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Emerson Lake & Palmer


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2.41 | 16 ratings

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3 stars Fantasia for a gentleman

Canario is an adaptation of a piece by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, from the latter's concerto "Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre". Unfairly overlooked due to being hidden away as the last track on side 1 of the ill-fated Love Beach album, this excellent instrumental was wisely chosen to be released as a single in the same year as the album. I say "wisely" not because it did well commercially, which I don't think it did, but rather because it is by far the best track from that otherwise weak album and deserves to be heard on its own without having to sit through five rather dull Greg Lake rockers (one of which is All I Want Is You, which is the B-side of this single), before you get to this little gem.

In my opinion, Canario works much better as a single than Fanfare for the Common Man which was edited for single release. I usually don't rate singles when the material is identical to what can be found on a full length album, but in this case I will make an exception as I want to give this one more star than I gave to the album.

A great instrumental number!

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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