Keith Emerson领军的The Nice最早的融合了摇滚,爵士与古典音乐,通常认为他们定义了progressive rock,他们的第一张专辑The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack也被认为是历史上第一张progressive rock专辑,由于Keith Emerson的原因,The Nice也常被形容为Emerson, Lake & Palmer的前身
Five Bridges is a delectable representation of early-'70s progressive rock. It's make-up contains all of the elements needed to complete a solid prog album: a heavy intermingling of synthesizer and electric guitar, strong punctuation of both bass and drums, a central concept, and the fusing of rock and classical music, which in this case employs the Sinfonia of London. The eight tracks, centered around Newcastle's urban structure and life in a blue collar society, are as colorful as they are intricate. "Intermezzo" from Sibelius' "Karelia Suite" and Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" are marvelous examples of classical and rock commingling, with the spotlight focused on Keith Emerson's keyboard virtuosity. The second movement from "Fantasia" is a sparkling model of improvisational use containing various rock & roll rhythms and time structures, while the third track entitled "High Level Fugue 4th Bridge" was inspired by Guida's "Prelude and Fugue" and incorporates assorted jazz techniques and boogie-woogie styles into a classical recipe. "Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto, No. 6" unites Dylan with Bach for a most extraordinary illustration of instrumental creativity. Each example of genre merging is pristine and fluid, making the actual overlapping of multiple styles completely transparent. Five Bridges may rank just a tad below The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack or Ars Longa Vita Brevis on the patience scale, but it does demonstrate how Emerson's work with ELP came into fruition. The reissued CD offers five bonus tracks, including the famed "America" and "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack," taken from the Autumn 1967 - Spring 1968 album. The track titled "Diary From an Empty Day" is an archival addition.
01. Fantasia 1st Bridge/2nd Bridge
02. Chorale 3rd Bridge
03. High Level Fugue 4th Bridge
04. Finale 5th Bridge
05. Intermezzo 'Karelia Suite'
06. Pathetique (Symphony No 6 3rd Movement)
07. Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
08. One Of Those People
09. The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack
10. Flower King Of Flies
11. Bonnie K
12. Diary Of An Empty Day