The initial idea for the  Five Bridges Suite written on an Air Lingus airsick bag July 1969. Taken from a fascinating article on the Keith Emerson official site

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  1. “Five Bridges” is a fine example of what the band could produce. It is one of the earliest examples of a collaboration between band and orchestra. Partly recorded live in Newcastle (UK), the album title, and indeed the suite which occupies side one of the album, relate to that city. The suite is largely successful, if at times a bit rough and ready, Lee Jackson’s vocals in particular being rather poor. The band and orchestra tend to keep themselves to themselves, with little in the way of interplay between them.

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