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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.09 | 30 ratings

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erik neuteboom
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4 stars One of my 'prog rock frustrations' is that I've never visited an ELP gig, so I try to ease this pain with lots of video - and DVD live footage. This DVD has done a great job, what a thrilling experience: an inspired band, a warm interaction with the public and lots of great images from the band and the members (only a few non-live images in the beginning of "The Barbarian" spoils a bit pleasure). The footage is from the era just after their debut- album and contains strong and dynamic versions from "The Barbarian", "Rondo/Bach improvisations", "Drum Solo", "Nut Rocker", "Take a Pebble" and "Knife Edge". Of course the focus is on his splendid piano - and exciting Hammond organ play, what a wizard! More remarkable is the fact that Keith Emerson uses his Hohner clavinet a lot and his Moog synthesizer only during "Knife Edge". Greg Lake plays an intermezzo on his acoustic guitar (with some funny moments) and Carl Palmer has a virtuosic solo moment. The strong point from this DVD is that ELP plays very pure, later the extravagant shows and Emerson's spectacular stage antics distracted from their captivating music.

erik neuteboom | 4/5 |


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