Manticore Italy Records is proud to announce the release of Greg Lake‘s Live in Piacenza limited edition box set, CD, and vinyl for December 15, 2017. This is the documentary of Lake’s last tour, as recorded on November 28, 2012 in a sold-out Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, Italy. (Lake passed away almost exactly a year ago on December 7, 2016.)
It was Lake’s wish that an audiophile-grade limited edition of this show would relaunch his Manticore Label, and he noted this specific show as being a very special, magical evening in his posthumous autobiography, Lucky Man. The Mayor of Piacenza and all the municipality attended the concert, and went onstage thanking Lake for opening the “Musiche Nuove in Piacenza” festival. The concert was seen as a triumph, and on January 9, 2016, the trustees of Conservatorio Nicolini of Piacenza gave Lake the first honorary degree ever given by a Conservatorio.
Live in Piacenza brings Lake’s “Songs Of A Lifetime” project to its highest point. Exclusively for this concert, Greg performed with three special guests: Le Orme’s leader Aldo Tagliapietra, ex PFM and Acqua Fragile’s vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti, and the young, talented Annie Barbazza, making the Piacenza show even more special and rare.
Lake said the following about the show in the aforementioned Lucky Man: “One outstanding memory I have of performing Songs Of A Lifetime show in Europe was on 28 November 2012 in the small city of Piacenza in Italy. The concert took place at a wonderful theatre there, the Teatro Municipale, which looks rather like La Scala in Milan with beautiful gold balconies and crystal chandeliers. I love Piacenza, and the Conservatorio di MusicaGiuseppe Nicolini there awarded me an honorary degree in 2016 for the way that King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer helped to bring classical music into young people’s lives – what an honour.
“The show at Teatro Municipale was recorded and I decided to release a special collector’s edition of it on vinyl. Somehow the event, the feeling of the music and the atmosphere all seem to be suited to being reproduced in this analogue way.
“Max Marchini recorded and produced the concert in Piacenza and together with Max I decided to restore Manticore Records label for the production and distribution of high-quality vinyl recordings.”
Greg Lake: Live in Piacenza is available as 1) very limited double premium audiophile vinyl in 700 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering; 2) very limited CD in 1,600 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering; and 3) very limited box set in 500 hand-numbered copies, gold hot foil lettering containing: double vinyl in clear audiophile edition, CD in audiophile gold limited edition, 10 in-folio photographic prints, original concert poster and ticket, nexclusive video DVD documentary of the concert, and a Greg Lake logo sticker. Visit Manticore Italy Records to purchase Greg Lake: Live in Piacenza here: www.manticorerecords.com.
GREG LAKE: LIVE IN PIACENZA
01. 21st Century Schizoid Man
02. Lend Your Love To Me Tonight
03. From The Beginning
04. Heartbreak Hotel
05. Epitaph/In The Court Of The Crimson King
06. I Talk To The Wind
07. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
08. Touch And Go
09. Trilogy/Still… You Turn Me On
10. I Believe In Father Christmas
11. Shakin’ All Over
12. C’est La Vie
13. People Get Ready
14. Lucky Man (featuring Annie Barbazza, Bernardo Lanzetti and Aldo Tagliapietra)
15. Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression, part II)
Produced by Greg Lake and Max Marchini
Recorded by Alberto Callegari
Mixed and mastered at Elfo Recording Studios, Tavernago (PC)
Post Productions by Greg Lake and Annie Barbazza