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EMERSON,LAKE & PALMER - KING BISCUIT FLOWER HOUR (AKA "LIVE")

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.36 | 51 ratings

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Easy Livin
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2 stars Lovely biscuits?

The version I have of this album is a European release from 2002 on the Disky label, simply entitled "Live". This is a single disc collection, which omits the contents of the second disc completely, thus there is no "Karn evil 9" here. The tracks on the first disc are identical to the 1997 version, but the running order is completely different.

ELP live releases are notorious for overlapping with each other, and this is no exception. Unlike most King Biscuit releases, the tracks included here are not always unique. The recordings are actually sourced from two concerts from 1974 and 1977. The 1974 recordings, which include the aforementioned "Karn evil 9" plus "Lucky man" and "Still you turn me on" are from the Tulsa USA performance. They previously appeared on the bands' first live album "Welcome back my friends..".

The 1977 recordings are from the "Works" tour, but contrary to some reports elsewhere, they are not taken from the "In concert" album. These versions were recorded at The Coliseum, Wheeling, West Virginia USA without an orchestra.

In terms of recording quality, the sound here is excellent, Greg Lake's acoustic guitar passage sounding particularly clear. The bias of the song selection towards the "Works" (Volumes 1 and 2) albums means that many favourites are missing, while space is found for other more prosaic songs such as "Pirates". The "Piano improvisations" are rather clumsily extracted from the "Take a pebble" suite, and certainly do not benefit from being presented in isolation.

Better than the numerous bootlegs which the band have recently gathered together and given official releases, but one for dedicated fans of the band only.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |

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