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A Great Album...
on 15 August 2006
I could never get on with "Tarkus". It just sounds rushed to me. This one, on the other hand, seems to get the recipe just right. It continues the complexity (and dexterity) of the first two albums, but presents the music with a little more consideration and subtlety in my opinion. The whole thing has stood the test of time too, despite being very much OF its time, if you see what I mean.
The recording and production is superb for the era too, as is the CD mastering, only needing a decent quality HiFi system to do it full justice.
Much as I like and respect ELP's other albums (except "Love Beach"), THIS is the one I return to every so often and really enjoy.
If all you have is the dire sounding mid seventies "Manticore" LP, you'll have the shock of your life playing the CD for the first time. If you have an original UK "Island" cut, you'll be delighted that the quality and subtlety has been retained, enhanced even, with much cleaner bass notes, and little or no tape hiss to get in the way...