Nice - Immediate 1969
The Nice were skilled musicians, especially keyboardman Keith Emerson was sublime, but the group were as songwriters not particularly remarkable. One of their very best tracks is the psychedelic "Diary For an Empty Day" - in spite of the somewhat fragile vocals this song is one of the most successful the group recorded; both melodic and instrumentally interesting.
Their cover version of Tim Hardin's "Hang on to a Dream" also keeps level - here their fusion music actually works. Could recall early King Crimson.
The opening track is a pianodriven rocker - with jazzy experiments. Not a bad track with interesting exceptional beats. "For Example" is so experimenting that for me it is too diffuse and uninteresting.The two long live tracks naturally gives an impression of the group on stage, but basically the tracks feel rather lengthy.
The Nice was possibly seen as interesting and innovative in their time, but I fear for their music in the long term.