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Works Vol 1 [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import]

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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5.0 out of 5 stars This might be the heights of pretentiousness, but it "works" 6 July 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Works, Volume 1" might be one of the most indulgent albums in history, but for my money Emerson, Lake and Palmer carry it off, both individually and collectively. On vinyl you had each of the progressive (nee classical) rock trio getting one side with the final side being a group effort. Keith Emerson begins the self-aggrandizement on Disc 1 with his "Piano Concert No. 1," in three movements (I still do not know what Andante Molto Cantabile means). Since I have always preferred Emerson on piano rather than synthesizer/organ, I am inclined to like this solo jaunt into the classical realm (the third movement is the best). Since I have always wanted to have Greg Lake's voice in my rock and roll fantasies, I am gratified that his set of tracks are songs that feature his voice rather than musical pyrotechnics. These are orchestrated songs, rather than the acoustic approach inherent in his two hit singles "Lucky Man" and "Still You Turn Me On," and I think that Lake's vocals on "Lend Me Your Love Tonight," "C'Est Las Vie" and "Closer to Believing" are as fine as anything he has ever recorded, even though the lyrics are pretty inane.
Certainly the Carl Palmer tracks on the first half of Disc 2 feature his drumming skills more so than any previous ELP efforts, ranging from Bach's "Two Part Invention in D Minor" to the driving "The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits" to a remake of "Tank" that best represents the strong jazz influence on several of these tracks. Come to think of it, I do not know if I have really heard a drummer being featured like this since the glory days of Buddy Rich. The two tracks that comprise the ELP section of the collection are a perfect combination of their best effort at presenting their own version of a classical work, in this case Aaron Copeland's "Fanfare for the Common Man," and what may well be their best "suite," the 13-minute "Pirates." Of their earlier attempts at such grandeur, "Pirates" is more reminiscent of "Karn Evil 9" than "Tarkus" or "Trilogy," and has what certainly seems to me to be a strong Copeland influence which extends beyond the use of a symphonic orchestra. I find the track somewhat amazing simply because who else would ever think about writing something like this first person narrative about being a pirate? It is a very unique piece of work from ELP.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The best sounding version available 21 July 2009
By John B. Buchanan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Works Volume 1 was one of the most anticipated albums ever released. After a run of superb albums, how could they fail. Well, the 2 record release was really 3 solo half albums with 2 ELP songs to glue them together and finish off the set. There are some good songs marbled in there, but the standouts are still the superb ELP group ones. Atlantic got the sound right - the upper bass resonance of the tympani sounds just right compared to the brighter and more anaemic later remasterings (Victory/Rhino/Shout Factory). Despite the latter CDs probably being closer to the original master tapes, the Atlantic wrings a much better sound out of a possibly later generation tape. Barry Diament did it again!
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