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From The Beginning Import, Box set

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Considered by many to be one of rock's original first super-groups, Emerson Lake & Palmer formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals. Their penchant for appropriating themes ... Read more in Amazon's Emerson, Lake & Palmer Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Castle Music UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Epitaph (King Crimson)
2. Decline And Fall (Atomic Rooster)
3. Fantasia: Intermezzo Karelia Suite Ny The Nice
4. Lucky Man
5. Tank
6. Take A Pebble (Lyceum London 9/12/1971)
7. The Barbarian (Lyceum London 9/12/1971)
8. Knife Edge (Lyceum London 9/12/1971)
9. Rondo (Lyceum London 9/12/1971)
10. Tarkus
11. Bitches Crystal
12. A Time And A Place (Single B-Side Version)
13. Oh, My Father (Recorded 1971-Previously Unreleased)
14. The Endless Enigma (Part One)
15. The Endless Enigma (Part Two)
16. From The Beginning (Single Version)
17. Trilogy
18. Abbadons Bolero
19. Hoedown (Live 1972-Previously Unreleased)
20. Jerusalem (First Mix 1972-Previously Unreleased)
See all 58 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

With Music Spanning the Entire Career of the Band, "From the Beginning" is a Lavish Celebration of the UK Progressive Rock Legends.the 6-disc Set Includes Some of ELP'S Most Memorable Performances Both in the Studio and In-concert with a Number of Previously Unreleased Tracks and an Entire Concert Performance from 1972. Interspersed Throughout the 5CD'S Are a Number of Single B-sides, Significant Live Recordings, Alternative Studio Mixes and Material Taken from Band Rehearsals. Rounding-off the Set is a Separate Pal Dvd of "The Manticore Years" Documentary. Presented in an Alluring Book-style Format with a Gorgeous Cover Image, "From the Beginning" is the Definitive Collection for all Fans of Elp and Followers of the Progressive Rock Genre.

Customer Reviews

Not enough songs that I really love.
And even if you already purchased 1993's THE RETURN OF THE MANTICORE box set, FROM THE BEGINNING is more complete and a real bargain!
Steve Vrana
If your a hardcore fan I suggest it, if a average fan, just pick up a best of album.
David D. McFarland

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Benny the Bouncer on October 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
First of all, let me say that I will almost always purchase anything related to ELP if it contains new or unreleased music regardless of how much duplication there might be. That being said, I was excited to see that the track listing had several tunes listed as being different versions than otherwise available. This is only somewhat the case. To my disappointment, "Man in the Long Black Coat" is the very same as released on "In the Hot Seat" instead of the extended version hardcore fans have wondered about since the release of that album. Indeed, the track listing on this site currently says (ext) beside this song.

Additionally, "Take a Pebble" is the original studio version, not the Lyceum live recording as advertised. Too bad. This is the one with Lake singing about a dog named Blue that was on the original "Pictures at an Exhibition" / "Rock and Roll Your Eyes" movie. Canario is also the original studio version and not the rehearsal (as noted here and on the picture of the back of the box). I am also rather sure that the alternative versions of "Jerusalem" and "Still...You Turn Me On" are the original ones used on "Brain Salad Surgery". What makes them alternative I suppose, is that they are different than the Sanctuary Remastered version of BSS.

Coincidentally, the track list was also very misleading on Emerson's "At the Movies" set which said it contained "Don't Be Cruel" which fortunately later showed up on "Off the Shelf". I will admit that there is usually a different mix for one or more songs not identified as such which sometimes mitigates the disappointment of not getting what you expect. Haven't yet discovered any of these here.

It truly puzzles me how poorly their later products have been produced and marketed.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Old Rocker on November 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Not an essential set but a nice treat for diehard fans. As the previous reviewer noted the track listing here on Amazon is not completely accurate. However, the box itself does not contain these errors. As for the music, well most ELP fans will already have the remastered studio albums so the real treat here is a set of live tracks that are far superior than the offical "Bootleg" series and one truly previously unheard, unreleased track.

The new track "Oh My Father" by Lake is very interesting in that it was recorded during the Tarkus sessions but sounds nothing like that album. I don't know Lake's personal history but it seems to be a tribute to his late father. Did his father pass away at an early age? If so, it is a very personal song, otherwise it's just an ELP oddity. Still, it is a decent ballad with some tasty electric guitar.

The Holy Grail for fans is the complete Mar Y Sol concert recorded in Puerto Rico in 1972. An excerpt of Take A Pebble was the only offically released track from this festival that was included on an Atlantic Records compilation in the early '70's. The whole concert is fantastic with an amazing Tarkus, an exciting, truncated Pictures and a frantic Rondo for an encore. What I love about the Tarkus is the muscular bass by Lake that just propels the music along. Emerson and Palmer are their usual excellent selves.

So, you have remastered tracks, alternate or early mixes of some classic tunes and enough unreleased live tracks from their prime that you could build your own private concert with. For the casual fan? Nope. But for the diehard, it is big time fun.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ignaciocue on December 13, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have bought the elp catalog two times, one Rhino and one Castle version. But Again Castle strikes with a box. The studio material is five stars for newcomers only.

The live material is superb, but not better in execution than Welcome back, listen to tarkus keyboard solo on both and you will see..
Unnecesary extra versions of live hoedown and Rondo made me sick...

So do we have to buy everything again to get the live ones ? No sir, i guess i will search elswhere on the web.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Sullivan on June 27, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The mix of 'Karn Evil 9' here is a two-channel downmix of the 5.1 DVDA released a few years ago.

Get this box for the 'Mar Y Sol" concert on disc 5. That's about all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shadowmaster on June 17, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
ELP is one of prog rocks ginormous bands that contributed a unique fusion sound of classical symphony and progressive rock's pompous epic lyrical music. This 5 cd collection reflect that evolution of the ELP sound. It documents the career span of the 3 members from their early days to their last album. This contains a nice booklet complete with archival photos, stories from each member as they relate their involvement with the band particularly on the album, the songs and the tours. In terms of cost for 5 cds at less than 20 dollars this is a good buy. Compatibility 5 cds crammed in a pocket book size is really a struggle getting the cds out and putting them in place without dislodging them is really a pain but this is part of cost cutting not to make it expensive. Content is acceptable since it comprehensively and concisely cover the bands output from their early beginnings to the last album however only one track were derived from each latter albums. You do get scattered all over the cds- alternate versions, singles, b and a sides, radio mix, live versions of some of ELP's popular songs. The last treat here is the Live Mar y Sol in its entirety. If you are an ardent collector who is a building a library of every sound that ELP made then this album is for you. If you are just a music collector and would not like to buy the entire collection this is a good summary or representation of ELP. I would admit that like any band they do have some throwaway or boring albums and ELP is no exception. They have produced some of the best and worst albums in Prog rock history. If you have the Return of the Manticore 4cd box set then this a just an appendage. But if you don't have the Mar Y Sol cd then From the beginning is a good set for you since buying it separately is around 10 dollars.Read more ›
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