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Live in California 74 Authorized bootleg, Original recording remastered, CD, Limited Collector's Edition


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  • Audio CD (December 11, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Authorized bootleg, Original recording remastered, CD, Limited Collector's Edition
  • Label: Shout Factory!
  • ASIN: B009T3AEBE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Toccata
2. Still.. You Turn Me On
3. Lucky Man
4. Piano Improvisations
5. Take A Pebble
6. Karn Evil 9, First Impression Part 2
7. Karn Evel 9, Third Impression
8. Pictures At An Exhibition

Editorial Reviews

Shout! Factory continues its campaign of archival ELP live releases with Live in California, 1974, the first-ever official release of their legendary California Jam (AKA CalJam)performance, which captured the band at its peak, playing for the largest audience in its career. Says Greg Lake, "The band
was at the very pinnacle of their performing powers, the event was of biblical proportions and the performance itself was almost flawless."
With Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and vocals and Carl Palmer on drums, ELP broadened the audience
for progressive rock. The band released a series of landmark albums in the 1970s, and several more in the '90s after a 14-year hiatus.

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bruce E. White on December 14, 2012
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Having read a lot of enthusiastic reviews about this performance, I have to say I'm underwhelmed at first listen. It's not so much the performance, which is at the usual high standard for ELP from this era and reminds me of the fantastic shows I saw at this point in their career. It's ultimately unsatisfying because it just feels incomplete. Tocatta starts about mid-way into the song; Karn Evil 9 Pt. 1 isn't there at all, and Pictures at an Exhibition begins at The Great Gate of Kiev. Take a Pebble is just over two minutes long, making me wonder what's the point of including it? Emerson's piano solo is blazing fast but doesn't really feel like it amounts to much other than an outstanding example of his amazing abilities. Greg is in great voice and sings with power and commitment, and Carl is particularly outstanding in this show. But the small details that make me find this lacking add up enough so that by the end I'm left a little frustrated and underwhelmed. After listening all the way through, I just don't feel full. I understand this replaces a famous bootleg so perhaps the label is just stuck with what it can get. The sound quality is fine if a little flat, compared to the ELP bootleg series. And it's certainly an historic show, so it's great for completists. Also, it's priced fairly for what you get. But I doubt I'll be giving it a second listen anytime soon.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Zinn on December 14, 2012
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This CD contains a pretty good performance of ELP from the California Jam at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, CA, on April 6, 1974.

The set list is pretty strong but the whole CD clocks in at around 52 minutes. It may have not been the entire performance but the liner
notes don't say for sure. In fact, some songs seem incomplete but I haven't heard some of these songs in many years so I don't remember
for sure.

The liner notes contain a short set of comments by each of the 3 members, and Greg Lake recalls this to be one of the best (if not THE
best) ELP performances ever.

A solo accoustic set contains "Still You Turn Me On" and "Lucky Man". I like "Still" pretty well, but it seems I've heard (or seen)
a better "Lucky Man" but both are worthy and good enough.

The sound quality is not audiophile, but is in stereo and is better than regular bootlegs.

A sticker on the shrink wrap states it is an "official bootleg" and for that, it sounds pretty good.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By baxlap on December 14, 2012
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The quality of the recording isn't all that, and half the performances are incomplete. Toccata, Karn Evil 9 part 1, and Pictures at an Exhibition all begin in the middle of the songs, and Take a Pebble is missing the first half. This release reeks of barrel-scraping.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Derosier on March 19, 2013
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I'm frankly surprised with most of the negative comments here...these are, to my knowledge, the only alternate versions of ELP gems from the 1974 Brain Salad Surgery tour that were at least professionally mixed. These cuts are truncated because that's how the ABC television network edited the videotape footage for broadcast. The gift here, for perspective, is that these are in true stereo! That's only because a couple of folks had the foresight to record the one-time FM simulcast, when the clips were initially broadcast. Tape hiss? Sure...these were probably done on a consumer open reel tape deck. The compelling questions are, why didn't ABC have a professional multi-track location recording truck present at the California Jam...and why didn't somebody, at one of the affiliate FM radio stations, make a good recording of the simulcast, on a professional machine?. Take this for what it is...interesting alternate versions of what was on the classic ELP "Welcome Back..." live album. And it's decent quality, fidelity-wise, with good stereo separation. If you think these are "diamonds in the rough", give any of ELP's Manticore Vault concerts a listen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By O. Guedez on January 14, 2013
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This album is essentially a collection of excerpts from the megaconcert ELP gave in 1974. In this historic performance, ELP and Deep Purple both played, though did not share stage, unfortunately. The albums has a good sound and it is a soundboartd bootleg. It is not a revelation, because all tracks with the exception of one were previously published in the "Then&Now" album. However, tha added track, excerpts from "Pictures at an exhibition" and its closing well deserve the buy, though the album is not precisely cheap.
The magnificent Lake ballads of "Lucky Man" and "Still you turn me on" appear. Carl Palmer drums have their highlight in the Toccata excerpt and the "Karn Evil Nine First Impression, Part II". Emerson magic keyboards have prominence too and there is a great piano improvisation, though similar to one previously issued in another live album (mentioned below).
Definitely, the best live material of ELP is the double CD album "Welcome Back my Friends to the show that never ends", which gathers performances in the same period and perhaps include some recordings of the California Concert, though I am not certain about it. I find similarities in some tracks, remarkably in Emerson's Piano Improvisations.
The booklet does not include photos. At least some quotes from Emerson, Lake and Palmer themselves appear.
This is an addition to the collection of completists and devoted fans. Not suitable for beginners.
Nevertheless, good stuff and it was very nice to be heard. I do consider it a proper buy as a fan of ELP, an underrated band essential to progressive rock.
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