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Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends ... [Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Live]

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Audio CD
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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 (21 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Original recording remastered, Live
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B002HHGE9K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Hoedown
2. Jerusalem
3. Toccata
4. Tarkus
5. Take A Pebble
Disc: 2
1. Piano Improvisations
2. Take A Pebble (Conclusion)
3. Jeremy Bender/The Sheriff (Medley)
4. Karn Evil 9

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We've the most amazing show.... 9 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is potentially the best prog rock live album of that magical era. ELP exceed their studio pretentiousness with more dynamic and virtuosic playing than before; something which few bands have the capacity to do, especially with only three members. The set list focuses on Brain Salad Surgery, which is understandable as that would have been their most recent album at the time, but the inimitable Tarkus suite is there too, and an orgasmic improv workout in the form of Take a Pebble that streches over both discs! These guys have talent that is beyond belief, and I'm only reminded that they're actually humans when the occassional (and understandable) mistake is made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This show never ends! 27 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Although there is nothing new is this release, so why Deluxe?!, this remains as one of the most important recordings of the '70. ELP was a great band and these live recordings show them at their ultimate best. A must for true music lovers; a waste for people that own Japanese paper sleeve editions.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As the first 2 reviews show, Prog Rock, you either love or you hate it, I'm guessing the negative reviewer has probably never listened to the original album and has not purchased this remastered version so I'm not surprised the Kudos given to their comments are just about nil. Anyway, the original vinyl deserves to be updated to a scratchless format and anyone interested in Prog Rock should have this in their collection at this price. There was a reason that ELP were the biggest touring band of their time, because their shows were brilliant and set the benchmark for other live acts to follow. As already mentioned, there is nothing 'Deluxe' about the issue though, hence only 4 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past 29 Dec 2007
By Tarkus
Format:Audio CD
I still remember the thrill of getting this triple LP one Xmas aged 16. Little did I know that punk was just around the corner, waiting to slay the prog rock behemoth. Keith Emerson's virtuosity needs no puffing from me, and the live recording breathes some passion into some of the band's worthier studio efforts. 'Hoedown' makes a great opener to a live show, for instance, and the Tarkus 'suite' has an immediacy that is lacking on the studio version. Not surprisingly, some of the material loses something from the live setting - 'Toccata', for instance, is better in the spookier, darker production on 'Brain Salad Surgery'. And is there anyone out there who can really enjoy listening again and again to a 10 minute drum solo? But overall, it's a reminder of how vibrant and exciting even rock dinosaurs could sometimes be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Prog Rock fans, this is essential listening. 13 July 2012
By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There is nothing that proves the worth of a band so well as a live album. If they can reproduce in concert what may have taken many takes in the studio, they are musicians of a high order. Emerson lake and Palmer show themselves to be exactly that with this double CD of live performances.

What a good live performance brings is a sense of risk: can they really take it that fast? There's a very complicated section coming - can they do it? The answer on this release is 'yes' and 'yes' and in many ways this is a better album to play than the studio versions, simply for the satisfaction of hearing three musicians at the top of their game performing live on stage.

Hoedown is good start. I have heard Keith Emerson do this in such a rush that it seems he is trying to beat himself to the end. This performance is much better controlled.
Jerusalem is good: Lake's voice was still at maximum strength. Toccata and Tarkus are excellent versions.

I find myself increasingly drawn to the second CD. 'Take a Pebble' is effectively split over the two, with the piano improvisations showing Emerson's mastery of the keyboards. But for me, the high spot is Karn Evil 9 performed in its entirety and live. It is a tour de force. I still listen in admiration at the sheer complexity of this piece in a first-rate live performance.

This is a recording of ELP at their very best. Some people berate prog rock, but I hope that everyone who listens to this album will recognise the musicianship and talent that has gone into it.

For Prog Rock fans, it is essential listening. Five stars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much missed insane genius 7 April 2007
By U Dick VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the most overblown live album you will ever hear. Even the title is overblown and hardly fits on the spine of the CD. Emerson, Lake and Palmer are the only band who would ever have attempted something this weighty and at the time they were so hot they got away with it. This album was originally released at the height of their popularity (and arguably their creativity) as a TRIPLE LP set. Pretty much all of their best stuff is here (except "Pictures at an exhibition" which was released as a live LP in it`s own right) and the performances are mind blowing. How a man as talented as Keith Emerson could be ridiculed three short years later by the Punks is disgusting. His playing is a masterclass in rock keyboard playing that NOONE has ever come close to matching. Lake and especially Palmer are not far behind him in terms of talent. Artists like these are largely gone from today`s mainstream music scene. The highlights here are a ridiculously fast "Hoedown", a great "Tarkus" a wonderful piano improvisation and a 36 minute version of "Karn Evil 9". Yes, it`s totally over-the-top but that`s what makes it so good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ELP at the hight of their Powers
This live album features the world's greatest Prog band at the height of their powers. It's almost a live 'Best of'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by London guy
5.0 out of 5 stars It's prog-tastic
Eeeee... tecks me beck! ELP demonstrating their superb musicianship live. Fond memories of this album. Not heard it since I shifted all my vinyl 15 years ago.
Published 18 months ago by Johnny English
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP LIVE
i had the original album of this which i sold in 2006,intending to buy it on cd one day
but i never did,until now. Read more
Published 20 months ago by bassfingers
5.0 out of 5 stars WELCOME IS HAD BY EVERYONE
Go back in time to the greatest live album ever. It will thrill you even if you didn,t see them live.
Published 20 months ago by peter peers
4.0 out of 5 stars ELP-Welcome Back my Friends (Dble cd)
I am cheating a bit here because I bought the cd version of this a very long time ago.
I also saw ELP at Wembley Arena just before the record came out. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Raymond Preedy
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP Live
Saw them back in '74 at Wembley as part of the world tour that produced this recording. I had this on vinyl then bought as a Jap import about 15 years ago. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Chris Weavers
5.0 out of 5 stars Three of a Kind
A must for all ELP's fans; listen carefully to them playing TOCATTA, in a time when there were only analogic synthesizers. Out of this world !
Published 23 months ago by Renato Filho
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
This is the best live album(s) that ELP ever issued. Blistering versions of their albums up to BSS. Impossibly fast and virtuosic ( is that a word?). Read more
Published 23 months ago by 70s
5.0 out of 5 stars For Prog Rock fans, this is essential listening.
There is nothing that proves the worth of a band so well as a live album. If they can reproduce in concert what may have taken many takes in the studio, they are musicians of a... Read more
Published on 8 July 2012 by Stephen Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP Review
Downloaded MP3 within couple of minutes have this album on vinyl but got damaged through much playing over the years brilliant prog rock album very good quality sounding MP3
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by Duncan
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