Greg Lake Career-Spanning Anthology Coming

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Greg Lake will be celebrated with a career-spanning retrospective with the October 23 release of The Anthology: A Musical Journey, a collection of his songs and iconic performances.

The collection, on 2-CDs or 2-LPs via BMG offers tracks from his years with Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and King Crimson, earlier bands as The Shame and the Shy Limbs, and more. (See the complete track listing below.)

The Anthology is presented as a deluxe 2-CD hardback set and on double gatefold vinyl. Inside is an extended essay from author Chris Welch alongside a host of unseen photographs alongside contributions from ELP manager Stewart Young and Lake’s wife of 40 years, Regina Lake, and many heartfelt tributes from other friends and colleagues.

Lake was born on November 10, 1947 in Poole, Dorset. He was given his first guitar by his mother at the age of 12 and he took individual lessons with guitar teacher Don Strike, who also taught Al Stewart, Andy Summers and Robert Fripp. Once Greg learned some basic chords he wrote his first song, ‘Lucky Man’, which would become one of ELP’s best loved tracks.

At 17, Lake joined the group Unit Four as lead singer and guitarist. Unit Four split up in 1965 and in 1966, Lake formed the Time Checks. His next group was The Shame, who in 1967 recorded a Janis Ian song, “Don’t Go ‘Way Little Girl.” After The Shame came the Shy Limbs who recorded two cult psychedelic singles in 1969, including “Reputation” with Lake singing lead vocals on the B-side, “Love.” He was later invited to join The Gods, with Ken Hensley and Lee Kerslake, who went on to form Uriah Heep. Six months into a Gods’ residency at the Marquee Club in London, he returned home to Bournemouth where Robert Fripp had asked him to become lead singer and bass player with the band that was to become King Crimson.

On December 10, 1969, at San Francisco’s Fillmore West during a U.S. tour, King Crimson were billed alongside fellow British group The Nice, led by showman organist Keith Emerson. When King Crimson arrived in San Francisco, members Ian McDonald and Michael Giles announced they were leaving the band. Lake and Emerson met backstage and discussed a partnership that would lead to the creation of a phenomenal, ground-breaking new rock group.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer via their Facebook page

On their return to London, Lake left King Crimson and Emerson quit The Nice. They recruited virtuoso drummer Carl Palmer, formerly with the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer was born. Signed to Atlantic Records in America and Island in the U.K., ELP premiered at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival.

ELP soon achieved global success, with a succession of Gold and Platinum albums including Tarkus, the live Pictures at An Exhibition, Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery, the triple live Welcome Back My Friends…To The Show That Never Ends and Works Volume 1. Stewart Young became the band’s manager at the request of Lake and the pair remained close friends until the Lake’s death in 2016.

In 1975, Lake’s “I Believe In Father Christmas” became a #2 solo hit in the U.K. The song has since become a perennial Christmas classic.

In 1977 ELP released the ambitious two-record set, Works Volume 1, which had one side devoted to each of its members and a fourth by ELP with an orchestra. In 1978, after a farewell tour, ELP broke up.

In 1981 Lake released an acclaimed, eponymously titled solo album. Lead guitarist Gary Moore joined his band and they went on tour. A concert they recorded at Hammersmith Odeon in London featured a version of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man.”

Eager to revive the spirit of ELP, Emerson and Lake teamed up with drummer Cozy Powell, as Palmer was involved with Asia and unavailable.

The original ELP reunited in 1992. The band embarked on a successful tour of America but lapsed into inactivity later in the decade. Determined to stay musically active, in 2001 Lake toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band and in 2005, the newly formed Greg Lake Band toured the U.K. playing new interpretations of ELP classics.

In 2009, Lake and Emerson decided to write together and, in the breaks, played some ELP numbers. They were intrigued by how they sounded with just the two of them, taking the songs back to their roots. A U.S. tour followed, yielding a live album. In 2010 the original ELP made their final appearance at the High Voltage rock festival held in London’s Victoria Park.

In 2012 Lake embarked on his “Once In A Lifetime” tour where one of the gigs was recorded live at the Teatro Municipale, in Piacenza, Italy. In 2014, Lake was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Stewart says, “I went to see Greg just four days before he passed away. He was obviously in terrible shape, but I took a little portable player with me and his new album, Live in Piacenza, that he’d recorded in Italy. I’d also got the final mix of his new version of ‘Closer To Believing,’ which I thought was fabulous.”

Stewart asked Lake if he’d like to hear the track, even though they were in a hospice and the music was quite loud. Should he turn it down? Lake replied: “Well it’s only four o’clock in the afternoon – turn it up!”

“And he loved it.”

Related: Our Greg Lake obituary

Greg Lake – The Anthology: A Musical Journey Tracklisting


1. King Crimson – Peace – A Beginning
From the album In the Wake of Poseidon by King Crimson, 1970

2. The Shame – Don’t Go ‘Way Little Girl (Single Mix)
From The Shame single ‘Don’t Go ‘Way Little Girl’, 1967

3. The Shy Limbs – Love (Single Mix)
From The Shy Limbs single ‘Reputation’, 1969

4. King Crimson – The Court of the Crimson King (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco,
From the album Epitaph by King Crimson, 1997

5. Emersion, Lake & Palmer Take A Pebble
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Emerson Lake & Palmer, 1970

6. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lucky Man
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Emerson Lake & Palmer, 1970

7. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Only Way (Hymn)
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Tarkus, 1971

8. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Oh My Father (2012 Stereo Mix)
Extra track from the 2016 deluxe edition of the the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Tarkus, originally released in 1971

9. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Great Gates Of Kiev (Live at Newcastle City Hall, 26th March 1971)
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Pictures At An Exhibition, 1971

10. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – From The Beginning
From the Emersion, Lake & Palmer album Trilogy, 1972

11. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Trilogy (First Section)
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Trilogy, 1972

12. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Endless Enigma (Part Two)
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Trilogy, 1972

13. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Still … You Turn Me On
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Brain Salad Surgery, 1973

14. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – ‘Epitaph’ from Tarkus: vi. Battlefield (Live, 1973/74)
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen, 1974

15. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – I Believe In Father Christmas (Original Single Version)
From the Greg Lake single ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’, 1975

16. Greg Lake – Closer To Believing (Final Version, 2016)
Previously unreleased 2016 version. Originally from the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Works Volume 1, 1977


1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – C’est La Vie
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Works Volume 1, 1977

2. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Lend Your Love To Me Tonight
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Works Volume 1, 1977

3. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Watching Over You
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Works Volume 2, 1977

4. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – For You
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Love Beach, 1978

5. Greg Lake – Black And Blue
From the Greg Lake album Greg Lake, 1981

6. Greg Lake – It Hurts
From the Greg Lake album Greg Lake, 1981

7. Greg Lake – Haunted
From the Greg Lake album Manoeuvres, 1983

8. Greg Lake – Slave To Love
From the Greg Lake album Manoeuvres, 1983

9. Emerson, Lake & Powell – Touch And Go
From the Emerson, Lake & Powell album Emerson, Lake & Powell, 1986

10. Greg Lake & Geoff Downes – Affairs Of The Heart
From the Greg Lake & Geoff Downes album Ride The Tiger, 2015

11. Emersion, Lake & Palmer – Paper Blood
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Black Moon, 1992

12. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Daddy
From the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album In The Hot Seat, 1994

13. Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Sage (1994 Studio Version)
Extra track from the 2016 deluxe edition of the Emerson, Lake & Palmer album Pictures At An Exhibition, originally released in 1971

14. Greg Lake – 21st Century Schizoid Man (Live at Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK, 5th November 1981)
From the Greg Lake album London ’81, by Greg Lake, originally released in 1995

15. Greg Lake – I Talk To The Wind (Live from the ‘Songs Of A Lifetime Tour’, USA, 2012)
From the Greg Lake album Songs Of A Lifetime, 2013. Venue unknown

16. Greg Lake – Karn Evil 9 1st Impression – Part 2 (Live at Teatro Municipale, Piacenza, Italy, 28th November 2012)
From the Greg Lake album Live in Piacenza, 2017

17. King Crimson – Peace – An End
From the album In the Wake of Poseidon by King Crimson, 1970

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  1. Goodwolf
    #1 Goodwolf 11 September, 2020, 00:31

    And not to mention also a good record
    Manoeuvres in 1983

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