What does it sound like?:
In conjunction with the current series of reissues of their back catalogue, comes this new 3 cd anthology.
It tracks the band’s career through the halcyon days of their debut all the way through to 1997’s ‘Live – Then & Now’, calling at all points in between.
No album is left out, studio or live. There’s even a couple of tracks from Love Beach, and one from their final studio album, the disappointing In The Hot Seat.
The cds follow the arc of their career.The first, covering their debut album and Tarkus is excellent. The second, covering Pictures, Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery and the triple live album Welcome Back My Friends, is still pretty darn good. The final disc, which has Works Vols I & II through to the reformation albums of Black Moon and the aforementioned Hot Seat, along with various live sets, is the weakest of the three, falling away rapidly after Fanfare For The Common Man..
A couple of minor gripes, – I would have preferred the studio version of Pirates, not the live version included here from Nassau in 1978, and the third cd does rather run out of steam in its final half.
Nonetheless, this is a comprehensive compilation, and covers the band’s career in some depth, picking up all their best known pieces, and for many this may well be all the ELP they need.
What does it all *mean*?
A great trio of musicians who produced some fantastic albums before fading away.
The 1993 comeback was a success, but things were never really the same again. Time had moved on and they could not recapture the glory days.
Goes well with…
Other ELP albums. seventies prog.
Might suit people who like…
Some of the music sounds a bit ‘of its time’ now, but for a while in the seventies, when they were at the peak of their powers, this band enjoyed massive globe straddling success – if you want to know why, have a listen to this!