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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: #102,954 in DVD (See Top 100 in 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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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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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. It is a treat to see the young trio playing their instruments and such, but after a while them just standing and playing would start to get old (especially after repeated viewings). I mean, you can watch Keith Emerson's hands all day long, but that isn't going to mean you can play like him.
There are some groovy psychedelic effects in the middle part of the show that both both enhance the viewing experience and illustrate what ELP is all about. The swirls turn into comic-book images (not cartoons). These are Marvel comics characters from the 60's by Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko-- two artistic visionaries that were doing with pen and ink what ELP did with sound. The visuals are thus a perfect match! Dr. Strange and the Fantastic Four in particular are well suited to ELPs music.
Some people may be annoyed that they can't see the band clearly the whole time, but there is plenty of unadulterated footage of the band doing its thing. By the time the visuals start you ought to be in the proper state of mind to enjoy them them anyway. They wash over you just like the music does.
This is certainly one of the best concert DVDs available.
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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 composition, and by adding their own songs into the mix as if they were "equals" to the composer. In my opinion, this kind of irreverence and cheerfully creative re-engineering of the music is exactly what makes "Pictures" so refreshing. A lot of rock covers have toyed with the arrangements of the original song, why should ELP be judged any differently for doing the same for a classical piece?
In any case, the group never even wanted to release "Pictures" at all, live or studio (considering it merely a cover that they used to warm themselves up on in the early days, albeit one they liked very much), and when they did it was only as a budget release. Which makes its quality even more amazing, because this is one of the most ambitious and well-recorded live works of its day. The album opens with the "Promenade" theme stated religiously on church organ, before moving into "The Gnome",
an early synth-fest with Lake and Palmer providing excellent support. Things quiet down for the second "Promenade" and "The Sage", perhaps the most enjoyable part of the album, with Lake
singing angelically to quiet organ and acoustic guitar accompaniment. His acoustic guitar work in "The Sage" is extraordinary and marks an early high point of both the album and his career with ELP; even detractors of the album find this
piece soothing and atmospheric.
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