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Live At The Mar Y Sol Festival '72

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 6, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B005XB8PNA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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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 . . . " CD that I own and it is the only official ELP live release between their inaugral tour and their Brain Salad Surgery tour. It is interesting to see how the ELP staples like Tarkus, Hoedown, Take A Pebble, and even Pictures at an Exhibition had evolved over the years to and from this snapshot in time. At 80 minutes length, this could be the full ELP concert at this all-star festival in Puerto Rico.

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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