Emerson Lake & Palmer - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
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I have to admit I haven't listened to ELP much at all in the past 20 years or so. The other day I was in the video store to rent some movies, and saw this DVD, and I grabbed it instantly. I was not disappointed. Keith, Greg and Carl are in top form. They are every bit as amazing here as they were when I saw them live in 1975, levitating piano and all, at one of the best concerts I've ever seen. Emerson is still up to his old tricks here. He's the Jimi Hendrix of keyboards: doing backflips, jumping up and down on, and abusing his shreiking Hammond organ, until he finally tips it over on top of himself and plays Bach on it backwards!! Pretty amazing for a 52 year old geezer. Over the top, yes, but then so was Jimi. ELP have always had quite a bit of theatrics in their performances.
As for the music, Emerson's playing is just as jaw-dropping as ever. Palmer's drumming is as precise and intense as it always was. Lake does a good job but seems to have trouble with his voice hitting some notes and doesn't seem (to me) to be having as much fun as the others. The selection of tunes is good, I just wish "Hoedown" would have been on here. Great version of "Pirates" without all the orchestration cluttering things up. The reason I give it four stars instead of five is the camera work is not very good in places, showing close-ups of Keith's face when he's playing amazing lines on the keys, come on! It's like films of Hendrix where he is playing incredible stuff on the guitar and they are just filming his face. Drives me nuts.Read more ›
Although never extraordinary in terms of stage presence, I must say that the band members exhibited some pretty tight playing at this performance, which took place in 1996 at the Royal Albert Hall (London). They did an especially good job with "Welcome Back" and "Pirates," and I was pleasantly surprised by their rendition of the classic theme from Prokofiev's "Romeo & Juliet." Although I consider "Tarkus" (one of my all-time favorite LP's) and "Pictures at an Exhibition" to be absolute masterpieces, this show presents only excerpted versions of both. Typical of live performances, yes; however, I'm always left a little disappointed. One major blemish to the show was Keith Emerson's theatrics of pounding, jumping on, then tipping over, one of his keyboards near the end (sooo 70's). Lots of noise. Maybe he hung out with Keith Moon when he was younger, but I wasn't impressed. Besides, this wasted valuable time that could have been used for another song or two.
What weighed most heavily in my rating was my total annoyance with the poor camera direction in this production. For example, Emerson was true to form with his trademark arms-apart keyboard stance between stacks of synthesizers. Why then was there so much close-up filming of just his face? I mean, REALLY close-up! Same with Carl Palmer: too many camera views angling between cymbal stands or over tom-toms, with only his head in view. Somehow, the director failed to understand that watching a keyboardist or drummer means focusing on the hands and arms. Too bad.Read more ›
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great video with the keyboard solo at the end emerson flips his original keyboard (from the start of the band) plays it laying below it for the grand finale with his shoulers in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I was actually looking for a DVD at their 70's peak, but I couldn't find one. So I settled on this collection. It is pretty good overall.Published on December 5, 2013 by buddy
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I'm a devoted, long-time ELP fan, and was so looking forward to receiving this DVD for my birthday. It arrived today. Read more
one of the best performances I've seen! Would recommend for any ELP fans. Keith and Carl are the best in their fieldsPublished on June 19, 2013 by tim kinnevy
Long time fan, saw them 5 times in the 70's-this was a great re-union tour, video and audio on my pro system(ampzilla, dahquist speakers)-the whiners, or picky ratings people-are... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by frank johnson
Recording mix and photography was not good. The music was what I expected. Reviews from other patrons hit it right on the head, but we bought it anyway.Published on December 23, 2012 by Joanne Weitz
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