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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

2.06 | 619 ratings

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Both their awful and disgusting "Works I and II" are behind but will ELP delivers something better with this release ? It is obvious that the best is behind. The poppish attempts "All I Want Is You" and "Taste Of My Love" are not too bad after all. Great keys (but is this to be mentioned ?). Unfortunately, the title track is a very weak number. I do like like pop/prog as I call it, but this song is really hard to cope with. Press next.

But the next button will, inevitably lead you to "The Gambler". The same button is the best option and will lead you to "For You" a Lake ballad meant to repeat "Lucky Man", "Still..." or "C'Est La Vie". Well at this time of this difficult review, I must say that it is not the worse track so far..."Canario" starts really awful but features a not too bad ELP at the end.

So, the only hopes are based on the epic track. Another "Tarkus" maybe (or half a "Karn Evil" or double a "Take A Pebble") ? Well, let's put things into perspective and be happy that "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" is not as poor as the rest. There are of course lots of weak sections (the best one being the introducory part featuring Lake on the vocals). After that, the band will play a lenghtly and dispensible instrumental part.

Unfortunately, "Tarkus" won't be repeated... I am of course not a musician but how comes that such a great band will produce such miserable music ? When I am not in great shape, my business partner tells me : he, what happens with you! Go out there, get inspired and come back with good projects !

Is there no one in their close relationships or management to tell them the same (this is also valid for other great bands of course) ?

1978 was of course not the proggiest one, but who could be interested in such a release ? I couldn't at that time. There were lots of funnier bands to listen to than this boring ELP. I will be generous and give them two stars for this "work".

It is rather surprising that two reviewers have given the masterpiece status to this album. Did I miss something ?

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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