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Emerson Lake & Palmer - Works Vol. 1 CD (album) cover


Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

2.90 | 692 ratings

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3 stars This album is not bad, but not great either. It's a competent three stars, though I would have also considered giving it a 2.5 stars if the option was available to me.

The opening is a classical music piece, a 'piano concerto' in fact. While it is not amazing, it is definitely a beautiful piece of music and is enjoyable to listen to. By the way, it was the Keith Emerson side to the album. The 'Greg Lake' side features five songs, mostly ballads. These five songs are not as good as his usual ballad. They aren't bad by any means, but aren't very memorable either. 'Cest la vie' is the best, and the most memorable. 'Closer to believing' is not a great track or anything, but it does have nice orchestration, and some nice backing vocals.

The Carl Palmer side is my favourite thing on here. I don't like 'Enemy god' because of it's title, and it is a noisy and abrasive track, but I found the other five songs that Carl Palmer contributed to the album quite enjoyable, and I like them as much as their work on their more popular earlier albums. I think the reworking of 'Tank' is good music. His songs have a good beat and they have soul. Some are quite innovative, I like the cool 'wah-wah' effect on 'New Orleans' for example, or the xylophone arrangement on 'two part invention'. The side that is a collective effort is a bit too long and meandering, both songs, but 'Fanfare for the common man' is definitely a prog classic.

In summary, a good album, but not a terrific album.

Brendan | 3/5 |


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