Elegy (The Nice album)

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Live album by The Nice
Released April 1971
Recorded 19–20 December 1969
live at The Fillmore East, New York
Genre Progressive rock
Length 39:27[1]
Label UK: Charisma CAS 1030
US: Mercury SR 61324
France, Germany: Philips
Producer The Nice
The Nice chronology
Five Bridges
Autumn '67 - Spring '68
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Discogs 4/5 stars[1]
TopTenReviews 8/15 stars[3]

Elegy was the final official album release by the Nice, Keith Emerson having moved on to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lee Jackson to Jackson Heights and Brian Davison to Every Which Way. It consists of live versions of songs from earlier releases and a cover of "My Back Pages". Released after the Nice had disbanded, the album achieved number 5 in the UK album chart.[4]

"Hang on to a Dream" and "America" were recorded live at Fillmore East, New York during the group's 1969 tour.

Cover art[edit]

The UK edition came in a gatefold sleeve. It was designed by Hipgnosis (Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell), well known as designers of album covers for Pink Floyd and other progressive rock bands. The front and back covers show a Sahara desert scene with a line of fifty red footballs (credited to Mettoy Playcraft) receding towards a distant dune. The inside of the cover shows, in the distance, a mesa or plateau; in front is a gravelly landscape strewn with memorabilia of the Nice such as older album covers, publicity shots, press releases and a scrapbook of press cuttings.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Hang On to a Dream" (Live) (Tim Hardin) – 12:43
  2. "My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan) – 9:12

Side two[edit]

  1. "Third Movement, Pathetique" (Group Only) (Tchaikovsky; arranged by The Nice) – 7.05
  2. "America" (Live) (Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, The Nice)  – 10:27



  1. ^ a b "Nice, The – Elegy (LP) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "allmusic ((( Elegy > Overview )))". www.allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "TopTenReviews – External Link". www.toptenreviews.com. Retrieved 5 December 2009. 
  4. ^ "Chart Stats – The Nice – Elergy". www.chartstats.com. Retrieved 3 October 2009. 
  5. ^ "Nice, The — Elegy (CD, Album, RE, RM) at Discogs". www.discogs.com. Retrieved 3 October 2009.