Five Bridges Suite

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Five Bridges is a delectable representation of early-'70s progressive rock. Its makeup contains all of the elements needed to complete a solid prog album: a heavy intermingling of synthesizer and electric guitar, strong punctuation of both bass and drums, a central concept, and the fusing of rock and classical music, which in this case employs the Sinfonia of London. The eight tracks, centered around Newcastle's urban structure and life in a blue collar society, are as colorful as they are intricate. "Intermezzo" from Sibelius' "Karelia Suite," and Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" are marvelous examples of classical and rock commingling, with the spotlight focused on Keith Emerson's keyboard virtuosity. The second movement ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Five Bridges is a delectable representation of early-'70s progressive rock. Its makeup contains all of the elements needed to complete a solid prog album: a heavy intermingling of synthesizer and electric guitar, strong punctuation of both bass and drums, a central concept, and the fusing of rock and classical music, which in this case employs the Sinfonia of London. The eight tracks, centered around Newcastle's urban structure and life in a blue collar society, are as colorful as they are intricate. "Intermezzo" from Sibelius' "Karelia Suite," and Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" are marvelous examples of classical and rock commingling, with the spotlight focused on Keith Emerson's keyboard virtuosity. The second movement from "Fantasia" is a sparkling model of improvisational use containing various rock & roll rhythms and time structures, while the third track entitled "High Level Fugue 4th Bridge," was inspired by Guida's "Prelude and Fugue" and incorporates assorted jazz techniques and boogie-woogie styles into a classical recipe. "Country Pie/Brandenburg Concerto, No. 6" unites Dylan with Bach for a most extraordinary illustration of instrumental creativity. Each example of genre merging is pristine and fluid, making the actual overlapping of multiple styles completely transparent. Five Bridges may rank just a tad below The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack or Ars Longa Vita Brevis on the patience scale, but it does demonstrate how Emerson's work with ELP came into fruition. ~ Mike DaGagne
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/11/2009
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • EAN: 5099969313929
  • Catalog Number: 6931392
  • Sales rank: 72,075

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Nice Primary Artist
Joe Harriott Horn
Kenny Wheeler Horn
Alan Skidmore Horn
Brian Davison Drums
Keith Emerson Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Chris Pine Horn
Sinfonia of London Orchestra Performing Ensemble
John Warren Horn
Joseph Eger Conductor
Lee Jackson Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
The Sinfonia of London Performing Ensemble
Peter King Horn
Technical Credits
The Nice Producer
Keith Emerson Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Orchestration, Score
Lee Jackson Composer, Lyricist
Bob Auger Engineer
Eddie Kramer Engineer
Joseph Eger Orchestration
Dave Turner Mastering, Recompilation
Bernstein Composer
Eric Hayes Inside Photo
Harris Greenfield Mastering, Recompilation
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