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LOVE BEACH

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

2.07 | 555 ratings

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b_olariu
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2 stars ELP on the edge - 2.5 stars for sure

With Love beach from 1978, ELP goes realy on the bottom line, far are the days when we heared blistering key passages like on Tarkus or Trilogy, the late 70's cought ELP in wrong musical direction. Is like I'm listening to Bee Gees from that period, only pieces just for the sake to be on the album. Even the keys of Emerson and the drums of Palmer are dull, flat with no vein but not bad performed, only from time to time I heared some good vocal parts from Lake, but far from the early days sparkle. If you skip first 6 pieces remaing only one more piece to listen, the longest from here and one of the longest they ever compose, the unintristing Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman. When I saw such a long suite, I belive that even this track is in vein of Tarkus, Endless enigma, but turned to be in the end a total mediocre piece, without soul, intrest and everything you name it. The sections are played good, the keys in places are ok, the voice aswell, but as a whole, something is missing, there is no more that early career spark between musicians, is like they are tired to bring the piece to the end, forgetable track, even they tried to sound like old days , they fail big time. The cover art is a perfect example what is on the album. So, 2.5 stars, there are some good moments here and there, but not enought, keeping in mind what albums they releasewd in early '70s.

b_olariu | 2/5 |

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