Essential Records
Pop/Rock, Prog-Rock, Psychedelic, British Psychedelia, Art Rock

Album Review

The Nice's second album, and their first as a trio, was a genuinely groundbreaking effort, and now it sounds the way it was always supposed to. The 1998 Castle Communications reissue (ESM 646), part of its Essential Masters series, puts even the version in the 1995 Charly box to shame -- that was clean and clear, where this is bright, with a much more solid high end and richer bass as well. The energy of the band's playing comes through, along with enough detail to allow you to hear the action on the keyboards in some instances. This is not only the first Nice album to sound as good as the ELP remasters of a couple of years ago, but to match the best of the latter for substance. The "bonus tracks" are merely the monaural single masters of "Daddy, Where Did I Come From" and "Happy Freuds," when ideally "America" would have been on this CD where it belongs (and where it was, on the American version of the original LP).
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Daddy, Where Did I Come From?
  2. Little Arabella
  3. Happy Freuds
  4. Intermezzo from the Karelia Suite
  5. Don Edito el Gruva
  6. Ars Longa Vita Brevis: Prelude
  7. Ars Longa Vita Brevis: 1st Movement - Awakening
  8. Ars Longa Vita Brevis: 2nd Movement - Realisation
  9. Ars Longa Vita Brevis: 3rd Movement - Acceptance "Brandenburger"
  10. Ars Longa Vita Brevis: 4th Movement - Denial
  11. Ars Longa Vita Brevis: Coda - Extension to the Big Note
  12. Acceptance Bradenburger (3rd Movment) [Single A-Side][Edit][*]
  13. Happy Freuds [Single B-Side][Edit][*]
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