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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER IN CONCERT

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

2.64 | 139 ratings

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Tom Ozric
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3 stars This live album is a further contractually obligated release, from the 'Works' Tour of 1977, the tour with the over-blown budget, complete with 3 semi-trailers worth of gear in tow, and a massive orchestra, but boy, did they draw a crowd !! The album, recorded at Olympic Stadium, Montreal, features only about a half of the entire set, of which a full-length video exits of. Opening with a Synth 'Fanfare', this 51 second intro leads into the 'Peter Gunn' theme - its main feature being the catchy riff that most people are familiar with, but a bit of a 'goofy' choice of song, I think. Emerson and his 'new-found friend' - the Yamaha GX-1 synth, suits the piece perfectly. It has some interesting sounds and effects to it, but ultimately sounds rather 'cheezy'. Still, Keith has his Moog Modular unit present. Phew !! 'Tiger In A Spotlight' is a cool track, but its melodies and key changes have been done many times before, by more 'standard' rock bands. And now for Greg Lake in a spotlight with his lovely 12 string ballad 'C'est La Vie' - a very pretty song actually, with the French vibe helped along by Emerson's Accordion solo. 'The Enemy God' is an ELP treatment of an excerpt from a suite by the classical composer, Prokofiev. This is quite a storming version which has a dramatic feel to it, and halfway through Emerson's Hammond rings through brightly - the first truly impressive song here. Nice to hear a fully orchestrated version of 'Knife Edge', from the wonderful debut album, always an exciting listen. I have to say that Lake's 8-string Bass Guitar has a very 'spikey' tone to it, and the overall sound of the album is quite 'thin'. I admire Palmer's Drums and Percussion playing around this time (probably the best trait of the mis-understood 'Love Beach' album also) but he really stretches out by creating elaborately decorated arrangements for his instruments - quite a busy performer in other words. Side 2 starts with the dramatic end section of Emerson's 'Piano Concerto No 1', not a bad piece of music, but perhaps comes off a little too serious and sophisticated for most prog-heads. The surprise on this album comes in the form of the 2nd half of the 'Pictures at an Exhibition' suite, 15 minutes of awesome Prog, complete with the up-dated equipment the band were using, and the added sonorities of the orchestra. This period wasn't the best time for the band, but I'm glad this recording exists. 3.5 stars.
Tom Ozric | 3/5 |

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