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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition

Keith Emerson , Greg Lake , Nicholas Ferguson    G (General Audience)   DVD
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This DVD/CD Combination Disc features the film and soundtrack from the original 1970 live "Pictures at an Exhibition" concert. Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer are all superb musicians; together they formed one of Classic Rock's most influential bands! Songs: Promenade, Gnome, The Sage, The Old Castle, Blues Variation, The Hut of Baba Yaga, The Curse of Baba Yaga. DVD/CD Combination Disc: Side 1 (DVD) - The film; Side 2 (CD) - Bonus CD; Side 2 playable on any DVD or CD player.

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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Mussorgsky would roll over in his grave June 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Great music no rocker can ruin! April 6 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars It's finally grown on me Jan. 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and play alittle air-keyboards. Nov. 21 2003
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Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Exhibition! Oct. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music and visuals!
ELP is one of my favorite bands right up there with Zep, Floyd and Alice. Theirs is a unique sound and a singular vision. That vision is brought to light exquisitely by this DVD. Read more
Published on Aug. 11 2003 by Psychedelic Cowboy
4.0 out of 5 stars For people who like this band
If you do not love ELP, but you like them, do not buy this CD. If you are looking for a good rendition of Mussorsky, then do not buy this album. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Connecticut Rooster
2.0 out of 5 stars Was it Lake who said,
"They call us pretentious and pompous - so we are!" Indeed. One must be quite adventurous to put one's name next to Mussorgsky's, co-authoring his masterpiece acclaimed for more... Read more
Published on April 9 2003 by MMM
4.0 out of 5 stars So what if they rearranged the orginal?
Rock critics and classical fans who love to [dismiss] this record always point out that ELP "raped" this piece by playing only certain portions of Mussorgsky's original... Read more
Published on April 4 2003 by Michael Topper
4.0 out of 5 stars Saw it in Anchorage, Alaska Theater in 1977
Myself and two other buddies aged 16 at the time went to see this at a midnight showing in Anchorage, Alaska - I think in 1977. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2002 by Douglas R. Tooley
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece!!Forget only Tschaikowsky's"Nutcracker"
It's almost perfect,even if this re-arrangement of the Mussorsky's classical opera is a bit "uncomfortable", above all if We consider the point of view of some critics/reviewers of... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2002 by Lethe
3.0 out of 5 stars "Pictures" Puzzles
This is ELP's live recording of a handful of sections from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" piano suite. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2002 by David Eniz
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