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2.2 out of 5 stars

on 8 October 2013
First off: All the negative reviews that appear here aren't related to the music that's here. They are related to the fact that this was misleadingly marketed as the soundtrack to the reformed ELP's shows at the High Voltage festival. It's not. It's just a compilation of old studio material.

OK, now you know.

What do you get?

You get

1) Side one of Tarkus in its entirety. (This is the 20+ minute progressive suite that stands proudly as one of the best extended pieces of the genre).
2) You get the entirety of the live Pictures at an Exhibition album.
3) You get about 1/2 of their debut album, including the best tracks, and including the 12+ minute extended opus from that album, Take a Pebble.
4) You get one of the two group showpieces from the Works Vol 1 album, Fanfare for the Common Man
5) You get the minor late-era hit Touch and Go

That's it. And taken just in terms of music, that's a pretty good list. Strangely, you get absolutely nothing from their biggest album, Brain Salad Surgery. But side one of Tarkus and all of Pictures, plus the three tracks from the debut album constitute something of a generous best-of of the first three albums. Combine this with a cheap copy of Brain Salad Surgery and you'll have a pretty good cheap starter collection--although you'll have nothing from the worthy Trilogy.
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on 4 August 2010
What a disgrace this is that these record companies can churn out previously released stuff and disguise it to look like a New Live Album, and most of it isn't even live. There should be a law against this sort of fan exploitation. Come on Keith, Greg and Carl you are great guys and made loads of fans so very happy, but how can you allow this to happen?
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on 27 July 2010
Just to make clear that this CD set has nothing to do with the High Voltage festival that ELP performed at this weekend. These CD tracks are taken from the standard ELP albums.
Good value if you have no ELP albums.
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VINE VOICEon 2 August 2010
Emerson, Lake & Palmer were always an utterly mad band, albeit an utterly great one. And this compilation album is also mad and great. You see, Emerson, Lake & Palmer recently got back together (again) to play the High Voltage festival in London. So you'd think from the title and tracklist, that this was a recording of their set. Except it's not. No, instead it's a 2CD collection based on the set list performed at that 40th anniversary show. Cheeky, no? And sure to annoy many an ELP fan.

It will certainly confuse people, but that doesn't take away from the magnificent lunacy on display here. The first CD takes in "Tarkus" and "Pictures At An Exhibition". And by takes in, I mean Side 1 of the "Tarkus" album and the whole of "Pictures...". With 'Nutrocker'. Well, I did say it was a peculiar compilation. And that takes care of 1971, dealing nicely "reverse evolution" and and an interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky's work of the same name. Hey, it was the seventies!

Over on Disc 2, there is a brief foray into the eighties with the Palmerless 'Touch & Go' from when ELP stood for Emerson, Lake & (Cozy) Powell. It's a great tune, but then it's right back into the seventies for more symphonic rock majesty. 'The Barbarian' is one of three tunes from their 1970 debut, alongside 'Lucky Man' and 'Take A Pebble'. Which just leaves 'Fanfare For The Common Man' from "Works Vol 1" to round up the rest of their output.

It's a bizarre notion for a record, being neither souvenir nor best of, but I absolutely loved it. It makes no sense, but then the neo-classical heavy rock of Emerson, Lake & Palmer never made sense either. However, sometimes you need a little crazy in your life, and this is a stonkingly good, bargain priced, way to go about it, if you've never dipped into their world. Long time fans, however, will be taking extreme umbrage.
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on 12 August 2010
I admit that I got sucked in by this. I had gone to High Voltage but didn't have the cash on me to get the 'as live' CDs being sold after the gig. When I saw this, I thought they had rushed it out. No, they hadn't. I should have known as 'Nutrocker' was on the tracklisting and they didn't play that on the night! All this has done is replace some of the vinyl. It was brilliant to see ELP live - I really thought it unlikely to see them again and their set was superb - I loved every second of it. My only gripe is that Keith didn't go mad enough on the old Moog synth... compensated for at least by another listen of 'Pictures at an Exhibition' on this CD.
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on 19 July 2010
"this two CD collection brings together all those works and pieces that made ELP the legends they are today"...err, no it doesn't.
If they had only released five albums that might be the case. It's another embarassing release full of regurgitated stuff we've heard a million times before.
And I'm what they used to call a fan.
There are enough opportunities for people to Troll/insult ELP fans/product as it is, without their record company joining in. On the heels of the recent, pathetic "legacy" re-issues, this is ridiculous.
Either find worthwhile, archive material or come up with new product. Otherwise, please stop.
Who is this exactly meant to cater to? For newbies, there are glaring omissions, for fans there is NOTHING new.
I'm sure Brucie will have a field day.....
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on 20 September 2010
Instead of that you can understand from the title, this is not a recording of the High Voltage Festival performance, but the same setlist of it, compiled from the standard albums of the band.

This will lead you to a wrong buying.
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