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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 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B004G6TD8Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pictures At An Exhibition
2. Promenade
3. The Gnome
4. Promenade
5. The Sage
6. The Hut Of Baba Yaga
7. The Great Gates Of Kiev
8. Promenade
9. The Gnome
10. Promenade
11. The Sage
12. The Old Castle
13. Blues Variation
14. Promenade
15. The Hut Of Baba Yaga
16. The Curse Of Baba Yaga
17. The Hut Of Baba Yaga
18. The Great Gates Of Kiev
19. Nutrocker
20. Pictures At An Exhibition

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This ground-breaking live album, originally released in 1972, was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in 1971. A brilliant live document of a unique and unrivalled band at the top of their game. Mussourgsky-meets-prog rock.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Trenean on 16 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It has become fashionable to mock prog rock, with its potential for self-indulgent, pompous, bombastic music. The problem with the genre is that when it was dire, it was very, very dire. However when, as often happened, it was good, it was very, very good indeed. Emerson,Lake & Palmer probably epitomised what was worst and best about prog, but I would submit that this was one of their better moments.

What motivated most prog rock musicians, was a desire to take rock music and elevate it to the level enjoyed by the classical genre. What better than to create a rock version of Mussorgsky's piano suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, which the band took on the road in 1971. This was by no means the first time that a new interpretation of the work had appeared, the original piano pice had been orchestrated by a number of composers, the most famous and lasting version by Ravel.

It is the musicianship that makes this such a strong piece, showcasing the technical skills of three very talent players, not least Emerson's prowess on the Hammond organ. The fact that it was recorded live also adds to the listening experience. This is one of the few albums where a rock band devoted the whole record to a classical work and it actually made the top 10 album charts in both the UK and the US. When it was originally released it was at a low price, £1.49 if I remember rightly, when other albums of the time were a £1 dearer.

I think this stands as a fine example of what rock music can do and it is certainly a good place to start for those who want to know what prog rock was all about.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. Ronayne on 23 Sep 2011
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There was a time when Emerson Lake & Palmer was THE band to see live. At the cutting edge of the '70s Prog Rock movement they did the business and others usually followed. They were incredible live, amazing how 3 musicians could produce such a symphonic sound on stage. Emerson was a keyboard master, Lake's voice like velvet, his bass playing matching Carl Palmer's supercharged drumming.

They couldn't lose with this marvelous album. It came out at a budget price with a wonderful cover and became a sort of benchmark for every live album that followed. If Ravel had put Mussorgsky's little known work on the classical music map then ELP made it a household name.

So popular was the album that their fan's demanded a studio version to put alongside the live version. Sadly, that didn't come about yet the live album is a lasting fragment of their fantastic stage performances.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 April 2011
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There is no getting away from it ... this is one of the best live recordings ever issued by a rock band.

Based on the classical work of the same name, this record shows three musicians at the top of their game (and sometimes you'll wonder that only three could produce such a broad sound). The instrumentals at the centre of the piece are driving rock tracks - some of the most rocking rock music ever committed to record.

And it's live! In an age when so many bands were manufactured in the studios, this was a real live performance, note-perfect and complete with audience feedback. You don't have to like 'prog rock' to admire it.

As a bonus, 'Nutrocker': great fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. M. Gould on 28 Aug 2008
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Every ELP album is half brilliance and half disappointment except for this. This is thunderous throughout. All the members allow each other to gel within the unit. Emerson plays manic keyboard with a flash of pomp and jazz thrown in. He also experiments in electronic sounds that few outside Hawkwind were making at the time. Lake is powerful. No wet lyrics here and the guitar thumps along. Palmer is controlled and forms a solid foundation. The original album released as an L.P.(Oh, how dated that sounds now) was cheaper than the studio albums (just like Relics-Pink Floyd and Earthbound-King Crimson, etc.)and became a real treat for fans. Having said this the original finished on Nutrocker. The extra, later, bonus track of Pictures detracts from it in my opinion so ignore it and breathe in the original album. Fantastic!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Oct 2001
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I have read reviews in the past in which people have criticised the quality of this recording. I don't know why - I think that 'Pictures' is one of the most outstanding live albums of all time. ELP were just about the only band with the skill (and audacity) to attempt a live stage performance of a classical work this complex, and make a success of it, especially given the technology available back in 1971 when the original recording was made.
This remastered CD manages to improve on something that was pretty excellent to start with (if that's possible). Certainly, any 40'Something progressive rock fan should add this CD to their collection.
ELP's interpretation of Mussorgsky may not be to the taste of every classical purist, but IMHO, this CD is a mind blowing experience, right from the intro: 'Were gonna give you Pictures at an Exhibition!' through to the 'Nutrocker' finale (which is based on Tchaikovsky, if you didn't know already).
(Incidentally, I have an orchestral version of Pictures at an Exhibition by the Cleveland Orchestra on CD, so I consider myself qualified to pass judgement on ELP's approach to the work).
I have one minor gripe, in that I would have liked more of the original Mussorgsky to have appeared, although back in the days of vinyl, they only had 45 minutes to play with - and I can understand them making room for the acoustic track 'The Sage' which is Greg Lake on his best form.
I should point out that the track ELP call 'The Old Castle' would be better titled 'Keith Emerson demonstrates the versatility of the Moog Synthesiser', whilst 'Blues Variation' actually uses the theme from the 'real' version of The Old Castle to create a piece of virtuoso Hammond R&B that blows the Ravel orchestration out of the water.
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