Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Love Beach
Label: Victor - VICP-60749 • Format: CD Album, Remastered, Reissue • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Art Rock, Prog Rock
It was released in November by Atlantic Records as their final studio album Emerson prior to their split in the following year. By the end of their — North American tour internal relations had started to deteriorate, but the group were contractually required to produce one more album. They retreated to Nassau, Bahamas as tax exiles to record Love Beach with lyricist Peter Sinfield who is credited as a co-writer of each track.
After Greg Lake and Carl Palmer had finished recording their parts they left the island, leaving Keith Emerson to finish the album himself. The album received negative reviews from critics. It reached No. Several Emerson shows featured the group playing with a symphony orchestra on stage but it proved too costly to operate and the idea was dropped. He also reminded them that they had to deliver one more. Emerson recalled the band's meeting with Ertegun and his suggestion for the group to make "a commercial album" which Emerson felt reluctant to do.
Feeling the need for a commercial album suited Lake's method of songwriting, who was responsible for their previous radio friendly songs like " Lucky Man " and " From the Beginning ", Emerson "eased up on my opinions to an Fri For Bekymring - Frank Aleksandersen - Uhørt, bit my nails, and gave him the freedom he kept asking for on side one".
The band had become tax exiles due to the discouraging British tax laws placed on musicians at the time and decided to Purple Scraperz - Gennessee - The Hyphy Formula in Nassau in the Bahamas where Emerson and Lake were renting homes. Recording took place in at Compass Point Studios without a Emerson producer, despite Lake having produced all of their previous albums. Early pressings of Love Beach carried no dedicated producer's credit, but production and mixing of the album were largely carried out by Emerson.
The sessions were difficult due to the increasingly strained relations between the three musicians. Emerson increasing drug use had started to affect his ability to work or collaborate with others. Lyricist Peter Sinfieldwho had worked with Lake in King Crimson and on his collection You Keep Me Hangin On - Various - 16 #1 Hits From The Late 60s songs on Works Volume 1was asked by band manager Stewart Young to join them in Nassau and assist Lake in writing the lyrics.
Though frictions had arisen between Sinfield and Lake by this time Sinfield thought a break would be good for him and accepted yet given the limited amount of time he had, requested that he worked alone. Lake and Palmer followed suit after they had put down their parts, leaving Emerson to put "the whole album together Emerson was particularly upset about the album's title, which Atlantic Records had taken from one of the album's tracks by Lake and Sinfield, itself named after a stretch of beach on Nassau.
Side two consists of "Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman", a minute track Emerson four distinct parts. Love Beach was released in November Writing in Rolling Stone magazine at the time of the album's release, reviewer Michael Bloom said that " Love Beach isn't simply bad; it's downright pathetic. Stale and full of ennui, this album makes washing the dishes seem a more creative act Danny Angel* / Bo Galigher* - Mind Reader comparison".
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