Works Volume 2

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Works Volume 2
ELP Works Volume 2.jpg
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 10 November 1977
Recorded 1973-76
Genre Progressive rock
Length 43:54
Label Atlantic
Shout! Factory
Producer Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Peter Sinfield
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
Works Volume 1
Works Volume 2
Love Beach
Singles from
Works Volume II
  1. "Tiger in a Spotlight"
    Released: 1977
  2. "Watching Over You"
    Released: 1978

Works Volume 2 is the sixth studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1977.[1][2] Unlike Works Volume 1 (which consisted of three solo sides and one ensemble side), Works Volume 2 was a single album and it was seemingly a compilation of leftover tracks from other album sessions. While many derided the album for its apparent lack of focus, others felt that it showed a different side of the band, with blues, bluegrass and jazz being very prominent as musical genres in this recording.

The remastered 2017 version of the album is expanded to a double-CD by the inclusion of the complete Works Live, an extended version of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert.


"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. Emerson's cover of "Honky Tonk Train Blues" had been released as a single in 1976, reaching #21 in the UK pop charts.[3]

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
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Robert ChristgauC+[5]
Classic Rock3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[7]

The album was not as commercially successful as the band's previous albums; it reached No. 20 in the UK and No. 37 in the US. Three tracks from the album were released as singles: "Tiger in a Spotlight", "Maple Leaf Rag", and "Watching Over You".

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".[5] 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."[4]

The two Works albums were supported by North American tours which lasted from May 1977 to February 1978, spanning over 120 dates.[8] Some early concerts in 1977 were performed with a hand-picked orchestra and choir, but the idea was shelved after 18 shows with the band due to budget constraints.[9] The final concert with the orchestra and choir took place on 26 August 1977 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal that was attended by an estimated 78,000 people, the highest attended Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert as a solo act.[10] According to Lake on the Beyond the Beginning DVD documentary, the band lost around $3 million on the tour. Lake and Palmer blame Emerson for the loss as the use of an orchestra on tour was his idea.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Tiger in a Spotlight" (1977 single, recorded 1973; B-side of 'All I Want Is You, 1978)Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer, Peter Sinfield4:02
2."When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine" (B-side of "Jerusalem", 1973)Emerson, Lake, Palmer3:56
3."Bullfrog"Ron Aspery, Colin Hodgkinson, Palmer3:49
4."Brain Salad Surgery" (B-side of "Fanfare for the Common Man"; recorded 1973)Emerson, Lake, Sinfield3:05
5."Barrelhouse Shake-Down" (B-side of "Honky Tonk Train Blues")Emerson3:55
6."Watching Over You" (1977 single)Lake, Sinfield3:54
Side two
1."So Far to Fall" (B-side of "Tiger in a Spotlight", 1977)Emerson, Lake, Sinfield4:55
2."Maple Leaf Rag"Scott Joplin, arr. Emerson2:00
3."I Believe in Father Christmas" (1975 single)Lake, Sinfield3:20
4."Close But Not Touching"Palmer3:18
5."Honky Tonk Train Blues" (1976 single)Meade Lux Lewis, arr. Emerson2:57
6."Show Me the Way to Go Home"James Campbell, Reginald Connelly3:40


  • "Watching Over You/Hallowed Be Thy Name" (UK release)
  • "Tiger in a Spotlight/So Far to Fall" (German release)


Emerson, Lake & Palmer[edit]

Guest musicians[edit]

  • Ron Aspery - saxophone on "Bullfrog" (uncredited)
  • Colin Hodgkinson - bass guitar on "Bullfrog" (uncredited)
  • Graham Smith - Harmonica on "Watching Over You"


  1. ^ "Backstage Confessions". Beaver County (Pa.) Times. 1977-10-17. Retrieved 23 February 2015. Emerson, Lake & Palmer will release a new album, "Works, Volcume Two," on Nov. 1
  2. ^ Palmer, Carl. "Discography". Carl Palmer Official Global Web Site. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  3. ^ The Official UK Charts Company: Honky Tonk Train Blues
  4. ^ a b Smith, David Ross. "Works, Vol. 2 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (30 January 1978). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  6. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2005). "Eight by Three". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 104. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Macan 2006, p. 415.
  9. ^ Charone, Barbara (September 1977). "Ladies and Gentlemen..." Gig.
  10. ^ Macan 2006, p. 401.