Moscow

Moscow

by Keith Emerson Band
     
 

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Apparently, there is no explaining how the heavily edited DVD version of this 2008 concert actually made it out before this double CD of the entire show, but at least the CD set is out now. On Moscow, the Keith Emerson Band includes ace session guitarist, vocalist, and composer Marc Bonilla (who's…  See more details below

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Apparently, there is no explaining how the heavily edited DVD version of this 2008 concert actually made it out before this double CD of the entire show, but at least the CD set is out now. On Moscow, the Keith Emerson Band includes ace session guitarist, vocalist, and composer Marc Bonilla (who's toured before with Toy Matinee), bassist Travis Davis, and drummer Tony Pia, who, while currently a member of the Doobie Brothers, has also played with Edgar Winter and Brain Setzer. The program features numerous Emerson, Lake & Palmer nuggets (including a 35-plus-minute "Tarkus"), some brief Emerson originals (film cues from his soundtrack work), a pair of Bonilla pieces, and two co-writes between Bonilla and Emerson. There are also idiosyncratic adapted -- and sketchy -- readings of classical works by Bartók ("The Barbarian") and Tchaikovsky ("Nutrocker"). The ELP material is better than serviceable, having the luxury of both a bassist and a guitarist; Bonilla's considerable chops add depth, texture, and very different nuances to the originals. Emerson and Bonilla arranged the material together, so it's natural that the guitar is an equal foil for Emerson's still quite fiery and technical keyboard playing. That said, in a few places -- "Tarkus," the extended (nearly ten-minute) version of "Lucky Man," and "Piano Concerto" -- Bonilla's six-string pyrotechnics almost steal the show. The biggest shortcoming here is his voice, which doesn't possess any of the theatrical resonance or grandeur of Greg Lake's, even though he attempts a direct impersonation -- adding a wholly rockist vibe to the proceedings that feels forced. The sound quality is pristine, fully balanced, and shockingly warm for CD. It carries the kinetic force of a live recording with the sonics of a studio offering. Criticism aside, Emerson's still large and fanatical fan base will no doubt be delighted that the CD version is finally available for purchase.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/28/2011
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206707328
catalogNumber:
067073
Rank:
218465

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Keith Emerson Band   Primary Artist
Keith Emerson   Indexed Contributor,Keyboards
Marc Bonilla   Guitar,Vocals
Tony Pia   Drums
Terje Mikkelsen   Conductor
Travis Davis   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Marc Bonilla   Producer,Engineer,Cover Design
Keith Wechsler   Producer,Engineer,Live Recording
Arne Akselberg   Engineer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Paul Oakley   Pro-Tools
Ginastera   Composer
Bonilla   Composer
Scott Smith   Piano Engineer
Marc André Berthiaume   Band Technician

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