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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

2.64 | 34 ratings

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2 stars This DVD was such a disappointment. I expected to see the legendary debut performance of ELP in all its gritty glory. I thought it would be as awesome as the audio aspect. But for some reason, due to maybe faulty film footage, improper lighting, or whatever, the concert footage is not what is going on onstage at all. I would go so far as to say this is the worst concert DVD I've ever watched. There are parts where the members of the band are plainly not playing what the video shows. Here's a tip: whenever the footage is in slow motion, that means it's culled from another moment of the show.

I am frankly disgusted by the way this show was presented. A piece of rock music history, and we get completely incorrect video to the audio. Do you think it was because the director was given far too much artistic licence? I don't know what happened here, but I found the concert itself entirely unwatchable. It's impossible to follow a song when a quarter of the footage is in slow motion (and wrong), when another quarter is of the wrong band member, and the remaining HALF is of naked hippies swimming, rich people in boats, or crowds looking stoned and sitting down.

This is saved from receiving one star because the interviews preceding the show are very good, interesting, and funny. But I bought this DVD for the show, not the interviews, which is why it gets 2 stars from Puma.

puma | 2/5 |


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