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Emerson Lake & Palmer - The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 CD (album) cover


Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

2.63 | 32 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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3 stars ELP was the first progrock supergroup and during the Isle Of Wight Festival performance they did their best to translate this into musical and visual terms. This DVD is a blend of live footage and conversations with the band members and their 1969/70 manager John Gayden. Some quotes: "It was a musical turning point", "Just launching us", "The festival was a landmark in R&R history" and "The atmosphere was extremely encouraging" by Greg lake, "Every mistake in the festival book was made" by Carl Palmer, "So there was a lot of expectations" and "I had more accidents with the Hammond organ on stage than with my aeroplanes and motorbikes!" by Keith Emerson and "Greg Lake talked with Jimi Hendrix for his band but came up with Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson" by John Gayden. We can witness exciting live footage from ELP their gig (and also scenes from their genuine stage debut in the Lyceum Theatre earlier that year), including the 'magical' looking Keith Emerson with his blue glitter suit and leather hat and his spectacular stage antics with the Hammond organ, a sensational drum solo by an ecstatic Carl Palmer who threw out his s-shirt and the thunderous sound of the canons at the end of the show. Also interesting is the part about the Moog synthesizer, we can enjoy a short but mindblowing demonstation by Keith Emerson, I love that unsurpassed fat sound (created by 3 patented oscillators)! Unfortunately the music and the images don't match all the time and again (like on the Pictures At An Exhibition DVD) we have to look at a blend of music and images (from the festival) instead of an integral registration of the entire Pictures composition. For example, I am not up to watch the Isle Of Wight upper class in expensive speed boats, I want to see the upper middle class progrock musicians with their spectacular stage act during The Isle Of Wigth Festival! My rating: 3,5 stars.
erik neuteboom | 3/5 |


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