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THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

2.82 | 16 ratings

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Easy Livin
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3 stars Also known as "The re-packaging of the same tracks that never ends"!

For those who have ELP's "Then and now" album, "The show that never ends" will sound somewhat familiar. If you remove the "Then" tracks (recorded in 1974) from that album, what you are left with is this album. The fact that both are double CD packages gives an indication of the space which is therefore wasted here, indeed the omission of one short track would have allowed this to be a single disc.

The recording quality is excellent, and the song selection by the band diverse. They range from never before performed live songs from "Tarkus", to a 22 minute extravaganza based around "Fanfare for the common man" and Dave Brubeck's "Blue rondo a la Turk". After the stunning initial fanfare, we settle down into a lengthy workout by Emerson on synth and organ. Hidden away in the rendition is an unannounced divergence into "Abaddon's Bolero" and a number of other familiar themes. Carl Palmer also slips in one of his astonishingly energetic, but for me futile, drum solos.

We close with a quick verse of King Crimson's (Lake) "21st Century schizoid man" which leads into Emerson's controversial interpretation of Berstein/Sondheim's "America".

In all, a fine but poorly packaged document of the reformed band's gigs in the late 1990's but don't expect to find anything here which is not already available.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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