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GREAT MUSIC - BUT BEWARE,
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This review is from: Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Audio CD)
I never liked this much back in the day, preferring the more theatric Brain Salad Surgery, but now have a lot of sympathy with the view that this was their best moment and everything that followed was a bit OTT. Amazed at how little synthesizer there is on it.
BEWARE - don't assume like me that the Steven Wilson remix is a straight remix of the original album. It isn't because as the booklet points out the session tapes weren't available for Tank and parts of Fates, and instead of using the original tracks for that part they've made up an "alternative album" with stuff that would have been better as bonus tracks at the end. It's clear from the track listing on Amazon that it's something different, but you know how blind you get once you've assumed something. I've only listened to the original album on disc 1 so far and it sounded pretty good, have to criticise the package for not making it completely clear whether this was a new remastering, although it looks like it is. Anyway, it sounded better than my original CD release version, how it stacks up against the previous remaster I've no idea.
If you really prefer the SW version of the available tracks you can always burn your own mixture if it doesn't sound too jarring.
The other confusing thing is the NTSC designation for disc 3 when it's a DVD-A. Maybe it refers to a menu if you put it in your DVD player, but it could lull you into thinking you're getting video. Again, in fairness it's clear what it is from the listing.
Also not sure why the outer case has a green cast to the colour, maybe a dodgy print run, but the booklet looks authentic and it's the sort of thing that fades in importance once you listen that wonderful music.
At the end of the day, it's a great package for £10 and the original album is a definite improvement on the original CD release, but if you already have a remaster and are hoping for a complete Steven Wilson version of the album then you'll be disappointed.