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Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla

Marc Bonilla, Keith Emerson, Keith Emerson And the NiceAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 3, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: VARESE FONTANA
  • ASIN: B001LOR3JK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,895 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ignition
2. 1st Presence
3. Last Horizon
4. Miles Away, Pt. 1 (White Widow)
5. Miles Away, Pt. 2 (Black Flame)
6. Sonata
7. Fugue
8. Marche Train
9. Blue Inferno
10. 3rd Presence
11. Prelude to Hope
12. A Place to Hide
13. Miles Away, Pt. 3 (Spirit Rising)
14. Finale
15. The Art of Falling Down
16. Malambo
17. Gametime
18. The Parting
19. The Barbarian [*]

Editorial Reviews

US version of his 2008 album includes one exclusive bonus track: 'The Barbarian' ( a reworking of the classic ELP track). Former ELP/Nice keyboardist and Prog Rock legend is joined on this album by guitarist vocalist Marc Bonilla. .Since the split of ELP, Emerson kept himself busy with soundtracks and live performances but he never returned with a proper band and a Rock set up to the sound that all his fans love. This new version of his band features an explosive combination of the classic EL&P sound and modern progressive hard rock. Emerson's keyboard is flamboyant and explosive more than ever and his songwriting is still top level. Gregg Bissonette (ex David Lee Roth Band and LA super session player) is also part of the band.

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About freakin' time! February 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is an admirable return to form for a keyboard hero who seemed to have lost his creative path for many years (except for the import solo-piano album).
Though you miss the voice of You-Know-Who, new collaborator Marc Bonilla helps our old friend deliver the "retro prog" album we have been waiting for without the creative cross-purposes and confused efforts to be "commercial" or whatever was tearing things asunder in the "Love Beach" (and later, the even-sadder "In the Hot Seat" ) days.
That said, don't get your hopes up for a masterpiece or something that compares to the best ELP Work(s). Though the bulk of it is packaged as a conceptual suite based on the ghost story/legend "The House of Ocean Born Mary," the choppy transitions suggest a lot of it is just random bits cobbled together. Even the better stuff is nothing you haven't heard before, but that type of recycling is true of new albums from the Stones or just about any classic-rock survivors still making albums.
Bonilla has a decent enough John Wetton-style voice, albeit on the flat side, and interesting lyrics. And assuming he's the guy who took the lead and helped our ol' pal get one across the finish line, he's more respectful of what an Emerson album should sound like than the guy who kind of dominated a similar partnership with that "3" album in the '80s.
There's some modern synth programming here and there and a power-chord remake of "The Barbarian" as a "bonus" track at the end, but for the most part I think they went out of their way to make it as old-school Hammond-and-piano sounding as they could and to make up for lost time. They copy the old ELP formula so far as to include a honky-tonk joke song ("Gametime") and the requisite Ginastera instrumental blow-out, "Malambo" (the essential track for those buying a la carte).
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith is back February 8, 2009
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The greatest keyboardist on planet earth is back with a new disc that puts the prog back in rock! The Keith Emerson Band with guitarist vocalist Marc Bonilla along with bassist Bob Birch and Gregg Bissonette on percussion, help Keith finally break the ties with ELP. It's hard to think of Emerson in any band without associating him with Greg Lake and Carl Palmer his two former partners who helped change the face of rock music by liberating it from it's blues based origins. Emerson continues on the same path with this new band. Actually he's been playing with them for several years. I had a chance to see them live in 2006 at a small venue in Annapolis Maryland and it was one of the most exciting concerts that I've ever seen. I also had the good fortune to meet the man himself after the show, something that I never would have dreamed possible back in the 70's when ELP played the arenas. On this new disc Keith really delivers. If you like the hammond organ, he gives it to you, if you like the polyphonic moog fanfares, you got it, if you like his trademark muscular bartokian piano solos it's all here backed by the refreshingly crisp hard rock guitar runs of Bonilla and driven by the dependable rhythm team of Birch and Bissonette. Marc Bonilla's singing, a style another viewer here likened to John Whetton works very well in this particular band especially in the concept piece "The House of Ocean Born Mary"which takes up three quarters of the disc. A special treat is a re-visit of "The Barbarian" from ELP's first album. All in all a must have for fans of the great one and progressive rock.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keith Emerson Rules! February 3, 2009
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This CD (2009) contains all new material, finally, yeah! (except the ELP Barbarian). The music is very good (though often venturing into territory which is familiar sounding) with a nice mixture of piano, Hammond organ, and synthesizers, showcasing Emerson's songwriting/playing skills, his ELP roots, and his current creative inclinations. Marc Bonilla's style -- his guitar playing and vocals -- compliments Emerson's output quite well. Hats off also to Greg Bissonette on drums and percussion and Bob Birch on bass. The overall sound quality of the band is excellent.

The album contains lots of short songs which do work together, but it does seem the short tracks could have been more thoroughly developed for a stronger production (13 of the 20 tracks are in the range of 2 1/2 minutes or less, with 8 of these 13 tracks under 2 minutes each). Just wish that the songs were consistently longer without the short ditties, and that there were more instrumental cuts (maybe next time, and maybe a live CD down the road).
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Well, this album easily deserves a good 4 stars, but I happily gave it 5 merely for the fact that a dream of mine has come true.....
Considering Emerson's proven genius talent from ELP's prime years, anybody familiar with it had to be stupefied wondering why that unparalleled flame of innovation went out for the most part of 3 decades. (OK, the EL & POWELL record was a decent effort, but heck... that was 23 years ago itself. And I personally never cared for Black Moon & Hot Seat). You had be saying to yourself... "C'mon Keith... I KNOW you still have it IN you!"
Well, this is without doubt the best work by Keith Emerson since the premiere era of ELP's first 5 albums. I couldn't stop smiling my first time through it, and I still do. Thanks Keith... for now letting me relive a great time in my life, when we anxiously anticipated your every new creation.

I'll leave the album details to the other reviewers, but just add a couple thoughts:
Even during ELP's heyday, I had often hoped if their success had endured, that they might add a DEDICATED electric guitar (not just Lake switching back-and-forth). Actually I would often joke with friends that if they added Steve Howe to the band, they could be called H E L P. Ha!
But that configuration has finally come to be on this album. It's a spicy embellishment when Marc Bonilla's guitar joins the audio panorama. Keith still goes off on his own with intros & segues here and there, and that remains a good thing. I just like it when that refreshing smart guitar marrys the great keyboard sound(s).
And the rythmn section is hot! As someone else mentioned, you're gonna flip when you hear Malambo and the guitar-laced remake of The Barbarian.
Personally I find Bonilla's voice quite appealing and a good fit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift.
My fiance loves this guys music, so when I saw this on his wish list, knew I had to get it. It arrived in perfect condition and very quickly :)
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Bellavance
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like Emerson this is for you
Was looking for more Mark Bonilla and not Ketih Emerson - sounds too much like the old Emerson versus new stuff.
Published 11 months ago by Will Jansen
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey, it's Keith Emerson, waht do you want?
Some homage to ELP and some original direction too. I like it. Not like I liked Brain Salad Surgery, but it's growing on me.
Published 13 months ago by A. C. Buswell
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!!!
Ever since the original ELP broke up in 1978, leaving us with the flat, uninspired "Love Beach", Keith Emerson's loyal fans have been too often disappointed. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Eugene W. Muller
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My Goodness - The Son of ELP!
I'm an unabashed ELP fan so I'm biased towards almost anything that E, L or P do in the post-ELP world. So I loved this KEB CD. Read more
Published on April 1, 2011 by Tracybjazz
5.0 out of 5 stars THE LEGEND IS IN GREAT FORM!!
THIS CD INCORPORATES SOME OF THE KEITH EMERSON-EL&P SOUND,WITH A GUITARIST,NEW TECHNOLOGICAL SOUNDS/HEAVY GUITAR ROCK/PROG PLAYING. Read more
Published on November 10, 2010 by music man
5.0 out of 5 stars The Revenge of the Dinosaur
I just discovered this gem by my all time favourite musician. His highly non-trivial fusion of jazz, classic and rock lives on. Read more
Published on September 26, 2010 by Rudy Deblieck
5.0 out of 5 stars A lucky man for hearing this
Keith finally got his mojo back after 35 years! It's been a long, painful haul for him, including a serious problem with his hand that almost killed his career permanently. Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by Rik K
3.0 out of 5 stars After a good solo album ("Emerson plays Emerson"), Mr Keith Emerson...
After his last performance with ELP (the disappointing "In the hot seat") and a good solo album ("Emerson plays Emerson"), Mr Keith Emerson has come back here with his interesting... Read more
Published on March 11, 2010 by Lethe
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome New Prog/rock from a Legend
I bought this c.d. hoping it was going to be good, I was not disappointed. It is awesome, & its not just Keith Emerson who shines here,its the whole band thing. Read more
Published on March 5, 2010 by G. M. Hayes
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