Works Volume 2

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Works Volume 2
ELP Works Volume 2.jpg
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 1 November 1977
Recorded 1973-76
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock, folk 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. "Maple Leaf Rag"
    Released: 1977
  3. "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 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 that 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. 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C+[5]
Classic Rock 3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[7]

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]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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, Colin 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
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "So Far to Fall" Emerson, Lake, Sinfield 4:55
2. "Maple Leaf Rag" Scott Joplin, arr. Emerson 2:00
3. "I Believe in Father Christmas" Lake, Sinfield 3:20
4. "Close But Not Touching" Palmer 3:18
5. "Honky Tonk Train Blues" Meade Lux Lewis, arr. Emerson 2:57
6. "Show Me the Way to Go Home" James Campbell, Reginald Connelly 3:40

Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "Maple Leaf Rag (Single cut)" - 1:15[citation needed]


  • "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]


  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. 
  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.