Title - 'ELP - Live At Montreux 1997'
Artist - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Live At Montreux 1997 is the first ever release of the audio from this concert, which includes ELP classics from across their career including: 'Karn Evil 9,' 'Hoedown,' 'Take A Pebble,' 'Lucky Man,' 'Tarkus,' 'Pictures At An Exhibition,' and, of course, 'Fanfare For The Common Man.' Live At Montreux 1997 also boasts rare tracks that have never appeared on ELP studio albums, such as 'Touch And Go,' 'Creole Dance,' and 'Carmina Burana.'
Emerson, Lake and Palmer, known to all as ELP, were progressive rock’s first supergroup. Keith Emerson (keyboards) came from The Nice, Greg Lake (guitar, bass & vocals) from King Crimson and Carl Palmer (drums) from Atomic Rooster. Formed in 1970 they were an instant success and went on to have a series of huge selling albums throughout the seventies before splitting up in the early eighties.
Reunited in the early nineties, they produced a new album, Black Moon, and began to tour again. In 1997 they embarked on a world tour which included this superb performance at Montreux on July 7th, 1997.
With a spoken, Ringmasteresque intro welcoming us to "the show that never ends", we launch immediately into the frenetic 'Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2,' which is then backed by both the fun and bouncy 'Tiger In The Spotlight,' and the keyboard wizardry extravaganza, 'Hoedown.' The triumphant 'Touch And Go' is next and is followed by the laid back beauty, 'From The Beginning.' Next up is the bass methodical 'Knife Edge,' which backed by the brilliant, and piano solo-enhanced, 'Bitches Crystal.'
Keith Emerson is introduced on the grand piano, before they then collectively bring us one of the most incredible highlights of this double live CD, a simply stunning, and rarely played 'Creole Dance.' The first disc then rounds out with both the old fashioned instrumental musical piano romp of 'Honky Tonk Train Blues' and then, finally, the second track off their eponymous debut album, 'Take A Pebble.'
The second disc, with the band now back, fresh from their intermission, begins with a near six-minute, and crowd adored, 'Lucky Man.' Then comes a nice surprise, in the form of a two track, and over 20 minutes long, medley of both 'Tarkus' and 'Pictures At An Exhibition.' After a solid, and so well deserved round of applause that lasts for close to two minutes (although one assumes the band left the stage at the same time to create an encore opportunity), the return for the final track. Another medley, this time coming in just under the twenty minute mark, we get 'Fanfare For The Common Man' + 'Rondo' + 'Carmina Burana,' Carl Palmer’s drum solo in between, and the whole thing comes to a breathtaking close with 'Toccata In D Minor.'
In addition to the incredible set list spread over 2 CDs, the included booklet features individual sleeve notes from Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer.