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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.84 | 703 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, Palmerīs 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 Emersonīs 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 Lakeīs 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 canīt 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 (thereīs 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. Itīs fun, and iīs catchy, even though the derivative piano playing (if something is typical of Emerson, itīs 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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