Greg Lake‘s evergreen Christmas classic I Believe In Father Christmas is due to be re-released for Christmas 2020 thanks to the restoration of the original video to 4K. You can watch the brand new video in full below.
The song features on the recently released The Anthology – A Musical Journey which features music from Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, Lake’s solo career, 1967’s Don’t Go ‘Way Little Girl, recorded with The Shame and 1969 psych rarity Love recorded with The Shy Limbs.
Despite it’s strong anti-commercial message I Believe In Father Christmas remains a warm, catchy and enduringly popular Christmas song. The single was originally a hit worldwide in 1975, reaching Number 2 in the UK charts and selling over 13,000 copies in two days only to be kept from the UK number one slot by Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.
Greg, who died on 7th December 2016, aged 69, co-wrote the single with Pete Sinfield. ELP’s keyboardist Keith Emerson had encouraged each member of the band to come up with solo material, so in 1975 Lake teamed up with lyricist Sinfield to create something out of a “Christmassy” chord sequence Lake had written.
The result was thoughtful, but melodic too: a humanist, Christmas song that also manages to warm the cockles. By adding a snippet of twinkling sleigh-ride music by classical composer Sergei Prokofiev at Keith Emerson’s suggestion, summoning the sparkle of Christmas, creating, as Sinfield has said, “a picture-postcard Christmas, with morbid edges.”
This new 4K version of the original promo video has been painstakingly and expertly restored from a recently discovered rare copy of the original film for I Believe In Father Christmas which was shot partly on the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt and in the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. The video includes previously unseen footage from the Vietnam War and was directed by Arnould Schwartzman who went on to win an Oscar in 1982 for his film Genocide.
The new video restoration included manually cleaning the film to remove the sticky residue from the sellotape joins to allow it to pass freely through the scanner, rebuilding the cuts to remove the jumps, recreating damaged frames based on those surrounding it, frame by frame dirt and scratch clean and eve repainting in camel legs!
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- Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $60.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Feb-2023 12:13)on February 8, 2023 at 4:47 pm
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Tarkus (1971 UK first issue 13-track LP on the pink rim palm tree label, the prog supergroup's second longplayer engineered by studio icon of the day Eddie Offord. Features a seldom heard guitar solo by Greg Lake during Battlefield, housed in a heavy duty gatefold picture sleeve with fantastic William Neal artwork. The sleeve is Excellent with just some minor age wear, mostly to the edges & the vinyl grades Excellent with the lightest evidence of play only ILPS9155)
- Emerson Lake & Palmer - Welcome Back - Price Sticker - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $24.00, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jan-2023 16:46)on February 8, 2023 at 4:47 pm
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Welcome Back (1974 UK 11-track triple LP recorded live on their 1973/74 World tour, including renditions of ELP classics such as Tarkus, Karn Evil 9, Hoedown & Jerusalem. Comes housed in an elaborate die-cut embossed tri-fold sleeve. The packaging shows some scuffing/creasing to the edges & all three vinyl discs are Excellent with just mild signs of play K63500)
- Emerson Lake & Palmer - The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer - German - vinyl LP - £12.00, $14.40, €13.44 (New Item) (arrived 28-Dec-2022 12:14)on February 8, 2023 at 4:47 pm
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER The Best Of (1980 German 9-track LP compilation on the green & orange Altlantic label, including Fanfare For The Common Man & more, complete with the illustrated inner. The picture sleeve is Excellent with a minor cornercrease & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition with minimal play)
- Emerson Lake & Palmer - Emerson Lake & Palmer - 2nd - VG - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.00, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jan-2023 13:12)on February 8, 2023 at 4:47 pm
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Emerson Lake & Palmer (1970 UK 6-track LP on the pink rim Island 'palm tree' label, including Lucky Man & Knife-Edge, matt picture sleeve. The cover is graded Very Good with light ring wear & edge scuffing whilst the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with few signs of play ILPS9132)
- Emerson Lake & Palmer - Trilogy - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.00, €16.80 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jan-2023 11:36)on February 8, 2023 at 4:47 pm
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Trilogy (Mid to late 70s UK issue of the 1972 9-track LP, the band's third studio album, featuring the brilliant 'Hoedown', gatefold picture sleeve with a montage inside of the band in Epping Forest. The sleeve shows minor wear & the vinyl is in Excellent condition with few signs of play K43505)
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