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Emerson Lake & Palmer - Love Beach CD (album) cover


Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

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3 stars Might be able do the grasp of the meaning of this album in the work that ELP announced variously including the listener and the fan. 1978 year will have been time of a rapid revolution for the industry of music. A situation at that time at the time of having been put ELP might have swallowed the existence of the band. Cannot able not to have limited to ELP and to know it. However, the discussion will have various opinions as long as this album exists for ELP.

The part where this album should be verified can be enumerated as some respects. Preparations of the flow that the band reaches this album will be able to go back to the live album announced in 1974. It was a work with high quality with which the element as keyboard Trio that they did was blocked in this live album. However, when the flow from "Brain Salad Surgery" is received at the same time, it can be caught as a certain kind of boundary.

There is an opinion made that "Brain Salad Surgery" was one top as the general opinion made well for ELP, too. However, it is said that the problem is consecutive from the tour dared this time and it was generated. The harmony of the band begins to collapse gradually of course. And, the fact whose period to "Works Vol.1&2" announced in 1977 is a little long period. And, the content of "Works" might be and there be a little loose part including each member's Solo, too. Keith Emerson is made remarks, "The situation, the market, and the demand concerning music changed in the latter half of the 70's" in the interview. The verification can be advanced as follows based on this remark.

Especially, 1978 year when this album had been announced was time that the industry of music had revolutionized. The fashion of the market changed around Punk Rock and New Age, too. A progressive band including ELP receives the demand from the outside further.

Keith Emerson recollects a situation at that time. 「The industry of music tried to part from pure Prog Rock. To produce the tune of a short fraction for the radio, the recording label was demanded. Pure Prog Rock has not already been needed. 」

This will have been an event that did not limit to ELP and happened to all bands. However, it gropes for ELP to answer the demand. However, it is not certain whether tied to the content of "Love Beach" at once.

Flow of money problem by tour to take orchestra that they did when indirectly considering it. It will have been one of the factors to disarrange the member's harmony surely. And, the band that spends between 1977 and 1978 and acts faces the extreme condition. The member was already negative compared with the activity of the band.

Keith Emerson recollects a situation at that time. 「The creation of the music character in Love Beach made an effort to some degree. The tour in this album was not dared. However, the album sold unexpectedly. 」

This remark is inevitable as a situation at that time or not certain by chance. The refined music might certainly have been demanded in the age. And, groping and the revolution will have been the tough goings for the band of Prog Rock. It might be difficult for this flow to find the responsibility. The age had changed surely. And, it might be true that it acts about ELP and a misfortune and a bad situation came in succession. All are inevitable and continuous by chance. The album made in the situation is this "Love Beach".

In addition, a bad element attacks the band as a part where this album is verified. It was an investigation by the questionnaire executed by "O'Hare international airport" that existed in Chicago. It was an investigation said that the title was chosen from among List to decide a suitable title for this album. The title that collected support most based on the result of the investigation of the questionnaire was "Love Beach". The band denied this result. However, Atlantic Records likes and adopts this title as a result.

Furthermore, it is said that the place of the problem of the tax for the production of the album was decided to Bahamas. After the tour, Keith Emerson took the moving vacation in Bahamas. Two remaining members are summoned and it begins the production of this album. Therefore, it might be one of the factors that this part is reflected in the content and Album Art of the album.

Keith Emerson recollects a situation at that time. 「It talked with the member in the process of producing this album. And, the dissolution of ELP was decided. Because the problem of the contract had existed, it was necessary to make this album. 」

However, the state of the band will have been a limit as the result in complete. It is made remarks that it made an effort to the approach of the music character in "Love Beach" in the remark by the above-mentioned description. However, even if the problem of the contract is considered, the evaluation of the content in this album might be low worldwide. As for this album, the opinion made it is necessary to make not to exist might be still esteemed.

The opinion concerning the content of this album is various. There is an opinion made for the taste of ELP to be expressed in the opinion well, too. The part that has a good sense of relief and power of expression while following the music character cultivated till then might be pointed at. However, the point said that the impression of Keith Emerson is a little thin as the collective impression and the opinion. Or, it is partial felt no existence of luster in the rhythm of Carl Palmer. The song of Greg Lake might have the part to which it contributes a little. However, it did not contribute to the chart in the United States and Britain. It might have a little contradiction compared with the remark of Keith Emerson.

It is easy to criticize this album. Inevitability, a coincidence, and various events might have come in succession as a situation concerning music of course at that time. This album made in the flow is a work that showed a band indeed at that time the situation of music in detail. Courage and the effort of ELP might be included a little as a content that realistically shows the situation in which the band is opened in the work.

Therefore, ranking to this album is not absolute if it catches generously partially of the history of Prog Rock. My ranking is set as much as possible overall as a standard. And, it is possible to proceed to a discussion here.

"All I Want Is You" makes the flow with good song that Greg Lake in close relation to the melody of the guitar and the keyboard with the sense of relief is powerful. Sound of familiar, deep keyboard. And, rhythmically of 16 notes fast in close relation to a bright melody. Or, it develops by reminiscent of the march. The tune is openhearted.

There might have been a fan to be surprised at lyrics of "Love Beach", too. Processing of melody with bright guitar and effective Picking. And, the obbligati of the keyboard that consistently supports the tune. A bright, openhearted impression is given as a result.

In "Taste Of My Love", the melody with expression of feelings is a feature. And, it is partial of the unison by 16 aggressive notes. Or, it twines well for the rhythm to which the taste of ELP is steady. The keyboard with the contribution and the diversity of the guitar shines, too. The device that doubles the tempo in the part of Coda of the tune has succeeded, too.

"The Gambler" is straight Rock to emphasize Groove. The sound of the harmonica and Cow Bell is effectively introduced. However, this tune will not be a tune that they should do. There is certainly an effective part with chorus's introduction and keyboard. However, the collective impression is very weak.

The progress of Chord of the guitar of "For You" is impressive. Part of melody of keyboard with diversity. And, the ballade gently sung flows. Good minor Chord composition ties well and it progresses. The composition with fast and slow has finished well.

"Canario" is a tune for men who take the rhythm of the shuffle. It will have development to follow a past music character while emphasizing the element of classics. The band constructs ensemble that you may exactly combine. It is a tune that their tastes are exactly demonstrated. Making the part and the sound that shifts to a rhythm of 2 and three reams on the way is devised well.

"Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" might be a tune that represents this album. A beautiful piano melody and a gentle song listen to the power of expression of the band. Chord with expression of feelings and an original part might be the proofs of the expression that they did. Part of symphonic to emphasize transparent feeling. A melody that flows gently and a powerful rhythm show the existence of the band. And, it is partial of more moving more piano melody and the song. Or, symphonic flows corresponding to the rhythm to emphasize Groove. The melody with fast and slow while producing the dash feeling is multiused. The tune faces the march of rejoicing while accompanying the sense of relief.

Merits and demerits that the content and the band of this album had shot at this time gave birth to various opinions. Various coincidence and situations might have come in succession at difficult time for the music called the latter half of the 70's. It is likely to be talked about this album made in that for better or worse.

Kazuhiro | 3/5 |


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