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Emerson Lake & Palmer


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4.24 | 519 ratings

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5 stars Rest assured you'll get your money's worth: The greatest show in Heaven, Hell or Earth!

Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends was recorded right at the peak of Emerson Lake & Palmer's career and features live versions of songs that originally appeared on the group's first four studio albums. Highlights include an amazing version of Tarkus that sounds better here than the studio original and all three impressions of the out of this world Karn Evil 9. Also from Brain Salad Surgery comes Toccata and Jerusalem and from the self-titled debut comes Take A Pebble which included snippets of some other tunes as well as a long piano improvisation. Only Trilogy is sold a little short with Hoedown and The Sheriff being the only inclusions from that album.

It is of course debatable whether in each case the best songs have been chosen from every album, but what is here is of outstanding quality and showcases the band at its best in live performance. This is nothing short of a live masterpiece and one of the essential live records of the genre.

SouthSideoftheSky | 5/5 |


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