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Works, Vol. 1
     

Works, Vol. 1

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by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/22/2008
Label:
Shout Factory
UPC:
0826663107852
catalogNumber:
10785

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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
Keith Emerson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Greg Lake   Composer,Producer
Johann Sebastian Bach   Composer
Alex Grob   Personal Assistant
Tony Harris   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Ian Murray   Artwork,Art Direction
Carl Palmer   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Godfrey Salmon   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Peter Sinfield   Composer,Producer
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
Andy Hendriksen   Contributor
Harry South   String Arrangements
Ashley Newton   Art Direction
Derek Dressler   Reissue Producer
Jeff Palo   Producer
Kevin Rock   Artwork

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Works, Vol. 1 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Architype More than 1 year ago
The Emerson Lake and Palmer original Works album, in my opinion, is essential to understanding their part in the evolution of rock music, as well as contemporary classical. C'Est La Vie and Lend Your Love To Me Tonight are two of the best love songs ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.