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LOVE BEACH

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

2.06 | 454 ratings

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Moonstone
2 stars What a disaster this record is.

I consider myself a hard core ELP fan, and i absolutely love what they did from their first album up until and including Brain Sallad Surgery. I fell out on Works, which was too serious, and I cenrtanly fell out on Love Beach.

It's a pity how most of the progressive rock bands lost their way during the late 70's, and this album is a perfect example of just that.

It's obvious from the first track that something is very wrong. They are focusing on making Pop/Disco songs to appeal to the mainstream music marked. About 70% of all the songs are about Love, and the lyrics are generally cheesy & really bad. Sure, this album was made just to fulfill the contract obligations, but they could at least TRY to sound like ELP! The cover is maybe the worst prog rock cover EVER, as they pose like the Bee Gees in their slick Disco cloathes & hairy chests. I just cant stand looking at it..

The only tracks that are worth listening to are "Canario" and "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman", though they are not GREAT tracks in the ELP canon.

Keith Emersons keyboards on this album sounds cheesy and "plastic". Its a pity that NO Hammond organ is being used, just his cheesy Yamaha synth. Greg Lake's singing sounds dull & ininspired. The only one delivering the goods on this album is Carl Palmer, with great drumming on "Canario" and "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman"

Conclution: ELP fans & Prog rock fans in general: Stay away from this album.

Moonstone | 2/5 |

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