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LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

2.88 | 105 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
2 stars Short changed.

That's my two words about this live album. Released after one of their worst albums ever, their visit to Royal Albert Hall did not live up to the ELP name. The material is also way short of the standard set by Welcome Back My Friends and Live at Isle of Wight. This is just a shadow of a band who once was.

The criminal short Karn 9 and Tarkus makes me run over to my copy of Welcome Back My Friends where the real value versions can be found. People paid money to hear this in Royal Albert Hall ? Gosh ! Knife Edge is OK. The sound is typical 1990s and sterile. Not good. Paper Blood is not good and showcases Greg Lake's bluesy voice. A voice not suitable for ELP. I can understand why we are now short changed with some light weight material like Still....., Lucky Man and the utterly horrible Black Moon. Inbetween, we get to hear the new toys (modern keyboards) from Keith Emerson on Creole Dance and Romeo & Juliet. The rather good Pirates and the not so impressive Fanfare For The Common Man ends the ELP set before we get two songs from The Nice in the form of America and Rondo.

Short changed ? Very much so ! Two very short tasters from their first four albums (Pictures.... Exhibition included) and the rest is at best fillers. Just occasionaly, we see the real ELP. This is probably as bad as it can get from ELP. Oh, I better give Love Beach a spin then.

2 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 2/5 |

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