What does it sound like?:
Most fans would agree that the best ELP albums were the run of three they produced in the early 70’s, comprising Tarkus,Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery.
The second of that run, 1972’s Trilogy, now gets the reissue treatment, with this package of a remaster of the original album on CD1, a new stereo mix by King Crimson’s Jakko Jaksyk (who also did the BSS reissue) on CD2, and the 5.1 mix etc on the DVD.
What does it all *mean*?
The new stereo mix is excellent – the contrast with the original album is like night and day. Gone is the hissy, muddy sound of yore, replaced by a much clearer picture of the sound the band created in the studio. The more complex pieces in particular reveal hitherto unheard nuances. The 5.1 mix also lives up to expectations, placing the listener in the very epicentre of the music. A disappointment though is the lack of unreleased music – only one ‘new’ piece, a not very different alternate take of ‘From The Beginning’ is included on CD2. Frustratingly, the sleeve notes refer to several unreleased versions of ‘Hoedown’, none of which make an appearance, so there was presumably more available in the archives than is on offer here.
Goes well with…
The accompanying booklet is rather disappointing – nowhere near the standard set by the recent Tull reissues for example, and contains rather too many typos – ‘Living Sun’ anyone – which should have been picked up at the proof reading stage.
Might suit people who like…
If you want to hear what ELP were all about at their creative musical peak then give this a try – the whole caboodle is currently only £7.99 on Amazon, which is an absolute steal.