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Love Beach Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (21 May 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033P6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. All I Want Is You
  2. Love Beach
  3. Taste Of My Love
  4. The Gambler
  5. For You
  6. Canario
  7. Prologue/Education Of A Gentleman/Love At First Sight/Letters From The Front/Honourable Company...

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For Emerson Lake and Palmer, music fell somewhere between fine art and contact sport. They were always at their best when Emerson was ripping notes from his keyboards. Palmer was a ferociously athletic percussionist at home with playing the melody at breakneck speed whilst Lake underpinned it all with intricate bass lines and a powerful voice.

Love Beach of course has none of the above and is a hopeless collection of radio friendly pap. Sure some of the music is flowery and intricate and sounds quite nice, but `quite nice' and `rock music' is an oxymoron. For ELP, the music was always more important than the lyrics, and here we have some of the weakest lyrics I've ever heard. `You and me by the deep blue sea' - please. `When I finally walked from Sandhurst I learned to put my fellow man first' - for goodness sake. These are the lyrics of a ten year old.

This album was clearly made to fulfil some contractual obligations that the band had. If what doesn't kill you makes you stronger then ELP should have conquered the world; that they ever came back from this is a credit to them. Were they stronger - no.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Not THAT Bad An Album! 21 Oct. 2001
By Alan Caylow - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If ever there was a rock album that had tomatoes thrown at it, both of the verbal AND of the real kind, it's "Love Beach" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Okay, so the band only recorded this album as a contractual obligation. Okay, so the band's "Oooh, What Studly Men We Are" cover photo is a riot. Okay, so the suggestive lyrics to "Taste Of My Love" are pretty vile. Okay, so Greg Lake booming "I'm gonna make love to ya!" over and over again at the end of the title track gives one pause. But OTHER than that stuff, this is a very good ELP record. "All I Want Is You" is a very-pleasant opening number. "For You" is a great song---it might have even been a strong hit single for the band. "The Gambler" is a tasty slice of blues/pop. "Canario" is a fine instrumental ELP workout. And don't tell me that the sidelong-epic "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman" isn't powerful, classic ELP, 'cause it most certainly is. This beautiful suite alone is worth the price of admission. What a shame that Keith, Greg, & Carl never played this buried treasure live...."Love Beach" will always be considered a "throwaway" album. Noted. But despite it's flaws, there is absolutely, positively some excellent ELP material on "Love Beach." It isn't their masterpiece, but it certainly isn't a total washout either. So please ignore the album cover and just enjoy the album's musical gems (and there ARE gems). 3 stars. Uncle Alan says check it out. :-)
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not that bad. 27 May 2004
By Eddie Konczal - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Yes, the cover is cheesy. Yes, the title sucks. Yes, "Love Beach" is a blatant attempt at commercial pop, and it sticks out like a sore thumb in ELP's progressive-rock-meets-classical-music discography.
But I have news for everyone: "Love Beach" actually has good songs on it! Actually, over half of the record's running time contains solid material. It's no "Tarkus" or "Brain Salad Surgery," but it merits a place in any ELP fan's collection.
"All I Want Is You" and "Love Beach" are well-crafted, catchy, up-tempo pop songs - a welcome change of pace from balladeers Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield. "For You," despite its lounge music vibe, sports a cool intro and some nice dynamics. "Canario" is a turbo-charged rendering of Rodrigo's guitar composition in the tradition of ELP's Copland adaptation "Hoedown." "The Gambler" and "Taste of My Love" are admittedly filler, perhaps the only truly bad songs on the record.
"Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman," the twenty-minute epic that spans the erstwhile "side two," is a mixed bag. The lyrics, which describe the story of a World War II soldier, achieve a simplistic yet noble pathos of the "England Expects" variety. The instrumentation is perhaps a bit pedestrian to justify the running time, although the coda "Honourable Company" finds both Emerson and Palmer in majestic form.
"Love Beach" was an easy target for critics who claimed that progressive rock had "jumped the shark" by 1978. But it's far better than its reputation indicates. If you're a diehard ELP fan, give it a chance.
30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugly as its cover suggests 9 Sept. 1999
By Laon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the nadir. Awful pop songs by Greg Lake - I mean, honestly, he sounds like Neil Diamond! - and oddly uninteresting, unenergetic keyboards from Keith Emerson, that seem to take us back to the "Nice". The embarrassing Greg Lake songs provide the album's one highlight. One of the songs is a piece of "I'm a stud, me" sexual boasting, and includes the line, "Climb on my rocket and we'll ride..." And Emerson comes in with the "horn" button on his tinny-synth, and makes a sort of "A-ROOT! A-ROOT!" noise... Laugh! I nearly.
For completists only. The least bad track is "Canario", and parts of "Memoirs of an officer and gentleman" almost work, though most of it doesn't. I own this, because I'm an ELP nut, but even I never actually play it. There's nothing on it that needs hearing.
I call this the worst ELP album because I don't believe the reformed lot who did "Black Moon" and "Hot Seat" are ELP at all. What's worse, because I'm a huge fan of Greg Lake, and generally think that his solo songs and collaborations with Emerson are the best stuff on the early albums, the person most at fault for the horror that is "Love Beach" seems to be Lake. He wrote the MOR songs, he - along with Pete Sinfield - wrote the dreadful and sometimes sadly sexist lyrics, and he did the awful hammy singing. I don't know what had happened to Greg Lake at this period, but whatever it was, it was a bloody tragedy.
The only reason for owning this album is that you are the kind of loony who must own everything ELP ever did. If you're simply interested in ELP, please avoid this album. You won't enjoy it, because it's awful, and as an ELP fan myself, I'd rather not too many people knew about this one.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a "different" ELP album 21 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I had heard and read some really nasty stuff about Love Beach. Becoming a fan of ELP in the 80's I wasn't around for those early years and I think I can be a little more objective. I only heard the complete album a few years ago and I can be a bit forgiving about this atypical ELP album.
Love Beach is definately light years away from Tarkus and Brain Salad Surgery but it's still a listenable album for me. the album cover photo does scream out BEE GEES! but I guess that's understandable considering it's 1978 release and recording the album in the Bahamas. The album title is poorly chosen as well. "Canario" might have worked better.
My musical tastes are pretty diverse and I do like pop songs and they do a great job on most of them..Love Beach, The Gambler and For You are pretty good all considering. A Taste Of My Love is rather laughable with it's sexual innuendos.
Canario is a terrific and spirited instrumental and Memoirs Of An Officer And Gentleman is quite good. The band's playing itself is strong and powerful but the material itself is lightweight compared to their epic albums of past. Greg Lake still sings with passion and Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer's playing is still exciting albeit in more concise fashon.
This album was recorded mainly to fulfill their contract with Atlantic and the longtime diehard fans dismiss it. It's certainly not a essential ELP album, but it does show the band in a different light at a time where the musical landscape had changed drastically in the 1970's
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I always liked this record... 29 Dec. 2008
By Greg - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Of all the ELP records I had on vinyl back in the day (and I had them all save Works II and In Concert), this is the only one I've cared to buy on CD, much less listen to in 2008.


1) The band play exceptionally well;
2) the songs are well-written, concise and accessible;
3) this has the most modern, coherent "sound" of any of their 70s albums, at least to my ears;
4) Greg Lake's vocals sound fresh and clear, like they were recorded yesterday...

Also, I just dig side II and Pete Sinfield's lyrics as well.

Even when they were supposedly "phoning it in", they produced a record 80% of bands wish they could produce with maximum effort.
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