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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

1.79 | 400 ratings

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2 stars A sorry end

Oh dear!

The band were clearly struggling to put an album together by this point. The reunion which had created the credible "Black moon" album quickly ran out of steam, leaving these dregs of tracks to be cobbled together to form a disappointing and incoherent album. Gone are the long prog compositions, to be replaced by second rate songs with little to differentiate them from the many other bands who write similar compositions.

The only thing I can recommend here is the superb "bonus track". This is a shortened studio version of "Pictures at an exhibition", recorded in Dolby surround sound. This was the first time ELP had released a studio version of "Pictures..", the original album of that name being a live recording. In hindsight, they should have made the whole "Hot Seat" album up of a studio version of Pictures!

Even the sleeve suffers from the "Love Beach" dearth of inspiration, the photo of the band being taken from the "Black moon" sessions.

A sorry ending (in terms of studio albums) for a once great band.

Easy Livin | 2/5 |


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