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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 8:22 pm     Reply with quote

As mentioned in another thread, Greg Lake passed away today. He was very well-known for his massive contributions to Emerson, Lake & Palmer and, before that, to King Crimson.

I knew his work mainly from King Crimson, one of the very first 'Prog Rock' bands to emerge. I recall seeing them one time, when they opened for Joe Cocker in New York. (I'd never heard of them before but they were very impressive indeed.)

When I recorded my British Rock album, "Home, James" in 2006, I wanted to include one track from Crimson, and selected the ultra-moody "Epitaph" to close out the album.

Here is my version of "Epitaph", offered in memory of Greg Lake, on the day of his untimely passing at age 69, with thanks and appreciation:

https://soundcloud.com/jim-cohen/epitaph-king-crimson
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Lee Warren


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Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 8:35 pm     Reply with quote

Nicely done, Jim, and a fitting tribute.
I was a big fan of KC and ELP too.
Was that ebow during the section at around 4:00?
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 8:37 pm     Reply with quote

Thanks, Lee. Yes, it's an ebow.
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Rich Upright


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Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 8:38 pm     Reply with quote

Jim; That was AWESOME! I have a 6 way surround with sub & EQ on my PC, and I just loosened a little plaster in my house listening to that! I thought i was the only steel player that is an ELP & Greg lake freak, but your version of Epitaph was just unbelieveable! Greg used to do "Epitaph" accapella right after "Battlefield" when they did "Tarkus" live. Have seen them 17 times. He was a world-class talent.
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 8:52 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you, Rich. You have the perfect equipment for listening to this track (not to mention to ELP and KC!)

You're right, Lake was a huge talent. He will be missed.
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Mike Perlowin


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Post Posted 8 Dec 2016 9:57 pm     Reply with quote

Jim, that's absolutely gorgeous. You've shown once again, both what a great player you are, and just how beautiful and versatile the steel can be when played by a master.
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Donna Dodd


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Post Posted 9 Dec 2016 6:24 pm     Reply with quote

That's beautiful, Jim! I also listened to Just Walk Away Renee/As Tears Go By. Also, very, very nice!!! You know Tommy and I are BIG FANS of yours!!!
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 9 Dec 2016 8:06 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you Mike, and Donna. I enjoyed catching up with Tommy by phone earlier today. Hope you are doing well.
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Skip Edwards


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Post Posted 11 Dec 2016 1:24 pm     Reply with quote

Very, very nice, Jim...
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Chris Boyd


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Post Posted 11 Dec 2016 1:40 pm     Reply with quote

Wow...gorgeous playing and a great arrangement... always loved KC and ELP.. thanks Jim !
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Godfrey Arthur


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Post Posted 12 Dec 2016 2:47 pm     Reply with quote

Dang.. Godspeed Greg. Back to the beginning...




Nice emotion on the tribute track Jim..I like the high pitched cry towards the end..
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Rich Peterson


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Post Posted 15 Dec 2016 9:52 am     Reply with quote

A great tribute to Greg Lake. The steel guitar is so powerful for conveying a melody. Especially in your hands. Beautiful.
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Rick Bernauer


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Post Posted 15 Dec 2016 5:06 pm     Reply with quote

That was fantastic! Great job and a fine tribute to Greg Lake. King Crimson forever. I liked it so much I bought your album. I'm really impressed by the production and playing.
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Carl Williams


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Post Posted 17 Dec 2016 3:39 am     Reply with quote

Hauntingly beautiful Jim...a very thoughtful tribute to a very talented musician. Carl
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Joel Martin


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Post Posted 19 Dec 2016 11:24 am     Reply with quote

JIM!!!!!!! That's SO AWESOME!!!! I'm sad it took his passing for me to hear this.
What a beautiful version and tribute. I had no idea you were a Crimson fan!!
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Jim Cohen


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Post Posted 19 Dec 2016 7:59 pm     Reply with quote

Thank you all for your kind remarks. Much of the credit goes to my late collaborator, Dan Kleiman, who played everything that wasn't a steel guitar on that track. He was a musical genius and he set the stage so beautifully for me to lay down the steel part. The whole Philadelphia music community misses Dan.
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