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Emerson Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition CD (album) cover

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.86 | 874 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Blues variation

Pictures At An Exhibition was Emerson Lake & Palmer's first live album, but it is not your usual live record consisting of live versions of songs that originally appeared on other albums. What we have here is an entirely "new" piece of music that appeared here for the first time (and didn't get a studio recording until the early 1990's). The reason for the quotation marks around the word new is that it is based around music by Classical composer Modest Mussorgsky. The album also included an encore in Nutrocker.

While this live performance was recorded between the release of the group's self-titled debut album and their second album Tarkus, Pictures At An Exhibition was not released until after the latter album. Even though the performance has many excellent moments and is overall very enjoyable, it also has some questionable moments and the sound is not always great. As such, I think that Pictures At An Exhibition is not up to par with the band's studio albums from around the same time. Perhaps, it would have made a better album had it been recorded in the studio? My own personal favourite version of this music is the studio recording of the piece that they recorded in the 90's which was originally featured on the box set Return Of The Manticore (and also as a bonus track on the CD In The Hot Seat as well as on some CD reissues of Pictures At An Exhibition).

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |

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