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In Concert

Emerson, Lake & PalmerAudio CD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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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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  • Audio CD (August 30, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000DOZI
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introductory Fanfare
2. Peter Gunn Theme
3. Tiger in a Spotlight
4. C'Est la Vie
5. The Enemy God [From The Scythian Suite 2nd Movement]
6. Knife Edge
7. Piano Concerto No. 1: Third Movement, Toccata con Fuoco
8. Pictures at an Exhibition

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3.0 out of 5 stars Tantalizingly short relic from the vinyl era June 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
1979's "In Concert" was the last of three live albums that progressive rock supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer released during the 1970s, and represented sort of a bittersweet swan song for the band's classic period. It lacks many of ELP's signature songs from the early 1970s (which had already appeared on 1974's "Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends...") and suffers from lackluster production values. Finally, "In Concert" was completely marginalized by the 1996 reissue "Works Live," which expanded this set to a double CD. But for me, "In Concert" remains a sentimental favorite. It was one of my first ELP CDs, and was instrumental in ELP becoming one of my favorite bands.

"In Concert" documents ELP's ambitious "Works" 1977 tour, which featured a full orchestra in support of their two "Works" albums. Employing a travelling orchestra became prohibitively expensive, and ELP ended up playing some dates without the orchestra before eventually cutting the tour short. Progressive rock's critics seized upon the failure of the "Works" tour as emblematic of the genre's pomposity and eventual decline. The relative briefness of the resulting live album is perhaps fitting; several of the tracks don't feature the orchestra, and those that do suffer from dull, flat mixes.

"In Concert" begins with "Introductory Fanfare," hardly a song in its own right; it's basically some synth noodling segueing into the band's introduction by the PA announcer. ELP follows with a cheesy yet spirited performance of the "Peter Gunn" theme, followed by a surprisingly energetic rendition of "Tiger in a Spotlight," which greatly improves upon the "Works Vol. 2" version.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Get Works Live instead February 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This album has been re-issued as "Works Live". Works Live is a 2 CD set and has twice the amount of music.

When this originally came out on LP, it was a huge disappointment. The track selection is bad and mostly pointless. The songs added to Works Live are much better than what is on the short disc.

Actually, I don't think I would recommend Works Live, either. There are some good tracks on it, but more than half of it (especially the In Concert part) just isn't very good.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Should not have been released March 12, 2008
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If you are reading this review, chances are you are an Emerson Lake & Palmer fan who has all of their other records and is now moving on to the lesser known ones. Let me commend you. Emerson Lake & Palmer is a great band and even their bad songs (yes, they have made a few) deserve a listen. Now that I have petitioned you to at least listen to this record, if not buy it, I must now almost contradict myself by complaining about it.

It is not the idea of releasing this record was a bad one. Emerson Lake & Palmer were one of the first bands (if not the first) to tour with an actual orchestra. Who wouldn't want to document that? Also, it had been a while since they released a live record so what would it hurt making a new one? Good intentions not withstanding, the album is plagued with problems. The first and main one being the production. The sound is awful. It sounds like you are only listening to one of the speakers. It is most painful listening to Greg Lake's bass which sounds like someone plucking on one of those homemade guitars with rubber bands for strings. The other problem is the track selection. I guess they wanted to try and feature their tracks off of the new records that had been recorded with the orchestra, and not focus so much on their older material, but the fact is that neither of the Works records compares with their previous records. Not only that, but they didn't even pick the best songs off of those records! Why didn't they put "Pirates", "Apple Blossoms", "Fanfare for the Common Man" or "Watching Over You" on there? Was another live version of "Pictures at an Exhibition" that necessary? Especially, a shorter and less inspired version?

Audio quality not withstanding, the "Piano Concerto" does sound good as well as "Knife Edge".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great-- but too short! January 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When this first came out, I preferred it over WELCOME BACK MY FRIENDS. This was recorded during the 1977 WORKS tour, when I somehow managed to see the band twice several months apart. I still remember listening to 2 fans on the subway ride home discussing the show and trying to figure out what that opening number was-- "It sounded like something from a BOND movie!", one said. ELP, of course, were the ones who ressurected Henry Mancini's PETER GUNN theme, and it's been covered endlessly by other bands ever since!

However, this particular CD serves little purpose, as it has since been reissued with TWICE the amount of songs as WORKS LIVE. By all means-- get THAT instead!
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