|| I Believe in Father Christmas
With a career that spanned the lifetimes of several bands (King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer) and finally a solo incarnation you could truly say that Greg Lake left no stone unturned. But for all that his back catalogue contains only one Christmas song, ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’. Lake originally recorded it as solo venture in 1975 but an alternate version did appear on Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s ‘Works II’ album 2 years later. Despite his lack of adherence to conventional Christmas song templates ‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ was a popular hit on its release and has made its way onto countless Christmas compilations over the years. The song veers from acoustic drama to full orchestral wig out with a chorus of angels sealing the deal. The lyrics were underscored by a message about the erosion of the fundamentals of the original Christmas message.
‘I Believe In Father Christmas’ wasn’t all of Lake’s own work as it was co-written by King Crimson bandmate Peter Sinfield and the orchestral parts were sampled from the soundtrack of a 1934 Russian film called ‘Lieutenant Kijé’. In a time before music videos were prolific Lake made his intentions clear when he shot a video promo for the song in the Dead Sea scroll caves in Israel. It was certainly a case of practicing what you preach and his efforts were rewarded in the general appreciation of his display of the true meaning of Christmas.Author: Kevin