Monday, February 11, 2008

Album of Last Friday

Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends . . ., by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1974): The sprawling two (or more) disc live album was a staple of mid 70s rock, and ELP were no exception. Sprawling is the right word for it, too, as the band indulges their epic side with extended versions of both "Tarkus" and "Karn Evil 9," in addition to an extended "Take a Pebble" with solo spots from Lake and Emerson (Keith just goes on and on and . . .). It's an impressive performance, particularly when it kicks of with "Hoedown" performed at the speed of light.

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