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Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72

Emerson, Lake & PalmerAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory!
  • ASIN: B005XB8PNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,530 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hoedown (Live)
2. Tarkus (Live)
3. Take A Pebble (Live)
4. Lucky Man (Live)
5. Piano Improvisation (Live)
6. Pictures At An Exhibition (Live)
7. Rondo (Live)

Editorial Reviews

Shout! Factory continues its campaign of archival ELP live releases with Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72, the first-ever official release of this legendary concert.
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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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered Vintage Live ELP December 11, 2011
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Having been a lifelong ELP fan, this was initially a purchase I thought "well not another live release" among many that I own. I can honestly say, as fans can attest, that each live performance seems to offer subtle differences which make it rewarding. This seems to be either a complete performance or close to it as the disc runs around 78+ minutes. The main reasons to consider this purchase is that the remastering is truly superb for a recording that is almost 40 years old, especially in an outdoor festival setting. The band sounds very immediate and the vocals from Greg are very clear and sharp. The high frequencies throughout are very good. The remastering was done with the most recent techniques and it clearly makes this one of the best of their live releases.
Finally, this is a recording during the band's peak period and it shows a band at its technical best. How many times can I stand hearing "Hoedown", "Tarkus", "Take a Pebble", "Pictures at an Exhibition", etc? Well based on this pristine remastering job, I think many more. BTW, the "Hoedown" track appears on their "Time and a Place" box set but I believe the rest of the show appears on CD for the first time. In short, this disc is a keeper.
Finally, the Mar Y Sol festival was documented on vinyl many years ago but I am not aware that it has been released in CD form.
As an aside,from an editorial standpoint, how many more years can the Rock Hall ignore progressive rock bands? Maybe we need a fan voting entry category!
We need ELP, the Moody Blues, Yes and comparable bands in the consideration.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Know Thyself ... January 13, 2012
By CU82
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The comments regarding audio quality are definitely something that needs to be considered before deciding to purchase this disc if you are a person that has a difficult time listening to anything with less than perfect quality. On the other hand, if you are able to adapt to the sonic conditions that you are presented with and hear the musical product you will be highly impressed by the wonderful performance captured from this event. I fall somewhere in between depending on my musical mood which is why I hope that this review will be helpful to those wondering how to analyze some of the information that has been posted.

The strong suits of this disc are as follows:

(+) ELP's unleashed a brilliant performance at the Mar Y Sol Festival in 1972. Hearing these versions of classic ELP tracks has been a very refreshing experience for me personally. This is the primary reason I have chosen to give this product a solid 4 star rating.

(+) I truly enjoy being able to hear parts of these familiar ELP tracks that are not as easily discerned on other versions. For example, on Hoedown Keith's left hand keyboard performance is much more pronounced and clearly separated from his right hand lead. This separation is less noticeable on the remaining tracks but there are other special treats of this nature tucked away here and there. During Tarkus we are treated to a very pronounced guitar piece on the Battlefield segment that is normally much more subdued.

(+) Greg's vocals are clear throughout and his bass work is isolated nicely.

(+) The information sleeve provides insightful quotes from Keith, Greg, and Carl regarding the Mar Y Sol Festival.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Remastering December 11, 2011
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I wish I could tell you that you don't need that big "From The Beginning" boxset to have this show, but while I was not nuts about the sound on that boxset overall, the version it has of the Mar Y Soul concert wipes the floor with this new version.

Remastered by Randy Wine, this version is a compressed, earbleeding mess. Not that the version in the box didn't have its share of compression; especially on "Tarkus," but it had less treble and a much more tolerable sound overall. And on most tracks, the dynamic range on this version is another 2db *less* than what it was on the boxset version. The slam in Carl's drums is unfortunately that "wimpy loud" type of sound instead of having attack and punch.

Anyway, the boxset may not have a perfect sounding version of this show, but it is quite a bit better than this.

For the performance? 5 stars! But for the remastering on this version, sorry; it's a complete joke and not even worth the cheap price. An opportunity missed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More power then their usual live versions... August 11, 2012
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I have to weigh in on this, as I mixed this record. Not long ago, WBros brought me all the Mar y Sol tapes (Alice Cooper, Faces, etc) to mix. When we reached ELP, we were stunned at how much better they sounded than all the other bands that day. Stellar equipment and well-played. The project went surprisingly well, being able to bring out some of Greg's parts and things not normally heard (I know all the ELP live releases well). Sadly, the Moog was horribly out of tune on Hoedown, so we left it out mainly, as it ruined the performance otherwise. However, Keith really experiments wildly on the Moog during Tarkus, doing things I've never heard him to before or since.

The roughest was Carl's drums, all on one SINGLE track! I did what I could to balance them, but with everything pre-mixed into mono, it's impossible to get a desired balance. Still, the drums sounded good and powerful, comparable than most shows in the era.

This was previously released on a box (Masters from the Vaults) which I've never found, so it's nice this got a single release here!
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5.0 out of 5 stars From someone not previously familiar with ELP, I really love this...
Amazon figured out that I might like this CD, and this assumption was correct because I do love this CD that I received. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Narut Ujnat
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Memories...
I was at the Mar y Sol festival at Tortuguero, Puerto Rico on this clear warm summer Saturday night, A hundred thousand people were there yet it seemed it was not crowded... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Manuel Pagan
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait
Well I didn't go to this festival in Puerto Rico when I was 13, so I only had an old cassette with just a few ELP songs from here on it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Frank J. Altschul
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
I was pleased to be able to finally hear more of ELP's performance at this festival. I highly recommend it. If only their old 3 LP live album sounded as good.
Published 16 months ago by DetectiveWork
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP at his Best
ELP playing their best, Tarkus integral, which for me is the best record of the group. Interpretation of fierce virtuosos.
Published 18 months ago by André Luiz (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
4.0 out of 5 stars ELP ruled the day!
ELP was absolutely one the best live acts I ever saw (saw them 4 times between '71 and '78. The first time I saw them they were the warmup act for Poco! and blew them away. Read more
Published 19 months ago by wmfrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival 1972
Still remember the festival, the nudity, the drugs, the chaos of it all. Quite a youthful experience in those days. The Emerson stint was at nighttime. Read more
Published 23 months ago by endemol48
3.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia for those who were there
It's a recording that if you were there, you would probably want to have. Its remaster makes it a better choice than the original LP. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Francisco Moya Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hidden Gem of Live ELP!
Wow! What a classic live show! The recording quality of this live offering is better than the Japanese version of the "Welcome Back My Friends . . . Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars MAR y Sol a Must Have
My first ELP show was at Gaelic Park NYC a very long time ago. I feel in love with them and I am still amazed today how technologically advanced they were / are. Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by Steven J. Jacobowitz
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