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Works Volume 1 [CD]

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 (14 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Piano Concerto No 1 - Keith Emerson, London Philharmonic Orchestra
2. Lend Your Love To Me Tonight - Greg Lake
3. C'est La Vie - Greg Lake
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Greg Lake
5. Nobody Loves You Like I Do - Greg Lake
6. Closer To Believing - Greg Lake
Disc: 2
1. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits - Carl Palmer
2. L.A. Nights - Carl Palmer
3. New Orleans - Carl Palmer
4. Two Part Invention In D Minor - Carl Palmer
5. Food For Your Soul - Carl Palmer
6. Tank - Carl Palmer
7. Fanfare for the Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
8. Pirates - Orchestre De L'Opéra De Paris, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
9. Tank - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
10. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
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Having essentially taken a three year break, ELP reemerged in 1977, rejuvenated and with collected solo works amassed during the hiatus. The album also contains their arrangement of "Fanfare For The Common Man", which would reach number two in the UK Singles chart and feature in a million sports programmes thereafter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for the piano concerto alone! 1 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a superb album, worth getting for the 18 minute insane piano concerto as well as Fanfare for the Common Man! Absolutely brilliant! A must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars wow 18 Jan 2014
By blah
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This album seems to receive very mixed reviews for some reason. People criticizing Lakes side of the album for sounding mellow seem to have missed the point that in the majority of their albums he always wrote melodic songs, and c'est la vie is yet another of those, you cant help humming or singing along to whether listening to the album or not.
Palmers mainly jazz influenced side I think is another highlight. A drummer of his quality needs an outlet like ELP, and in this case show off his skills with brilliant style.
Emersons piano concerto again says a great deal about his mastery of the piano, which many people seem to have missed, preferring instead to praise or berate the electronic music in equal measure. Myself, I find it brilliant.
However, ELP are a band, and in my opinion they truly shine when playing together. Everyone has heard Fanfare, great cover. But for me Pirates is the best track on the album. Great playing, great singing, great song.
Buy it.
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By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER
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On balance , this is a must-own for ELP fans but not for its entirety: there are parts that are very, very good and others that are not. I recommend ownership on the basis of the stand-out material.

I bought this album on vinyl when it was first released. My immediate impression, seeing how it was structured, was that it indicated that the band was breaking up. That may not have been their intention, but because the first three sides were solo material, it looked as if they were telegraphing an intention to go their separate ways. That put a negative vibe on the album for me from the start. In fact, tensions were there and the band was to break-up after their next collaboration, Love Beach. (There was an in-fill album, Works 2, taken from these sessions that was released in between).

The four sides, to me, are like two attractive bookends with a variable collection of material in between. The first 'bookend' is Keith Emerson's piano concerto. It is enjoyable and it has improved still further with repeated performances. The first movement contains much that is pure Emerson (and some derivative sections too). The cadenza is a tad disappointing. The third movement is the strongest. It was written after his house caught fire and the anger and frustration come through, making the movement stronger for it. This recording is all very much a first outing though - the pace and the orchestral playing tend towards the cautious. But it's good, and a treat for fans of Keith Emerson.

The second side, the Greg Lake songs, contains some absolute gems. That said, for me it's too much all in one go.
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2 tracks on this double cd are any use. Pirates and fanfare for the common man. The rest is sub par self indulgance. Would have made one good cd
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