What does it sound like?:
ELP may be dead, but thanks to their one surviving member, their music lives on. Carl Palmer continues to plough their furrow with this cd/dvd set capturing two shows from 2014 and 2016.
The cd is from a show in New York, although its length (40 odd minutes) suggests it’s not the full set. It’s rather an odd affair in that, rather than trying to replicate Keith Emerson’s unique keyboard sound, Palmer has opted to replace it with a guitarist. This gives rather a different slant to familiar pieces like Tarkus and America. Personally, I found the guitarist’s fondness for shredding rather wearing, and for me it’s an experiment that doesn’t really come off, although Palmer’s drum skills are as good as ever despite the medical issues he’s had in recent years..
The DVD concert is billed as a tribute to Keith Emerson, and this time does feature the full show, which as you’d expect, is basically an ELP greatest hits set, containing all the usual suspects – Fanfare, Karn Evil 9, Take A Pebble, Hoedown, Pictures, etc. The show benefits greatly from the addition of a Hammond to the ensemble, and there’s even a guest appearance from Steve Hackett, who also throws in some nifty harmonica playing for good measure. There’s also a decent, if briefish, behind the scenes documentary.
What does it all *mean*?
At least the music is still being played and is not forgotten, but Palmer, like Hackett, is forever welded to his seventies musical output.
Goes well with…
Might suit people who like…
Definitely one for ELP fans, although purists may be put off by the dominance of the guitar.