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Pictures At An Exhibition (Emerson, Lake and Palmer, 1971) 10 June 2007

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Today this ELP album sounds like an oddity. It’s a full-blown rearrangement of Modest Mussorgsky‘s composition of the same name, but done 70’s style, and reinterpreted with a rock language rather than played faithfully by the note. Today, modern listeners might not see the point of that, and ask themselves why mix classical music with rock, but at the time this album was one of a string attempting the experiment. (more…)

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP, 1970) 1 May 2007

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer are one of the most reviled groups in rock music. They were incredibly popular in the early Seventies, especially with college students (or so I read), and then had a huge backlash against them in the later Seventies, when Punk was born. Punk musicians indeed targeted them quite often, with keyboardist Keith Emerson burnt in effigy to show contempt for what they felt was dinosaur music compared with theirs. And they were bloody wrong about this, what with Punk music being a conservative restoration of rock and a return to its roots, the three-chord fast song. But I digress. (more…)