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BOYS CLUB (LIVE FROM CALIFORNIA) [CD]

Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes, Emerson Eggerichs Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (30 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Absolute Marketing
  • ASIN: B001NFRA90
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,713 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Afterburner (European Bonus Track) [live]Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes and Marc Bonilla 4:120.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Long Journey Home (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 3:040.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hoedown (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 4:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 5:400.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. White Noise (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 5:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cover Me (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Nutrocker (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 5:050.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tarkus (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes18:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Dreams (European Bonus Track) [live]Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 9:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Middle Of A Dream (live)Keith Emerson, Marc Bonilla, Glenn Hughes 6:360.79  Buy MP3 


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an odd one. A brief, live collaboration between Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes and guitarist Marc Bonilla, this live recording has been available illegally for years now, but has finally received a belated, official release.

Marc Bonilla was the common link between Emerson and Hughes, having worked with them both over the years. And, fact fans, he also played with David Coverdale when Whitesnake were on hiatus. So when he finally persuaded them to perform together, it was only natural that he would use his then band, Dragonchoir, as the foundation for the live performances.

And it's really rather good. It's a top quality recording, much better than the "unofficial" version I'd heard, and it's certainly interesting hearing the name musicians stepping out of their comfort zones. But, and it's a big but, are they really? I mean Glenn Hughes doesn't appear until the fourth track, 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', as he isn't actually playing bass here. And despite Emersons lead credit, there's also Ed Roth credited with keyboards, so you really do start to wonder whether this is actually a collaboration at all.

The Bonilla written tracks are the weakest, so ELP fans will skip right on to 'Hoedown', 'Nutrocker' and 'Tarkus'. Glenn Hughes does a good job on 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale', but it's the cover of the Allman Brothers Band 'Dreams' that is the real gem, with Hughes pulling out all the stops. Although, the less said about the sole writing collaboration between Hughes, Emerson and Bonilla, 'Middle Of A Dream', the better.

You'd also better be careful if you decide to buy this, as the American version only has eight tracks, as opposed to the European ten track version, although the opening two tracks on the Euro edition aren't essential by any means. I'd have enjoyed this a lot more if I wasn't being so cynical about the extent of the actual collaboration, but it's still an enjoyable, if inessential release.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another gem from the vaults... 26 Sep 2009
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Yeah i know someones gonna tell me this albums been out there in some other form but what a find.. I can honestly say that these guys are on top of the game, get ready to be surprised.. Your attention shall be held right through this disc as the music hits the spot throughout.. Great guitar work and killer keyboards.. Crank up the volume and let it peel off your wallpaper.. Its a 5 star gem, buy it with confidence..
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I've been really pleased with this album - despite the unfortunate title!
Perhaps luckily I never heard the unofficial release, because by all accounts it's quality is awful.
This album is a gem - the sound is clean, crisp and punchy, actually hard to believe it's a live recording.
There's a great selection of tracks too - can you get too many versions of Tarkus? No!
The vocals are great, as you would expect and the guitar is ripping.....
I'd call this an essential album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mainly Piano MD 2 Dec 2012
By Michael Debbage - Published on Amazon.com
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For those of you fortunate enough to witness the live collaboration of guitar extraordinaire Marc Bonilla with friends Keith Emerson and Glenn Hughes, you will know that these recordings have been rumored to have existed for a very long time. Well, it is a rumor no more as this all star line up affectionately know as the Boys Club has finally seen the light of day. Chronicling a few live California dates back in 1998, Live From California encapsulates the magical moments of these three brilliant musicians on stage.

While for many, Emerson and Hughes will be the marquee players, this album is anchored by the utterly underrated and underexposed Marc Bonilla who released two fabulous solo albums back in 1991 and 1993. To this day they remain probably the best instrumental electric guitar albums of all times. With Keith Emerson making an appearance on Bonilla's debut EE Ticket courtesy of the song "White Noise" and then Hughes on the follow up American Matador on the entirely breathtaking rendition of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", relationships had already been established. Three years later, Bonilla collaborated on Glenn Hughes solo album Addiction, while Bonilla has been playing live with Emerson since 2006. This ultimately progressed to last year's ambitious studio recording under the Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla.

But let's turn back the clocks over a decade and take a look at Live From California that features the three amigos, as well as Bonilla's impressive band affectionately know as the Dragonchoir. Prior to this live recording, Bonilla appeared at Billboard Live also known as The Key Club which is relatively small but one of the most efficient venue back in its heyday. That particular concert also included the surprise appearance of not only the three amigos but also Ronnie Montrose. Whether there were any high quality recordings of this particular concert captured still remains to be heard but had it been captured here it would have been the quintessential recording to fully represent the live dates of California on what is already close to absolute perfection.

Nevertheless, the 68 minutes of live material that also includes the impressive studio collaboration "Middle Of A Dream" is an utter sonic delight of musician perfection. The album opens with Bonilla's solo track "Afterburner" that outright sizzles and places you on immediate notice that you are in for a wild ride of utter rock n' roll. Accompanied by the duel guitar work of Mike Wallace the music is tight and spellbinding. The album immediately changes pace with the more ambient "Long Journey Home" where it is Bonilla on his Ebow guitar downright weeping music tears mixed in a light wash of Ed Roth's keyboards. While it is a wonderful song in and of itself it acts as a prelude to the introduction of Keith Emerson's stage entrance as the song migrates into a brilliant rendition of Emerson Lake and Palmer's "Hoedown". The Emerson Lake & Palmer catalog is revisited later with the 19 minute mother lode "Tarkus" hammered out. However, instrumentally the band is at its best with their rip-roaring sampling of the Nutcracker courtesy of their playful and dizzy performance of "Nutrocker" that is so magical and transforming that it will have you believing that it could snow in the middle of the Sahara. The band is also spot on with the execution of Bonilla's composition "White Noise".

However, let's not forget the powerful Glenn Hughes who arrives on stage on track four to present the audience with his awesome vocal rendition of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". With Bonilla's guitar taking over the lead parts that were originally written for the keyboards, the duo and the entire band for that matter, breathe new life into this stellar Procol Harum classic. Those of you who have had the privilege to hear Bonilla's studio rendition will be happy to know that both the guitarist and the Voice of Rock are totally capable of reigniting their magic live. Hughes is also prominent when the Boys Club's perform his mid-tempo moody rocker "Cover Me" from the Addiction album, as he is on the band's interpretation of the Allman Brother's song "Dreams" all done with the powerful funk that we have come to expect from Glenn.

For those of us that managed to miss this low profile magical moment, Live From California, you will not be disappointed. The production, energy and brilliant live performances have finally been etched for eternity via this official release. Run don't walk to purchase this silver disc and slip it into your hi fi player of choice. Then close your eyes and let Bonilla, Emerson and Hughes take you to musical heaven. Your rock and roll spirit will truly soar!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A light under a bushel! 5 Nov 2009
By Ronald J. Foreman - Published on Amazon.com
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Wow! Why did it take so long for this gem to be released? If there was any "sweetening" that took place back at the ranch, i can't detect it. One night? One show? Sure wish I'd gotten the memo about this gig. Hard to believe that Emmerson and Hughes, whose respective bands ELP and Deep Purple co-headlined California Jam in 1974, are "reduced" to playing what is basically a club date a quarter century later.

What folks need to know is that Hughes is peaking NOW, producing outstanding solo material that stretches far beyond the long shadow of his brief Deep Purple stint. And, while Emmerson is currently battling a disabling issue that prevents him from touring, his recorded output in the last decade or so is terrific. Both artists have worked with Marc Bonilla, who has carved out a niche by teaming with all sorts of "recovering" musicians, most recently (for me) original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine with his "California Transit Authority project." Keyboard player Ed Roth is ubiquitous on recordings by these artists too. Clearly a formula that results in "keeper" music from all concerned.

I'm almost ashamed now to admit I lost track of Hughes and Emmerson during the '80s and '90s, while complaining that there was precious little quality music to be found. Guess I just wasn't looking hard enough! Now, I'm playing catch-up, and can attest that every back catalog and new title released by these artists is a heart-and-soul affair that will not disappoint.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great band and music, not vocals. 26 Nov 2010
By Arthur Dorety - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great CD to have if you are an Emerson fan. The music is great and the recording pretty good. I like Hughes as a singer, but I really did not like his interpretation of Tarkus. Way too many inflections and sylizations. He sounded like he was going for a pop sound to music which couldn't be further from pop. I'm a huge Keith Emerson fan, so anything he does, I have. It's worth having for a sample of an era for Keith that is little known.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD but........ 24 Jun 2014
By Truitt Mosley - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great CD but the vocals for Tarkus were awful.
Totally wrong vibe and inflection.
Greg sang the song with the inflection of a man who had seen to much.
Woefully warning and telling of bad times and times to come..
Fanfare was the best version I have ever heard.
Afterburner, Long Journey Home had the feel of a Joe Satriani feel but Emo's keyboard work set them apart.
Cover Me is a hard pounding rock tune with great lyrics.
Close to Home is true Emerson classical stye art.
Creole Dance is an awesome tune. Jazz like feel with the touch of the one and only Emo on keyboards.
Honky Tonk is classic Emo jazz, rock.
White Noise is hard driving Blues, Jazz riff filed tune. One of my favorites on the CD.
Dreams a Gregg Allman tune - best cover of this song I have ever heard!!!!
Overall a great CD and well worth the coin.
5.0 out of 5 stars great music 18 May 2014
By roger redsox - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are a fan of Keith Emerson you will love this cd ! Everyone of these guys can play and the recording of this cd is incredible.The cd cd came quickly and would use them again w/o hesitation!
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