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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition


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  • Actors: Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer
  • Directors: Nicholas Ferguson
  • Producers: John House, Lindsey Clennell
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Video Service Corp.
  • Release Date: Nov. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC57
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #124,994 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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For a long time, this was my least favorite of Emerson, Lake & Palmers albums (Until the likes of Love Beach embarrassed us all). The concept is interesting enough; a late period classical work by a Russian composer set in a rock idiom. The playing is technically solid. It is however, a live album and does not hold up quite as well as the studio efforts. Even so, our trio still plays it as part of our tribute to ELP. It expresses the Emerson, Lake & Palmer hallmark of taking musical risks.

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Steve Andersen - Keyboards
Seven Virgins & A Mule
Canada's Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tribute
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I'm not a huge ELP fan but I do like a lot of their stuff. However this just didn't cut it for me. Mussorgsky's original piece is a work of geniuses, and Ravel's version is good because it just adds power and color but keeps the spirit of the original work. I think it would have been possible to do a decent rock version of Pictures, but this version seems more like a hack job to me. I realize that not all of the original music may have been suitable to a rock format, however several parts that could have been adapted well, were missing. For instance why was Bydlo left out? This would have been a perfect fit. Also ELP's version of the old castle is just about unrecognizable and has none of the feel of the original. Finally I thought the lyrics in the great gate were just distracting, and almost all it's glory was missing. The only good track was Blues variaions which had little to do with Pictures. Maybe this is why it works better.
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No surprise so many fans think this is a "difficult" album -as it is a pretty close rendition of Mussorgsky's original work. For prog rock fans used to think that "Starship Trooper" is some kind of classical music, Pictures at an Exhibition must sound like unchartered waters.
The thing is, Emerson and Palmer are technically good (not great) musicians, and Lake is a decent bass player, but all three of them rank among the worst composers ever born. Therefore, when they play somebody else's music (like they do here), thay stand a chance to do something good. If only their producer would have had enough guts to tell them "look, your thing is arranging some Copland's or Ginastera's music, but don't EVER try to record your own material again!"
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I've always liked ELP's Trilogy, Tarkus, and Brain Salad Surgery, but this album usually gave me a headache. The harshness of the keyboards and rhythm changes seemed even more complicated than the other albums, and I didn't get an "emotional" impact...which I now do. Now I want to seek out other versions of this piece.
Nutrocker still hasn't grown on me, and I doubt it will. :)
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As a longtime listener of Emerson Lake and Palmer I would advise the listener to segment all of ELP's work. In Pictures there are some very annoying moments; the ribbon controllers high pitch yowls, the organ noise of a Hammond having it's internals abused and the occasional flub of the then new and twitchy Moog. But before you say no-way, listen to the Hammond work of Emerson, he was and probably still is the rock master of the Hammond organ. On a close listen his phrasing and attacks will leave you saying wow! The CD is worth it just to listen to a young Emerson on the Hammond.
This is not easy listening stuff; the best way to listen is with a good, properly set up sound system. Imagine yourself in the first row balcony seat of a small (2-3 thousand seat) theater. The drum work goes from mundane to holy cow, Lakes young voice is lovely at times, and we get a taste of his wonky lyrics (a weak point of the band for years to come). The final track is a throw away encore for a young band still learning new material. The album was recorded in March of 1971; the band was still working on original material for their first studio releases. All in all a daring rendition of a classic and the wall of sound these three men manage to create is impressive. To quote Carl Palmer: "We're not a straight forward rock band- we are a saber-rattling band!"
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If you're looking for a straight rendition of Mussorgsky's Pictures, this ain't it! What you get with this album is an amalgam: Some of it is Mussorgsky, some of it ELP, some of it is Mussourgsky as adapted by ELP. The result is one of the finest pieces of progressive rock ever pressed on black vinyl.
I've been a fan of ELP since I first heard Tarkus in the early '70s. Saber rattling, aggressive, over the top rock-n-roll. ELP was at the forefront of progressive rock, blending classical, jazz and rock in a frantic keyboard driven fusion. They are as dark as Pink Floyd could ever be and just a touch more complex and grand in scope than the best work by Yes. With this album, they just took it just a bit further.
ELP was critisized as pompus and pretentious. And with this album, they peaked in that regard. Ravel's orchestration of "Pictures" is one of those classical pieces which is perfect without any further adaptation. It is one thing to tackle great classical pieces such as Alberto Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto ("Tocotta" on Brain Salad Surgery) or Bartok or Janacek ("The Barbarian" and "Knife Edge" on ELP's first album). But Mussourgsky! Glad ELP violated that holy cow! Rock-n-Roll!
If you have a good stereo and turntable, I highly recommend trying to find the audiophile half speed master pressing on the Mobile High Fidelity label. The fidelity is much better than with a CD, and this is one piece of music which is worth it!
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