John Peel's favourite band?,
This review is from: A Time And A Place (MP3 Download)
You'd be forgiven for thinking that this was a whole concert given the trio's legendary usage of the multiple disc format but a quick glance down the titles proves it's an amalgamation of several shows. Let's not even go to the fourth disc yet - I'll save the best(?) for last. I've always liked them and have distant memories of annoying the sixth form common room in insisting to play Karn Evil 9 at ear-splitting (and speaker shredding) volume. The band sopund on fine form throughout until, that is, we come to that fourth disc which was recorded using a rolled up programme and drinking straws with the contents endlessly being sucked out. The whole recording equipment placed somewhere near the back of the hall, hence the conversation and back chat seeping into the mix. I say mix - this sounds decidedly mono and, although some classic tracks are performed, there's no getting away from the distinct lack of quality control on behalf of the record company. How much input ELP had on the finished product is debatable. Still, if you can put up with listening to it only once, the rest of the discs repay with repeated plays. Terrific pastiche of the Manticore record label on the front cover.
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Initial post: 27 Sep 2012 19:29:34 BDT
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D. Crudden says:
I heard Peel in the 1990s say, "The Nice were all right, I suppose, but ELP's music was transcendentally awful." Alan Freeman was the only broadcaster who would admit to liking ELP. His Saturday show on Radio One sampled several ELP tracks for its jingles, mostly from 1972's excellent TRILOGY album. I wish there were still a show like Fluff's on the radio; I don't miss Peel's unlistenable rubbish at all.
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