Greg Lake hosts "Desert Island Discs" - Black Moon era:
(WebMistress' note: I have a feeling this is incomplete since it was on a cassette tape, but here it is.)
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GL: This is Greg Lake, on Desert Island Discs, and you've just listened to Jumping Jack Flash, by the Stones. What else am I going to play? <pastoral background music> Oh yeah, perhaps I shouldn't leave out "In the Court of the Crimson King" by King Crimson. Obviously it was something I was involved in, and for me, it was a turning point for my musical career. I think it opened the door up for a lot of people to a new way of looking at music that didn't have to be tight and commercial and "poppy;" it was just, it captures a moment in history for me, and I'd just like to play it for myself, really. "The Court of the Crimson King," by King Crimson.
GL: That was King Crimson, with "In the Court of the Crimson King." I'm Greg Lake, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer on Desert Island Discs.
GL: I wouldn't want to be stranded without a song by the Troggs, called "Wild Thing." The singer for the Troggs is a man called Reg Presley, lives close to me at home, we come from the same part of the world, in the West Country, and we talk with a sort of West Country accent. We sound a bit like, <accented> "'Ello moi dear, I wahnt my big-red tractah." [Click HERE for a sound bite of the "accent!"] So we've got this thing in common, Reg & I, so I'd like to play that for you. Here it comes, it's the Troggs, with "Wild Thing."
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GL: This is Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer on Desert Island Discs, and you've just been listening to the Troggs, with "Wild Thing." <says in drawl> "Wihld Thahng." [Click HERE for a sound bite of the drawl!] When we come back, I'll be playing you more of my Desert Island Discs, so stay tuned.
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Announcer: Hi, this is Tony Pigg (?) and you're back on Desert Island Discs. This week our guest is Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and remember at the end of our program, we'll tell you how you can win all the albums that Greg plays songs from, courtesy of Tower Records. In 1986 Greg Lake and Keith Emerson began working together again for the first time in the 80's, in Emerson, Lake and Powell. Though that project only lasted for one album and a brief tour, it did set the stage for the current ELP reunion. With their new album, "Black Moon," and a lengthy world tour already booked, the group is looking at this as a long-term commitment and Greg Lake says they're already planning their next album. Fans of the group's vintage music will want to check out, "The Atlantic Years," a brand new two-CD retrospective just released by their former label. ELP has a new track out called "Affairs of the Heart," which follows in the grand tradition of Greg Lake ballads. Now, back to Greg, and more Desert Island Discs.
GL: Another song I'd like to hear is "Hey Joe," by Jimi Hendrix. I think the reason I'd like to hear this song is really for the fantastic solo that he played in the record. It's one of the definitive guitar solos of all time. He's one of the the leading lights for me really, of guitar. He changed the way people played guitar, so here's Jimi Hendrix, with "Hey Joe."
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GL: That was Jimi Hendrix with "Hey Joe," and I'm Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and you're listening to Desert Island Discs. <Queen's "Some Day, One Day" plays in background> The next choice I've made is a song by the group, Queen. It's called "Somebody to Love," and the reason I'd like to play this song for you is in memory of Freddie Mercury, who, sadly, died recently of AIDS. Apart from that tragic event, it was one of the groups that, I have to say, I had the highest respect for. They were tremendously professional and...wonderful music. So here it is, "Somebody to Love," by Queen.
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GL: "Somebody to Love," by Queen. I'm Greg Lake, of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, still stranded on that desert island, and the next song I want to hear is "Jukebox Hero," by Foreigner. The reason that I like this song is because playing concerts and tours as I do, I just identify with the kid listening to...in fact, now that I come to think of it, when I was a kid myself, I remember going to a Beatles concert and not being able to get in, and hearing them from the outside, you know, hearing the music from the outside. It's something that I just identify with, and I suppose it's because I've played concerts myself, it's just something that means a lot to me. So, "Jukebox Hero," Foreigner.
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