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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

3.60 | 77 ratings

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4 stars A box of delights

A superb 4 CD collection of ELP tracks spanning their entire career up to the point of release. This box set is a good mix of obvious tracks, plus a creditable number usually omitted from other ELP compilations.

Disc one opens with re-workings of tracks from the band members individual pasts, such as "21st century schizoid man" (Lake), "Rondo" (Emerson), and "Fire" (Palmer). Other than providing historical references, these tracks don't really add to or improve upon the originals, not does the reworking of Emerson Lake and Powell's "Touch and Go."

The studio version of a shortened "Pictures at an exhibition" (which also appears on "In the hot seat"), is however excellent.

If you're looking for a quick way to investigate the music of ELP and happen to spot this set at a reasonable price, this is well worth the investment. The downside is that you will probably end up buying the original albums anyway!

As is customary with box sets of this nature, the package contains a well presented book, with track details and a band history.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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