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EMERSON LAKE & POWELL

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

3.15 | 304 ratings

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Kazuhiro
Prog Reviewer
3 stars The market concerning the music played at latter term in the middle of the 70's might changed rapidly attended with a certain kind of diversity. In an economical recession in the middle of the especially 70's, it is true to have influenced the industry of music. And, the field's in extension Rock gradually changing the shape into the scale at the same time as economy's accomplishing the process of growth results.

The market recovered gradually in respect of business and there was a part in the main current at the time of the revolution in the latter half of the 70's, too. The appearance of Punk Rock and New Age that was the main current in the latter half of the 70's had the influence in respect of the fashion at the same time as strengthening the color of the message and emphasizing it in the market.

The existence of King Crimson that had revived in the flow in the 80's appeared in front of the fan and the listener with the purpose. There might have been a revival and a reprint to Prog Rock wished because the listener felt it at the time of the 80's. The activity of a band active in first lines such as Yes and Genesis on the boundary of King Crimson might have been movements for the fan of Prog Rock to have a presentiment of the next age exactly. And, it will have been a flow that had to be called that the appearance of "Asia" had a decisive attitude to the flow and was inevitable. Or, the flow has respect that was followed and succeeded to Neo-Prog Rock. Naturally, the activity of the band in the 80's shows the movement that actively makes inroads into the market while absorbing the counterplan at that time. And, the fan and the listener pay attention to the part where the trend of "ELP" gets into the news gradually. And, ELP's appearing in front of us to answer the expectation of the fan and the listener results. Moreover, in unexpected shape for the fan and the listener.

ELP that had announced "Love Beach" in September, 1978 was in the extreme condition. Respect of financial failure concerning "Works Tour" that leads orchestra and dares. Part of slump of sales in album when musical main currents such as Punk Rock and New Age show movement. Or, the part of no relations of the member dissolves the band as a result with the end of the tour in December, 1978.

It was related to the music for the movie and the music of the project and had Keith Emerson as a part of the activity of the member afterwards. And, Greg Lake announces the album with Gary Moore. It comes to take an active part Carl Palmer in the band that leads an active musician in the field of Jazz/Fusion and is called "P.M.". However, the activity of music by each member never contributed to sales of the album in the difficult situation. Carl Palmer only faced time when the activity by "Asia" had become active. Keith Emerson and Greg Lake plan the revival of the band in the flow. Carl Palmer never participated for the activity with Asia. Their participation was not achieved as a result though the name of Simon Phillips and Ian Paice rose as a drum player. Perhaps, it is guessed that the talk did not advance in money respect. And, the person who had risen to the candidate was Cozy Powell. However, the name of the band was not able to write the name of "ELP" legally because it was not able to obtain the permission of Carl Palmer. Therefore, the band starts up activity substantially as "Emerson,Lake And Powell". They exchange the management of Switzerland with the contract and begin the production of the album as a result in November, 1985.

Composition of tune to which age is taken. Or, the song that has the flexibility of Greg Lake. The Korg Co. that Keith Emerson took at this time, and making the sound with the keyboard of the Kurzweil Co. and part of the reformAnd, a powerful rhythm where the individuality of Cozy Powell appears enough is constructed. Part where Tony Taverner known on business by "Flash" of Jeff Beck was appointed to producer of cooperation. Part as album to execute chemical reaction as band. There might have been restructuring, dignity, and a reprint to which everything had been exactly done at this time.

As for "The Score", the sound in which the sequence is made good use of twines round a powerfully steady rhythm with the melody of a complete keyboard. The fanfare that gives the excitement and the presentiment as a new band will excite the listener. Melody with sense of relief. The melody of symphonic with the keyboard constructs a good flow. The song of Greg Lake that continues the atmosphere has the expansion. The melody and the composition constructed while exactly following the music character cultivated in the 70's are kept. Intermittent rhythm in close relation to melody with tension. The flow that shifts to 2 and the rhythm and the melody of three reams is also complete.

In "Learning To Fly", a powerful rhythm and the melody are features. It advances with the progress of Chord that there is a sense of relief in a steady rhythm. Sound of decoration with keyboard. Or, the music character is constructed with new machine parts. Especially, Solo and the sound of the keyboard are remarkably shown. The way to put up the chorus is also good each other.

The construction of a grand melody and the construction of a fantastic space of "The Miracle" are impressive. Part of powerful song in close relation to flow as straight Rock. Line of calculated Bass. The melody of grand symphonic continues. Processing of progress of original Chord that is and emphasized rhythm. The tune decides the impression of the album.

"Touch And Go" might be a tune where a grand melody exists together to an aggressive impression. Construction of overwhelming theme with keyboard. The rhythm that Cozy Powell produces might be suitable for the tune that gives a powerful impression. Construction of sound in which age is emphasized. Part of repeated theme. It is exactly a tune for men who have them emphasize the part of symphonic.

"Love Blind" is Rock that develops straight. There might be an element that is reminiscent of the music character that Asia did, too. Melody of Oriental sound with keyboard. Or, the sound in which the wind instrument is reminiscent is processed. The sound of the keyboard that expands the possibility contributes to the tune.

As for "Steps Aside", the melody of an acoustic piano is impressive. A city impression to which the flavor of Jazz is taken is given. As for the development of original Chord, the contribution of Keith Emerson might be large. Gentle rhythm of Cozy Powell that doesn't obstruct tune. In this album, the composition intermittently developed is different.

"Lay Down Your Guns" is a gentle exactly ballade for them. Song of Greg Lake with expansion. Or, the continued beautiful piano melody. The flow of the grand melody that they do expands the width of this album. Beautiful Solo with the keyboard also contributes.

"Mars,The Bringer Of War" makes it faithfully take up the tune from "The Planets" of Gustav Holst and arrange. Opening feelings of classics appears remarkably exactly in this tune. The construction of the tune in symphonic is complete. The taste of Keith Emerson that can express various music is splendidly demonstrated. The member of the band that piles up the performance advances in union.

It is ..tune of original symphonic that is.. finished complete "The Loco-Motion". The melody that there is a sense of relief in Intro with the tension gets on. It is likely to consist exactly as an interpretation of the tune that they think about. The flow of Chord with development and the tension of the rhythm that puts fast and slow is also splendid.

"Vacant Possesion" is a tune with the age. The melody with expression of feelings in close relation to a gentle rhythm that flows slowly might have the element of the Power ballade. The introduction of the part of a bright melody that appears in the latter half of the tune also has originality.

Their activities did not continue long as a result. However, this album will become a part of the history as a flow that dismantlement and the restructuring of the zeal that they had at that time and the music character are expressed.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |

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