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Considered by many to be one of rock's original first super-groups, Emerson Lake & Palmer formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals. Their penchant for appropriating themes ... Read more in Amazon's Emerson, Lake & Palmer Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B004JMZWNK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Moon
2. Paper Blood
3. Affairs Of The Heart
4. Romeo And Juliet
5. Farewell To Arms
6. Changing States
7. Burning Bridges
8. Close To Home
9. Better Days
10. Footprints In The Snow
11. Black Moon
12. Affairs Of The Heart
13. Paper Blood
14. Romeo And Juliet

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Having officially split in 1979, they worked alone until their re-union in 1991. The result was this album, originally released in 1992. Despite the fact the band were never one the critics warmed to, Black Moon was well-received and is still generally regarded as one of ELP’s best albums.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Murphy VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2001
Format: Audio CD
When this album came out back in '92 I was disappointed by how far removed from the classic early 70s ELP sound it had gone. Likeable, but...safe, more AOR-based. Then they released In The Hot Seat two years later which made this album seem like crazy, off-the-wall jazz-metal-folk-trip-hop fusion by comparison. Nearly ten years on, Black Moon has aged very well indeed. In fact, compared to the albums released around the same time by their prog rock 1970s peers (ie Yes's Union, Genesis's We Can't Dance) this album is truer to the original 'classic' endearingly nutty ELP that you either love or enjoy hating than the anodyne, MOR AOR pap their contemporaries were producing. This was a surprisingly valid and vibrant album from three guys written off post-punk as 'dinosaurs' and it still is today. Crowd pleasing stadium stompers like Black Moon nestle in among grooves like Paper Blood and widdly prog keyboard workouts like Changing States and it all still manages to hang together. Producer Mark Mancina's Burning Bridges is ten times better than any of the outside contributors' nonsense recorded for In The Hot Seat and Greg Lake provides another decent addition to his ballad songbook. Enjoy this album, but if you haven't yet, check out the earlier, better known ones first.
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A Really Good Album from ELP "Affairs of the Heart" is a Brilliant Track and "Paper Blood" and "Footprints in the Snow" are also just as good.
Greg Lake performs some of his Best work Ever on this Album,
Where Keith Emerson had that raw 70's Hammond and Moog sound which gave ELP that hard egde on Albums such as Tarkus and Trilogy seems to have somewhat lost that edge through the Digital Sound of today rather than the Analogue Sound of the 70's and seems to have lost it's power.
Romeo and Juliet by Prokoviev sounded very Dated compared to the rest of this Album and Carl Palmer although still an excellent Drummer is not quite the force of old.
Nevertheless it is still a very good ELP album and maybe i am a bit picky but it is still well worth adding to the ELP Catalogue of Great Albums.
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By A Customer on 20 July 2001
Format: Audio CD
after many years the lads return with a typically grandiose work.Gone are the speedy techno flash licks of yesteryear to be replaced by an arguably more mature approach.Greg Lake's rich Baritone dominates much of the proceedings with only a token 3 instrumentals to add variety.Emerson and Palmer are almost comatose on keyboards and drums when compared to the wild ramblings of Pictures at Exhibition.The strength of this album is that there are no bad tracks .Unfortunately nothing here touches early stuff like Tarkus and Karn evil 9 but that would be asking a lot.Good solid stuff nevertheless.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
Emerson, Lake and Palmer was the first Progressive Rock supergroup, but the glory days are over and the magic is gone when they released this 1992 album, their first studio effort in a dozen years. It is not a question of their technical proficiency, because Keith Emerson remains my favorite keyboard artist and is in fine form, as he shows on "Changing States" and the piano solo on "Close to Home" (this was a few years before hand surgery affected his playing ability). However, from the start of this album with the title song and "Paper Blood" it is clear that these are much simpler songs than we recall from the past, with few bursts of the wonderful complexity for which ELP was rightly known. For me there is also the concern over the aging of Greg Lake's voice, which is really unrecognizable. In the days of my youth that was the voice that I most wanted to have (e.g., the live version of "Lucky Man" on "Welcome Back My Friends"); but instead of my voice becoming more like his it is the other way around, which is not a good thing. That is an admittedly personal problem, but on the professional level Lake is doing less of the songwriting than before and the best track on the album is the adaptation of the classical piece "The Dance of the Knights" from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet. "Footprints in the Snow" is a minor Lake composition at best, which is another disappointment. ELP was one of my favorite all-time groups, and hearing them play lesser songs without the fire that made them famous, is just another sign that we are all growing old.
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This album was a long awaited one, for those who had wanted to see the band reform. Some really good material with all members using their creative skills to the full and a mix of classically inspired pieces and classic ELP rock.
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It is clear from the outset that, having re-united, Emerson, Lake and Palmer were taking this album seriously. I write that in the context of 'Love Beach' where the impression I gained was of a band whose heart was longer in it, going through the motions. This is a serious attempt at a good album.

I prefer ELP in their long tracks: Karn Evil 9, Fanfare for the Common Man, Trilogy. This album has 10 tracks so there is no major tour-de-force to take our breath away. What there is is a collection of worthy tracks, none of which is great but none of which is a disappointment either. And it was so good to hear original ELP material again after so long a break.

Greg Lake is in good voice. Keith Emerson's playing has not yet succumbed totally to his injury. But Carl Palmer's drums are, for me, mixed wrongly: too harsh and to much to the fore. On their best albums Carl Palmer's drumming is made to blend into the end-product in a much more cohesive manner.

So: to buy this? Yes, I recommend it. OK, it doesn't have the arrogance and swagger of 'Brain Salad Surgery' or the technical brilliance of their earliest albums, nor is the material as strong. But it is still three consummate musicians performing very well.

I toyed between three stars or four. I decided to go with four because, in an age where fans have heard multiple recordings of the earlier ELP tracks, here is an album of newer, less well-known and original material to enjoy and savour. Recommended, therefore. Four stars.
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