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Factory albums. There are some weak songs, but many of strong songs as well. More or less, as on any average album of great band.
So, what is the reason some fans hate it? I think, the answer is easy. Many fans like overproduced pseudo-orchestrated keyboards based synth scented symphonic rock. And it's always strange for me, how very average bands, playng this kind of music, receive high rates there in some reviews. OK, let say it's a question of taste. So, I always liked ELP for their kind of symphonic rock - often bombastic, but always acoustic, never overproduced.
In other words, played by musicians, not produced in studio by engineers and producers. No Philarmonic Orchestra imitation, no-one pretends he's a Frantz Lizt there. So, I believe, some part of public didn't find there their awaited desert of second-class provincial symphonic orchestra sound. And many hate this music because of that. I never thought progresive rock should be based on simplified version of classic music. And it's even pity to hear, that sometimes people, who think that classic al music is to serious and complex, think, that one of the prog function is just to adapt read -simplify that music to unprepared listener.
I will never agree with that! So, almost no chance to hear orchestra sound on that album, sorry. But for real fans, who likes acoustic sound of jazzy arrangements, plenty of moody pieces, this album should be really interesting. In total 3,5. Finally we see the variety of musical interests of the members of the group and a sense of genuine fun with the material, particularly those not self-penned.
Unfortunately, the problem here is lack of overall album cohesion and too many "fun" tracks in the style of "Hoedown" or "Benny the Bouncer", like "Brain Salad Surgery" and "Barrelhouse Shakedown", not a typical prog fan's bill of fare. So, while this "Works" works on more levels than many of their acknowledged classics, it's a mitigated success as a unit. Ragtime, country, blues, big-band, jazz, boogie, pop, world, and even more ragtime. Like the first offering, I like some of it and hate the rest.
But it really is a question of taste and nothing more. Neither of these albums belong here, in ELP's discography, or in progressive music.
Is it good? Well, uneven is the right word, of course. There are also two very good Lake acoustic stuff: the mellow Watching Over You a sizeable hit in and an excellent version of the kind of ironic I Believe In Father Christmas.
I recommend this CD only for the hardcore. Final rating: two stars. However the problem with this Works 2 is first of all that works 1 was probably enough and this white album was, I think, unneeded. While "Tiger in a Spotlight" is just a blues-rock with some good piano and the always excellent vocals of Greg Lake, it doesn't add anything to the ELP discography. In the previous years songs like this were relegated as fillers at the end of the album, like "Are You Ready Eddie?
The fact that this is an opener is a bad indicator. The second track, the title is too long respect to the 4 minutes of the song, sounds like an excerpt from a studio rehearsal. The sounds are very "ELP", but this could have been a good segment of a suite, not a standalone track.
Two chords for keyboards improvisations, nothing more. I would replace the "frog" of the title with another four letters word. The band seems to have spent a little more composing effort for "Brain Salad Surgery", but this song doesn't have anything to do with the omonimous great album and this is one of the rare times when I think that Emerson has chosen the wrong sounds for his keyboards. Emerson was having a good commercial success, at least in Italy, by releasing ragtime singles and this "Barrelhouse Shake-Down" is one of them.
Up to now the best thing of the album, if it wasn't that one can find this stuff on old jazz albums instead of from a progressive band. The next song didn't fit into the Lake's side of Works 1 so was probably discarded. It's the usual melodic love song made of acoustic guitar and the fantastic voice of Lake but surely not a highlight of the band's career. Now it's Palmer's turn. It's a disconnected effort, a song which doesn't seem to follow any line. In the middle of the song there's an orchestral boogie intrusion.
It looks like the three have written a small part of the song each. The result is a poor patchwork of good intentions. As song it's technically the album's best and this is an indicator of how poor it is. When I have bought the album I was used to skip almost all the tracks and this one was one of the few that I was used to listen until the end. Probably it has sold more than the Joplin's cover as Emerson's single.
Finally the only good reason to buy this album. A bit of orchestral jazz with a good piano intro and a Lake in very good shape. This is the only good song of the whole album and the only reason why I'm rating it with more than 1 star. An album made of tracks discarded from Works 1 plus a couple of fillers taken from Emerson's singles.
If it was a rarity it could have been a collector item. I have my definite favorites here, including "Bullfrog" which is a crazy, sometimes chaotic, jazz fusion instrumental from Palmer.
I absolutely love this track and consider it one of my favorites in ELP's repertoire. Great percussion and excellent keyboard sound effects abound here. There are three mostly piano instrumentals here by Emerson which are mostly retro jazz styles that are a lot of fun to listen to.
Everything else here is interesting, but not spectacular. This is still far better than the schlock that would become "Love Beach" which was their next album. This was the last great album by ELP, and they might have a good song here and there after this, but nothing matching their previous material after this album. I still consider this an excellent album, and I accept it as ELP's swan song to their best material.
I put Vol 1 and 2 together and end up with a collection full of variety and fun. As happened with 'Works, Vol.
But, unlike with 'Works, Vol. So, the album consists of solo and band's tracks. Musically, this is an album that covers different musical styles ranging from blues, bluegrass and jazz, from different musical eras.
Some derided the album for its apparent lack of focus but others said that it showed a different side of the band. Anyway, the album wasn't a commercial success. It's an interesting song but nothing more than that. It's an instrumental song with some interesting musical appointments and also with some strange keyboard sounds. The third track 'Bullfrog' written by Ron Aspery, Mick Hodgkinson and Carl Palmer is a very strange and eclectic instrumental song with some interesting but nevertheless bizarre and unconventional percussion work, which gives to us a strange and exotic atmosphere.
It's a very short song full of strange and silly keyboard sounds and strange lyrics. This is an interesting, curious and sarcastic song. The fifth track 'Barrelhouse Shake-Down' written by Keith Emerson is a song in a boogie-woogie musical style with some swing style jazz, where Keith Emerson has fun with his grand piano.
It's a nice song with a very simple tune in the traditional style of the ballads of Greg Lake. It isn't a bad song. It has some energy, but sincerely, it doesn't move with me very much. The eighth track 'Maple Leaf Rag' written by Scott Joplin is a fun song that reminds me the very old times of the silent movies.
This is a cover of a great classic song but no more than that. I think it's more fun playing it than hearing it.
It's a ballad based on the Sergei Prokofiev's theme with good musical arrangements and also with good, ironic and controversial lyrics about the negative effects of commercial Christmas. The tenth track 'Close But Not Touching' written by Carl Palmer is another jazz piece of music essentially based on percussion. It's basically a repetitive song that reminds me a marching. This is a very vulgar song that doesn't add anything new to the album and that become in one of the weakest moments on the album.
This is Keith Emerson having fun with the grand piano in a boogie-woogie style while the rest plays in a swing jazz style.
James Campbell and Reginald Connelly is a reinterpretation of a classic traditional song. I don't know the original song but this version is very interesting and cool. This is to me one of the best songs on the album.
Conclusion: Unfortunately, 'Works, Vol. If on 'Works, Vol. It's true that there are on the album some moments of inspiration with good musical moments. But, they are very few. Sincerely, I think this is only a compilation of songs, many previously recorded, often of dubious quality and which weren't even included on their previous studio albums. When I heard it I had the feeling that 'Works, Vol. So, 'Works, Vol. As I feared before, this is the confirmation of the beginning of the fall of one of the best, remarkable and most influential bands of the 70's.
Prog is my Ferrari. A nice bullfrog, but otherwise As many have noted, instead of being a 'real' album this is made up of b-sides and tracks left off former albums, put together when the band couldn't agree on what to release next. It really sounds like it too. There are some nice ragtime piano tracks including I found the vinyl in my grandfather's house after he had died and I listened some times.
First I found it too jazzy for my taste but it has grown and now when I recognize the band and very good Here ends the hardcore prog era for Emerson, Lake and Palmer. It's an underrated album. But I have to admit that I love the way Keith Emerson plays, and he's the most creative keyboard player in my opinion. The album sounds strange at the first time, but it's already good. Some of the songs have Emerson, Lake and Palmer's album Works Volume 2 should have been entitled What's Left in the Vaults because almost all of it had been previously recorded or previously released.
Just when I thought they could not sink any lower This album has been described as a filler album of odds and ends. It probably is that too. There is a lot of Greg Lake solo stuff here though.
A pretty g This 'Works 2' by Emerson, Lake and Palmer is one of the most under-rated albums in the entire progressive rock cannon.
It's an interesting and highly enjoyable collection of odds and sods, but they fit together nicely. One strength of the album is that the songs don't go too long, so as not At the age of 48, I have a different perspective on ELP then I did when I first got into the band at the age of 13 or so. And there was a period in that era 35 years ago where there was a considerable break between the 3 record live album and Works Volume 1. Being a diehard fan back then, I And the arrangements sound a little strange.
It's the kind of song that you are used to listen from ELP. I think it worths See ya.. This album is in no way bad.
Works vol. If their first 5 albums were their best, I would add this as a 6th best, if only for it makes for a good listen every time I hear it.
While vol. The beginning of the end for ELP. Seemingly, this is totally comprised of filler, leftovers and rejects of previous recording sessions that were not released originally for a perfectly good reason: it was mediocre material.
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Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. I think that by Works Vol I, they had major ego problems and if internet had existed back then , they probably would have done this one through the web and communicated by e-mails as they probably could not stand each other's sight anymore.
Sad thing is that youcan hear this state of mind in their music, too! That right there should send up some warning flags. The songs are certainly not progressive, with their short length and mostly simple structures.
However, teh real problem is that they are not any good. With the exception of "When the Apple Blossoms Bloom Grade: F. Now there will be no refunds for that I'm afraid" The whole place just burst out laughing.
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