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Carl Palmer


Crossover Prog

3.26 | 9 ratings

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3 stars Progressive Rock without keyboards?

Well, THE CARL PALMER BAND proves us it's possible, but I don't believe it's the right music for this kind of experiments, ELP compositions NEED keyboards, it's their essence, there's no way a guitar and base can provide the pomp required to play Toccata for example, which sounds even weirder than originally is, but weird is not always good, and in this case it's a disappointment.

With this I'm not saying Paul Bielatowicz is a bad guitar player, by the contrary, the kid is outstanding, to the point that my favorite track is the Guitar Medley, in which Paul is able to give all he has without being compared with Emerson and enjoys it.

Dave Marks is also a great musician, not only supporting the rhythm section, but also adding interesting touches to the melody, what a shame that they are so limited in this DVD. Carl's performance is impeccable as always, but still this is not the way to listen Emerson Lake & Palmer's music.

I bought the DVD, mostly because it's a new and original way of listening ELP's music and I enjoyed it because the songs are classics, but honestly at the end was a bit disappointed, like something was missing, lets hope Mr Palmer gets a keyboardist and then we'll see.

The music is well known, for this reason there's little to talk about it, so I will go directly to the rating that will be no higher than 3 stars, maybe 2.5, good for ELP diehard fans.

Excellent performances, but this music requires at least an organ and a Moog.

Ivan_Melgar_M | 3/5 |


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