Live At The Mar Y Sol Festival '72
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
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!
Since the concert was recorded between the release of Tarkus and Trilogy, there is only one track from Trilogy (the opener, Hoedown), and of course, none from Brain Salad Surgery--which I feel was the pinnacle release of ELP's career.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to be introduced to live ELP music. I would say that this is a MUST HAVE release for any fan of ELP. I've been a fan of ELP since the early days and I LOVE THIS CD!
Thank you Shout Factory for releasing this vintage live ELP CD! I look forward to similar releases from the vaults in the near future! :)
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Great performance and excellent recording for the time.
Keith had to improvise quite a bit to fill out a show at the time as they only had a fistful of compositions to perform... Read more
Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer: my gods of rock and roll. My love affair began in 1971, and except for their 'High Voltage' performance, will continue. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bernie Petric
Amazon figured out that I might like this CD, and this assumption was correct because I do love this CD that I received. Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by Narut Ujnat
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 morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Manuel Pagan
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 morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Frank J. Altschul
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 on December 24, 2012 by DetectiveWork