Ever Lasting Pleasure,
This review is from: Emerson, Lake & Powell (Audio CD)
I was a massive fan of the original ELP line-up from their debut album through to Brain Salad Surgery but we went our separate ways after that album. I've recently been trying to discover albums I'd missed out on so was looking forward to this one.
The comments that Cozy Powell was only chosen because of his surname are just plainly childish as he was an excellent drummer and gave this band a beefier rhythm section.
The opener 'the score' is the longest track on the album, clocking in at 9 minutes, and is very reminiscent of ELP circa Brain Salad Surgery even having the "welcome back my friends...." lyric included in the song and is a fine start to the album.
Similarly 'The Miracle' (at nearly 7 minutes) is also excellent typical ELP of years gone by and the 8 minute 'Mars, the bringer of war' is what Keith does at his dramatic best.
But it's the shorter tracks which for me are more "hit & miss". The single 'Touch & Go' is a catchy surprise, 'Learning to fly' has some nice harmonies, 'Step aside' has a nice jazzy piano/vocal feel (Tarkus era ?) but 'Love blind' is mostly AOR and 'Lay down your guns' albeit having high ideals is a bit cheesy?
As far as the bonus tracks are concerned I've never liked any versions of 'The Locomotion' but with this one (an instrumental version) you wouldn't know it was that particular track for the first 45 seconds until the catchy chorus kicks in wheraeas the closer 'Vacant Possession' is again a fairly average AOR outing.
At times as good as early ELP but not consistent enough over the whole album. Nice to hear Greg's lovely vocals again though.