What does it sound like?:
Back in 2006, Keith Emerson put together this two cd collection of material from his archives. Long since deleted, it has now been resurrected in newly remastered form.
I think diverse is the word to describe the music on here, ranging from ELP type material, through to jazz, big band and film soundtracks with even a few cover versions thrown in for good measure.
All of these pieces were originally left ‘on the shelf’ for one reason or another – some work, some don’t. They span a whole range of years, going back as far as 1968 with The Nice’s rather lo-fi take on Frank Zappa’s Lumpy Gravy, and moving on into a much truncated solo attempt at an extract from Pictures At An Exhibition and a full blown orchestral version of Abaddon’s Bolero. There’s even one not entirely successful song featuring Levon Helm and Garth Hudson from The Band, but the best material here occurs where he collaborates with jazz and big band musicians, where his enthusiasm seems to really get fired up.
This is quite a patchy release – the theme to Jim Davidson’s sit com Up The Elephant and Round The Castle and his cover of Ian Dury’s Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll can best be described as inessential, but there’s a lively take on the old chestnut America featuring an on form Pat Travers on guitar.
What does it all *mean*?
There’s no doubting Emerson’s technical ability whatever musical style he chooses to play, but this is probably one for the ELP completist rather than the casual fan.
Goes well with…
One that is suited to maybe dipping in and out of or playing in the background, rather than a concentrated intense listening session.
Might suit people who like…
ELP fans, maybe a bit of jazz or big band music.