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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

2.66 | 47 ratings

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1 stars I was not at this concert and looking at the extracts on You Tube ( of which there were many), I am glad that I wasn't. Oh guys, how can you let yourselves go so badly? :>(

The arrangements have become simpler since Keith no longer can pull the old chops out at the speed he used to. Much of the delight of ELP was to see how fast and accurately they could reproduce their music. Sadly since the operation Keith had on his arm, his playing has suffered mightily. He has simplified chords to 2 finger jabs and fluffs runs he used to do..... in his sleep, under the organ, facing the other way.

The excerpts on You Tube give you a clinical, no soft focus view of the concert. All three were a sad shadow of their former selves. This concert made me really sad, I could no longer excuse the performances with nostalgia. The playing was sub par, the guys themselves.....well no comment on that, we all get old etc. Borrowing a cut down hammond from a tribute band to kick around was uneccessary and stupid, worse almost ( almost) than appearing with Spinal Tap. As the other reviewer said, it is time to put ELP back in the cupboard for a few years and try to remember them at their height. This really is not the way to remember them. There are many much better live cds out there such as the recent 70s live concert release. I suppose they wanted to get all their "hits" into the final concert, but why let a cd of this low standard ever get to the streets? I guess the emotion of old fans put a bit of a blinker on their critical facilities. Maybe they wanted a audio memento of the night, but maybe listening again without the occasion will clear the mists and let the music fall on its own. I showed the section of Fanfare to the Common Man to some friends and for once had to laugh with them, I never thought I would ever, ever do that.

spikey123 | 1/5 |


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