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3.17 | 39 ratings | 4 reviews | 15% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1980

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Inferno (Main Title Theme) (2:56)
2. Rose's Descent Into The Cellar (4:58)
3. Taxi Ride (Rome) (2:15)
4. Library (0:57)
5. Sarah In The Library Vaults (1:17)
6. Brookbinder's Delight (1:11)
7. Rose Leaves The Apartment (3:30)
8. Rose Gets It (2:04)
9. Elisa's Story (1:10)
10. A Cat Attic Attack (3:13)
11. Kazanian's Tarantella (3:34)
12. Mark's Discovery (1:23)
13. Mater Tenebrarum (2:38)
14. Inferno Finale (2:24)
15. Cigarretes, Ices, Etc (2:50)
16. Inferno (Outtakes Suite)* (10:17)

*previously unreleased on the original cinevox record album

Total Time 47:26


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Line-up / Musicians

- Arranged by Keith Emerson/Godfrey Salmon
- Orchestrated and conducted by Godfrey Salmon

Releases information

Barclay BA 253 LP 1980
Cinevox Records CDMDF605 1997
Cinevox Records CDMDF306 2004. The Complete Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Recording

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KEITH EMERSON Inferno ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(15%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (21%)
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Review by ZowieZiggy
2 stars What is needed to say about this album?

It should need more vibrant passages. It holds too many classical parts. It should have been more powerful. We were all expecting a lavish affair. Keith could have blown his fans away. This album was quite a deception. Keith should have done better etc. etc.

The first two tracks are purely classical piano; the listener needs to wait for "Taxi Ride" to listen to some good ELP stuff: wild, dynamic and complex. Like in the good old days?But this is quite a short break in this whole affair. A trilogy of very short tracks (around one minute) completes the mixed feeling about the start of this album (soundtrack).

There are hardly interesting parts available: some fine piano collapsing under tons of orchestrations. This is what "Inferno" is. It might sound better while watching the movie but this is not sure and I haven't done so.

This album is pretty hard to categorize but prog rock is not the main stream to be honest. Still, the finale should please any ELP fans: same technical skills and fine beat to wake up the listener who was waiting for such a track for a long time (a bit similar to the "Tarkus" start). Actually, since "Taxi Ride" which was the third track.

The long bonus track "Inferno Outakes" is more than welcome: it offers some sort of "Renaissance" feel (the band I mean). At least for three minutes. What comes next is a fine and spacey section which sounds much better than most of the rest of this soundtrack. Some frightening parts are included as well (no wonder though since it was meant for a horror movie).

I throw a second star here thanks to the long bonus track. I really can't do more.

Review by Evolver
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3 stars If you are thinking of getting this album to relive the joy you felt when first hearing those early Emerson Lake & Palmer albums, I would say think again. If, however, you like Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto No. 1, and his modern classical impressions, this would be an excellent purchase.

This is a movie soundtrack, so much of the music is meant as incidental background music, only providing a mood, and not meant to overwhelm the listener. But there are some good pieces here. The best of it is somewhat reminiscent of ELP's take on Mussorgsky's "Pictures At An Exhibition". Other sections sound like pieces rewritten from Emerson's above mentioned concerto.

And for the ELP fan, there is Taxi Ride, the only band style piece. It sounds like it could have been a slightly lesser piece on one of the early album.

All in all, this is good modern classical, with Emerson's magical piano playing (this was before his wrist problem had manifested). A very fine album, but I would recommend the "At The Movies" collection, which contains this album in it's entirety (including the outtakes track, which my LP does not include).

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4 stars Actually I got this one by coincidence: the purpose was to buy 'Honky', another album by Keith Emerson, while I've been in London in a vacation, back than. It turn out that I got this one, and never felt sorry about that. The soundtrack is made for an Italian movie called 'Inferno', written ... (read more)

Report this review (#173447) | Posted by ShW1 | Tuesday, June 10, 2008 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If you like Dario Argento, and like what Goblin did for soundtracks to some of Dario's other movies. Then this soundtrack just may be what you are looking for. Keith Emerson is a wizard on the keys, and this album shows no less, most of his work here is shown on the piano. A lot of the score is ... (read more)

Report this review (#142211) | Posted by Shadowavenger | Friday, October 5, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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