Universal Music Tribe ELP Reunion DVD review
Greg Lake is pudgy like the Pillsbury dough boy, Keith Emerson has a bit of a struggle knocking over his keyboard as a perennial part of the stage show, and when Carl Palmer pulls off his sweat soaked shirt to reveal his love handles, he looks like your weird uncle Henry. But none of that matters, because this is E, L freaking P. The masters of seventies whatever the hell it was rock, the combining of classical elements and rock, the brilliant, one of a kind sound that sold a zillion albums. And the thoughts of the three of them together again was enough to get many of us old fans lit up.
The resulting live concert contains everything a fan could want. The band reunited to celebrate their 40th Anniversary and headlined London’s first High Voltage Rock Festival. This was the historic moment when Emerson Lake and Palmer performed for the first time since 1998.
The concert lasts an hour and a half, and there is a great new 30 minute documentary included as well. The show kicks off with “Karn Evil 9; 1st Impression- Part 2,” as “the show that never ends” begins. It’s off and running through ELP’s “greatest hits,” “Bitches Crystal,” “Lucky Man,” “Pictures at an Exhibition,” “Fanfare for the Common Man” and more. Excellent solos from all thee musicians, and Carl Palmer reminds us why he is one of the finest drummers of any generation. An absolute must have for the 70’s prog-rock fan. Just brilliant.
-Michael Buffalo Smith
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