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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 739 ratings

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Peto
4 stars Promenade A majestic intro on Hammond organ. Great 5 stars

The gnome This one sounds more like ELP, actually with twists of avantgarde. The call and response playing between Emerson and Lake is marvelous, Palmer´s drumming is great. The moog solo is again too much for me to swallow, though. Otherwise, a great number. with a dark atmosphere. 4 .5 stars

Promenade This time, Lake sings along Emerson´s playing. Great as the first one. The mmoog outro is good as well. 5 stars

The sage A marvelous quiet acoustic ballad. This one really benefits from Lake´s great vocal performance. And his acoustic guitar playing is fine as well. 5 stars

The old castle A snippet of weird moog noise with drums. 0 stars

Blues variation Marvelous playing from Lake and Palmer. Emerson occupies the moog again. At least his playing seems to have some kind of purpose, even though I can´t stand those high aqueeking notes. Thankfully he switches to the organ again and plays a pretty melodic blues influenced solo. 5 stars

Promenade The lovely motif again. All right. 5 stars

The hut of Baba Yaga A fast instrumental piece with Emerson running through the organ (there´s actually even a melody theme) and great work from Lake and Palmer as usual. 5 stars

The curse of Baba Yaga Oh boy, the moog again. But this time it creates atmosphere, so no complaints as I see the point. Emerson soon switches to rgan and the track becomes a typical rocker a lá ELP. In a good sense. Lake contributes some vocals. 4. 5 stars

The hut of Baba Yaga Fine, as the previous snippet. 5 stars

The great gates of Kiev Wow. Even a hammond driven ballad with pop ambitions. The solo part is noisy and weird, but marvelous in a way, because it gels fine with the melodic part sung by Lake. 5 stars

The end 30 seconds... Not rating this, really, just an extension of the main motif of the previous one.

Nutrocker The encore. It´s fun, and i´s catchy, even though the derivative piano playing (if something is typical of Emerson, it´s the opposite of this) can get boring and the whole track sounds listless. 2 stars

Overal rating: 4 STARS

EXCELLENT ADDITION TO ANY PROG MUSIC COLLECTION.

Peto | 4/5 |

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