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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Though no one talked about it at the time of its release, this album reflected a growing split within the group. Originally, the trio's members, tired of sublimating their musical identities within the context of ELP, each intended to do a solo album of his own. Reason prevailed, however, probably aided by the group's awareness that the combined sales of the solo albums issued by the five members of Yes the previous year were a fraction of the sales of Yes' most recent records. The result was this double LP; essentially three solo sides and one group side, it is the most complex and demanding of the group's albums. Keith Emerson's "Piano Concerto" is on the level of a good ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Though no one talked about it at the time of its release, this album reflected a growing split within the group. Originally, the trio's members, tired of sublimating their musical identities within the context of ELP, each intended to do a solo album of his own. Reason prevailed, however, probably aided by the group's awareness that the combined sales of the solo albums issued by the five members of Yes the previous year were a fraction of the sales of Yes' most recent records. The result was this double LP; essentially three solo sides and one group side, it is the most complex and demanding of the group's albums. Keith Emerson's "Piano Concerto" is on the level of a good music-student piece, without much original language. Where Emerson, in conjunction with his conductor and co-orchestrator, John Mayer, succeeds admirably is in writing beautiful virtuoso passages for the piano. Greg Lake's romantic songs mark the final flowering of his work in this vein -- and perhaps its going to seed, since "C'est la Vie," the featured single, says little that "Still...You Turn Me On," from their previous album, didn't say better and shorter. Carl Palmer's side is the most accessible of the three solo sides for casual rock listeners, rocking hard on the classical adaptations and featuring Joe Walsh on lead guitar for one song. The group's two tracks, "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Pirates," cover a lot of old ground, albeit in ornate and stylish fashion. Having used Copland's "Hoedown" as a concert showstopper for four years, the trio takes "Fanfare" to new heights of indulgence, and it actually works, up to a point -- like CCR's extended version of "Heard It Through the Grapevine," this is just a little too much of a good thing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2008
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • EAN: 4988002555703
  • Catalog Number: 64569/70

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Piano Concerto No. 1, First Movement: Allegro Giojoso - Keith Emerson (9:18)
  2. 2 Piano Concerto No. 1, 2nd Movement: Andante Molto Cantabile - Keith Emerson (2:09)
  3. 3 Piano Concerto No. 1, Third Movement: Toccata con Fuoco - Keith Emerson (6:50)
  4. 4 Lend Your Love to Me Tonight - Greg Lake (4:00)
  5. 5 C'est la Vie - Greg Lake (4:17)
  6. 6 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Greg Lake (4:35)
  7. 7 Nobody Loves You Like I Do - Greg Lake (3:56)
  8. 8 Closer to Believing - Greg Lake (5:34)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits - Carl Palmer (3:16)
  2. 2 L.A. Nights - Carl Palmer (5:42)
  3. 3 New Orleans - Carl Palmer (2:45)
  4. 4 Two-Part Invention in D Minor - Carl Palmer (1:53)
  5. 5 Food for Your Soul - Carl Palmer (3:58)
  6. 6 Tank - Carl Palmer (5:09)
  7. 7 Fanfare for the Common Man (9:38)
  8. 8 Pirates (13:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Primary Artist
Joe Walsh Guitar, Vocals, scat
Keith Emerson Piano, Keyboards, Track Performer
Greg Lake Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
James Blades Percussion, Marimbas
London Philharmonic Orchestra Track Performer
John Mayer Conductor, fender rhodes
Carl Palmer Drums, Xylophone, Timpani, Vibes, Track Performer
Godfrey Salmon Conductor, Choir Conductor
Paris National Opera Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Technical Credits
Aaron Copland Composer
Sergey Prokofiev Composer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer Arranger
London Symphony Orchestra Contributor
Keith Emerson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Greg Lake Composer, Producer, Contributor
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Alex Grob Personal Assistant
Tony Harris Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Ian Murray Artwork, Art Direction
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
Carl Palmer Arranger, Composer, Producer
Godfrey Salmon Arranger, Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Sinfield Composer, Producer
John Luard Timperley Engineer, Contributor
Andy Hendriksen Contributor
Andy Hendrikson Contributor
Harry South String Arrangements
Ashley Newton Art Direction
Derek Dressler Reissue Producer
Jeff Palo Producer
Andy Pearce Remastering
Kevin Rock Artwork
Paris National Opera Orchestra Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    hollywood prog

    after hearing it for the first time, i was speechless. i loved the classical side and the romantic sides of greg and the piano man himself. to me that first disc is soft. the second disc is more hard rocking kinda stuff. carl palmer and his drum orchestra is like crazyness. the group side is more bombastic than any of the sides that they do. fanfare is a staple at concerts and pirates is so hollywoodish it is not even funny. very beautiful stuff.

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