August 2, 2014 – 5:23 am

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Belgium 1969 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Actuel Festival, Amougies, Belgium; October 26, 1969. Fair to good mono audience recording.

The Nice were an English progressive rock band from the 1960s, known for their blend of rock, jazz and classical music. Their debut album, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack was released in 1968 to immediate acclaim. The Nice are also a forerunner of the much more widely known Emerson, Lake & Palmer. - wikipedia

Thanks to taper JJB; the person who shared this on the net in 2006; and to hendrixsky and uninvited94 for keeping the show alive at Dime and The Traders’ Den.

Original notes:

This is a typical set for the period (a mixture of original compositions, folk covers and classical/rock fusions), but shows the trio at their most energetic. There are obvious issues with the sound quality - the tape recorder used was way below modern standards and the sound is nowhere near “professional” quality. This reservation aside, however, this is simply an unbelievable document of a legendary festival, and so our heartfelt thanks to the taper, JJB, for recording this at the time… I hope the setlist below is accurate; corrections welcome!

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Track 01. tuning up and announcement 0:50 (701k)
Track 02. Intermezzio from Karelia Suite 10:00 (8.4MB)
Track 03. organ improv 5:30 (4.6MB)
Track 04. Country Pie/Brandenburger Concerto #6 7:25 (6.2MB)
Track 05. piano improv 1:02 (874k)
Track 06. Hang On To A Dream 11:42 (9.8MB)
Track 07. Pathetique Symphony 4th 8:40 (7.3MB)
Track 08. She Belongs To Me 15:08 (12.7MB)
Track 09. Rondo 14:07 (11.9MB)
75 mins

Keith Emerson - organ, piano
Lee Jackson - bass, vocals
Brian Davison - drums

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  1. 11 Responses to “THE NICE - BELGIUM 1969”

  2. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Aug 2, 2014

  3. YIKES! Thank you, BigO! The Nice was one of my favorites, even though they broke up two years before I’d ever heard of them. Where have you been hiding this?

    By Walter on Aug 2, 2014

  4. Thank You,Nice to see a post from the fathers of Prog gracing you pages

    By GMAL on Aug 2, 2014

  5. i knew when i was a kid what the title was all about of that album thoughts of emerlist davjack.. but after the 70s i turned someone onto it who was in their teens and thought it was so cute when they came to me and pointed out how the title was their names all truncated together. they thought they discovered something like a secret message.

    on a side note.. the nice’s last concert was on claptons 25th birthday (1970) in the same city that led zeppelin did their last concert in as well. just 5 months after this show. an album called elegy came out after they broke up with different versions of songs everyone already knew. 2 studio and 2 live from this very tour.
    Davison died on 15 April 2008 in Horns Cross, Devon from a brain tumour. He was 65 years old.
    in 2002 they reunited for a tour. a 3 cd set came out of that tour. the 3rd cd was interviews. they have 5 live albums out. all released from 96-09. a total of 5 members have passed thru the band.
    there is some really nice video footage out there if anyone is looking. i had an hour long (altho it may have been shorter) set from munich ger 68 on video back in 1988 in superb quality for example. i had others but that one comes to mind. im sure one can find some fabulous footage on youtube.

    By darth on Aug 2, 2014

  6. @darth

    Who was the 5th ?

    By GMAL on Aug 2, 2014

  7. @GMAL - the fifth member was Orinoco Womble.

    By Saucy Devil on Aug 2, 2014

  8. The fifth member was Ian Hague,the band’s original drummer.

    By Dave on Aug 2, 2014

  9. Thank you Saucy Devil & Dave for clearing that up for me

    By GMAL on Aug 3, 2014

  10. if youre looking for stuff to read about the nice check out -

    Hanson, Martyn (2002). Hang on to a Dream – The Story of the Nice. Helter Skelter.

    Emerson, Keith (2003). Pictures of an Exhibitionist. Blake Publishing.

    Eder, Bruce. “The Nice”. In Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. All Music Guide, The Definitive Guide to Popular Music (4th ed.). Backbeat – via

    Barroso, K. (September 2007). “Interview with David O’List from The Nice”.

    Keith Emerson Web site -
    Davy O’List Web site -

    By darth on Aug 3, 2014

  11. Thank you very much!!!!!!

    By Benk on Aug 7, 2014

  12. thanks, bigO!


    By I-) on Aug 21, 2014

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