From The Beginning Box set
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From the Beginning: The Best of ELP - Emerson, ... [CD]
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To be clear, I am reviewing the UK 2012 reissue.
The 60-page booklet is nicely done and has colour photos, quotes from band members, discography and detailed track listing.
The selection of tracks is generous; these are long CDs of well over an hour each. After a representative track each from the pre-ELP bands Atomic Rooster and The Nice (the great Karelia Suite), you get most of the first album, Tarkus, Trilogy, and Brain Salad Surgery; except that some of the tracks are contemporary live versions - The Barbarian, Knife Edge, Hoedown - and some are single versions or early mixes: From the Beginning, Jerusalem, Still you turn me on. Jeremy Bender/The Sheriff is the Welcome Back my Friends live version.
There are also some non-album tracks, including A Time and a Place, Oh, My Father, and When the Apple Blossoms.Read more ›
Not THIS time ! Prepare to turn up the hi-fi and be blown away by the sheer power and pristine quality of this multitrack recording. Honestly, by the time `Tarkus' is in full flow (and WHAT a version) with it's astonishing Hammond runs and truly earth-shattering Moog assaults you may be moved to exclaim "it's the end of the world!" as Mr Moog himself was heard to say when he first witnessed the beast he had unleashed on Keith Emerson.
The set also peppers several other hitherto unheard recordings throughout the chronologically laid out first four discs, the Lyceum recordings of 1970 sounding especially fantastic. There's a previously unheard title "Oh My Father" which turns out to be a perfectly acceptable Greg Lake ballad tribute to his late father. One can see why the subject matter kept it off the Tarkus LP, but it's nice to hear it here. There is a killer live version of Hoedown from 1973, but the studio recordings advertised as `previously unreleased' are merely alternative mixes of already familiar material, and nothing to get too excited about.Read more ›
But I cannot read the enlarged pic from the back on the box on here.
This may be old age etc etc.
So here is the track listing for those similar to me in years and eyesight.
It's not a review but this is the only way I can get it published on Amazon.
A point of note I cannot see any sign of the pre ELP tracks that one fellow reviewer mentions.
T Anderson and Tim have told me that
Decline And Fall" is Atomic Rooster
"Fantasia: Intermezzo Karelia Suite" is The Nice.
and Rondo is by the Nice.
Hope this helps.
1.Decline And Fall
2.Fantasia: Intermezzo Karelia Suite
5.Take A Pebble
3.A Time And A Place
4.Oh, My Father
5.The Endless Enigma (Part One)
7.The Endless Enigma (Part Two)
8.From The Beginning
13.Still... You Turn Me On
14.When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine
1.Karn Evil 9
2.Jeremy Bender / The Sheriff
3.C'est La Vie
4.I Believe In Father Christmas
5.The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits
6.Piano Concerto No 1
1.Aaron Copland Interview - 1977
2.Fanfare For The Common Man
3.Honky Tonk Train Blues
4.Tiger In A Spotlight
5.Watching Over You
6.Introductory Fanfare / Peter Gunn
8.Read more ›
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