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|1. The Barbarian|
|2. Take A Pebble|
|3. Knife - Edge|
|4. The Three Fates|
|5. Clotho Royal Festival Hall Organ|
|6. Lachesis Piano Solo|
See all 9 tracks on this disc
|1. The Barbarian 2012 Stereo Mix|
|2. Take A Pebble 2012 Stereo Mix|
|3. Knife - Edge 2012 Stereo Mix (with Extended Outro)|
|4. Promenade 2012 Stereo Mix|
|5. The Three Fates: Atropos (Piano Trio) 2012 Stereo Mix|
|6. Rave Up 2012 Stereo Mix|
See all 12 tracks on this disc
|1. The Barbarian 2012 5.1 Mix|
|2. Take A Pebble 2012 5.1 Mix|
|3. Knife - Edge 2012 5.1 Mix|
|4. The Three Fates: Atropos (Piano Trio) 2012 5.1 Mix|
|5. Rave Up 2012 5.1 Mix|
|6. Lucky Man 2012 5.1 Mix|
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Musically, this is such a piece of it's time that you have to put it into context with albums like "Court of the crimson king", "Atom heart mother" or "The Yes album".
It stands up pretty well and is far less self indulgent than much of their later output.
Probably for most people "Lucky Man" is the best known track and it does have a certain magic but my favourites are the tracks where the band "borrowed" themes from classical composers. The light use of the Moog is a welcome textural addition to the musical palette and I still like the drum phasing at the end of the drum solo (yep, there is a drum solo!) basically because there is still a part of me that is an old hippy!
I's say that the "Three Fates" suite is the weakest part but overall "ELP" is worth buying and playing, if only to see where "prog" was before it became totally grandiose and bloated.
'Take A Pebble' is next up: Keith Emerson's evocative jazz piano provides the real interest on a well-crafted, superior ballad. Only the guitar interlude seems a little lost. 'Knife Edge', which follows, is a rather less successful reworking of an excerpt from Leos Janacek's 'Sinfonietta'. Even so, Keith Emerson's Hammond organ lurches reamin immense and satisfying.
Meanwhile, 'Three Fates' takes us on an unusual journey, beginning with a glorious church organ fanfare that exudes just a tiny hint of bluesyness in the diminuendo. This segues into a dramatic piano solo. Emerson's use of dynamic range and subtle tempo changes marks him out as a performer with musical sensibility as well as panache. The third phase of this short suite is a percussively-driven, overdubbed piano trio. The melodramatic ending slightly mars the piece - a hint of excesses to come - but overall this is a an enjoyable instrumental tour de force.
The penultimate offering is 'Tank', a satisfying rhythmic workout by drummer Carl Palmer, who uses the band as a sound palette to propel and augment his main metrical theme. Emerson's dissonant electronics wail commandingly, too.
Finally we have 'Lucky Man', a straightforward ballad exploring the challenges of dealing with fame and fortune. How prescient.Read more ›
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