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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

3.13 | 557 ratings

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2 stars What happened when Powell joined Emerson and Lake?

The good news is its better than Love Beach and In The Hot Seat. The bad news is it is not much better. Cozy Powell entered the fray to replace the irreplaceable, though apparently not, Carl Palmer. Powell is okay but you may not actually notice he is there as Emerson simply dominates from start to finish. It is a delightful break from the mediocrity of the appalling Love Beach. The tracks are quite memorable especially the wonderful The Score and Touch And Go, the catchy single of the album, with melodic retro 80s Synth, a track played many times on live tours. The rest of the tracks are hard to remember as they blend together and can be quite a slog to get through. Mars, Bringer Of War is a brilliant rendition of the classic, better than King Crimsons version in any case, and I perhaps return to this song most when choosing to hear a Emerson Lake and Powell track. It builds ominously with pounding drums and a very threatening key motif, echoing the menace of alien invasion. The original piece of course was heard during the movie "Things to Come".

Other bonus tracks here are The Loco-motion, a strange one, and Vacant Posession, wth some interesting musicianship. In conclusion the album is worthy of 2 stars for the good bits, but as is often the case with late ELP, the music never measures up to the first few classic albums.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 2/5 |


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