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on 23 November 2016
Those familiar with this album will already know a) this was ELP at thier peak live B) the recording was thin and muddy sounding. Well this 2016 remaster has vastly improved the sound. The music has punch clarity and hugely better EQ. Still there are moments where you feel you are at the back of the auditorium due to the reverb particularly on Greg Lakes vocal, but this no longer is an issue as the sound is just so much clearer. Toccata sounds violently terrifying and Tarkus never sounded better. Haven't played disc two for BSS yet but wanted to let anyone know who was in two minds as to whether to get the 3rd remaster in 10 years, yes do it is far better than any previous version by a long way.
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on 11 January 2017
At last , a great remaster of this classic live album, previous versions always sounded muddy and boomy to me but this is a great sonic improvement. As for the album itself it captures ELP at their peak, recorded on the 'Someone get me a ladder' tour featuring nearly all of the then current Brain Salad Surgery album as well as a great version of Tarkus, in 27 minutes of glory ! Other highlights include a faster more uptempo Hoedown , Emerson's Piano improvisations , which show what a great pianist he was. as well as a solo section of Greg Lake and Carl Palmer , one of the few drummers who made the drum solo exciting !! A double ( triple vinyl ) album for a knockdown price makes this an essential album for ELP fans , RIP Keith Emerson and Greg Lake
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on 4 July 2017
Emerson Lake and Palmer were a match for any band at their peak; 1970 to 1974.
Their albums were creative masterpieces mixing classical, rock, jazz, folk et al.
Hated by most critics they were however one of the biggest draws live, Why ? this album answers that question, people flocked to see this event a spectacular show , which for 73/74 was ahead of its time. Some saw it as showing off , but it was simply paying back their fans for getting them to the top of the rock music tree.
Many people quite rightly talk about there fantastic musical ability and technical prowess all was possible in a studio but this was live, was it possible? .
Few other 3 piece bands could play this well together , with a selection of music from all their studio albums up to this point they show just how strong their repertoire was. When Emerson Lake and Palmer were on purpose you could hear beautiful acoustic ballads, jazz improvisations, hymns and rock. Unfortunately I was too young to see them in 73/74 and had to wait until their return to the British stage in 1992 to get an idea of what they were like, and whilst they were very good in 92 they were awesome in 73/74 when there abilities were in full flow, Tarkus, Karn Evil 9 , Take a Pebble, Jerusalem its all here and more
Remastered and sounding very impressive this cd is worth the price of 3 pints , its actually worth a whole lot more . Perhaps someday ELP will get the recognition they totally deserve, sadly something Emerson and Lake will never see RIP
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VINE VOICEon 9 September 2012
This is the best live album(s) that ELP ever issued. Blistering versions of their albums up to BSS. Impossibly fast and virtuosic ( is that a word?). It is a shame that at 3 albums they still had tracks that had to be left out. At the time the public wouldn't have stood for a 4 vinyl album set ( so the story goes), it was expensive enough as it was, a shame as I couldn't get enough of ELP at the time.
Apparently they felt that another version of Pictures would have been a step too far. I for one would love to have Pictures, Rondo and nutrocker added, The overall length is not too long to add these tracks and still be a 3 disc set.
The only minus is the slightly below par sound, not that bad, so dont' be put off, when I say below par, I mean not super top notch, just a little flat. But again, why in these days of 80 minute cds, can't the whole set list be reproduced????

As a record of ELP at their finest, this is a must, must buy incredible artifact

Post script. The latest version 2016, still has naff sound, not terrible, but especially the second side has some thin recordings, must be the original tapes
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on 18 August 2017
Great job done here with the re-mastering. Cleaner, broader sound. A worthy purchase!
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on 31 October 2017
I had this cd on vinyl.Now I can hear it again Thanks
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on 22 May 2012
Mind blowing live album for all rock enthusiasts and especially those who like 70's ELP - such a good buy....
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on 9 December 2016
Lovely to have this on Vinyl again - you forget what a live event they were!
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on 12 June 2012
Downloaded MP3 within couple of minutes have this album on vinyl but got damaged through much playing over the years brilliant prog rock album very good quality sounding MP3
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on 4 February 2013
Eeeee... tecks me beck! ELP demonstrating their superb musicianship live. Fond memories of this album. Not heard it since I shifted all my vinyl 15 years ago.
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