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  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0058X67OM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Decline And Fall - Atomic Rooster
  2. Fantasia: Intermezzo Karelia Suite - The Nice
  3. Lucky Man
  4. Tank
  5. Take a Pebble
  6. The Barbarian
  7. Knife-Edge
  8. Rondo

Disc: 2

  1. Tarkus
  2. Bitches Crystal
  3. A Time And A Place
  4. Oh, My Father
  5. The Endless Enigma, Pt. One
  6. Fugue
  7. The Endless Enigma, Pt. Two
  8. From the Beginning
  9. Trilogy
  10. Abaddon's Bolero
  11. Hoedown
  12. Jerusalem
  13. Still... You Turn Me On
  14. When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine

Disc: 3

  1. Karn Evil 9
  2. Jeremy Bender / The Sheriff
  3. C'est La Vie - Greg Lake
  4. I Believe in Father Christmas - Greg Lake
  5. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits - Carl Palmer
  6. Piano Concerto No 1 - Keith Emerson
  7. Pirates

Disc: 4

  1. Aaron Copland Interview - 1977 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Aaron Copland
  2. Fanfare for the Common Man
  3. Honky Tonk Train Blues - Keith Emerson
  4. Tiger In A Spotlight
  5. Watching Over You - Greg Lake
  6. Introductory Fanfare / Peter Gunn
  7. Canario
  8. Desde La Vida - Three
  9. Black Moon
  10. Footprints In The Snow
  11. Romeo And Juliet
  12. Man In The Long Black Coat
  13. Daddy
  14. Hang On To A Dream
  15. Touch And Go

Disc: 5

  1. Hoedown
  2. Tarkus
  3. Take a Pebble
  4. Lucky Man
  5. Piano Improvisation / Take A Pebble (Conclusion)
  6. Pictures At An Exhibition
  7. Rondo

Product Description

From the Beginning: The Best of ELP - Emerson, ... [CD]

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Format: Audio CD
This is a reissue of a 5 CD ELP box set but without the DVD that came with the original. To add to the confusion, Amazon currently have reviews here that refer to the edition with the DVD. It is no big deal though; you still get a great value package with four CDs combining the best of ELP with some rare tracks, and a live CD recorded at the Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico, 4th January 1972. "The performance is strong mainly because we just wanted to play and get back to the hotel as the weather turned cold and wet and the site was horrendous," says Carl Palmer in the accompanying booklet; but for whatever reason, it is indeed a strong performance. It is also the same as the single CD which is currently listed for almost the same price as this set, so buy this one instead!

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.
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ELP get the full boxed set treatment they deserve, thanks to some real effort by Sanctuary to pull out all the stops in the wake of a bevy of less than essential compilations. Immaculately researched and compiled, this serves as a comprehensive resume whilst revealing a hitherto unheard jewel in the crown for the diehards, namely the complete set from the Mar-Y-Sol Festival 1972. It is around this 80 minute blast of ELP at their peak that many potential purchaser's decision will hinge. So often a newly excavated tape as `incentive to buy' turns out to be barely better than bootleg standard.

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.
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By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Read the great reviews of this box set and as a fan I have most of the CDs so I wanted to know what tracks are (and for that matter) are not on the Set.

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.
Post Script
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.

Disc 1
1.Decline And Fall
2.Fantasia: Intermezzo Karelia Suite
3.Lucky Man
4.Tank
5.Take A Pebble
6.The Barbarian
7.Knife-Edge
8.Rondo

Disc 2
1.Tarkus
2.Bitches Crystal
3.A Time And A Place
4.Oh, My Father
5.The Endless Enigma (Part One)
6.Fugue
7.The Endless Enigma (Part Two)
8.From The Beginning
9.Trilogy
10.Abaddon's Bolero
11.Hoedown
12.Jerusalem
13.Still... You Turn Me On
14.When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine

Disc 3
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
7.Pirates

Disc 4
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
7.Canario
8.
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