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ENCORES, LEGENDS & PARADOX - A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF ELP

Various Artists (Tributes)

 

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3.65 | 37 ratings

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Evolver
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Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars Of the many tribute CDs I own, this is possibly the best.

Why? The musician's here do not, for the most part, try to recreate the original songs, but interpret them into their own styles. This despite the fact that at least three of the musicians here (Robert Berry with 3, Marc Bonilla with The Keith Emerson Band and Boys Club, and Glenn Hughes with Boys Club) have toured with Emerson, and know his arrangements well. Except for Knife Edge which only has a few rhythmic changes, and Tarkus which has been edited down to a much too short version, the songs all sound copletely reworked.

The standout tracks to me are Toccata, which seems to retain only a few melodic bits from the original while retaining and perhaps expanding it's wild feel, and A Time And A Place with Martin Barre and Doane Perry from Jethro Tull and James LaBrie from Dream Theater helping to make this a heavy prog masterpiece.

Criticisms, well, Robert Berry's changed lyrics for Karn Evil 9 sound awkward, and the mixed up lyrics to The Sheriff make no sense. And poor Tarkus.

Evolver | 4/5 |

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