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Emerson Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery (DVD Audio)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)


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  • DVD Audio (November 7, 2000)
  • Please Note: This is a DVD-Audio disc which is playable on most DVD players as well as all DVD-Audio players. Click here for additional information regarding compatibility.
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B0000507R0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,964 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not cheap, but worth the investment November 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is basically the ultimate version of Brain Salad Surgery, and while I probably wouldn't suggest this as a first-time purchase for any newbie to the works of ELP, it's nice for the dedicated fan. Here, you have the album in 3 forms--the original, remastered, on CD #1, which is the same remaster, as other reviewers have noted, as the one initially made for the now-defunct Victory Music label in 1993, the first time the ELP catalogue was properly remastered away from the first CD run with Atlantic (and I have memories of the CD version of The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer--a mix so low you had to crank the volume to 11 just to hear anything, which made "Still...You Turn Me On" sound as if the mics were placed near the back of a medium-large auditorium and the band recorded in that position).

On CD #2, you have the outtakes--the first attempt at "When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind, I'll Be Your Valentine" (which didn't see official release until Works, Vol. 2, in late 1977) and the completely unreleased-until-now title cut, "Brain Salad Surgery," which has elements of all the tracks that did appear on the album (save perhaps "Benny the Bouncer"). In addition, first mixes of "Toccata" and "Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression," and new stereo mixes of all the tracks, plus an excerpt from the New Musical Express interview flexidisc of the time. Worthy additions all, for the completist fan.

And CD #3? A hybrid SACD of the album; this is the 5.1 Surround Sound mix used on Rhino's DVD-A release of 1999 (Rhino R9-75980), but it is improved notably.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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In my mind (and to my ears) this is the best remaster of the best album in the ELP catalog. There is no clipping during Tocatta and the music sounds rich, full and crystal clear. What a nice change from the dreadful 2007 Shout remaster which is so compressed it may well damage your home speakers. As another reviewer pointed out, "drums don't ever sound like that." This version is a little louder than the 1993 Victory remaster but a smidge less bright, though this point is very subjective. (You may find them equally bright or this one slightly brighter). A little more lush than the 1996 Rhino remaster, though that is a very solid remaster as well with a great booklet.

This edition contains a seven-page booklet with new sleevenotes but it's no big deal, certainly not as substantial as Shout's 24-page booklet. Shout got everything right with the packaging (with the exception of cropping the album cover too tight) but missed terribly on the remastered sound. Sony gets the remastered music right but goes the economy route on the packaging.

Sony recently purchased the band's back catalogue from Universal (footnote: Classic Rock presents Prog, issue 15, page 108) so everything has been remastered and repackaged on the Sony UK/Legacy label (including this release). According to that same article, Sony may release Tarkus & Pictures at an Exhibition on their Legacy label which will come with new 5.1 remixes, extensive sleevenotes and bonus materials. If that materializes, I've got to believe they would go all out as well, even more so, for Brain Salad Surgery. We'll have to wait and see.

The only other remaster of this title I might recommend is the 2004 edition on the Sanctuary UK label which I'm betting is very similar to this in terms of sound quality.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not going to talk about whether I like ELP or their music or this album other than I really liked this LP as a kid and was happy to bump into a "Re-Mastered" CD version of it.

However, I have to say that the sound is about the worst re-mastered CD I've heard to date. Most noticable on my system is that the precussion parts have been severely obliterated - the cymbals are mostly missing and when noticable sound unreal - not at all like the LP - and most of the rest of the drum kit is noticably muted. Levels are inconsistent within single tracks and from track to track. Karn-evil 9 part 1 seems to have grossly filtered, muted, and muffled. The other reviewer's comment about low pass filtering seems accurate. This CD seems to have lost much of the realism and clarity of the LP.

What a disappointment.

Update 2013:
So looks like Amazon is rolling all the reviews for all the versions of this CD together. I'll have to qualify my comment that my 1 star rating was against the 2007 reissue from Shout Factory.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brain Salad Surgery...Missed Again to Hit the Mark November 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Brain Salad Surgery, ELP's 1973 crowning achievement. There is a lot to like about this record. The music of course, which was highly innovative for that era. The interesting and thought provoking cover art. Even the title of the album was innovative. In the short span of four years and five albums, Emerson Lake and Palmer truly pushed the envelope of early progressive classical/rock fusion to another level. In fact they took it right to the top of mainstream music on both sides of the Atlantic.

As much as I've enjoyed the other Shout! Factory re-issues, I have to agree with some of the other reviewers and say this time, they fumbled the ball. The games not a total loss, there are some high-lights. I commend the fact that Shout tried to recreate the original style opening cover art. But why on earth did they crop the artwork so bad? (see my thumbnail photo). That is the actual view on the front cover. P. Jackson's photo gives a good example of how it is designed to open, but does not show the mis-alignment of the outer cover with the inner photo. The inner circle is supposed to lay exactly over the photo beneath it. Notice how high up the skull's eye sockets are? They don't match the woman's face underneath. Also, see the letters ELP at the bottom. They are virtually cut in half! This is how badly the cover is cropped. I have an original album, and this is not how it's supposed to be. The inclusion of a replica of the original poster is nice. But, again, the cover art is cropped and it's not printed on all sides as was the original poster. The booklet is great. Interesting liner notes and good photos of the band on stage from that era.

Now let's get to the most important part: the Sound of the Music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars old school metal
I bought this cd for a friend of my parents birthday , its awesome , every time our friend comes over to his house he plays it good and loud , who'd of thought 3 people could make... Read more
Published 1 month ago by jennetta d allen
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP classic
The best of their many recordings, Brain Salad Surgery on disk does not disappoint. Thank you Keith, Greg and Carl.
Published 2 months ago by David J. Otterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album from ELP.
Some essence of classical composition, jazz fusion, and widely experimental rock combine to make this album a must have for any ELP fan.
Published 3 months ago by David Lavallee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brain Salad Surgury
This is when ELP were at their peak. There is not a bad song on the whole album. Standout track is Karn Evil #9. Another classic piece of progressive rock for any collection.
Published 4 months ago by buddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad manufacturer.
This is review of LP, not album . LP that I received had a lot of clicks. One track had scratches. I did replace it with another one. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Seva
5.0 out of 5 stars Best LP by ELP
If you didn't buy this a long time ago, buy it now. This is a timeless classic; the artwork by H.R. Giger is icing on the cake.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Always one of my favorites
I have loved this one for a long time. It came early and in great shape. The jacket was very good condition
Published 7 months ago by jim kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars A new copy to replace the old....
Classic ELP - some of their best work in my humble opinion.
Found reasonable priced and shipped free on Amazon.
Great sound quality.
Great band and performers. Read more
Published 8 months ago by phunyfarm
5.0 out of 5 stars Rare version of Brain Salad Surgery
There was a mistake made when Sanctury brought out the remastered version of Brain Salad Surgery catalog number CMRCD201. They pulled the wrong master tapes. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kim saign
5.0 out of 5 stars Added tracks
great quality audio,added tracks on the cd makes this the one to buy.the sound is better than earlier cds clear sound
Published 9 months ago by tdz
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