March 16, 2010 – 3:57 am

KEITH EMERSON R.I.P. 1944-2016

Keith Emerson, founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and a prog rock legend, died on March 11, 2016. He was 71. His bandmate Carl Palmer and the trio’s official Facebook confirmed Emerson’s death. TMZ reported that police found Emerson with a single gunshot wound to the head, though they could not confirm that Emerson died by suicide. “We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected,” the band wrote.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson,” Palmer wrote in a statement. “Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did together.”

After discovering the Hammond and Moog in his teenage years, Emerson grew into one of the greatest keyboardists of his generation, first as a member of the Nice before founding the prog supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer. ELP formed in 1970 after Emerson, guitarist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and drummer Carl Palmer, a veteran of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, joined together for a project that would better showcase their musicianship. - Rolling Stone

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Providence 1977 [Dan Lampinski Recording, 2CD]

Live at the Providence Civic Center, Providence, RI, July 14, 1977. Very good audience recording.

If the first half of the ’70s were good years for Emerson, Lake And Palmer (and generally to prog rock), the latter half of the decade saw a different scene. Disco was big; New Wave was making a mark and symphonic rock had to take a back seat. When ELP started their 1977 American tour, they had a full orchestra with them. But to cut expenses, they dropped the orchestra and soldiered on.

Without the orchestra, ELP had to work harder to create that full sound. The result, as heard on this Providence show, is a band giving its all. No corners were cut; instead of a full-fledged orchestral work it was a piano concerto that was equally involving; C’est La Vie easily had the audience grooving along and Carl Palmer continued to impressed with his solo performance.

Ethiessen1, who created the artwork, commented: “I still think Emerson’s Piano Concerto is brilliant - supposedly the original score to it burned up when his house did prior to finishing it and he had to rewrite it…”

Prog rock on its last legs? Not by the sound of this.

Thanks to djscomics for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site. Above all, thanks to Dan Lampinski, Carl Morstadt (who mastered the tracks), Kev, ethiessen1 and the rest of the Lampinski crew.

A note on Dan Lampinski: Dan recorded over 100 concerts in the Providence/Boston area, mostly between 1974 and 1978. Since Dan never traded copies of his recordings, they are all essentially uncirculated. Some copies were made for friends, but these releases are the first time most of these recordings have ever seen the light of day, and are direct from his master cassettes. No EQ’ing has been done to any of the transfers.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Karn Evil 9 First Impression part II (7.0MB)
Track 102. Hoedown (6.3MB)
Track 103. Tarkus (24.8MB)
Track 104. Take a Pebble > Piano Concerto (excerpt) (17.0MB)
Track 105. Still… You Turn Me On (4.5MB)
Track 106. Knife Ege (spliced) (11.2MB)
Track 107. Pictures at an Exhibition (16.1MB)
Track 108. C’est La Vie (5.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Lucky Man (4.8MB)
Track 202. Tank > Carl Palmer Drum Solo (14.2MB)
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Track 203. Nutrocker (5.8MB)
Track 204. Pirates (spliced) (18.6MB)
Track 205. E: Fanfare For the Common Man (18.6MB)

Keith Emerson - keyboards
Greg Lake - guitars, bass, vocals
Carl Palmer - drums, percussion

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  1. 31 Responses to “EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER - PROVIDENCE, RI 1977”

  2. WOW..ELP! I feel like Im in the front center of the hall, Right there now! Saw them Santa Monica Civic in 78. Im back there again! THANKS for the TIME WARP! Thank you!!!

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 16, 2010

  3. You have outdone yourself this time, awesome show.
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

    By Vincent Kellogg on Mar 16, 2010

  4. Listening to Tarkus live. Memories from winter midnights driving along rural Missouri blacktops watching the snowflakes spark in headlight beams on the way home from some Christmas break celebration. Thanks again Big O.

    By James on Mar 16, 2010

  5. Great show. I still remember Greg Lake’s bass and bass pedals punching into my chest on this tour. Thanks for posting this!!!

    By Dan on Mar 17, 2010

  6. Caught them w/orchestra at Madison Square Garden and then w/o orchestra at Nassau Coliseum for this Works tour. Great memories.
    Thanks for providing this reminder Big O!

    By Kevin on Mar 17, 2010

  7. Niiiiiiice! Thanks, BigO!

    Tarkus live, indeed!

    Missed this tour, but saw many others. I was at the old Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City (the day the stage got destroyed by a freak storm)and again for the rescheduled concert. Keith’s synthesizers had to be sent back to the Moog factory to be dried out.

    Any tapes of that in the vault?

    By Walter on Mar 18, 2010

  8. This is one formidable recording. This is the philosopher’s stone, the golden dawn it is..so impactful the earth is taken off it’s axis at it’s aural potency. I must thank you for uploading this for it is the very personification of magic.


    By Veronica on Mar 19, 2010

  9. I was at this show, and it was fantastic! Keith Emerson just blew me away with his skills with synths. Too bad this is an audience recording, but at that time there weren’t very many options outside of FM broadcasts. I miss that time, and I miss those broadcast concerts!

    By O.B. Dan on Mar 26, 2010

  10. Listening to this show…tells me…I am sick of now…please bring me back to the 70’s where music was so much more exciting.

    By Et Giroux on Mar 31, 2010

  11. Great post, BigO… thanks :)

    Can you post, or can anyone post a download link to, the July 8th 1977 Madison Square Garden show with the orchestra?

    I cannot find it anywhere and I don’t do torrents. I just heard two songs from this show on Youtube and the sound is fantastic.

    Please, please, PLEEEZZZZZE :)

    By Jeremy Bender on Mar 28, 2011

  12. Nobody have the July 8th 1977 show? I am on my knees… really LOL I am… please please please please.. someone post that wonderful sounding show.. please don’t keep it in torrent-land ;)

    By Jeremy Bender on May 17, 2011

  13. for the love of a mid-air spinning piano LOL please please please please please does anyone have, can anyone post a link to, the ELP July 8th 1977 NYC MSg show? please please please please please please pretty please please pretty prettty pleazzzzzzze? :)

    By Jeremy Bender on Jun 15, 2011

  14. Anyone have the July 8th 1977 show? often released as “Velvet Coats Of Pirates” or with the misspelling “Velvet Couts Of Pirates”?

    anyone?? :)

    By Jeremy Bender on Apr 7, 2012

  15. Anyone? anyone? please, please, pretty please LOL

    Anyone have the July 8th 1977 ELP show from Madison Square garden, with orchestra? often released as “Velvet Coats Of Pirates” or with the misspelling “Velvet Couts Of Pirates”?

    By Jeremy Bender on Nov 19, 2012

  16. Peekaboooo :) anyone have the July 1977 shows with the orchestra? anyone? please, please, pretty please?

    By Jeremy Bender on Dec 29, 2012

  17. Hi,

    Looks like the HTML Links are broken. Are you able to fix.

    PS. Thanks for making all of these great recordings available.

    By Lonnie on Aug 18, 2013

  18. Links worked for me… this one missed me when you originally posted it.. I’ve got a couple shows from the ‘77 show.. even saw them on both legs of this tour.. thanks for posting this one Big O!

    By Tom on Aug 18, 2013

  19. I saw this show in Providence. I was there. It was my first concert ever. The tickets were only $8.

    By Peter on Sep 6, 2014

  20. R.I.P Mr Emerson! Du bleibst in meinem Herz für immer.:’(

    By Andrea Resch on Mar 12, 2016

  21. well what a damm shame,alan (fluff) freeman who was always playing them on his radio shows in england both can rest in peace together…god bless

    By black hawk on Mar 13, 2016

  22. I went to see the Super Bowl of Rock at Soldier Field in Chicago. The Super Bowl of Rock was Foghat, Climax Blues Band(great band), J. Geils Band, and ELP. 6/4/77 on a beautiful summer day. Foghat Live was recorded at that time and ELP had the 70 piece orchestra. They came on in the evening and coordinated the stadium lights with their music. It was an amazing show. I’m pretty sure ELP only played 1 or 2 shows with it, they went broke paying that orchestra.

    By tunafan on Mar 13, 2016

  23. The tickets were only $8.I’m just like to know if tickets where $8 bucks in 1977 what would todays price be, i’m not trying to start any negative feedback, concert tickets seem to be very high but back in 1977 was $8 bucks a lot of money,the average weekly wage in australia was $195

    By skinned knees on Mar 14, 2016

  24. Dan the man Lampinski, was to the east coast what Mike the mic Millard was to the west, both legendary tapers,I personally feel that a good audience recording has more atmosphere than a soundboard,It has to be a good one though, Other good Dan shows are Pink Floyd Boston 75, The Who 75 ,Can’t wait to hear this

    By COREY M on Mar 24, 2016

  25. Right you are Corey, there is also one more major taper not to be forgotten and that is Mr. Peach who taped many shows in Japan. Between him Mike Millard and Dan Lampinski the world has enjoyed some wonderful sounding concerts. Audience tapes that are so good some sound like soundboards. Glad they had the foresight to capture history.

    By Bill H. on Mar 24, 2016

  26. I have some Neil Young shows from Japan from 76 taped by Mr Peach, better than most soundboards, keep hearing that he taped Led Zeps show from 9/29/1971 a legendary show,have many copies from other sources but sound fluctuates from good sounding to poor throughout the show, If anyone has any info on the Mr Peach recording of that show would appreciate it.Fear that he may have never shared it or its lock way somewhere hidden by his family, Millard would pretend to be unable to walk and get into his shows in a wheelchair to set up his recording devices ,Oh the 70s what a time to be a music fan

    By COREY M on Mar 24, 2016

  27. RIP, Greg Lake of ELP, 69, of cancer. So two-thirds of Emerson, Lake and Palmer gone in 2016. What a sad year.

    By ScarRad on Dec 8, 2016

  28. Keith and Greg both gone, 2016 has been a shit year for losing great talent.

    By GMAL on Dec 8, 2016

  29. Hear, hear, ScarRad and GMAL!! Like bookends to a bad year.

    By fr in sc on Dec 8, 2016

  30. I was at this concert (in my college days). Also saw ELP in CT on 7/10/77. GREAT shows! Fabulous memories that I cherish!! So good to hear again. RIP Greg Lake and Keith Emerson. Huge loss.

    By Nancy F on Jun 22, 2017

  31. Had the great pleasure to have seen ELP on July 14, 1977 in Providence Rhode Island when I was 15 years old. This concert event is one of the best of all the concerts I had attended in the late 70’s to late 80’s, and in my life!

    ELP would make another appearance in Providence, RI again on March 23, 1978, and I was there for that show as well!

    ELP was as the lyrics of their song are written; “The Greatest Show In Heaven,Hell Or Earth!”

    By JeffJ on Jul 16, 2018

  32. I had the good fortune and great honor to have attended this concert by ELP om July 14, 1977 when I was just 15 years old! This be the 1st of 2 ELP shows that I had the great pleasure to have seen in Providence Rhode Island in the 70’s! ELP was as the lyrics of their song are written, “The Greatest Show In Heaven, Hell Or Earth!” I grew up in the little town of Millville, Mass (I was born in Woonsocket in 1961),and attended a good number of rock concerts at the Providence Civic Center in the 70’s, a few in the 80’s and a couple in the 90’s! Regards, JeffJ 07/23/2020

    By Jeff Jordan on Jul 24, 2020

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