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Emerson, Lake & Palmer

ELP revolutionized the 70's rock scene by introducing a new line-up format. This fact really mattered due to each musician's geniality and unlimited talent that, put together, generated a level of music never achieved by anybody else as of yet. All of the musicians came from established bands before joining forces together: Greg LAKE came from KING CRIMSON, Carl PALMER came from ATOMIC ROOSTER, and Keith EMERSON came from THE NICE.

They explored their capabilities to an extreme, even with the technology limitations of the early 70's, breaking ground, setting the new parameters for a new vein in the english pop music (at the time) which would be called progressive music. ELP released 10 outstanding albums during the 70's, and after a long break, they got back in the 90's with a new approach, but still making good music. In 1986 Cozy POWELL replaced PALMER and they put together EMERSON, LAKE and POWELL, a good effort as well.

They've pushed their ambitions over-the-edge. On "Tarkus" the title suite was an inventive and edgy suite revolving around jazzy textures. Their most popular album "Brain Salad Surgery", was their most grandiose and refined. Next, the more adventurous listener might try "Trilogy" or ELP's self-titled first album. In my opinion, these four albums form the core of ELP's best material. Other good ELP albums include "Pictures at an Exhibition", their provocative, fiery and intense take on a classical work. and "Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends", a triple-live album (now on double-CD) with some absolutely stunning playing.


Being that some albums belong to a different band with only two members of ELP, we have to make this addition:


Emerson, Lake & Powell

Emerson, Lake & Powell, often abbreviated to ELPowell, were an offshoot of a classic prog band Emerson, Lake & Palmer with Cozy Powell taking over the drumming duites in place of Carl Palmer which released one self-titled album in 1986.

After releasing Love Beach in 1978 Emerson, Lake & Palmer became silent for a couple of years until Emerson and Lake met during summer 1985 inspired by Jim Lewis, a vice-pr...
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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.24 | 1545 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer
1970
4.04 | 1367 ratings
Tarkus
1971
4.08 | 1213 ratings
Trilogy
1972
4.11 | 1422 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery
1973
2.83 | 549 ratings
Works Vol. 1
1977
2.35 | 452 ratings
Works Vol. 2
1977
2.06 | 499 ratings
Love Beach
1978
3.13 | 333 ratings
Emerson Lake & Powell
1986
2.84 | 339 ratings
Black Moon
1992
1.73 | 278 ratings
In The Hot Seat
1994

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.85 | 751 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition
1971
4.20 | 433 ratings
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends
1974
2.65 | 156 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert
1979
2.90 | 125 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
1993
3.29 | 119 ratings
Works Live
1993
3.33 | 41 ratings
Emerson,Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour (AKA "Live")
1997
2.72 | 56 ratings
Then And Now
1998
3.38 | 55 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
1998
2.85 | 14 ratings
The Show That Never Ends
2001
4.11 | 26 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 1
2001
3.76 | 23 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 2
2001
3.29 | 17 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 3
2001
3.26 | 35 ratings
Live In Poland
2001
2.29 | 16 ratings
Best of the Bootlegs
2002
2.95 | 10 ratings
Lucky Man (Live) (Re-released as " Fanfare: The 1997 World Tour")
2002
3.82 | 14 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: Live In Concert - Lakeland Florida, 1986 (An official bootleg)
2003
3.21 | 10 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: The Sprocket Sessions (An Official Bootleg)
2003
2.41 | 9 ratings
The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2003
2.77 | 11 ratings
Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults, Vol. 4
2006
3.34 | 21 ratings
A Time And A Place
2010
2.59 | 30 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2010
2010
3.77 | 27 ratings
Live At Nassau Coliseum '78
2011
4.19 | 39 ratings
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72
2011
3.88 | 8 ratings
Emerson, Lake and Powell - Live In Concert and More...
2012
3.33 | 6 ratings
Live in Montreal 1977
2013
0.00 | 0 ratings
Once Upon A Time In South America
2015

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.81 | 15 ratings
Welcome Back
1992
3.76 | 36 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2001
3.52 | 74 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition - 35th Anniversary Collectors Edition
2002
3.29 | 16 ratings
Inside Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1995
2003
4.55 | 28 ratings
Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
2003
3.58 | 49 ratings
Live At Montreux 1997 (DVD)
2004
4.07 | 25 ratings
Masters From The Vaults
2004
2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Concert (DVD)
2004
3.81 | 63 ratings
Beyond The Beginning
2005
2.59 | 25 ratings
The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
2006
4.50 | 8 ratings
Rare Broadcasts
2007
4.24 | 39 ratings
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)
2011

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.38 | 56 ratings
The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1980
4.22 | 40 ratings
The Atlantic Years
1992
3.48 | 57 ratings
The Return Of The Manticore
1993
1.73 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock Featuring "Lucky Man"
1994
3.89 | 36 ratings
The Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1994
1.42 | 13 ratings
Extended Versions: The Encore Collection
2000
2.56 | 13 ratings
The very Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2001
3.42 | 12 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man [The Anthology]
2001
1.35 | 21 ratings
Re-Works
2003
3.70 | 17 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
2004
3.50 | 12 ratings
An Introduction To... Emerson Lake & Palmer
2004
4.38 | 13 ratings
From The Beginning (5CD+DVD)
2007
3.55 | 13 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2007
3.25 | 13 ratings
Come And See The Show: The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2008
2.11 | 8 ratings
High Voltage
2010
2.67 | 6 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2011
1.80 | 5 ratings
From the Beginning - The Best of ELP
2011

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 17 ratings
Lucky Man / Knife Edge
1971
3.34 | 16 ratings
From the Beginning
1972
4.29 | 28 ratings
Jerusalem
1973
2.68 | 13 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery
1973
3.11 | 9 ratings
C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name
1977
2.43 | 9 ratings
Tiger in a Spotlight / So Far to Fall
1977
4.09 | 14 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
1977
1.77 | 12 ratings
Canario
1978
3.80 | 10 ratings
Peter Gunn
1980
3.43 | 13 ratings
Touch and Go
1986
1.83 | 9 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.36 | 9 ratings
Black Moon
1992
4.25 | 4 ratings
Farewell to Arms (promo)
1992
1.64 | 6 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.75 | 4 ratings
Affairs Of The Heart (limited edition collectors doublepack)
1992
4.00 | 4 ratings
Gone too Soon (promo)
1994
2.43 | 22 ratings
I Believe In Father Christmas
1995
4.00 | 8 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
2002

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 Brain Salad Surgery by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.11 | 1422 ratings

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Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by ster

5 stars ELP's Brain Salad Surgery is an essential album in any progressive rock collection. This is a fact. No opinion can change it. I can't believe some of the negative responses. Are you kidding me? ELP was a band that did what they were good at and made no apologies. They went straight for the throat. BSS is the culmination of all of their aspirations. Big, bombastic, self indulgent, daring etc. all of these in full force here. This is the pure definition of prog. Ignoring all of the boundaries and just going for it.

The album starts off with Jerusalem. A traditional English hymn trumpeting out in an explosive fanfare here. Awesome and very powerful.

Next up is Tocatta. Based on the Fourth Movement of Alberto Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto on the Fourth Movement of Alberto Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto. A masterpiece in itself. I used to use this song to test my new stereo equipment. It had al the highs and lows, the soft and the hard.

Still You Turn Me On. Probably the best of all of Greg Lake's ballads.

Benny The Bouncer. Just pure fun. Hilarious lyrics make up this piece of comic relief. Still the excellent musicianship is evident.

Next is The Karn Evil 9 Suite. A technical masterpiece full of the technical mastery ELP are known for with the lyrics of the great Peter Sinfield. I don't really know what else to say about it other than they don't hold back at all and the music benefits from it.

Like I said earlier, this is essential in a prog collection. Not having this would be like not having The Sex Pistols or the Ramones first album in your punk collection. Like having a Beatles collection minus Sergeant Peppers.Like having a metal collection without Black Sabbath's Paranoid etc.....

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 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010) by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover DVD/Video, 2011
4.24 | 39 ratings

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40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by memowakeman
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4 stars This is one of those purchases I did without thinking about it, because I went to my local music store in order to buy some CDs, but then I was lurking at a cheap DVD section and found this gem there, so without hesitating, I got it. Emerson, Lake & Palmer need no introduction, so imagine the importance of a reunion concert after several years of silence, which also marked their 40th anniversary. People who managed to attend surely had a great and memorable night.

This DVD shows a short but wonderful performance of symphonic rock icons that were invited to the 2010´s edition of High Voltage Festival. Fortunately, it became a DVD so we can feel part of that anniversary and delight ourselves with this show. Evidently, 40 years are a lot of years, so it is not strange to find Greg Lake's voice a bit weaker than in the golden years, it sounds like tired, though still great. Palmer's energy and skills are amazing, but in moments a bit slow; who still impresses me was Keith Emerson who still plays like a God, fast, accurate and emotional.

Visually the DVD is great, not superb but they did a great production work; but musically wow, I would have loved to see this band in concert, but when they came to my city I was a little kid. Well, I loved how they opened the show with "Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression ? Part 2" so the first words Lake and crowd pronounced were "welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends?" you know what's next.

ELP took us to the past, to their most precious moments, to the pinnacle of progressive rock where this trio used to eat the world with amazing compositions and virtuoso performances. So sit down, feel comfortable and enjoy the show. You will find some classic tracks such as "The Barbarian", Knife Edge" or "From the Beginning", but also, they dared to play long memorable epics like "Tarkus" and "Pictures at an Exhibition", including an Emerson piano solo, so when you watch it you can only smile and feel mesmerized.

One hour and a half is the concert's length, whose last song is "Fanfare for the Common Man" which include a powerful drums solo but a noticeable happy Carl Palmer. This was a delight, I enjoyed a lot when a watched it and imagine myself witnessing a show this great. If you like ELP, then you will love this commemorative DVD.

Enjoy it!

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 Works Live  by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1993
3.29 | 119 ratings

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Works Live
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars Maybe the hard work that ELP had between 1970 and 1974 was too much for them that they needed a rest. So, they took some rest between the last half of 1974 and 1976, before going to the recording studio to record their "Works 1" album. Maybe many fans were waiting for another album that could be as "energetic" as "Brain Salad Surgery" from 1973, or as their live album from 1974 titled "Welcome Back My Friends to the Show that Never Ends- Ladies and Gentlemen: ELP". I think that both albums represented in a way the peak of the band musically. By 1973-74 they had a lot of success. So, when "Works 1" was finally released in early 1977, many fans did not like it very much and became disappointed, because the band with that album (and also with "Works 2" which was released in late 1977) changed their energetic music for a much relaxed music very influenced by Classical Music and using an orchestra and a choir a lot. By 1978, with the release of their last studio album from the seventies titled "Love Beach" (which in fact was recorded and released only as a contractual obligation for their record labels) many fans could have been even more disappointed, because that album was more oriented to Pop Rock ballads with some references to their old Prog Rock style in a few songs. By 1979 ELP had split, but they still had another contractual obligation album to be released titled "In Concert", with most of it recorded at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal in August 1977, during their "Works Tour", and with the appearance of an orchestra and a choir in several songs. Again, many fans maybe were disappointed, because most of the material of that album reflected the music from their "Works" albums. I listened for the first time to the "In Concert" album in mid 1980, when I bought it, and I liked it.

Finally, in 1993 they released this live album titled "Works Live", which in fact is an expanded version of their "In Concert" album from 1979, with more songs recorded at their concert at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal in 26- August-77. Despite being a 2 CD set, this expanded version still has not the complete set list they played at that concert, and with the video from the same concert which was released in 2003 (titled "Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special", which has some other extra tracks which only were released in the video: "Karn Evil, 1st Impression, Part 2", "Pirates", "Nutrocker" and "Lucky Man", but has other songs previously released in "Works Live: "Abaddon's Bolero", "The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits", "Pictures At An Exhibition", "C'Est La Vie", "Piano Concerto No.1- 3rd Movement, Toccata Con Fuoco", and " Tank") maybe the fans could listen to the whole set list played by ELP at that concert. The sound of "Works Live" is better than the sound from the "In Concert" album, being remastered. The songs which were previously released in the "In Concert" album were: "Introductory Fanfare", "Peter Gunn", "Tiger in a Spotlight", "C`est La Vie", "The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits", "Knife Edge", "Piano Concerto No. 1 Third Movement: Toccata con Fuoco", and "Pictures at an Exhibition". The extra songs which were released in "Works Live" were: "Watching Over You", "Maple Leaf Rag", "Fanfare for the Common Man", "Show Me the Way to Go Home", "Abbadon`s Bolero", "Closer to Believing", and "Tank". "Peter Gunn" and "Tiger in a Spotlight" apparently were not recorded in Montreal (as i read in some websites), and I also could listen to several differences between the video version of "The Enemy God" (played with orchestra ) and the album version of the same song (played as a trio or mixed without the orchestral parts) so i think that the album version maybe was recorded at another show or was mixed without the orchestra.

Having liked the "In Concert" album from 1979, I really liked very much this "Works Liive" album. It really was a change, maybe too drastic, from the music they released in their previous live album titled "Welcome Back..." from 1974, "Works Live", in comparison, is a more relaxed album, with some ballads written and sung by Greg Lake and played with the orchestra, and with Keith Emerson playing "Maple Leaf Rag", or with the band playing "Show Me The Way To Go Home" in a Blues-Jazz musical style. The orchestra and the choir arrangements are very good but maybe also sometimes very relaxed in some parts, but they work very well particularly in "Pictures at an Exhibition", "Knife Edge", and "Piano Concerto". It doesn`t mean that the band has not some heavy moments in other songs, still playing with a lot of energy. But by 1977 the band changed, But I still like this "Works Live" album very much, an album which maybe shows the band playing in a more "matured" way, playing very well with and without the orchestra. This is maybe the best live album done with a Prog Rock band playing along with an orchestra and a choir. They sound very well rehearsed and integrated.

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 Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover DVD/Video, 2003
4.55 | 28 ratings

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Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Guillermo
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4 stars This DVD has two things:

The "WORKS ORCHESTRAL TOUR", recorded live at the Olympic Stadium, in Montreal, in 26-August-1977. Parts from a concert from their "Works Tour" in 1977, with an orchestra and a choir. Audio recordings from this same concert were released first in their "In Concert" album in 1979, and in 1993 they were re-issued with bonus tracks as a 2 CD set titled "Works Live".

The quality of the images and of the sound in this DVD are not very good. The camera angles are good, but the sound mixing sometimes let the sound of the audience "bury" the music being played by the band and the orchestra. Anyway, it still is a good document of a very good concert. But I think that it is better to listen to the "Works Live " 2 CD set which sounds better and has more songs played at that concert, with a better sound mixing.

Despite the fact that their "Works " Vols. 1 and 2 studio albums were not very well received by some fans of the band, this tour was done by ELP with an orchestra in only some dates because it was very expensive for them to take the orchestra with them at all tour dates. And I think that they sound very well rehearsed with the orchestra and the choir. In fact, "Pictures at an Exhibition", while it is a shorter version in comparison to the other live recording which was released in the live album of the same title in 1971, sounds played much better with the orchestra and the choir, particularly in "The Great Gates of Kiev". "C`est La Vie" also sounds very well played with the help of the orchestra and the choir. But I like more the version of "The Enemy God" which was released in the albums "In concert" and "Works Live", because it doesn`t include the orchestra, and it makes me think that it was taken from another concert or was mixed without the orchestra. "Pictures at an Exhibition" was also edited a bit for the video, being at least two minutes shorter that the version which was released in the "In Concert" and "Works Live" albums, So I prefer the version which was included in those albums. But in the video I also could see that among the members of the orchestra there were a bassist and an electric guitarist playing along with the band in some parts. Carl Palmer also appears playing some percussion instruments (a xylophone, a timpani and a tambourine) during Emerson`s "Piano Concerto". The band also did not take themselves very seriously, with them playing some songs with some humour. For example, during Carl Palmer`s impressive drums and percussion solo during "Tank", they used a rotating plattform for his drum kit, and with him also throwing the drum sticks to the air and catching them without losing a beat. Keith Emerson also did his antics with the Hammond Organ, "wrestling" with the instrument on the stage`s floor during the improvised section in "Fanfare for the Common Man", and with him also "playing" some noises with his Moog Synthesiser. So, the video version of this Montreal concert is very good, showing the band playing very well with and without the orchestra and the choir. Godfrey Salmon was the conductor of the orchestra, with him being a former member of the ESPERANTO band (he played violin with that band).

Also I could see some of the musical instruments they used then. Emerson was mainly playing a Hammond organ, and a Yamaha GX-1 polyphonic synthesiser (which included four keyboards put together in the same instrument) and a modular Moog synthesiser which he tended then to use less time than before. For his "wrestling" routine he used another Hammond Organ (which obviously looked with some "scars" due to the "wrestling). Lake used a 8 string bass guitar which had a very characteristic "metalic" and "percussive" sound being played by him using a plectrum. He also played an acoustic 12 string guitar and a bit of electric guitar. And Palmer`s drum kit looked very expensive with the metalic drum shells (maybe he was using a Slingerland drum kit then, a fine instument, but I really don`t know), and he also used some other percussion instruments (two timpanis, a xylophone, a triangle, a tambourine, tubular bells, etc.)

The "MANTICORE SPECIAL" is a documentary recorded during one of their 1973 tours, and it shows the band and the tour crew working hard during that tour. It also shows the members of the band rehearsing and also being interviewed out of the stage and also in their respective homes. There are also some humorous moments showing the members of the band and the tour crew having some fun before and after the concerts. This documentary also shows some of the problems they had, like when they had to cancel some tour dates because Greg Lake became ill for some days and he could not play and sing with the band. Anyway, it is a good documentary which maybe could be more interesting for the most dedicated fans of the band.

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 C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1977
3.11 | 9 ratings

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C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by omphaloskepsis

5 stars C'est la Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name are two of the most amazing songs Emerson, Lake & Palmer ever committed to paper or vinyl... Down thru the decades reviewers have spewed vitriol all over Greg Lake's side of Works. These two songs are exceptions! Go and listen to C'est la Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name and hear the animation of C'est la Vie's Walt Disney classic" Lady and the Tramp" spaghetti kissing scene. How romantic.

And yet " Hallowed Be Thy Name" is my favorite ELP song ever!!! The lyrics are Satan temping poetry ( New Testament style) with another animated Walt Disney meets Lord of the Rings shwing! Don't buy the vinyl single...Instead treat yourself to ELP's most under rated Album...WORKS....Carl Palmer's side is to die for, I love Keith Emerson's piano concerto, and ELP doing Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare For the Common Man" is a decadent desert served after the main course.

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 Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover DVD/Video, 2003
4.55 | 28 ratings

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Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Gerinski
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5 stars While this DVD can not compete with modern releases in terms of image and sound quality, and it's possibly not even the best ELP live performance ever captured in video, it's an historical document of such significance for the genre (and the concert is so great anyway) that I can't give it any less than 5 stars. This is a testament of where the big got biggest, where the ambition crossed the sustainable limits, the inflection point for one of the bands who had shaped the meaning of Progressive Rock, where they went bankrupt and from here they would never be the same again.

Keith Emerson had achieved his dream of recording a classical concerto in Works I, and his next dream was performing live with an orchestra. Not that he was or would be the only one, but while others (Purple, Wakeman) concentrated on one or a few shows, Emerson & Co attempted to do a full tour with a 65-piece orchestra conducted by Godfrey Salmon, all coupled with the excesses of stardom they had got used to until then. Everything big, bigger, biggest. Unfortunately this proved to be excessively ambitious and money ran out before they had done 10 gigs.

This video captured the concert at Montreal's Olympic Stadium on August 26, 1977 in front of 78,000 people, the biggest venue they played, and besides the financial issues the task of recording it in audio and video for posterity turned into a nightmare when a line in the recording unit went dead, which meant that a lot of material was messed up and for the audio LP 'In Concert' (released 1979) they had to combine with tracks from other concerts. Eventually the full audio concert would be recovered and released in 2013 with the name 'Live in Montreal 1977'.

At any rate, the song selection in the video is good enough, even if for my personal taste I would have preferred it slightly different. Although the tracklist mentions Abaddon's Bolero, we only hear some of it as background during the intro. For the rest it's in the line of what ELP were doing at the time, with several group pieces and some where each member could stand out. 'The Enemy God', 'Pictures at an Exhibition' and 'Pirates' are gorgeous with the orchestra, fantastic performances of great songs. 'Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt 2' is performed as a trio piece, always a great song. Lake uses his turn to perform C'Est La Vie which is great with Emerson playing the accordion and the orchestra adding some bits, and we get also the unavoidable Lucky Man.

Emerson's turn is, of course, his Piano Concerto, but sadly we only get the 3rd movement, yet it is outstanding. Palmer uses his to perform Tank with orchestra including his long drum solo, surely a landmark document in drumming history.

We have also the energetic NutRocker, and the concert closes with a long version of 'Fanfare For The Common Man' including 'Rondo' and Emerson's archetypal abusing of his Hammond L100.

Personally I would have preferred them to skip Lucky Man, NutRocker and to shorten a bit Fanfare or Tank in order to take advantage of having the orchestra and playing the Piano Concerto in it's entirety, that would have been awesome, but perhaps Lake and Palmer were not too keen on that.

The 2003 release includes the documentary 'The Manticore Special' of their 1973 tour which while not great is a nice add-on.

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 Pictures At An Exhibition by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1971
3.85 | 751 ratings

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Pictures At An Exhibition
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Losimba

5 stars As I grew up with classical music, rock remakes of classical pieces are hardly stand-alones for me. In fact, I know many of those pieces in "normal", i.e. orchestral, or in case of solo concertos, normally instrumented versions. In case of Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition this is true in an even wider variety, as it was originally composed as a piano sequence which became famous in the orchestration by Maurice Ravel.

Of course, there is absolutely no similarity in sound between any of the versions, not that I expected anything like that. Emerson, Lake & Palmer didn't even use all of the pictures of the original score, instead adding one or two of their own. But the biggest addition is the voice (and lyrics) in The Great Gates Of Kiev which is one of the reasons I rate this particular album so high. Another one is the encore, but that again may be because I simply love the original Nutcracker Suite by Tchaikovsky. But that probably wouldn't do the performance of those three musicians justice. Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer were already renowned musicians when they formed the trio, and they show their skills to full extent during those 37 or so minutes.

By the way, on the CD I have there are not only two parts with Nutrocker included in the second one, but each of the pictures is a separate track on the CD and so is the encore.

To finish it off, I still have to find a recording of Pictures At An Exhibition in any instrumentation that doesn't deserve full 5 stars. This includes the one by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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 Emerson Lake & Palmer by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.24 | 1545 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
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5 stars This is the debut album from this supergroup of stellar musicians. This was to become the outlet for Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer to showcase their musicianship. But, at it's peak, it was more than anything a spotlight for Emerson's spectacular keyboard playing and composing. As you listen to this album, which has been reviewed plenty of times here already, you will notice that everyone gets to shine, but the balance of the spotlight is tilted quite heavily to Emerson, which is fine. His talent has inspired countless musicians and has influenced many people to explore other avenues of music that they normally would not have explored.

This album is amazing, especially for a debut album. There is quite a mix of classically inspired rock. The mix of sounds you get here should not be too surprising because of the talent. You start off with "The Barbarian" with the full band doing their take on a Bartok composition from 1911; "Allegro Barbaro". After this somewhat bombastic instrumental where each band member shows off their talent, an epic track named "Take a Pebble" follows. This track has vocals from the amazing voice of Greg Lake. The sections where there is singing is performed by full band, but the very long instrumental break is surprisingly acoustic piano through most of it with a short break for an acoustic guitar solo and a return to the piano with drums joining in eventually. This is a very nice surprise because the sound is amazing and anyone who knows keyboards will be blown away by Emerson's playing. "Knife Edge" is another harder edged song again with full band and vocals and is very progressive. It is based on the first movement of Leo? Janáček's Sinfonietta. with a organ solo during the instrumental break that follows Bach's Allamande from the French Suite in D minor.

Following this you get two long instrumentals. The first being a suite called "The Three Fates" which is definitely another chance for Emerson to show off, of which I have no complaint. This is one of my favorite ELP tracks and probably one of the least known. You get a very cool organ solo on the first movement, and nice piano solo on the 2nd movement, and then the piano gets joined by drums and bass for the third. This is a very progressive number that always gets my heart pounding. This also demonstrates that Emerson is not only an amazing player, but an outstanding composer also. Next is "Tank" which is a full band instrumental which spotlights Carl Palmer this time. This is another excellent instrumental with a completely different feel from the last track and a very excellent drum solo in the middle which is not stretched out to a never-ending length. Palmer shares the spotlight with Emerson not only with the instruments but with the composition also. Great stuff. The album ends with the popular Lake folk rock ballad "Lucky Man" which features his vocals and guitar and ends with Emerson on synth that was overdubbed on the end so that everyone would know (on the radio) that this is not a Lake solo. Good song, but not very indicative of the rest of their sound and I'm sure a lot of people were surprised when they heard the song on the radio, bought the album and heard something they were not expecting. But it worked for the band and made them hugely popular and that popularity continued for several years.

Anyway, this is an excellent album that introduced a lot of people to the challenging music of progressive rock. In that way, it is essential in that it helped bring a lot of rock lovers around to becoming interested in classical music and a more sophisticated style of popular music. The importance of this album in rock music can not be denied. ELP would go on to produce some other great albums and some trashy ones too, but their influence in progressive and popular music is still felt today. Essential album. 5 stars.

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 Love Beach by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.06 | 499 ratings

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Love Beach
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by brydon10

3 stars I put off listening to this album for a long time. The cover art is terrible, and the reviews are generally negative. When I finally listened to it, I was pleasantly surprised, there is some good music here.

Tracks 1-5 are pretty poppy and generic, not terrible but not very interesting. Track 6 "Canario" is quite a nice little instrumental transposed from Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre.

Track 7 "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" is a 20 minute suite. This piece is quite good all the way through, I've listened to it multiple times now and it really grows on you. This is the saving grace for the album and in my opinion a hidden ELP gem.

In the end, "Canario" and especially "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" make this album a worthwhile listen.

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 Emerson Lake & Palmer by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.24 | 1545 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Einwahn

5 stars Forty-four years after I first bought this album, I am still in love with it. In fact, with all my experience of the subsequent history of Prog Rock, the ELP debut sounds more captivating than ever. It's a moment of magical genius, when the three musicians first worked together - and the chemistry was unbelievable. I can't name another album that sounds even remotely like this one, not even from ELP. There are moments, such as the title track of Trilogy, or Toccata from BSS, when it seems they are trying to recapture the sound of their debut album. But there is a uniqueness and coherence about the Emerson Lake & Palmer album that has always set it apart. I think it's the inspired improvisation on acoustic instruments combined with a heavy yet measured use of the electric instruments. Even the much-questioned Lucky Man sounds perfectly in place with its acoustic strings and Moog accompaniment.

And you should have seen Knife Edge on stage in this period! Emerson vaulting over the Hammond and pulling it over... madness.

Verdict: a pinnacle in Prog Rock history.

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