Greg Lake is best known as a founding member of prog rock legends King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but his musical career spans nearly 35 years -- and this disc is a delightful testament to every stop along his musical journey. Consisting entirely of extremely rare or previously unreleased material, From the Underground contains both studio and live selections from '60s groups the Shame, Shy Limbs, and King Crimson as well as Lake's later work with Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Asia, Emerson, Lake & Powell, and his own Greg Lake Band. Perhaps collections such as this too often showcase only an artist's hits or signature pieces, but this disc has more character than that. Rather, From the Underground is an album containing only the extra stuff that usually leads fans to buy box sets -- without all the tracks that fans typically already own. In the end, one is left with the impression that the growth of an important musical figure has been accurately charted. There are some wonderful finds here, and fans of Greg Lake or his various bands will enjoy this disc immensely.
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AllMusic Review by Alan Ticheler