Spirit of Unicorn Music have announced they will release a new 20-CD Variations box set covering the entire career of Keith Emerson on October 13, 2023.
The project is divided into five parts, beginning with Emerson’s early years in The Nice and Emerson Lake & Palmer. The musician’s solo albums, his soundtracks and collaborations and a set of stunning live performances that present his breath-taking keyboard skills to full effect, form the other parts.
“Keith Emerson invented progressive rock. I know because I was there at the time.” Lee Jackson, a long-time friend of Emerson, and his one-time bandmate in The Nice, once told Prog magazine about one of the greatest keyboard players of all time.
The collection has been curated with the full support of the Emerson family. Aaron Emerson, Keith’s son, said, “It is with great excitement that we can share all of Dad’s great work, expanding throughout his long career. I hope it gives you as much joy as it has done for all of us”.
The collection comes in a special 10 x 10 inch box. The 20 CDs are accompanied by sleeve notes written by Jerry Ewing, Editor of Prog magazine. There are interviews with many of Emerson’s collaborators.
The set also includes a 48-page book containing many never-before-seen photos taken directly from the Emerson family archive.
All 20 CDs have been mastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce. The collection features a previously unreleased show from BB Kings in 2004.
Variations Box Set Tracklisting:
Part One: The Early Years / The BandsDisc One: Early Years / The Bands
Part Two: The Solo AlbumsDisc Two: HonkyDisc Three: Changing StatesDisc Four: Emerson Plays EmersonDisc Five: Keith Emerson Band
Part Three: The SoundtracksDisc Six: InfernoDisc Seven: NighthawksDisc Eight: MurderockDisc Nine: Best Revenge / La ChiesaDisc Ten: Iron ManDisc Eleven: Harmagedon / Godzilla
Part Four: CollaborationsDisc Twelve: Three Fates ProjectDisc Thirteen: Beyond The Stars
(Photo: Spirit of Unicorn Music)
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