Greg Lake says “I Believe in Father Christmas” came to him almost by accident, when he started singing a familiar Yuletide standard over a newly written riff that stubbornly refused to go away.
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‘I keep going back and adding things’: Greg Lake’s book is overstuffed with memories of ELP, King Crimson
Greg Lake has been mentioning an on-going autobiography project for some time, one with the very appropriate title of Lucky Man. No word yet, however, on when we’ll be lucky enough to read it.
‘This sounds terribly extravagant’: Greg Lake on beginnings of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery
Through Greg Lake has said that 1972′s Trilogy was his favorite Emerson Lake and Palmer album, the project provided a unique obstacle for the group
‘Everything is perfect’: Greg Lake on the timeless chemistry between the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
If Greg Lake didn’t already have an appreciation for the unique syncopations of the Beatles rhythm section, he certainly learned a thing or two while on tour with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band.
‘It was an unbelievable moment’: Greg Lake on how Emerson Lake and Palmer gave comfort to a dying girl
Greg Lake’s worldwide Song of a Lifetime tour found him sharing stories as much as his discography, then inviting members of the audience to talk about the connective qualities of music. One such tale still stands out.
‘I think he was playing hard to get’: Greg Lake on convincing Carl Palmer to join Emerson Lake and Palmer
The very nature of their shared histories made Emerson Lake and Palmer’s founding a tricky proposition. Coming together as an all-star amalgam, everyone had other options it seemed.
As a sweeping reissue of King Crimson’s Red looms, we returned to that classic trio-era recording, along with the group’s seminal proto-prog debut, its early 1980s comeback and a pair of deeply intriguing 1990s recordings.
King Crimson’s genre-creating 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King didn’t include a single song shorter than 6 minutes. The band’s 1970 follow up ended with an 11-minute song suite.
‘I don’t think you look to repeat those things’: Emerson Lake and Palmer provides high standard for Greg Lake
Even as he acknowledges that Emerson Lake and Palmer’s first five albums were some of his best work, Greg Lake doubts that the creative stars will align like that ever again.
Nearly 45 years later, the cover of King Crimson’s ground-breaking debut album is understood to be a genre-defining prog classic — and the personification of the project’s signature song, “21st Century Schizoid Man.”