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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

3.83 | 74 ratings

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3 stars Good, but also disappointing and severely lacking quality!

GOOD.... ... because there's a wealth of clips from various performances. Best part is the 12+ minute version of Take A Pebble from the now legendary German Beat club TV programme.

Some other clips may be found on other releases as well, e.g. from the Brussels show. Albeit, not in better quality. some clips are blurry, some even seem to be from 2nd generation video (such as from the Japan show)

The documentary is interesting, but not very revealing. Though nice to see the guys in what appears relatively recent interviews.

DISAPPOINTING .... .... because the quality could have been better....a LOT better.

The main disappointment is: it is NOT a 5.1 sound mix. despite what the cover sais, I couldn't by the best of my abilities not find a sound track with 5.1 mix. It's all plain stereo.

The track listing on the back is wrong. Luckily, the booklet features a correct track listing. The booklet is beautifully designed with nice photo's, however the liner notes are not really informative and on occasion even silly.

And why on earth put two tracks from the California Jam onto disk 1 as well? Needless repetitive inclusion.

The biggest complaint I have however, is that a lot of the clips are cut !!!! In all fairness, some are complete, but some are severely cut and I failed to see any reason to why. Some are even only 1 or 2 minutes and some are really brutally cut. E.g. Keith's performance with Oscar Peterson has a serious cut at the ending.

Overall, it's a nice release, but it seems no attempt was made to clean up the clips, improve te sound and make this a real quality product.

| 3/5 |


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