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Emerson Lake & Palmer - Live at Pocono International Raceway, USA, 1972 CD (album) cover


Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

3.10 | 2 ratings

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3 stars This album, released on colored vinyl by Manticore/BMG for Record Store Day 2019, appears to be more of a collectors item than a carefully crafted live release.

It appears to be a sound board recording, with the bass a bit too far out front, and the keyboards a tad too faint. The entire sound level on the records is very low as well, making me think this was just slapped together by some record company people trying to make a few extra buck without much effort.

Nonetheless, it is a far better recording than the bootleg sets the band put out some years ago.

Tarkus is the highlight of this album. Emerson plays fair amount of riffs that don't appear in later performances, when the band seemed to settle in to nearly note-for-note identical performances in show after show.

The second side of the album is the Take A Pebble/Lucky Man medley with the piano improvisation that was a concert staple of the band. The piano improv is essentially the same as on Welcome Back..., but does vary more than most of the other recordings of this that I have heard.

Pictures at an Exhibition is another highlight, although it is the truncated version that ELP used throughout the rest of their career.

And a side-long version of Rondo, now correctly titled Blue Rondo A La Turk, giving Dave Brubeck his due credit.

This was a great performance, and if the record company made an effort to adjust the sound levels, it might be a 4-star recording, or better.

Evolver | 3/5 |


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