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Hi Greg, Back in 69/70 I was listening (as a 16 year old) to your Crimson/ELP albums through a Leak stereo valve amp driving concrete pipe speakers (an idea shared with some of my friends at the time) and I wondered if you were aware then of Hi-Fi enthusiasts listening to every nuance on your records. Best wishes, Malcolm. (Nottinghamshire)

Answer

Dear Malcolm,

Indeed, I do remember the Leak amp and the concrete speakers etc and how the music of ELP was often used to demonstrate the prowess of these various Hi Fi systems. It was of course a period of intense and rapid development of Hi Fi systems and over the years I have heard some remarkable stories about some of the bizarre systems that people had assembled or created in order to reproduce the low end on Lucky Man or the percussive intensity of Tarkus etc. It is an honour to have had these early ELP records be used as a benchmark of quality as this was always something I strived to achieve as a producer when we made those early ELP recordings.

Another record often used for this type of Hi Fi comparison was of course Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland.

Thank you very much for a very interesting question.

Best,

Greg.

(Oct-09-10)

 
Question

Hello Greg!

I have both of your solo-albums. I like them very much. What's about a new solo-album? It was very good, to hear some new songs from you.

Best wishes

Martin from Germany

Answer

Dear Martin,

Many thanks. I think you are right and it is interesting that you raise this point right now as I been reflecting on making a new record for sometime and perhaps you are right and the time has arrived.

Many thanks for you continued support.

Best Regards,

Greg.

(Oct-09-10)

 
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Hello Greg. I am a 13 year old girl who has been playing guitar for almost two years and am greatly influenced by your music. Getting the chance to see you and Keith in concert on your recent tour was very important to me and a night I will never forget. I wanted the opportunity to ask you a question during the Q&A part of the show but sadly could not because I was located on the upper level. My question was: What was your inspiration for Tarkus (my favorite ELP album)?

Answer

Dear friend,

Firstly I am most impressed that at such a young age you are able to appreciate and enjoy such a complex piece of music as Tarkus. The initial inspiration for this record came from the music that Keith had written. Following on from this I wrote various songs and worked together with Keith and Carl as a producer to create the record you now hear. Tarkus has been the backbone performance piece for ELP for almost four decades now and has certainly stood the test of time. It is one of the best examples of the musical genius of Keith Emerson as a composer and of the band ELP working and performing together at the very top of their game.

Thank you for you interest and support and next time you come along to see a show just make sure you write to Eileen at this website in advance, ( with your name) and she will arrange for you to come back stage and I will introduce you to Keith and you can ask him about the piece personally.

Best wishes,

Greg.

(Oct-09-10)

 
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Hi Greg,

I've been listening to "From the Beginning" a LOT lately. My friend suggested that the bass part might have been played on synth by Keith Emerson. Can you put the question to rest?

Thanks for all the wonderful music and a great website.

Answer

I am happy to tell you that the bass was played by yours truly and many thanks for the very kind words.

(Jun-03-10)

 
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Greg, So glad to see you and Keith Emerson back together and the ELP reunion is great news. I first saw ELP in 1969 I believe in Hartford, CT, was blown away and have been a fan ever since. Will any of the intimate Lake-Emerson shows be available either on CD or DVD? I'm currently doing a stint in Afghanistan and will not get an opportunity to see any of the shows, but would love to see or hear one. I have a feeling it would be great seeing one of these shows live or at least in the next best way. Thanks for all the great music through the years and hoping a new ELP album materializes in the future. Dan

Answer

Dear Dan,

First of all please let me say how grateful we all are for your service and the sacrifice you and your comrades, brothers and sisters are making to ensure our continued safety. I am so sorry you were unable to attend any of the shows as they were really fantastic and quite a departure for Keith and myself. There will definitely be a CD available in the near future and if you supply Eileen with a mailing address we will be more than happy to send you one as soon as it is released. 

Also you might be interested to know that because the shows went so well Keith and I will be touring again next year as there were so many places we were unable to play and so many people like yourself who still want to see the show. Again, if you contact Eileen when you see the tour dates announced it will be our pleasure to invite you and a guest to one of the shows. Now just make sure you return home safe and sound and thank you for your support..

Best Wishes,

Greg.

(Jun-03-10)

 
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