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Emerson Lake & Palmer - The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 CD (album) cover


Emerson Lake & Palmer


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2.63 | 32 ratings

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2 stars Well.. after a long break from reviewing... time to get back in the saddle hahah



of course we know it wasn't the true debut but...this is what exploded Emerson Lake and Palmer to the forefront of progressive rock. This is a recent release from Eagle Vision that is a single double sided CD disk. The first side is a portion of their landmark 'debut' performance at the Isle of Wight August 29, 1970. The first side of the disk contains a full version of their interpetation of Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition'. An edited performance of Take A Pebble, a typical incendiary performance of Rondo, and their typical show closer: Nutrocker. A great listen if you don't have a copy of the full performance, since this album is easily and readily available in stores today. The sound quality is excellent. Recommended if a first time exposure to this show.

The second side is what makes the album worth the few stars I'm going to give it. The second side is a DVD that contains a new film with a synopsis of the group.. their beginnings and some great insight into their creative thoughts and inspirations. The section on The Moog, and Augmenting the music are especially interesting. This film incorporates the Murray Lerner film that was shot of the group performing at the Isle of Wright. Anyone familiar with his previous films out on the market.. The Jethro Tull and Message to Love DVD's will know that at times crowd shots are interspaced into the music. Take a Pebble is a particular waste unless you want to see dirty hippies bathing at the beach..picking up...pebbles hhahahha. The two standouts are the INCREDIBLE perfromance of Mussorgsky.. complete with the infamous cannons and Rondo of course...knives and Carl Palmer drum solo included. Though the Masters from the Vault (Beyond the Beginning) DVD versions of Rondo are better.

All in all, I gained some more insight into what I feel is a fascinating and completely essential band in the annuls of progressive rock. 4 stars for personal enjoyment... 2 stars for the the forum at large. You will learn more about ELP with this, but it's not essential.

Micheal (aka Micky)

micky | 2/5 |


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