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4.0 out of 5 stars blast from the past, 29 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends (Audio CD)
I still remember the thrill of getting this triple LP one Xmas aged 16. Little did I know that punk was just around the corner, waiting to slay the prog rock behemoth. Keith Emerson's virtuosity needs no puffing from me, and the live recording breathes some passion into some of the band's worthier studio efforts. 'Hoedown' makes a great opener to a live show, for instance, and the Tarkus 'suite' has an immediacy that is lacking on the studio version. Not surprisingly, some of the material loses something from the live setting - 'Toccata', for instance, is better in the spookier, darker production on 'Brain Salad Surgery'. And is there anyone out there who can really enjoy listening again and again to a 10 minute drum solo? But overall, it's a reminder of how vibrant and exciting even rock dinosaurs could sometimes be.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2014 13:15:00 GMT
I still have my triple vinyl and in the early days almost wore it out. Whilst Hoedown is a great opener I could never understand why the band felt the 'need for speed' and whip through at such a mega pace. I have to say however; that Carl Palmer's drum solo remains one of the finest I have heard, despite its length. The sheer technical brilliance on display here raises it above any other solo. It is long, showy, OTT and - what is the French for 'Piece De Resistance'. Good review though, and in its time this dinosaur was worth the effort.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2014 16:00:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Oct 2014 16:00:26 GMT
Tarkus says:
Thanks, Mr Scott. I like Hoedown on speed! I've seen Carl Palmer on his "solo" tours in recent years - his virtuosity remains and is a treat in a live show.
Clearly, ELP's music is good enough to accommodate both our perspectives.
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