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Emerson Lake & Palmer

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4 stars Ok, The Sound Quality in this collection is not very good (again) to sometimes become a little boring, but it was very good listen to shows to the best phase of the trio (1972- 1974) without any overdubb or something else (welcome back my friends for example are complete songs re-done in their particular theatre). the Hammersmith odeon show in 1972, the first represented in the box, really have a bad sound quality, but was compesated with a great performance (tarkus and Hoedown in particular) and the polite silence with the english audience. The next shows in the brain salad surgery tour, have a lot of sound problems too, but it was a great document of the trio in the highest level in their career and in their best moment on the stage. the first one in 03/1974, suffer with a lot of tape backdrops and with a little too much agitated audience (with some shut ups and conversatitions to make things worse) but again compesated with a great performance and it as always good listen to the complete karn evil nine live. The second, in buffalo in 07/1974 are without any doubt the best show in the box. A good audience recording mixed with a excelent show and have a great surprise with the adition of the pictures at exhibition encore. The last show and problaby the least interesting is the 1977 show in new Heaven to promote the works tour. Even with the good soundboard quality record, it was very obvious that the band lost their cohesion and they was suffer with their ego trip in this time (and punks and critics have the perfect target to spit). Exists good moments with pirates and Tarkus,and we don´t need the listen the particular orchestra that the trio contracted for the some shows of the tour, but this performance in comparsion of other shows in the box it was disapointing (probably this one are in the collection only for have some registration of this tour in the box)

If you are a fan of the trio, it was a good buy.

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Posted Friday, June 18, 2004 | Review Permalink
5 stars Like vol one of the bootlegs this has poor sound quality but nevertheless is an essential document of progressive rock history.Included here is the mighty Rich Stadium gig,seen by many ELP fans as their greatest live perfomance.It's easy to understand why! The version of Pictures has to be heard to be believed.If this is not essential prog rock then I don't know what is.
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Posted Friday, August 6, 2004 | Review Permalink
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2 stars Like Frank Zappa on his "Beat The Boots" releases, Emerson Lake & Palmer took bootleg recordings and released them on their own label. Like Zappa's recordings, these are of dubious quality. Unlike Zappa's recordings, there is really very little on them to give them value. And I happen to love the classic period of ELP.

The set consists of four pairs of disks, each pair a somewhat complete concert. Somewhat complete because some of the songs drop in after they had started, and some end abruptly. The albums, I presume have their original titles. They are:

"A Right Cordial Shocker" - Hammersmith Odeon, London Nov. 11 1972: The recording is very muffled sounding. You can barely make out the bass and drums. The first disk has a live version of Endless Enigma, as far as I know not on any intentional live ELP albums. Also, there is a quick rendition of a song called At The Sign Of The Swinging Cymbals, a song that had been used as the theme for an early sixties BBC radio program.

"Waiting For The Corduroy Purpose" - Henry Lewit Arena, Wichita Kansas March 26, 1974: The second best sounding set from this collection. It sounds like an audience member snuck in a tape recorder, as you can hear quite a bit of chatter during the songs. The bass and drums are slightly better than the previous album. This is basically the same set as on "Welcome Back My Friends..." with the addition of Benny The Bouncer.

"My Darling Nemesis...The Illuminati" - Rich Stadiun, Buffalo NY July 26, 1974: The worst recording of the lot. It sounds like it was recorded off of a cheap AM radio. The bass and drums are unintelligible. I can hardly bear to listen to it. Again, a similar set to "Welcome Back My Friends..." , with Pictures At An Exhibition played as an encore.

"Strangely Beneficient" - New Haven Civic Centre, New Haven CT, Nov. 30, 1977: The best sounding concert from the set. It sounds like a soundboard recording a couple of generations removed from the original. Although all the songs here can be found on real live releases, the board captures a lot of nuances from Emerson's keyboards that are not heard on other recordings.

All in all, this set shows how little the arrangements changed from concert to concert, other than occasional quoted passages in Emerson's solos. Unless you are a collector, bypass these and get "Welcome Back..." and the "Works Live" CDs to hear this great band in concert.

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