Penned chiefly by Palmer, the pieces are long on top-shelf playing but short on interesting musical ideas. This being an ELP album, there are also a couple of classical adaptations.
Finally, after three sides of uneven material ranging from triumph to treacle, the actual ELP section of the record arrives. It contains just two pieces, but, boy, do they make the most of them. The track achieves an undeniable majesty and momentum. It ended up giving the band their biggest hit ever, and has since been the soundtrack to innumerable TV sporting events.
The minute track is a bravura achievement. Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Release Date March 17, Track Listing - Disc 1. Piano Concerto No. Keith Emerson. Lend Your Love to Me Tonight. C'est la Vie. Hallowed Be Thy Name. Closer to Believing. Track Listing - Disc 2. Sergey Prokofiev. New Orleans. Nights" features Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh on lead and slide guitar and scat vocals.
Side 4 features the entire band, and consists of a modern piece rearranged for rock band, Aaron Copland 's " Fanfare for the Common Man ", and the long-form song "Pirates", which features lyrics added to music Emerson had written for a cancelled film version of Frederick Forsyth 's book The Dogs of War.
Aaron Copland found ELP's version of his piece appealing although he was puzzled at the inclusion of a modal solo between two fairly straight renditions of his piece. According to Sinfeld, the band had wanted Leonard Bernstein to conduct "Pirates". Bernstein walked out after hearing the music, describing it as "primitive". AllMusic 's retrospective review was mixed. They particularly criticised the solo sides of Keith Emerson "on the level of a good music-student piece, without much original language" and Greg Lake " 'C'est la Vie', the featured single, says little that ' Still You Turn Me On ', from their previous album, didn't say better and shorter".
They offered some praise for the Carl Palmer and group sides, but concluded that the group songs "cover a lot of old ground, albeit in ornate and stylish fashion. Source: . Credits are taken from the album's liner notes.
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