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Audio CD, October 10, 2000
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Some thoughts on each tune:
"Troika" - Prokofiev's little 3rd movement (depicting a three-horse sleigh ride) from the Lieutenant Kije Suite. A joyous frolic. The classical opening is very true to the spirit of the original. Morphs into an energetic mix of synth, piano, wailing guitar, drums and... whistling.
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" - The British rather than the American melody, I didn't recognize this at first. Beautiful synth chorus and drum machine leads to a piano improv over a pedal tone bass. Very dignified, it would sound right at home on TRILOGY.
"We Three Kings of Orient Are" - Energetic and slightly humorous, a pronounced rhythmic groove sets up the synth chorus of the first two verses. A bridge leads into a bit of J.S. Bach a la "Knife Edge". More loose piano improv fades out over the same groove.
"Snowman's Land" - Emerson original piano/synth. Only Keith could have done this. Exhuberant all the way through but for the chorus's rather dark and imposing finale made up of quartals. Sounds like from TARKUS or TRILOGY to me.
"Captain Starship Christmas" - An Emerson original and the only track that is not completely successful. A cute fantasy, it would seem a natural for the children's choir that sings it, but the melody is too adventurous for a child's vocal abilities!Read more ›
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I bought this CD used and low and behold was I surprised when I received it in great condition and it was signed by the man himself! No regrets. Read morePublished on June 3, 2014 by Davd J Miller
This is the 4th in a non series of Keyboard genious Keith Emerson, each CD has different cover's which the serious "Emo" fan would want to collect. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Mike Masterton
"Snowman's Land", an Emerson original, gives me chills during its second half. "Troika" has a great, Emersonian monophonic synth solo played counterpoint to the main melody. Read morePublished on December 24, 2007 by Robert S. Parnell
If you're a prog rock/ELP fan than this is for you. IT's the darker side of Christmas Carols done on Synthesizers by the king Keith Emerson sometime in the mid 80's. Read morePublished on February 17, 2007 by Kevin Lewis