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Poll Question: Which is your favorite of the two?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 17:16
Trilogy, as I like ELP much better.  Though Cinema Show is excellent, i dont find it as sheerly beautiful as anything by ELP.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 14:39
Trilogy has always been one of a very, very few songs that actually moves my soul. The calmness at the beginning, the insanity after the bridge. It could have been an instrumental with the vocal melody done on synth and it would have been even better. The lyrics are quite a juxtaposition to the music.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 07:06
The Cinema Show, every single time.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 06:50
Oh dear. Trilogy is a true ELP barnstormer. Cinema Show is pure Genesis magic. Am I really typing this crap? I need a rest...can't decide ..yet.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 06:45
Originally posted by The Quiet One The Quiet One wrote:

Originally posted by MovingPictures07 MovingPictures07 wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

"Trilogy" is very good- love it...but it lacks the charm and sheer number of ideas that "The Cinema Show" has.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 06:43
Trilogy is an unusual piece for ELP and not perhaps indicative of their broader style i.e. it's seeded from a single melodic phrase (the Moog 'violin' melody at the start) and everything that follows is developed from that tiny little 'seed' So for me it's a genuinely symphonic piece of music in the stricter academic sense of the term.

But bollocks to all that, I like them both but prefer Trilogy.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 04:42
I'll go for Cinema Show.

Trilogy is among my favourite ELP songs though. Does anyone else think Lake sounds a little like Art Garfunkel, when singing in the gentle opening part of the song?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2010 at 02:32
The Cinema Show by quite a distance.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 23:21
Nice poll, and this time I prefer the ELP one.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 22:28
Cinema Show. Trilogy starts very beautifully, then it gets a crazy cool instrumental section, and so far it's excellent... then comes the third part, the crazy part with vocals, and the song is sort of ruined for me... I hate when Lake goes into that kind of vocals and Emerson into those "Carnibal" keyboards or whatever they are.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 22:03
Originally posted by The Wrinkler The Wrinkler wrote:

To me, both have very similar sound. Both are really beautiful and delicate in the beginning, and then they go into a crazy proggy instrumental.

To me, Cinema Show does not go very crazy proggy instrumental. It's just beautiful.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 22:00
Trilogy is my favorite ELP's song.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 18:58
Trilogy is okay.... Cinema Show is a masterpiece.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 18:56
Originally posted by MovingPictures07 MovingPictures07 wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

"Trilogy" is very good- love it...but it lacks the charm and sheer number of ideas that "The Cinema Show" has.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 18:34

My immediate reaction was "Cinema Show - of course!".  But the more I thought about it, the more difficult it became to select one over the other.  Despite the similarities you mentioned, they are so very different in many ways.  Trilogy actually has a vibe all its own and Emerson's keyboard work is just monstrous.

Deadlocked at a virtual "tie", I almost didn't vote.  In the end, rather than abstain, I thought, "this is one of those times when it is best to go with your gut instinct".  Trilogy may surpass Cinema Show in some respects, but overall there is a certain depth of character to Cinema Show which elevates it (in my opinion). 
 
Good poll!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 17:29
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

"Trilogy" is very good- love it...but it lacks the charm and sheer number of ideas that "The Cinema Show" has.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 17:26
"Trilogy" is very good- love it...but it lacks the charm and sheer number of ideas that "The Cinema Show" has.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2010 at 17:26
Cinema Show, oddly perhaps, for the keyboard solo; what it lacks in Emersonian histrionics it gains in Banksian tastiness.
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