-10, 28-32)
Pete Sinfield: vocals (7), synthesizer (7)
Phil Jump: piano (7), organ (7)
Richard Brunton: guitar (7)
Steve Dolan: bass (7)
Min: drums (7), percussion (7)
Gary Moore: lead guitars (15-23), vocals (15-23)
Tommy Eye: keys (15-21), vocals (15-21)
Tristram Margetts: bass (15-18)
Ted McKenna: drums (15-23)
Steve Lukather: guitar (18-23)
Dean Parks: guitar (19)
Snuffy Walden: guitar (21-23)
Bill Cuomo: keys (22-23)
Jeff Porcaro: drums (19-23)
David Hungate: bass (19-23)
Clarence Clemmons: sax (17)
Cozy Powell: drums (24, 25), percussion (24, 25)
Geoff Downes: keys (26, 27), programming (26, 27), vocals (26, 27) US release credits programming, but not vocals; UK release credits vocals, but not programming

The London Symphony Orchestra (11-14)
Tony Harris: conductor (11-14)
 

Produced by King Crimson (1), Fripp/Sinfield (2), Lake (3-5, 8-10, 15-23), Tunc Eerim/Jimmy Douglass/Jim Delehant (6), Sinfield (7), Lake/Sinfield (11-14), Lake/Tony Taverner (24, 25), Lake/Downes (26, 27 UK release only credits Lake), Mark Mancina (28-30), Keith Olsen (31-32)
Engineered by Robin Thompson (1, 2), Eddie Offord (5, 6), Andy Hendricksen/Ray Hendricksen/Phil Lever (7), Geoff Young (8, 9), Chris Kimsey (10, 11), John Timperley/David Richards (12, 13), Young/Timperley/Richards (14), Hayden Bendall/Harold Blumberg/Steve Short/Paul Dobe/Timperley (16-23), Taverner (24, 25), Lake/Downes (26, 27 UK release gives no engineering credits), Steve Kempster/David Mitchell (28-30), Brian Foraker/Olsen (31-32)
Mixed by Dan Priest (16-23)
Recorded live at the Mar Y Sol Festival, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, 3 Apr 72 (6) and on the King Biscuit Flower Hour, Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, 11/5/81 (15)
 

Tracks:
Disc 1
1. The Court of the Crimson King - Medley () from In the Court of the Crimson King
    a. The Court of the Crimson King [mus: McDonald; lyr: Sinfield]
    b. The Return of the Fire Witch [mus: Fripp/Lake/McDonald/M. Giles; lyr: Sinfield]
    c. The Dance of the Puppets [mus: Fripp/Lake/McDonald/M. Giles; lyr: Sinfield]
2. Cat Food [Fripp/McDonald/Sinfield] () from In the Wake of Poseidon
3. Knife-Edge [Emerson/Lake/Frasier/Janacek, adapted from Janacek's "Sinfonietta"] () from Emerson, Lake & Palmer
4. Lucky Man [Lake] () from Emerson, Lake & Palmer
5. From the Beginning [Lake] () from Trilogy
6. Take a Pebble [Lake] () previously unreleased
7. Still [Brunton/Dolan/Jump/Mennie/Sinfieldcredited to Sinfield only in UK version] () from Still
8. Still...You Turn Me On [Emerson/Lakecredited to Lake only in US version] () from Brain Salad Surgery
9. Jerusalem [Hubert Parry/William Blake, arr. ELP] () from Brain Salad Surgery
10. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression-Part 2 [Emerson/Lake/Sinfield] () from Brain Salad Surgery
11. I Believe in Father Christmas [Lake/Sinfield] () released as a solo single
12. C'est la Vie [Lake/Sinfield] () from Works Volume I
13. Closer to Believing [Lake/Sinfield] () from Works Volume I
14. Watching Over You [Lake/Sinfield] () from Works Volume II
15. 21st Century Schizoid Man [Fripp/Lake/McDonald/Sinfield/M. Giles] () previously unreleased, later released on

Disc 2
16. Nuclear Attack [Moore] (4:34) from Greg Lake
17. Love You Too Much [Dylan/Springs/Lakecredited to Dylan/Lake only in UK version] (4:57) from Greg Lake
18. It Hurts [Lake] (4:31) from Greg Lake
19. Retribution Drive [Lake/Benyon/Eyre] (5:06) from Greg Lake
20. The Lie [Lake/Eyre/Benyon] (4:48) from Greg Lake
21. Let Me Love You Once [Steve Dorff/Mary Ann Leiken] (4:21) from Greg Lake
22. Manoeuvres [Lake/Moore] (4:05) from Manoeuvres
23. I Don't Know Why I Still Love You [Lake] (5:13) from Manoeuvres
24. Touch and Go [Emerson/Lake] (3:39) from Emerson, Lake & Powell
25. Lay Down Your Guns [Emerson/Lake/Gouldcredited to Lake/Gould only in UK version; music credited to Emerson and lyrics to Lake/Gould on original album] (4:24) from Emerson, Lake & Powell
26. Love Under Fire [Lake/Downes] (4:59) otherwise unreleased
27. Money Talks [Lake/Downes] (3:36) otherwise unreleased
28. Black Moon [Emerson/Lake/Palmer] (6:58) from Black Moon
29. Paper Blood [Emerson/Lake/Palmer] (4:29) from Black Moon
30. Affairs of the Heart [Lake/Downes] (3:47) from Black Moon
31. Daddy [Lake] (4:44) from In the Hot Seat
32. Heart on Ice [Lake/Olsen] (4:18) from In the Hot Seat

orchestral arrangements: Godfrey Salmon (11-14)
 

Notes: This collection gives a representative sampling of all phases of Greg Lake's career, from King Crimson to ELP, with solo material and an appearance on Pete Sinfield's solo album all featured. The highlight of this set for Yes fans is the inclusion of two tracks from Ride The Tiger, Lake's previously unreleased collaboration with Geoff Downes. "Love Under Fire" was subsequently recorded by Asia, and "Money Talks" was reworked by ELP as "Paper Blood." ELP's recording of the Lake/Downes tune, "Affairs of the Heart," is also included in this set. (Ray Riethmeier/HP, 25 Mar 2005)



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