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Brain Salad Surgery Extra tracks

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One of the greatest prog albums ever (the performances, production and artwork are all widely worshipped) gets the royal reissue treatment! Karn Evil 9; Still You Turn Me On; Jerusalem , and the rest of the 1973 smash join two alternate mixes and a 24-page booklet.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jerusalem
  2. Toccata
  3. Still...You Turn Me On
  4. Benny the Bouncer
  5. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 1
  6. Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2
  7. 2nd Impression
  8. 3rd Impression
  9. Bonus Track: Jerusalem
  10. Bonus Track: Karn Evil 9


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Shout! Factory
  • ASIN: B000VBIEXS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,313 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is basically the ultimate version of Brain Salad Surgery, and while I probably wouldn't suggest this as a first-time purchase for any newbie to the works of ELP, it's nice for the dedicated fan. Here, you have the album in 3 forms--the original, remastered, on CD #1, which is the same remaster, as other reviewers have noted, as the one initially made for the now-defunct Victory Music label in 1993, the first time the ELP catalogue was properly remastered away from the first CD run with Atlantic (and I have memories of the CD version of The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer--a mix so low you had to crank the volume to 11 just to hear anything, which made "Still...You Turn Me On" sound as if the mics were placed near the back of a medium-large auditorium and the band recorded in that position).

On CD #2, you have the outtakes--the first attempt at "When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind, I'll Be Your Valentine" (which didn't see official release until Works, Vol. 2, in late 1977) and the completely unreleased-until-now title cut, "Brain Salad Surgery," which has elements of all the tracks that did appear on the album (save perhaps "Benny the Bouncer"). In addition, first mixes of "Toccata" and "Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression," and new stereo mixes of all the tracks, plus an excerpt from the New Musical Express interview flexidisc of the time. Worthy additions all, for the completist fan.

And CD #3? A hybrid SACD of the album; this is the 5.1 Surround Sound mix used on Rhino's DVD-A release of 1999 (Rhino R9-75980), but it is improved notably.
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I've always wondered about the critics who panned ELP. The standard counter-argument is to say that most critics are just frustrated musicians who are simply envious of ELP's virtuosity. If that's true, then it explains why BSS is among the most vilified albums of the prog rock movement. This album is a dark and aggressive musical adventure that's aged exceptionally well. Jerusalem still gives me goose bumps, after many dozens of listens. Still...You Turn Me On is perhaps the most mysterious and haunting love song I've ever heard. And the Karn Evil 9 suite is an eclectic masterpiece that starts off with a bluesy organ riff and rocks into the familiar "Welcome Back My Friends..." -- the 1st Impression is an unbelievable musical blitzkrieg. The jazzy and deft 2nd Impression is stylistically very different -- I don't know how ELP pulled off this juxtaposition, but it works. The 3rd Impression is a computers-run-amok sci-fi extravaganza. One is left with the Impression that Keith's Hammond, Steinway, and Moog were literally smoking by the conclusion. With apologies to the true ELP faithful, I don't think ELP ever came close to the power and glory of BSS ever again, collectively or individually, with the exception of the fantastic reading of Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man on Works I. BSS is a must-own for true prog rock fans.
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In my mind (and to my ears) this is the best remaster of the best album in the ELP catalog. There is no clipping during Tocatta and the music sounds rich, full and crystal clear. What a nice change from the dreadful 2007 Shout remaster which is so compressed it may well damage your home speakers. As another reviewer pointed out, "drums don't ever sound like that." This version is a little louder than the 1993 Victory remaster but a smidge less bright, though this point is very subjective. (You may find them equally bright or this one slightly brighter). A little more lush than the 1996 Rhino remaster, though that is a very solid remaster as well with a great booklet.

This edition contains a seven-page booklet with new sleevenotes but it's no big deal, certainly not as substantial as Shout's 24-page booklet. Shout got everything right with the packaging (with the exception of cropping the album cover too tight) but missed terribly on the remastered sound. Sony gets the remastered music right but goes the economy route on the packaging.

Sony recently purchased the band's back catalogue from Universal (footnote: Classic Rock presents Prog, issue 15, page 108) so everything has been remastered and repackaged on the Sony UK/Legacy label (including this release). According to that same article, Sony may release Tarkus & Pictures at an Exhibition on their Legacy label which will come with new 5.1 remixes, extensive sleevenotes and bonus materials. If that materializes, I've got to believe they would go all out as well, even more so, for Brain Salad Surgery. We'll have to wait and see.

The only other remaster of this title I might recommend is the 2004 edition on the Sanctuary UK label which I'm betting is very similar to this in terms of sound quality.
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By Kuyper on December 11, 2000
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Whilst I agree with our friend in Las Vegas, that the classification of this item as a DVD is somewhat confusing, I think the problem is confusion of what DVD-Audio really is!
There is video, but ironically, it is not accessilbe from a DVD-Video Player, rather you require a DVD-Audio player.
The irony is that the DVD-V player can access the Audio tracks, but not the Video, as the Video track is not in the conventional DVD-V format. A DVD-Audio player is required to see the Video!
I do not have a DVD-A player, but enjoyed the 5.1 mix of this classic album to the full!
My dog, who was in the room at the time, did not enjoy it quite as much! The precise and realistic placement of moog whistles flying around my sound room was too much for him and he kept turning to locate the source of the sounds! He far prefers plain stereo!
The bass on "Still.... You Turn Me On" has always been impressive (I have 2 CD versions [original and remaster]) but with the DD5.1 mix, it is more controlled and actually less overpowering.
I hope to add an Active Sub soon, but in the interim, directing bass at my LF, RF, LS and RS [all B&W 602 series 2] seems to be more than sufficient to create a real rumble.
Karn Evil 9 is just brilliant!
For comparison with a more traditional interpretation of Toccata (and Fugue in D Minor), get the Fantasia DVD:
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but Keith Emerson's work is still superb.
Yes, I'd like to see the video too, but plan to wait and see if DVD-A as a format actually takes off before comitting to more equipment!
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