The live in Montreux is very well produce, the sound is very good and available in 5. Don't spend any money on this one you will regret it. I've been ripped off. It arrived today. ELP still have it -- an excellent performance that reminds me in many ways of my experience seeing them live in Colombus, Ohio in the late 70s. But the sound quality of this video is absolutely unforgivable. I always wondered what happened to that old, low-fidelity microphone that came with my cassette tape player.
I now know that it was used to tape this concert, but the audio tech placed it in a toilet bowl about yards down the hall in the men's room at the Royal Albert Hall. That's how it sounds. It's not unlike how my stereo sounded in my dorm room You'll be much happier for it, and might listen to it a second time. As for me, this is going into the recycle bin. Better yet, buy a copy, then burn it.
That way there will be one less copy in the world, and you'll be doing the world a favor. Update to this review: The seller that sold this copy to me, mikesjazz, was very prompt in refunding my money.
Thanks so much. It has no 5. That version is the original with 5. PQ is not great but better than the copy and is in 4. To the sellers credit, he refunded my money in full including shipping. It has been given a much needed edge here and it is less bombastic. Here Keith gets his chance to "murder" his organ with knifes and perform other theatrical "tricks".
I've seen it before and frankly find it all a bit silly and unnecessary. Overall an excellent concert film. Come and see the show! This is the first time I had seen ELP in action. For years I had only the vinyl and CD's to imagine what these three great musicians looked like when playing a live gig. You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
Honestly, I have had the CD format for this live record but it did not really stimulate me to say that it was an excellent show because I merely based on the audio judgment. You may complain about the vocal quality of Greg Lake, but that's followed a natural call of human physical quality that erodes with the passages of time. For me, I never complain about vocal quality because I'm sure the singers can do nothing about it.
So in this review I preclude this factor. Indeed, Greg Lake voice is still acceptable - only that he handled it tactfully when the lyrical passages reach high register notes. But it does not disturb the overall music quality of this show. Progressively yours, GW. Probably because it's fresh and it was recorded with digital equipment similar to their stage setup. On the other hands "Pirates" are just boring and uninspiring.
At the end of the day, this is a nice try but overall rating is not so high. My biggest complaint is about the sound in general. I am not fan of digital, but with the digital equipment nice work could be done. This is not the case. Songs sound artificial and hollow. Drums are annoying all the time their sound and Palmer's performance too. Please note that this is only the case of the old songs in their modern incarnation, new songs sounds quite well.
However, this concert contains few highlights, but overall sound, choice of the songs and their length prevent me for rating this CD with more than 3 stars. There are better ELP concerts around, both old and new. It twas the supporting tour for "Black Moon" rather poor to say the least so three songs from this album are included.
Still, they could have chosen to play the best one of it "Changing States". Instead, we have to bear songs like "Paper Blood", and "Black Moon". It is played a little harder than on the studio album, but I prefer this version. To highlight Keith's ability which can't be ignored anyway , we'll get a crazy and wild piano solo. Not better nor worse than on other live albums.
To avoid jealousy, the next two songs will please Gregg's fans except that his voice is extremely weak especially during "Still Both studio versions for "Still But apparently, the crowd is less critical than I am and are more cheerful. Things get better though during "Lucky Man". One of the best three moments on this live album. I also prefer this version of "Fanfare" forteen long minutes even if it is included in a medley including a funny moment during which ELP get into "America".
But I am not really sure that the fans were expecting this even if it will only be for a few seconds. The finale of this medley is an explosion of keys and drumming. A bit irritating maybe But that's how we like with ELP, so Do not bother with this one.
You will only be disappointed. Two stars. The main reason I say that is because ELP sounds much like the other prog greats from the s as they dragged their way through the s and s as distant shadows of their former selves. First you have Emerson chiming in with the newest synths of the day of which wasn't a banner year , Palmer incorporating the mind-numbing electronic drums of the period, and Lake with an ever-aging but competent voice.
Another major reason for not scrambling for this album is the selection of modern Black Moon tracks interspersed with selections of former great epics. Known for their on-stage energy and full-force musical prowess, Live at the Royal Albert Hall is the farthest from disappointment a live album can get.
Each member of ELP exhibits his individual talents on this astonishing audio spectacle that doesn't let up at any point. Spearheading the 11 songs on the album that runs almost 70 minutes is keyboardist Keith Emerson , whose earsplitting synthesizer rumbles and squeals with devastating vigor.
His playing is loose and freewheeling, characterizing his devil-may-care style, and bursting with emotion. On guitar, Greg Lake fills in with some stellar bass work, whose impact can be felt even above the grandiose of the other two.
The songs that work best live from ELP are all included, amassing all the ardor and extravagance surrounding this threesome. In front of their home audience in England, they really steal the show with a nine-minute outpouring of "Tarkus," as the combination of all their talents are fused together in instrumental wonderment.
Even better is the grand finale, a minute medley of "Fanfare for the Common Man," "America," and "Rondo. Only 4 left in stock - order soon. Black Moon-Remastered. Atlantic Years. Only 1 left in stock - order soon. Works Volume 1 2-CD Set. In stock on October 5, Customers who bought this item also bought.
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