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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Works, Volumes 1 & 2

Works Volumes 1 & 2

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Shout Factory Records - 826663 10785 (Works Vol 1)
Shout Factory Records - 626663 10788 (Works Vol 2)

Available from Shout Factory Records online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mike Jurkovic

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Wow! How quickly (or justifiably or deservedly) we forget how pent up with big ideas these guys were. Yes, Emerson's Piano Concert No. 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra is here, sounding in all its self indulgence like a James Bond soundtrack. Lake had a great voice, a spectacular sense of reverb and could conjure a pretty melody, but his and co-writer Pete Sinfield's lyrics were so heavily self-inflated with meaning even Atlas would need a holiday after carrying these tunes from room to room. Palmer is so blatantly redundant LA Nights could be a techno McCartney track for all the world knows, or cares. Their take on Aaron Copeland's Fanfare For The Common Man despite its percolating moments, still wipes away any semblance of the band that created those early great records, namely the first ELP, Tarkus, and Brain Salad Surgery.

If Works, Volume 1 isn't enough to send you running back to the Bay City Rollers, Volume 2—a collection of outtakes and assorted singles—will definitely set your feet a flying away from the stereo. Save for I Believe In Father Christmas, V2 is an Excedrin headache par excellence. Hard to think many of us took these guys seriously back in the old 'Prog' days. It's even harder to fathom that some still do.

Track List:

Works Volume 1Works Volume 2
  • Piano Concerto, No. 1
  • Lend Your Love To Me Tonight
  • C'est La Vie
  • Hallowed Be Thy Bane
  • Nobody Loves You Like I Do
  • Closer To Believing
  • The Enemy Gods Dances With The Black Spirits
  • LA Nights
  • New Orleans
  • Tow Part Invention in D Minor
  • Food For Your Soul
  • Tank
  • Fanfare For The Common Man
  • Pirates
  • Tiger in A Spotlight
  • When The Apple Blossoms Bloom . . .
  • Bullforg
  • Brain Salad Surgery
  • Barrelhouse Shake-Down
  • Watching Over You
  • So Far To Fall
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • I Believe in Father Christmas
  • Close But Not Touching
  • Honky Tonk Train Blues
  • Show Me The Way To Go Home

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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