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Product details

  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00064VL1C
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Piano Concerto No 1 - Keith Emerson
  2. Lend Your Love To Me Tonight - Greg Lake
  3. C'Est La Vie - Greg Lake
  4. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Greg Lake
  5. Nobody Loves You Like I Do - Greg Lake
  6. Closer To Believing - Greg Lake

Disc: 2

  1. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits - Carl Palmer
  2. L.A. Nights - Carl Palmer
  3. New Orleans - Carl Palmer
  4. Two Part Invention In D Minor - Carl Palmer
  5. Food For Your Soul - Carl Palmer
  6. Tank - Carl Palmer
  7. Fanfare For The Common Man - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  8. Pirates - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  9. Tank - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  10. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  11. Nutrocker - Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Customer Reviews

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This album is made up of 4 sections, 3 made up of seperate pieces made by each member and the 4 part tracks by the full band. Each track, on it's own, is brilliant. However listening to the whole thing is a bit strange. It's like a meal where you have all your favourite things on one plate. You may like steak, ice cream, chocolate and prawns but you don't want them all on the same plate just mixed up as one serving (or most people wouldn't anyway!).
I have this CD in my car and I tend to listen to seperate sections then change the cd rather than listen to it all in one go. However Greg Lake's song C'est La Vie is probably one of the greatest love songs ever made and, along with the mammoth version of Fanfare for the Common Man, make it worth buying the CD for those on there own. All the other tracks are an added bonus.
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On balance , this is a must-own for ELP fans but not for its entirety: there are parts that are very, very good and others that are not. I recommend ownership on the basis of the stand-out material.

I bought this album on vinyl when it was first released. My immediate impression, seeing how it was structured, was that it indicated that the band was breaking up. That may not have been their intention, but because the first three sides were presented as solo material, it looked as if they were telegraphing an intention to go their separate ways. That put a negative vibe on the album for me from the start. In fact, tensions were there and the band was to break-up after their next collaboration, Love Beach. (There was an in-fill album, Works 2, taken from these sessions that was released in between).

The four sides, to me, are like two attractive bookends with a variable collection of material in between. The first 'bookend' is Keith Emerson's piano concerto. It is enjoyable and it has improved still further with repeated performances. The first movement contains much that is pure Emerson (and some derivative sections too). The cadenza is a tad disappointing. The third movement is the strongest. It was written after his house caught fire and the anger and frustration come through, making the movement stronger for it. This recording is all very much a first outing though - the pace and the orchestral playing tend towards the cautious. But it's good, and a treat for fans of Keith Emerson. It is a serious piece which is still being performed today and it is good to see Emerson's work being adopted by other pianists.

The second side, the Greg Lake songs, contains some absolute gems. That said, for me it's too much all in one go.
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Browsing through the reviews for this CD I think I would have been put off buying this if that was all I was basing my decision on. But I knew many of the tracks when I made my choice - even if some were a shade forgotten.
It earns a 3 star rating from me as an average - but there is some pretty good stuff here too: 'Fanfare for the Common Man', plus the rousing 'Pirates' - and I'm sure that Keith's Piano Concerto 1 will grow on you too. The trouble is that those 4 star outings are let down by some of the other solo material. Worth picking up if you see it on special offer.
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I suspect some people - who state that they like ELP - who don't like this album are confused by it. It doesn't sit comfortably in the 'Prog Rock' mental pigeon hole. It's different, and sometimes people find that at best challenging, at worst frightening. Don't be scared, it won't bite!

This album is a true demonstration of the multiple skills and influences of Greg Lake, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. It clearly shows off their impressive talents; Greg Lake's delicate and yet sometimes caustic, often telling song lyrics, Keith Emerson's fearless orchestrations and sheer compositional skill, and Carl Palmer's energy, wit and enthusiasm to push percussion beyond mere backing status for other instruments. Forget what you think you know about Prog Rock and allow three very talented musicians to show you that they can sucessfully bridge many musical styles and influences. Sometimes challenging and thought provoking (witness the lyrics to "Hallowed Be Thy Name"), always engaging (I dare you not to tap you feet to "Food For Your Soul"), but above all a damn good listen!

I'm a big ELP fan, and this offering is as good as any other album, it's just different.
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G.N. Piette is right in his review. This is a superb album and an awesome achievement. I bought it when it first appeared and it sounds every bit as great now as it did then.

Keith Emerson's Piano Concerto is an excellent piece of composing. Lake's and Palmer's sides I find mixed, but both have plenty of great moments nevertheless. And the two group pieces that made up the original fourth side are as fine as anything ELP produced during their dazzling and groundbreaking career. Fanfare For The Common Man has become pretty much legendary - and Aaron Copeland himself praised what the band had done with his composition. Pirates is a superb mix of rock band and orchestra. On that technical level it's a real achivement, but as a song it's full of really strong music and very evocative and powerful lyric writing.

ELP were massive in the seventies, and from this album it's clear why that was. Their skilled blending of rock and classical reached a peak here, and they proved themselves equally masters of both genres.
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