What does it sound like?:
Way back in days of yore, this was the first ELP album I ever bought, attracted by the thought of discovering a new band – and by the fact that the original live album was a budget price release!
It was the band’s second release of 1971, following on from Tarkus, with the featured performance being recorded in Newcastle in March of that year. The piece is, of course, inspired by Mussorgsky’s classical composition, but expanded with the band’s typical improvisations and flourishes.
The remastered original album on disc one is augmented by a performance of the piece recorded at the following year’s Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico of all places.
The second cd contains a show at the Lyceum from late 1970 which concludes with storming takes on The Barbarian, Knife Edge and especially Rondo.
The booklet has new interviews on the album and its recording, conducted with the band earlier this year.
What does it all *mean*?
This is still a really good listen for fans of the band, and it certainly brought back a lot of good memories. If you’re just a fan of prog from that era in general, here’s a great opportunity to get acquainted with this classic piece of music from the band’s repertoire.
Goes well with…
Other albums by the band – more reissues are to follow later this year and in 2017.
Might suit people who like…