Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography


Mekong Delta

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Mekong Delta Pictures At An Exhibition album cover
3.47 | 39 ratings | 4 reviews | 41% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

Write a review

from partners
Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Promenade (1:24)
2. Gnomus (2:43)
3. Interludium (0:43)
4. Il Vecchio Castello (3:55)
5. Interludium (0:28)
6. Tuileries (Dispute D'Enfants Apres Jeux) (1:54)
7. Bydtlo (3:02)
8. Interludium (0:40)
9. Ballet Of The Unhatched Chicks (1:22)
10. "Samuel" Goldenberg And "Schmuyle" (2:00)
11. Promenade (1:23)
12. Limoges: Le Marché (La Grand Nouvelle) (3:02)
13. Catacombae (Sepulcrum Romanum) (1:42)
14. Lingua Mortis (1:58)
15. The Hut On Chicken's Legs (3:26)
16. The Heroic Gate (In The Old Capital Of Kiev) (5:51)
17. Promenade (1:22)
18. Gnomus (2:43)
19. Interludium (0:43)
20. Il Vecchio Castello (3:55)
21. Interludium (0:28)
22. Tuileries (Dispute D'Enfants Apres Jeux) (1:53)
23. Bydtlo (3:02)
24. Interludium (0:40)
25. Ballet Of The Unhatched Chicks (1:22)
26. "Samuel" Goldenberg And "Schmuyle" (2:00)
27. Promenade (1:26)
28. Limoges: Le Marché (La Grand Nouvelle) (3:05)
29. Catacombae (Sepulcrum Romanum) (1:42)
30. Lingua Mortis (1:58)
31. The Hut On Chicken's Legs (3:26)
32. The Heroic Gate (In The Old Capital Of Kiev) (5:47)

Total time 71:05

Line-up / Musicians

- Uwe Baltrusch / guitar, programming, arrangements, co-producer
- Ralph Hubert / bass, Classical guitar, programming, arrangements, co-producer
- Peter Haas / drums, percussion

Releases information

Tracks 1 to 16 version for group only; 17 to 32 version for group plus orchestra; composed for piano in 1874 by Modest Mussorgsky

Artwork: Peter Lohde, Volker Beushausen

CD Bullet Proof Records ‎- IRS 993.626 (1996, Europe)
CD SPV GmbH ‎- 265322 CD (2013, Germany)

Thanks to riversdancing for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy MEKONG DELTA Pictures At An Exhibition Music

MEKONG DELTA Pictures At An Exhibition ratings distribution

(39 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(23%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

MEKONG DELTA Pictures At An Exhibition reviews

Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Fitzcarraldo
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars S'good but, to be honest, it's so close to the original that I'd rather listen either to a symphony orchestra playing Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition or to the heavily twisted live interpretation by EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. Don't get me wrong, this is a good album - with Mussorgsky's opus played first by the group on electric guitars, bass, drums and other percussion, then repeated with the accompaniment of a synthesized 'orchestra' - but in my opinion it is neither as exciting nor as riveting as either Ravel's orchestration or ELP's live album. Just to be clear: the ELP version was not intended to be a faithful reproduction of the Ravel orchestration, whereas the MEKONG DELTA approach was essentially a modern arrangement of the Ravel orchestration of the full opus, using electric guitars, bass and drums.

The musicianship is evident and the arrangement interesting, but I do find the overall effect slightly bland (more interesting with the 'orchestral' backing, though). There are some notable parts in both the first 16 tracks (group only) and the second 16 tracks (group plus 'orchestra'), but for sheer entertainment the album can't compare with a symphony orchestra belting this out, or with Greg Lake's dulcet voice and Keith Emerson's mad antics on the Hammond and Moog.

This album is not something I would rush out to buy. If you see it on offer or in a bargain bin then by all means buy it - it's no dud - but it's nothing extraordinary in my opinion. As I type this I'm listening to the LSO playing the Ravel orchestration of Pictures At An Exhibition, and I'm enjoying it more.

In my opinion this album should not be given a 5-star rating (Essential: a masterpiece of progressive music) for three reasons: firstly, it's an arrangement of another composer's work; secondly, it is by no means essential in a Progressive Rock collection; thirdly, although the playing and arrangement are good, I find some parts somewhat tiresome and simplistic played using just electric guitars, bass and rock drums/percussion. If anyone deserves 5 stars then it's Mussorgsky as his opus is wonderful, or at least Ravel's orchestration of his original piano opus is wonderful. That said, MEKONG DELTA have done a good job and, despite being classified as a Progressive Metal group, this arrangement does not sound very heavy or at all like 'thrash metal', and should please any fan of Progressive Rock, even one who favours the symphonic side of the genre. If I had to choose between this album and ELP's live album then it would be the latter, and I don't feel I need both. And, quite frankly, when I listen to this album I wonder why they bothered, although I suppose it's a credible modern homage to Mussorgsky. If such a thing were possible I'd give the album 3.5 stars but, as it isn't, I'll go with 3 stars (Good, but not essential). Nevertheless, if you see it going very cheaply then don't hesitate to pick it up, as it is enjoyable.

Review by OpethGuitarist
3 stars Mussorgsky would be proud.

For those familiar with his most famous of works, there is little introduction needed. However, as a newcomer, perhaps to both the composer and to Mekong Delta, a little background info is needed. Mekong Delta essentially was a collection of musicians under contract in the beginning, who took false names to get around their contracts with the German music industries. The band has always had interest in classical compositions, as can be seen in their selections in albums past throughout their career. Mussorgsky's original is essentially a piano suite that has taken form in a variety of arrangements, perhaps the most famous at this site would be ELP's rendition (which differs greatly from the originial).

Now that we have some background, on to the music. This is a true to form recording of the original, but it is much less "progressive metal" than expected. Yes, their are guitars/drums/etc., but they are much less prominent in the mix than Mekong Delta albums typically have. Compared to the band's rendition of Night on a Bare(Bald) Mountain, this is quite tame. I guess it would be most important to listen to this album with somewhat of an open mind, given that some might see it as an ugly version of a timeless piece of music. Mekong Delta take this with the utmost seriousness and everything is played to perfection. If you're looking for a modern version of a classical composition that is true to form, or just wanting some great jam music, I strongly recommend this re-working.

Latest members reviews

2 stars I don't know... First I have to say I'm huge ELP fan. I really love their early records. But Pictures At An Exhibition is the album I don't dig. And I also don't dig Mekong Delta's version of Pictures. I remember when I first heard this record I though : 'omg what a nightmare'. It's really ha ... (read more)

Report this review (#214018) | Posted by LSDisease | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Just have a look at the title. What else can I say? The Emerson, Lake and Palmer version of this classical piece is well-known, but have you ever heard the metallic version? Unlike ELP, the German prog/thrash band Mekong Delta performed this magic work of the great Russian composer Modest Muss ... (read more)

Report this review (#42556) | Posted by riversdancing | Friday, August 12, 2005 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of MEKONG DELTA "Pictures At An Exhibition"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.