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Early attempt to fuse orchestra and pop
on 24 August 2009
An odd mix of orchestra and pop that never quite works, but is worth listening to nevertheless. Orchestral flourishes give way to Emerson's frantic keyboard playing backed by the able rythmn section that then merge back into snippets of classical music or experimentation. There are interludes in which Emerson experiments with noise and droning (Mainly on Intermezzo: Karelia Suite, which then turns into an Emerson solo very remiscent of what was to come with ELP.).
A bold experiment, and way ahead of its time - will most definitely appeal to fans of Emerson, but casual listeners may be baffled by the disjoint mix of orchesta and Nice.