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Live At Nassau Coliseum '78 [2 CD]

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The first-ever authorized release of Emerson Lake & Palmer s legendary February 9, 1978 concert at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York. Previously available only on bootlegs, this concert has been meticulously mastered from the original analog tapes in order to provide the best possible sound. Featuring material from all of their classic 70s albums, Live at Nassau Coliseum 78 captures ELP onstage at their peak and is a must-have for fans.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hoedown
  2. Tarkus
  3. Take A Pebble
  4. Piano Concerto #1 1st Movement
  5. Maple Leaf Rag
  6. Take A Pebble (Reprise)
  7. C est La Vie
  8. Lucky Man
  9. Pictures At An Exhibition

Disc: 2

  1. Tiger In A Spotlight
  2. Watching Over You
  3. Tank
  4. Drum Solo
  5. The Enemy God Dances With The Black Spirits
  6. Nutrocker
  7. Pirates
  8. Fanfare For The Common Man

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B004I1WIQG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,290 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this gem. Finally, an official live document from the 1977 Works Tour ( I've always thought the original "In Concert", later fleshed out to "Works Live", was unrepresentative of the 1977-78 show, omitting all of the earlier classic material ). What bugs me is that the volume level goes up and down in a few places on this new release. Palmer does a blistering solo during this version of Tank...goes to the tympani...and then it's as if someone cut the stereo volume down a couple of notches for the remainder of his solo. Weird, and something they presumably could've easily fixed. Then, right after the classic segue into Enemy God, it cranks back up. Very annoying, if you don't have the remote handy. Also, a couple of places where the recording's a bit distorted: beginning of the canned intro to Fanfare, along with a bit of distortion during Nutrocker...minor points, sure, for a three-plus decade old live recording, but still professionally recorded at the time.
Another curiosity is that they omitted Peter Gunn and Karn Evil 9, 1st Imp Pt 2...I saw this show twice during 1977 ( Birmingham and Mobile! ), and they began each of two sets with these missing numbers. Odd that they would be missing here...each should've been first, respectively, on each CD of this new release.
One thing I've always admired about ELP: the minor mistakes, left intact! These guys have always had a "rogue" aspect to them that I find endearing...Emerson hits a bum note here and there; Palmer left the snare strainer off, coming back into Great Gate of Kiev, also striking a wrong note on the tubular bells...yet no attempt was made to "fix" these clams.
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Given the many ways that ELP has repackaged its live material over the past 15 years, it seems clear that their pre-1979 archives are limited. At the same time there is a wealth of material available on bootlegs, both official and unofficial, to satisfy most fans of this incredible trio. The 1978 Nassau concert, which has circulated as a very good FM soundboard recording for many years, is about the best that we might expect to get from the ELP of this era, and Shout Factory does a great job at bringing the recording to the highest possible standards. Though there are a few minor flaws, they pale greatly when considered in the overall context of this excellent release. The sound quality is for the most part on par or better than "Welcome Back," and the performance is one of a slightly more mature ELP running through a combination of its then "classic" numbers along with the best of the Works Vol 1. And though the band does not have quite the same exciting and inspired recklessness that gained the overwhelming respect of the rock community in the 1970-74 period, the renditions here are tight and performed with the virtuosity of ELP in top form. Greg Lake's vocals are still nimble and strong, Keith's piano concerto excerpts are fanatastic, and Carl Palmer's drum solo as engaging as ever. I have always preferred the 77-78 ELP without the orchestra to the fully-orchestrated earlier 77 shows (i.e. Works Live). Having a nearly complete show in such high quality and pressed on a silver cd at a very reasonable price are among the strongest features of the package. Welcome back my friends to a time that we remember so fondly. No doubt in my mind that this is the best release to come from the ELP archives yet (but still make sure to pick up Manticore Vaults Vol 1 while you can!).
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As Greg and Keith are fond of saying, ELP was a "live band" and the studio albums were simply like cheques - promises to pay. Well, they paid in full and then some at this concert! This concert was specially recorded (without intermission - hence no KE9)for classic rock radio station WLIR, so the boys gave it their all - and it shows.

Keith is in full control of the concert, as both primary emcee and stunning player on everything including the Yamaha GX-1, Hammond, Moog, Steinway Grand Piano and Accordian (on Ces't La Vie). From Hoedown to Tarkus to Take a Pebble to Maple Leaf Rag to Piano Concerto to Pictures to Fanfare - he just hits all the notes and is on fire throughout, all the while throwing in exerpts of the theme from Star Wars and ET in Tarkus, and Close Encounters in Fanfare. Kieth really has a triumphant performance, but not at the expense of the entire band.

Greg's voice here is possibly the finest I have ever heard it live - perfect timbre and pitch combined with strength. He really hits the mark on Take a Pebble and then his voice soars with an all acoustic version of Lucky Man. He has great fun with a rocking version of Tiger in the Spotlight, and then dedicates a lovely lullaby, Watching Over You, to his 2 year old daughter Natasha. His bass playing throughout is aggressive and precise, and his playing and vocals all comes together in a climatic full version of Pictures.

Finally, Carl's drumming is so precise this night that you would believe he could toss dimes in the air and hit them at will, while never missing a beat! I am not a big fan of drum solos, but don't miss this one.
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