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Very Best of Original recording remastered

3.7 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Lucky Man
  2. Knife-Edge
  3. From The Beginning
  4. Trilogy
  5. Jerusalem
  6. Toccata
  7. Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression - Part 2)
  8. Still... You Turn Me On
  9. Pirates
  10. Fanfare For The Common Man
  11. C'Est La Vie (Live)
  12. Peter Gunn (Live)
  13. The Hut Of Baba Yaga/The Great Gates Of Kiev (Live)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • ASIN: B00004YR27
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By David Hogan on December 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to ELP, and insist on buying a "Best of" compilation, it would be better to buy the collection simply titled "Best of Emerson, Lake and Palmer" (as opposed to this, which is VERY best of ELP). "Best of" was released years ago, but is still available currently at most stores. That cd is better because it includes the entire Tarkus suite, and as any ELP fan well knows, it is ridiculous to call an ELP collection their "Very best" material if it excludes Tarkus. Also, the original "Best of" has Hoedown, an essential early instrumental hit.
However, it should be noted that because this Cd ("Very Best of ELP") excludes the Tarkus suite (20+ minutes), it includes a few songs the other collection does not..."Pirates", the full version of "Fanfare for the Common Man," the "Peter Gunn" theme, and snippets from the "Pictures at an Exhibition" album. All things considered though, I would consider the other collection to be a hell of a lot closer to "The best" of ELP than this one because of Tarkus.
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This album is chock full of some classic music. A good selection overall that represents a fine cross section of the bands talents and evolutuion. Unfortunately, as any ELP fan can verify, the recordings leave a great deal to be desired. I find it odd that the best sound on the entire compilation is one of the live examples near the bottom of the track list. "C'est La Vie" is recorded live, but somehow outshines all of the studio material as far as Clarity, Depth of Image, Ambiance and Frequency Response. Almost all of the studio tracks sound flat and very scewed toward the high end. I am a fan from way back but have always been dissappointed with ELP's recordings and purchased this compilation hoping for some noticeable improvements from the mastering engineers at Rhino. Needless to say, I am not impressed.
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This album is a good selection of ELP songs. The sound quality is good and the cuts are done fine. It is a good selection of hits for people who have no clue about ELP; therefore, they get a good idea of their music and style. It is also a good selection of songs gathered in one place for the fans to listen from time to time. Overall it is a good album.
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There are some very good songs on this compilation. Focusing on ELP's progressive rock sensibilities, a lot of classic moments in early electronica and electronic rock are showcased. But can an album be considered a collection of the Very Best of ELP without what are perhaps the groups most well-known tracks, Hoedown and Nutrocker? The album provides a decent sampling of the groups range, but this leaves it promoting some work that is more the exception than the rule of ELP music.
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I am a longtime fan of ELP. I love their music. To me, they are the ideal supergroup. Greg Lake, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer all in one band is like a dream come true. I like the fact that this set includes three great live tracks. 'The Hut Of Baba Yaga,' 'Peter Gunn' and 'C'est La Vie' all appear in their live versions.

Also, it's got all of the hits. 'Lucky Man,' 'From The Beginning,' 'Jerusalem' and '...Still You Turn Me On' all appear on this set for your listening pleasure. And, Rhino did an excellent job remastering this. In translation, the sound quality is superb!

Overall, if you're a casual ELP fan, I can readily recommend this compilation. It's a great set, and it features 13 legendary songs. You also get 78 minutes of music, which is a whole lot of music.

This is highly recommended for any ELP fan. ENJOY!!!
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This greatest hits collection has lots of songs that many of you would listen to and not even realise that ELP sang the song. The recording of the cd seams to be of studio quality and you should enjoy the cd if you like music from there era. Go ahead and buy this cd to allow your self to experience music that will not be duplicated any time soon. This is music from a time of people writing there own songs and having meaning behind them. The love for music is noticable, they wern't doing this for a paycheck from a corporate record company. My personal favorate is From the Beginning. To truly enjoy music one must have respect for all other forms of music.
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Being a fairly new fan to ELP, I found this album to be quite encompassing in terms of selecting the shining moments of quite an expansive catalog. This trio delivers virtuoso performances on this album, as I'm sure they do on their other albums as well. The mix is nice and LOUD, but still quite crisp....and the stereo separation is excellent. Highly reccommended for fans who have heard "Karn Evil" and "Lucky Man" but not much else from the band. A bold yet wonderful step in terms of prog rock.
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Track 1 is really good, and so are a lot of tracks on this disc. However, there is not enough complexity to satisfy my craving for complexity in music. I bought this because Emerson Lake and Palmer were recommended to me as an early progressive band. However, though this may fit in the genre of early progressive there have been many albums put out since that even the best of Emerson Lake and Palmer doesn't cut it for my taste for originality that is cerebral.
Track 2 makes me think of what the baby boomers considered great music. It was nothing that was in comparison to the old jazz greats like Benny Goodman that the previous generation listened. Truly the popularity of this is a part of the reason why my musical teachers rejected rock even as a valid medium for musical expression.
I personally did not give up hope in rock and I ended up finding some really good music there that is far more cerebral than this, such as John Scofield. So there you have it, already by the second track on this album there is starting to be some mediocre rock of which by nature there is nothing really special about it.
The critic of this writing must face the fact that there are oodles of more cerebral jazz albums than even The Very Best of Emerson Lake & Palmer, and many more works that followed it in the vein of jazz fusion, making this album practically an irrelevant selection because there is so much stuff out there that is as good as this one.
I like track 3 and 4 though. These are definitely standouts. However, this whole album would had to be at this level of quality in order for me to give it a 4 star rating.
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