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Pictures at An Exhibition Import

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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 (29 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Castle Comm.
  • ASIN: B000024LIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Promenade
2. The Gnome
3. Promenade
4. The Sage
5. The Old Castle
6. Blues Variation
7. Promenade
8. The Hut Of Baba Yaga
9. The Curse Of Baba Yaga
10. The Hut Of Baba Yaga
11. The Great Gates Of Kiev
12. Nutrocker

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Given Keith Emerson's obsessive desire to "legitimise" rock--i.e. accord it the same weight and respect as classical music--it was inevitable that he would adopt (adapt?) the work of a serious composer. In the end, Modest Moussorgsky was the chosen sacrifice and prog-rock's most over the top trio commended to grind through his most famous composition--though given the less-than-superlative recording technology of the time, why ELP chose to release a live, rather than studio version of the piece, is anybody's guess. Certainly, the result did neither the band nor the composer any favours: while the playing here might be virtuosic (though it must be said, Emerson's arsenal of Moog synth bleats soon become grating), the audio quality is erratic at best, and frequently steals the lustre from sections which might, in more ideal circumstances, have shined: Greg Lake's acoustic guitar interlude, for example. Flawed, but memorable nonetheless. --Andrew McGuire

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Taking on a classical piece, hacking it to bits and making it rock can be someone's idea of murder and sacrelige, but to someone like me - watching Keith do such a thing is something unbelieveable.
Of course - this IS an ELP album, therefore you have the standard ingredients: Wild blasts of Hammond organ, Carl drumming like he has 6 arms, Greg's mellow acoustic moments, an over-the-top performance (excess has always been a critical no-no, but nobody listens to music critics anyway) and, generally, very dazzling musicianship!
My highlights have to be the second "Promenade" (with Greg's vocals), "Blues Variation" and the "Baba Yaga" trilogy (Carl Palmer at his best!).
A brilliant CD played by 3 of the most brilliant musicians in the world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bjrn Are Davidsen on 4 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
As the whole of ELP's back catalogue now seems to have been remastered (Brain Salad Surgery even with a DIFFERENT and BETTER mastertape than any earlier release), its great to hear Pictures at an Exhibition as clear and full as it must have sounded on that great night back in 1971! That was really one of those few magical occasions where everything came together as it should on stage, even their monster of a Moog Synteziser sounded in tune the whole time, though Keith of course could work marvels on it in any case!
Only one thing to say - get this edition!
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The best way to judge this music is not to compare it with the original piano work or with one of the orchestrated versions of which the Ravel is the best known. The ELP version of Pictures covers just half of the original material and also it includes much material that is not in the original and can only be said to be loosely based at the most.
So, viewing this as another ELP album, in the context of, say ELP, Tarkus and Trilogy, how does it stand up?
The most remarkable aspect of this album is that it was recorded live. Few bands are capable of producing music of this scale outside the studio. From the majestic opening "Promenade" to the final romp through "The Great Gates of Kiev" the music powers on.
The album is as good as any of the studio albums and seen as a piece, "Pictures" is a match for the "Tarkus" suite and, as an individual track, "Kiev" is, for me their finest achievement.
The keyboard work of Keith Emerson and the drumming of Carl Palmer are what really grab the attention but, if you listen carefully to this album, it is clear that Greg Lake is also laying down some truely memorable bass licks.
This album, along with the debut album "ELP" and "Tarkus" the band's second studio album stand together as a benchmark of just what three great musicians can achieve.
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By A Customer on 10 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
PAAE was originally rushed out by ELP as the band's debut offering to their public, at the Isle Of Wight festival back in '70, and followed shortly after Emerson had broken up the Nice. The album was launched initially as a cheapo after Tarkus, although recorded well before it, in Newcastle,and by the quality of the music and recording (which incidentally was the band's 2nd attempt at a successful recording; the initial one failing for some reason or other)justified the cheapo tag. The album really depends on noise, and I would imagine, Emerson's histrionics, to get it through the 35 mins or so length. My favourite numbers are Promenade (intro), Sage and The Old Castle (basically because I like noise)...
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By A Customer on 19 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Simply awesome! An album that you either love or hate! If you like 3 minute 'songs' then you will hate this. An exciting live recording of the early shows, totally different to anything that had gone before. Lakes vocals soar (much better than more recent recordings) Emersons Hammond abuse is stunning (or a load of noise.... depends on your view! ). The Hammond sound exciting and the slashing synths are used to great effect (Remember that ELP had taken the Modular Moog on tour for the first time! ) The great gates of Kiev is simply majestic. An album not for the faint hearted!
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