The Nice

The Nice

Profile:
One of the first art-rock bands to experiment with classical forms and fusion, the Nice was an early vehicle for the talents of keyboard virtuoso Keith Emerson, who plundered Mozart, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky for his extended rock instrumental forays. The group began as the backing band for British soul singer P.P. Arnold and also featured guitarist David O'List, drummer Brian "Blinky" Davison, and bassist Lee Jackson. In October 1967, only two months after formation, the group split from Arnold, christened itself the Nice, and released a single called "The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack," which became the title track of their 1968 debut album. The Nice quickly built a reputation as an exciting, theatrical live band thanks to Emerson, who dressed in gold lame, hurled knives into his Hammond organ to produce strange sounds, and mimed masturbation onstage. Emerson's antics spawned controversy with Ars Longa Vita Brevis, which contained a cover of Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story song "America." The Nice performed it at the Royal Albert Hall while burning an American flag, and Bernstein subsequently attempted to stop the song's release in the U.S. Emerson had emerged as the star of the group, both in terms of instrumental skill and showmanship, and the fed-up O'List had departed the group by the time of the album's release to join Roxy Music. Nice and Five Bridges Suite became big hit albums in Britain, but the group never broke through in America. In 1969, Emerson met Greg Lake, then with King Crimson, on a U.S. tour, and broke up the Nice in frustration in 1970 due to its lack of success. He, Lake, and drummer Carl Palmer formed the much more popular Emerson, Lake and Palmer, which expanded on Emerson's innovations with the Nice. The remaining Nice members went on to several short and/or unsuccessful stints with other groups before fading away.
Sites:
Members:
Variations:
Viewing All | The Nice

The Nice Discography

Albums

The Nice The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack (Album) Immediate France 1967 Sell This Version
The Nice Ars Longa Vita Brevis (Album) Immediate South Africa 1968 Sell This Version
The Nice Nice (Album) Immediate US 1969 Sell This Version
The Nice Elegy (Album) Mercury Scandinavia 1970 Sell This Version
The Nice Five Bridges (Album) Charisma, Charisma US 1970 Sell This Version
The Nice Autumn '67 - Spring '68 (Comp) Charisma Italy 1972 Sell This Version
RRCD 224 The Nice America (The BBC Sessions)(CD, Album) Receiver Records Limited RRCD 224 UK 1996 Sell This Version
The Nice The Swedish Radio Sessions (Album) Castle Music UK 2001 Sell This Version
SANTD208 Keith Emerson And The Nice Keith Emerson And The Nice - Vivacitas - Live At Glasgow 2002(3xCD, Album) Sanctuary Records SANTD208 UK 2003 Sell This Version
The Nice Live At The Fillmore East December 1969 (Album) EMI Music, Virgin, Charisma Europe 2009 Sell This Version
CASCD 1030 The Nice Elegy(CD) Virgin CASCD 1030 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

The Nice The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack (Single) Columbia Stateside, Columbia Stateside US 1967 Sell This Version
The Nice Brandenburger / Happy Freuds (Single) Immediate Germany 1968 Sell This Version
The Nice America (Single) Immediate Sweden 1968 Sell This Version
The Nice Hang On To A Dream / Diary Of An Empty Day (Single) Immediate, Immediate Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
The Nice Country Pie (Single) Charisma UK 1970 Sell This Version
6000 004 The Nice Intermezzo-Karelia Suite(7", Single) Philips 6000 004 France 1970 Sell This Version
73272 Keith Emerson With The Nice Keith Emerson With The Nice - Country Pie - Brandenburg Concerto #6 - Part 1(7", Single, Promo) Mercury 73272 US 1972 Sell This Version
The Nice America (Single) Immediate Belgium 1978 Sell This Version
103 460 The Nice America / Hang On To A Dream(7", Single, RE) Immediate, Ariola 103 460 Netherlands 1981 Sell This Version

Compilations

The Nice Hang On To A Dream (Comp) Emidisc (2) Spain 1970 Sell This Version
IP-9540 The Nice The Nicest Of The Nice(LP, Comp) Toshiba Musical Industries Ltd. IP-9540 Japan 1970 Sell This Version
Keith Emerson With The Nice Keith Emerson With The Nice - Keith Emerson With The Nice - Vol. 1 (Comp) Fontana Italy 1971 Sell This Version
9286 862 Keith Emerson With The Nice Keith Emerson With The Nice - Keith Emerson With The Nice - Vol. 2(LP, Comp) Fontana 9286 862 Italy 1971 Sell This Version
The Nice The Best Of The Nice (Comp, Album) Immediate, Immediate Denmark 1970 Sell This Version

Reviews Show All 2 Reviews

Add Review

terryplattarchive

terryplattarchive

March 30, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
So is your comment... I think you mean "...the debut album was issued in '67 not '68...". About the gold lamé, I couldn't say for sure - but Emerson's stage wear with The Nice was definitely heading in that direction around that time. Otherwise, that's more or less right...
ProjektorPearson

ProjektorPearson

November 30, 2014
edited over 2 years ago
The Nice´s profile above is misleading, ...the debut album was issued in ´97 not ´98 and the gold lame didn´t appear until after ELP was formed :)

Videos (31) Edit