- 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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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.
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!!!
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.Read more ›
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Hard prog. Great Drumming. Hard-hitting. Variety all over. Never relents. Seems too much. Blends together a little. Progalicious. Mouthful of prog.Published 18 months ago by Kevin Finn
Great album by 3 superstars of rock and roll. It is one of the best of albums out there. Highly suggest adding it to your collection.Published on November 29, 2013 by John Schardong
How good are ELP? They are among the best rockers of all time. Great talent all in one group. Buy it and you will love it.Published on November 29, 2013 by John Schardong
My copy was skipping and couldnt be returned because I opened it. Won't order again. I don't know how you are supposed to find this stuff out unless you play the CD first. Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by RED
This is good to get if you are not the ELP fan and just like their acoustic songs like everybody else. Read morePublished on June 15, 2006 by Master Chris
ELP is a band that aren't very approachable if you aren't a diehard fan. Tarkus is the song that sums up the bands eclectic power, high energy hooks,... Read more