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DVD/Video, released in 2006

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Intro
2. Peter Gunn
3. Barbarian
4. Hoedown
5. Enemy God
6. L.A. Nights
7. Guitar Medley
8. J Section
9. Bass Solo
10. Bullfrog
11. Toccata
12. Canario
13. Tarkus
14. Fanfare For The Common Man
15. Drum Solo
16. Carmina Burana
17. Trilogy

Line-up / Musicians

- Carl Palmer / drums & percussion
- Paul Bielatowicz / guitars
- Dave Marks / bass

Releases information

filmed in the Bucharest Sport Arena in Romania at the end of 2004

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CARL PALMER The Carl Palmer Band : Live In Europe reviews

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Review by richardh
4 stars The has a slightly different line up to the Working Live CD's with Paul Bielatowicz instead of Shaun Baxter on guitar.Sad to say but Shaun had a car accident that pretty much ended his musical career so Carl had to find a replacent (not easy) for his band.Paul has proved to be quite a find with dazzling guitar skills second to none.How do make ELP tracks like Toccata and Hoedown easy? Watch this lad! (actually he's in his 20's but looks 14!!) .

Like many modern music DVD's this is a polished professional job.Excellent editing of the concert with dynamic sound,although it has to be said that the snare drum is a bit 'tippy tappy'.Reminds me a bit of the snare on Rush In Rio.Neverthless this doesn't spoil the enjoyment.The other member of the band Dave Marks is a real talent on the bass who might even give Tony Levin a run for his money.

Style wise I would say this is typical power trio/Hendrix meets Rush meets ELP head on.Great fun and especially good for those who don't like keyboards! I might rate it a five apart from it not being very varied (thats where the keyboards are missed).Safe 4/5 though.

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars The seemingly endless enigma

The ELP focused set list here entices the inquisitive to enter in the hope of hearing Carl's take on some of the band's classic material. With titles such as Tarkus, Toccata, The Barbarian, Hoedown etc., only the most disciplined of ELP fans could resist the temptation to give this DVD a try.

I have to say up-front though, I was very disappointed. Firstly, a quick look at the line up reveals that Carl Palmer's band consists of himself plus a bassist and a lead guitarist; that's it! No keyboards, no vocals, no acoustic guitar, and so forth, every song has an identical instrumental composition (except for the solo spots of course). Very occasionally, when keyboards are deemed essential for the introductions to Tarkus and Fanfare for the common man, recordings are used.

Now, Paul Bielatowicz is unquestionably a highly gifted guitarist. His fret work is blisteringly fast, and he can shred with the best of them. The problem is that every song features the same tone of lead guitar playing the keyboard and/or the guitar parts. This quickly becomes very tedious and frankly dull. In addition, the guitar sound has not been captured well here. It lacks depth or character, leaving an impression of coldness. This is made apparent by the studio rendition of Trilogy by the band, which backs the closing credits. The guitar sound here is far richer and much more satisfactory.

The bass-work of Dave Marks is equally proficient his capabilities being highlighted during his solo spot.

Carl is in fine form of course, with as much energy as ever. His eternal youthful enthusiasm endears the partisan audience, and as ever he gives every last ounce of energy. For this who hoped to witness an exhibition of drumming virtuosity though, this may perhaps also be a bit of a disappointment. The principal instrument virtually throughout is the ubiquitous lead guitar, Carl only delivering one solo spot as such, at the end of the gig.

Presentation wise, the DVD is poor in terms of modern standards. No information is given about the location or date of the gig, which lasts for less than 90 minutes. There are no DVD extras such as interviews or behind the scenes featurettes.

It is always great to witness Carl giving his all in concert. This DVD however will only truly satisfy a limited audience. Others, like myself, will be puzzled as to what Carl was intending to achive here.

Review by Ivan_Melgar_M
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Symphonic Prog Specialist
3 stars Progressive Rock without keyboards?

Well, THE CARL PALMER BAND proves us it's possible, but I don't believe it's the right music for this kind of experiments, ELP compositions NEED keyboards, it's their essence, there's no way a guitar and base can provide the pomp required to play Toccata for example, which sounds even weirder than originally is, but weird is not always good, and in this case it's a disappointment.

With this I'm not saying Paul Bielatowicz is a bad guitar player, by the contrary, the kid is outstanding, to the point that my favorite track is the Guitar Medley, in which Paul is able to give all he has without being compared with Emerson and enjoys it.

Dave Marks is also a great musician, not only supporting the rhythm section, but also adding interesting touches to the melody, what a shame that they are so limited in this DVD. Carl's performance is impeccable as always, but still this is not the way to listen Emerson Lake & Palmer's music.

I bought the DVD, mostly because it's a new and original way of listening ELP's music and I enjoyed it because the songs are classics, but honestly at the end was a bit disappointed, like something was missing, lets hope Mr Palmer gets a keyboardist and then we'll see.

The music is well known, for this reason there's little to talk about it, so I will go directly to the rating that will be no higher than 3 stars, maybe 2.5, good for ELP diehard fans.

Excellent performances, but this music requires at least an organ and a Moog.

Latest members reviews

4 stars How can I judge and album full with ELP music without comparing it to ELP? That's impossible but I think some reviewers tend to show a strange predilection for hearing an ELP-cover band (Palmer plus singer-bassist plus keyboard wizard) than to this strange but unique adventure. Yes, the guitar ... (read more)

Report this review (#240088) | Posted by moodyxadi | Friday, September 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Having listened to Keith Emerson & The Nice's "Vivacitas" CD, which has lots of guitar on it (and in my opinion is extremely good) and seen Greg Lake's live DVD, again with an additional guitarist, I wanted to see Carl Palmer's band without any keyboards. Well, I think it's pretty good. On the ... (read more)

Report this review (#122195) | Posted by Dee Dee Ramone | Tuesday, May 15, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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