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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting but a lot is left untold, 16 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Show That Never Ends ... Encore (Paperback)
I do not consider my self as a ELP fan, although I have all the albums, listen to them regulary, seen one of the best concerts they have performed late in the nineties and have read the first release of this book with much of interest. So I was drawn to the 2013 print but much to my unsatisfaction a lot has been left out.
Described is the CD-boxset Return of the Manticorn" in detail to the new material,
(this was already done in the first edition) but from the 5 CD/DVD set "From the Beginning" is only revealed that this includes the 1972 perfomance at the Mar Y Sol Festival. Nothing is written about the long missing masterpiece "Oh, My Father", an outstanding outtake of the "Tarkus"-album sessions, in typical ELP mode. This can also be found on the special re-relase of this album, which also contains a stunning performance by Keith Emerson on vocals (!) and piano, accompanied in the middlesection by Greg Lake on backingvocals and acoustic guitar. The book doesn't even mention this, so to speak about the Emerson, Lake and Palmer "Bible" is a few steps too far. The first album is re-released also with an instrumental piece "Rave Up", on which one can hear the distinctive ELP sound already, as this is later further developed. Also a studiotake of the "Pictures at an Exhibition". Seemingly the band has tried to record this for albuminclusion. Nothing in this book about it. The Emerson, Lake, Powell album is available with two extra tracks, but the book keeps its silence hereabout. Many albums on CD have bonusmaterial nowadays but in the book nothing is said about it. The chapters are short, which is an easy read, but when I buy a new print of an existing book I await new information, which can be useful to buy CD's for the sole reason of previous unreleased songs or liverecordings. All this is omitted, in stead we got some gossip and fragments of interviews and other publications. I don't regret buying the new edition but my expectations are for most part unfulfilled. With 3 authors aboard much more could have been written about a musical band with an history of over 40 years, numerous studio- and live- and soloalbums, being on a rollercoaster with much turmoil but all the while delivering one of the best kinds of music in the last decades.
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Initial post: 23 May 2014 20:58:05 BDT
As one of the authors I think the reviewer has put some good points about the book. However, I do feel sad he hasn't mentioned the indepth interview with William Neal - he actually worked with the band on three albums! There is some good stuff on what some of the paintings mean on Tarkus/Pictures. Also, there is a good interview with first sleeve artist Nic Dartnell. We even tracked down Brain Salad Surgery engineer Chris Kimsey as well. Also, In The Hot Seat producer Keith Olsen gives his run down on that album and all the problems. There are other new interviews as well.
Shame this is not mentioned.
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