The Nice ‎– America

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Versions of America coupled with Rondo, issued in late 70s can be found here.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single) Immediate IM 068 UK 1968 Sell This Version
IMF 513, IMF 513 L The Nice America (2nd Amendment) (Adapted From West Side Story)(7", Single) Immediate, Immediate IMF 513, IMF 513 L France 1968 Sell This Version
IM 23 921 The Nice America (2nd Amendment)(7", Single, Mono) Immediate IM 23 921 Germany 1968 Sell This Version
ZS7 5008 The Nice America (From "West Side Story") 2nd Amendment(7", Promo) Immediate ZS7 5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
ZS7 5008 The Nice America (From "West Side Story") 2nd Amendment(7", Single) Immediate ZS7 5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
ZS7 5008 The Nice America (From "West Side Story") 2nd Amendment(7", Single, Promo) Immediate ZS7 5008 US 1968 Sell This Version
ESS. 82 The Nice America (7", Single) Stateside ESS. 82 India 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Mono, Sol) Immediate IM 068 UK 1968 Sell This Version
IM.069 The Nice America(7", Single) Immediate IM.069 New Zealand 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single) Immediate IM 068 UK 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single) Immediate IM 068 Netherlands 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single) Immediate IM 068 Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single, Mono) Immediate IM 068 UK 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single, Mono, lab) Immediate IM 068 UK 1968 Sell This Version
IR-2348 The Nice America(7", Single, Red) Immediate IR-2348 Japan 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single, Sol) Immediate IM 068 UK 1968 Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single, RE) Immediate IM 068 UK Unknown Sell This Version
IM 068 The Nice America(7", Single, RE, Sol) Immediate IM 068 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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Deadeasy

Deadeasy

June 27, 2017
referencing America, 7", Single, Mono, IM 068
These labels aren't lilac, they look very much like the white labels on the version I have.
progfan97402

progfan97402

June 6, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
referencing America, 7", Single, IM 068
OK, so the A-Side is a totally Niceified cover of Leonard Bernstein's "America" from West Side Story. It sounds a lot like a prototypical Emerson, Lake & Palmer, which really isn't surprising given this was Keith Emerson's previous group. This was an instrumental song so you for those who can't stand Lee Jackson's singing, can breathe a sigh of relief here, and it's certainly one of the band's big highlights too.

The B-Side, "Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon" is a real baffler to me. Not the music here, as it's much more in the pop psychedelic style. What baffles me is the presence of the Mellotron. Emerson has been very open about his dislike for the Mellotron, and whatever Mellotron sightings seen with ELP, it was with Greg Lake (there is photographic proof), and not Emerson (apparently some 1972 live performance of "Abbadon's Bolero" had Lake using the Mellotron, but nothing solid to confirm). But there's no mistaking the Mellotron on "Diamond Hard Blue Apples". For all I know Emerson didn't play it, but some hired studio hand, but there isn't a shred of evidence for that. This is one of the great mysteries. Right there with Tony Kaye and Badger's One Live Badger, and Vangelis with Aphrodite's Child's End of the World, both albums with its fair share of Mellotron played by keyboardists who had an open dislike for the Mellotron.