Works Volume 2

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Works Volume 2
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released November 10, 1977
Recorded 1973-76
Genre Progressive rock, Symphonic rock
Length 43:54
Label Atlantic
Shout! Factory
Producer Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Peter Sinfield
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
Works Volume I
Works Volume II
Love Beach

Works Volume 2 is the sixth studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1977. Unlike Works Volume 1 (which consisted of three solo sides and one ensemble side), Volume 2 was a single album which seemingly was a compilation of leftover tracks from other album sessions that had not made those albums. While many derided the album for its apparent lack of focus, others felt it showed a different side of the band, with blues, bluegrass and jazz being very prominent as musical genres in this recording.


"When The Apple Blossoms Bloom...", "Tiger in a Spotlight" and "Brain Salad Surgery" had been recorded at the 1973 sessions for the album Brain Salad Surgery but did not appear on it.

Volume 2 also included a stripped-down version of Greg Lake's "I Believe in Father Christmas". An orchestral version of the song had previously been released as a solo Lake single in the UK in 1975 and became something of an annual Christmas standard there.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Classic Rock 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[4]

In a contemporary review, Robert Christgau of The Village Voice facetiously remarked that it is "news" when "the world's most overweening 'progressive' group" makes an album "less pretentious than its title", but questioned whether it is "rock and roll".[2] In a retrospective review, Allmusic's David Ross Smith felt that it was "highly underrated" and wrote that the album's "brief pieces sustain interest; there really isn't a weak tune in the set."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Tiger in a Spotlight" (Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Peter Sinfield) – 4:02
  2. "When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine" (Emerson, Lake, Palmer) – 3:56
  3. "Bullfrog" (Ron Aspery, Mick Hodgkinson, Palmer)– 3:49
  4. "Brain Salad Surgery" (Emerson, Lake, Sinfield) – 3:05
  5. "Barrelhouse Shake-Down" (Emerson) – 3:55
  6. "Watching Over You" (Lake, Sinfield) – 3:54
  7. "So Far to Fall" (Emerson, Lake, Sinfield) – 4:55
  8. "Maple Leaf Rag" (Scott Joplin) – 2:00
  9. "I Believe in Father Christmas" (Lake, Sinfield) – 3:20
  10. "Close But Not Touching" (Palmer) – 3:18
  11. "Honky Tonk Train Blues" (Meade "Lux" Lewis) – 2:57
  12. "Show Me the Way to Go Home" (L. James Campbell, Reginald Connelly) – 3:40

Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Maple Leaf Rag (Single Cut)" - 1:15


  • Maple Leaf Rag / Barrel House Shake Down


Emerson, Lake & Palmer[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Ron Aspery - saxophone on "Bullfrog" (uncredited)
  • Colin Hodgkinson - bass guitar on "Bullfrog" (uncredited)


  1. ^ a b Smith, David Ross. "Works, Vol. 2 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (30 January 1978). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved 11 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2005). "Eight by Three". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 104. 
  4. ^ Bloom, Michael (23 February 1978). "Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Works, Vol. 2 : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2012.