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Very Best of

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An album by Emerson Lake & Palmer
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Many Excellent Moments With An Occasional Trying One

  • Jun 17, 2005
This compilation seems like a good place to start with Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. I am not a hard core fan of thse guys but I appreciate enough of their songs to add this to my collection.

Lucky Man, From The Beginning, Still You Turn Me On, and C'est La Vie are grat songs that are both captivating and beautiful. The keyboard touches fit in well with Greg Lakes acoustic playing. Trilogy and Knife Edge were two pleasant surprises. The first three minutes on the initially mentioned track feature some goregous piano. The remainder of the piece is OK but Emerson's keyboard parts are a bit overdone.

Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt. 1 is a good song as well but again Mr. Emerson's can be a bit too noisy over the course of the piece. I guess it depends on the mood that I am in as sometimes the solo suits me right. Fanfare For the Common Man, Peter Gun Theme, and Hut of Baba Yaga/The Great Gates of Kiev are other memorable tracks.

The rest of the songs go on for a bit and could use some balance. Too many screetching keyboard solos no matter how many special effects is just plain annoying. It would have been nice to hear some Greg Lake's electric guitar playing. Hi acoustic work is certainly Grade A.

We can not forget Carl Palmer's contributions especially on Lucky Man. Therefore a four star rating out of five is appropriate.

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Label: Rhino, Wea
Release Date: July 17, 2001

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