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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. 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. Jackson and Davison formed Refugee with keyboardist Patrick Moraz in 1974, but Moraz left the group after one album to replace Rick Wakeman in Yes.
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The Ed Palermo Big Band — The Great Un-American Songbook - Volumes I & II The Ed Palermo Big Band — The Great Un-American Songbook - Volumes I & II
(Cuneiform Rune 435/436, 2017, 2CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
The Nice — Elegy The Nice — Elegy
(Virgin CASCDR 1030, 1970/2009, CD)
The Nice — Five Bridges The Nice — Five Bridges
(Virgin CASCDR 1014, 1970/2009, CD)
The Nice — Here Come The Nice: The Immediate Anthology The Nice — Here Come The Nice: The Immediate Anthology
(Castle CMETD 055, 1970/2000, 3CD)
The Nice — Ars Longa Vita Brevis The Nice — Ars Longa Vita Brevis
(Charly Records SNAP 164, 1968/2003, CD)
The Nice — The Swedish Radio Sessions The Nice — The Swedish Radio Sessions
(Castle CMRCD349, 1967/2001, CD)
The Nice — The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack The Nice — The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack
(Repertoire REP 4786, 1967/2007, CD)

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