Emerson Lake And Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer may have suffered at the hands of time more than any other Prog band. ELP are commonly associated with such 1970s excesses as the merging of classical music with rock, long (we're talking long) solos, and lyrical themes that had more to do with fantastical worlds than the real one. But dismissing the band as a Spinal Tap punchline ignores what a startlingly original and ambitious group they really were, especially when you put them back in their early '70s context. Keith Emerson stands as one of the most innovative and talented keyboardists ever to beat up an organ. Not only did he elevate the status of his instrument, so that guitarists were no longer the rock world's only virtuosos, he was also one of the first players to put the Moog synthesizer in the spotlight. The other members of the group were likewise musicians of note: Carl Palmer astonished would-be drum wizards with his maniacal and versatile playing, while Greg Lake not only played bass and guitar (and sang with one of the sweetest voices in rock) but produced the band's records as well.
Emerson Lake And Palmer Concert Films
Live at Montreux 1997
Emerson Lake And Palmer
Runtime: 1 hr 31 minEmerson, Lake and Palmer, known to all as ELP, were progressive rock’s first supergroup. Keith Emerson (keyboards) came from The Nice, Greg Lake (guitar, bass & vocals) from King Crimson and Carl Palmer (drums) from Atomic Rooster. Formed in 1970 they were an instant success and went on to have a series of hugely successful albums throughout the seventies before splitting up in the early eighties. Reunited in the early nineties they produced a new album, Black Moon, and began to tour again. In 1997 they embarked on a world tour which included this performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 7. It is the only film from this tour that is available. The set includes ELP classics from across their career including Karn Evil 9 (“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends”), Hoedown, Take A Pebble, Lucky Man, Tarkus, Pictures At An Exhibition and Fanfare For The Common Man. Also featured are rare tracks that have never appeared on ELP studio albums such as Touch And Go, Dance Creole and Carmina Burana. The booklet features individual sleeve notes from Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer.