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Decent starter pack for the ELP novice
on 23 February 2015
As with any 'Best of...' collections, there will always be arguments over what should be included. Certainly, there needs to be a good range of material taken from the extensive back catalogue and, with a group like ELP who tended to have at least 1 really lengthy excursion per album, the compiler obviously felt that a number of shorter songs had to be included at the expense of longer songs. 'Tarkus' - a No. 1 album for ELP - has been shabbily treated here with the amusing, but very short 'Jeremy Bender' as its sole representative, whilst the pretty, but terribly long 'Take A Pebble' from the band's eponymous debut album is the longest track featured here. Happily, 'Brain Salad Surgery' is well represented with a section of the mighty 'Karn Evil 9', 'Jerusalem' and the superb 'Still... You Turn Me on'; the title track from 'Trilogy' is another great inclusion and there are some lovely Greg Lake songs such as 'Lucky Man' and 'The Sage' which juxtapose rather well with Keith Emerson's full-blooded classical rock tendencies. There are a few tracks that I could well have done without here - for instance, 'The Gambler' seems very run-of-the-mill to me - but, overall, this is quite a decent retrospective album which provides a good starting point for discovering their early 1970s output.