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Three Fates

Marc Bonilla, Keith Emerson, Terje Mikkelsen Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: earMUSIC
  • ASIN: B0090TXU22
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,817 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Endless Enigma Suite Pt. 1 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Endless Enigma Suite Pt. 2 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. American Matador 5:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. After All of This 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Walking Distance 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tarkus - Concertante20:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Malambo 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Mourning Sun 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Abaddon's Bolero 6:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fanfare for the Common Man Pt. 1 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Fanfare for the Common Man Pt. 2 5:100.99  Buy MP3 

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I approached this album with a mixture of trepidation and excitement. Trepidation, because some `orchestral rock' albums are simply awful. Excitement because I have thought for some time that parts of Keith Emerson's output had more potential than ELP were able to draw out and, if it worked, it would be a pleasure to hear.

The good news is that it works, and it works because everyone involved has thought it through. It becomes apparent from tracks 1 and 2 (The Endless Enigma) that this is not going to be an album of simple transcriptions to new instruments. This is an album where selected tracks have been re-arranged completely to fit an orchestral setting.

The arrangements are not simply Keith Emerson and friends backed by an orchestra. They are Keith Emerson and friends integrated into an orchestra. That's an important distinction. So this isn't a showcase for the soloists but for the music.

The effect a bit like revisiting a place one knew as a child - a lot that is familiar, but differences too. The biggest difference, of course, is that this record is 100% instrumental.

The major track is, almost inevitably, Tarkus, but completely re-presented. And it works. There are times when I think the slower sections are a tad ponderous and could have been taken faster but that's my only quibble.

The track I was most looking forward to was Abaddon's Bolero and it transcribes to orchestral form as well as I had hoped: very good. And `Fanfare for the Common Man' - of course that works as it started as a classical piece. The treatment here is to offer the Fanfare as originally written and then to follow it with the band playing the rock version: a rousing sign-off, finishing the album in up-beat style.

Outstanding? Probably not quite consistent enough for that. But very good? Yes. So - a smile of relief at a job well done, a pleasurable listen - and four stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classical fates 22 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit dubious about this album, but after having listened to it (really LISTENED to the music), I was very impressed with it, and now it stands pride of place with my collection. Its great for listening in the car after a stressful day. I have to say"Keith who've done it again!". The orchestral pieces are stunning, in fact the whole album is stunning!!! Good job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Vindication! 24 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD
There is a similarity in the reviews here in that those of us who still care approached this with an air of foreboding. In recent years we have been subjected to re-issue upon re-issue and some difficult listenig. Emerson plays Emerson was good, Vivacitas was very patchy and most the issues, for me come from sound(s). So imagine my surprise when this project sounds quite good! There are no pale imitation 80's / 90's synths just Organ, piano and MOOG synthesizer. The orchestra sound big, as in spacious, not expanded digitally or whatever they do. The piano sounds like a piano too.

My reservations are the drum sound (horrible). For those of you who have a copy of Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day, the problem is the same here. Listen to the earls Court shows where the kit sounds like a kit and not a triggered thunderstorm on every beat. For me people need to be brave and not just go with current trends, it worked with the keyboards so why not on the drums? The guitar too as mentioned in another review is underwhelming. I have no axe(sic) to grind with MB but compare the widdly guitar with its very derivative sound to the possibilities of a Modular moog workout. The use of envelopes, modulators and attack and decay is way beyond the possibilities of the guitar and is one of the things Keith is best at (sound again).

Not wishing to dwell on the negatives I need to say that this is a very good album and my reason for being so hard is that given the incredible quality in the back catalogue I expect a lot from Keith and this is so close to being Works revisited. I am very pleased that Keith can still produce inventive and challenging works - maybe we'll even see a review in Mojo (who consistently ignore ELP - no review of ELP and Tarkus remixes!!)

More Moog, More Hammond and more piano please!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Misleadingly titled 21 Dec 2013
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This is a nicely orchestrated collection of Keith Emerson's work and the Munchner Rundfukkersorkestra play well.

However there is no version of The Three Fates on here - not even one of the ladies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone! 10 Sep 2013
By knut a
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If you like symfonic stuff companying modern instruments, then you can try it. It is rather complex and often dramatic, but I can hear that there are clever musicians involved. Mastering is superb.
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