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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001FJR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,506 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A truly uplifting piece of music.
Kim Fletcher
And Powell does a great job, along with the great vocals from Greg Lake and the untouchable keyboards of Keith Emerson.
James C. Lindsay
The Touch and Go single is really good.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In the nearly 10 odd years that I have been an ardent ELP fan, I just cannot forgive myself for the times I passed on this truly magnificent 1986 album by Keith, Greg, and the late Cozy Powell. Now that I have become addicted to this CD, I truly have learned the trite, yet hallowed adage "don't judge a book by its cover" as it pertains to Mr. Powell's name on the front jacket.
From start to finish, this album's repertoire was refreshing ear candy to myself! "Learning to Fly", "Love Blind", and "Lay Down Your Guns" go to the greatest extreme in highlighting Emerson's prolific keyboard/synthesizer genius and Lake's dynamic vocal range, taking them to new ethereal dimensions. Powell does a commendable percussion job that helped fill Carl Palmer's absence due to his working on Asia's "Astra" of the same year. Being ELP's only album for the 1980's, its overall style sounds like a heterogenous blend of their vivacious 70's prog-rock melodies and their more commercialized 90's sound, so you can indulge to the best of both of these eras.
Do pick this CD up for yourself, and to all you ELP fans, don't erect the same brick wall that I did. It really is one of the best musical experiences you could take in!!!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Lott on October 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a fantastic ELP album, chronically underrated by fans of the band. And while this 1986 release features a streamlined sound characteristic of the 80s, it also boasts a complex and satisfying progressive feel.

First, this is only two-thirds of the original Emerson Lake & Palmer, in that drummer Cozy Powell sits in for Carl Palmer (who was wasting time in Asia). But this effort reunited Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, the musical principals of ELP, and it brings back the sense of melody, group cohesion and sense of purpose that had been missing since 1973's "Brain Salad Surgery."

"The Score" opens the album powerfully, continuing lyrically and musically where Brain Salad Surgery's "Karn Evil 9" left off (Welcome Back My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends...). Next up is "Learning How to Fly," which is pleasant prog-pop, 80s style.

The terrific single "Touch and Go" is both proggy and catchy at the same time, featuring majestic keyboards and intricate bass. "Step Aside" is whimsical and jazzy, and recalls some of the best short pieces from ELP's early albums. "Mars - Bringer of War" is a satisfying reading of one of the coolest classical compositions of all time, from Gustav Holst's "The Planets."

Finally, this is the last album on which Greg Lake had a great voice. Somehow between this album and 1992's "Black Moon,' Lake's voice became deeper, huskier, and unpleasant.

There are only two reason why this album is sometimes bashed. First, it was released in the 80s. Some prog heads just don't believe that any good progressive music was released in the 80s, but the fact is this is probably the most proggy album of the decade from any of the 70s giants like ELP, Genesis or Yes.

Second, Carl Palmer isn't on the album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John O'Malley on November 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album was one of my first introductions to the music of ELP in the late 1980's. Between this album and the Best of ELP I immediatly became a new fan of this classic ground breaking band.
Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and new drummer Cozy Powell charge ahead with this comeback album from 1986. The essence of this 70's band is still intact as they update their sound for the 80's. The opening track The Score is an exciting tune rallying their return.
The Miracle is a darker song and harkens back to some of their earliest songs. Touch And Go was a hit song for them and is a great rock tune. Another highlight of this album is the thunderous version of Gustov Holst's Mars, The Bringer of War.
Keith Emerson once again show his flair and his wonderful keyboard playing. Greg Lake's vocals sound as good as ever and his lyrics are among his best. Cozy Powell, taking over Carl Palmer's seat, really shows off his drumming skills. Powell, formally of Rainbow and Black Sabbath fits in well with Keith and Greg and shows a nice touch on the jazzy song Step Aside. Lay Down Your Guns is a rather touching anti-war song
Emerson, Lake & Powell is a great comeback album and shows another side to the legacy of the band that is ELP.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Hodges on September 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The arguable masterpiece"Owner of a Lonely Heart" was a breakthrough success for Yes, as well as MTV. As the flegling network struggled for an identity (now hopelessly lost), the success of Yes' single forced them to take an interest in helping to reinvent progressive rock groups of the '70's. For example, although I wish that I would have been cognizant anough to see Genesis with Peter Gabriel as its frontman, early memories of Genesis' video to "ABACAB" were my introduction to the group.

ELPo were welcomed into this group of reinvented prog-rockers with open arms. I still have memories of Keith Emerson telling me that he wanted his "MTV".

Regardless of its potential accessibility, the slightly repetitive "Touch and Go" unfortunately ended up being no "Owner of a Lonely Heart". However, those of us that were paying attention (okay, us band geeks) were genuinely moved by its thematic power and intellectual aggression. We got turned on by the fact that people could play their instuments with some degree of virtuosity and still, well, rock.

And herein lies the strength of ELPo. Lake sings with great passsion, Powell tastefully pushes the whole thing forward with his "tree trunk" sticks, but most importantly, Emerson fully embraces the 80' s keyboard soundscape with electrifying effect. "The Score" is, quite possibly, one of the best prog-rock songs that the 80's had to offer (Kayliegh notwithsatnding), especially seguing into "Learning to Fly " and "The Miracle". As with any ELP (no matter what P you might be referencing), there are a few low-energy moments. "Lay Down Your Guns" and " Love Blind" might not be "Karn Evil 9", but the version of "Mars, the Bringer of War" found is the most sucessful transcription ELP in any incarnation ever did.
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