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Pictures At An Exhibition

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

1971

Pictures At An Exhibition

Album Summary

Pictures at an Exhibition is a live album by English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in November 1971 on Island Records. It features the group's rock adaptation of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, performed at Newcastle City Hall on 26 March 1971. The band had performed the Mussorgsky piece since their live debut in August 1970, after keyboardist Keith Emerson had attended an orchestral performance of the piece several years before and pitched the idea to guitarist and frontman Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer, who agreed to adapt it while contributing sections to the arrangement. The album concludes with the concert's encore, "Nut Rocker". Pictures at an Exhibition went to number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and number 10 on the US Billboard 200. In 2001, it was reissued as a remastered edition that included a studio version of the piece recorded in 1993.

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Rating

2.71

Votes

4573

Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Wed Jun 23 2021
2

It's a live album of a keyboard-driven progressive rock band covering a 150 year old Russian romantic composer, and it sounds like video game boss music.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

This fun rock opera makes up for all the crap I’ve sat through in this challenge. It has elements of classical music, metal, punk, blues and 60s funky keyboard jazz. Even if it is perhaps slightly pretentious and overambitious, it doesn't get boring for the duration, and what's wrong with being slightly pretentious and overambitious when you're obviously having a great time doing it? I literally burst out laughing at the start of Blues Variation because it was such a completely unexpected gear change. This is exactly the kind of stuff I started the challenge to hear.

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Fri May 07 2021
4

I'm a sucker for prog rock, I love this reimagining of classical songs. Will def revisit this one many times

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Sun Jul 18 2021
4

Cet album démarrait sur les chapeaux de roue, une excellente musicalité se dégageait de ce dernier, mais un bruit désagréable se faisait de plus en présent au fil des pistes. En effet, tapis dans l'ombre du studio, je devinais une silhouette familière, se rapprochant pas à pas du micro d'enregistrement: cette silhouette, c'etait celle de Manzarek. De quelques sons etouffés sur les premières pistes, il finit peu à peu par devenir omniprésent, jusqu'à ejecter les pauvres Emerson Lake et Palmer du studio pour monopoliser les débats avec son immonde orgue. Un comportement absolument scandaleux qui je l'espère sera sanctionné par Robert Dimery au plus vite.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

Malgré les nombreuses réprimandes adressées à Robert au sujet de l'inclusion de l'album The Doors dans ce classement, album qui, dois-je le rappeler, fut souillé des doigts de l'organiste Manzarek, notre cher éditeur semble encore une fois n'en faire qu'à sa tête avec l'ajout de l'album qui nous intéresse aujourd'hui. Pictures At An Exhibition est en effet lui aussi gangrené par un orgue, celui de Keith Emerson. Vous l'aurez compris, la liste des personæ non gratæ de ce générateur accueille un nouveau membre en la personne dudit Emerson.

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Thu Nov 26 2020
1

Incoherent, pretentious, noodling.... this really isn’t for me. Why play 1 note when you can play 27!

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Thu Mar 11 2021
5

Fascinating album enjoyed every minute

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

A wild album. Classical music flowing into rock, that suddenly opens up with extraterrestrial funk at times. But the construction of the album itself truly is solid.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Very Meta making music inspired by music inspired by art. But mostly it just made me want to listen to Mussorgsky. They really love those synthesis.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

Solid 3. Interesting interpretation, damn they're virtuosos, I'm glad I listened, and I'd put this on a 1001 list... but for this piece, one of the best ever, I'd rather just listen to Mussorgsky by a true symphony orchestra.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
2

I like Prog Rock but this is pretty gratuitous. I groaned when I saw it was LIVE too and was amazed the Geordies let them out alive at the end! Only joking and there's some good musicianship in parts but other parts it's like they're making it up as they go along. I gave it another go and it does grow on you (like what I won't say!) I need to listen to the classical piece it's based on I guess.....

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Mon Mar 29 2021
1

Not fun at all. Weird and boring.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
1

Absolute garbage and I mean garbage - prog nonsense with piles of shitty organ, barely audible vocals, no songs worth a toss

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Thu Jan 06 2022
1

All instrumental prog rock. Just the worst part of the Pink Floyd records. Pass.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
1

2/17/22 “What do you think it would sound like if aliens invaded the Catholic Church?” This is how I picture the idea for this album came about. Not my vibe at all, could not take it seriously, but they get partial credit for playing the whole thing live and making it a continuous piece. Favorite song: Nut Rocker

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Fri Feb 18 2022
1

Good lord in heaven. This was… something. It reminded me of that scene in friends where Ross plays his “soundscapes” on the keyboard. Some of this was almost passable to listen to but a good portion was absolutely atrocious with heavy doses of sounds that could only be the band’s interpretation of what a UFO sounds like.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
1

I haven't heard this for over 40 years. It's still awful

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Mon May 30 2022
1

Overblown, bloated, overproduced rubbish

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Thu Jan 14 2021
5

Psychedelic.Folk.Rock.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
5

Long loved this since I got on vinyl back whenever!

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Sun Nov 14 2021
5

This might be one of the easiest 5s to give. Narrative, unique sounds, and excellent performances, ALL ON A LIVE ALBUM. Concise Beast.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
5

ELP are probably my favourite progressive rock band. However, I don't generally like live albums, so I always overlooked this one. I mean, it epitomises everything bad people say about prog... it's overblown, pretentious, self-indulgent... I mean, it's a rock band playing adaptations of of Mussorgsky. C'mon. But in spite of all that, it's a fucking barrelling, irresistible rock show that is fun as hell. I particularly love the organ work, and the fast, choppy bits which sound like proto-math rock. On top of that, it's a live album that actually sounds good and offers something different from their studio records. My only complaint is that some of the slower/quieter parts don't work so well - but they do reflect the source material and they give the album balance. So it's 4.5*, but I'm happy rounding it to 5*.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

I really like this! Hadn't heard it before.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

Wonderful stuff.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
5

Wild love album. Very cool take on some classical classics. There's not nearly enough organ in today's music.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
5

Amazing discovery for me. Mixture between synth and classical.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
5

sonzao tri, progressivo e tal, tocam muito

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

Here we have another Prog Rock trio, this one much different than yesterday's (Rush). ELP, along with early Genesis and Yes, are my three favorite Prog Rock bands. Keith Emerson has been mentioned as one of the best, if not the most technically accomplished keyboard player in rock history. This live album, of course with no overdubs or retakes, is a great example of the talent, creativity, and imagination of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. The trio plays a tight adaptation of a classical piece by Mussorgski. The pipe organ, multiple synths, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums all contribute to this impressive work.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

This was absolutely bizarre, but I couldn't help but love it. It was just a lot of fun from beginning to end, and I found myself dancing along to some of the more energetic songs. It's absolutely amazing what ELP were doing with synthesizers over 50 years ago! I think this is a timeless album that I'll surely come back to at some point. I have to say though, that Promenade motif is going to bug me. Where the hell have I heard it before? Favourite: The Old Castle

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Nice!

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Wed Oct 28 2020
4

Haven't listened to all of the source material. But interesting arrangement. 7/10

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

ELP kannte ich auch nur namentlich. Dies ist ein großes Album. Gute 4 Sterne.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

I've loved ELP since I was a teenager. Yes, I know they are over the top pretentious art rock, but dammit they were also really, really good. Keith Emerson was to keyboards like Jimi Hendrix to guitars. Lake and Palmer are amazing in their own way also. I've owned this album on vinyl for many years but to be honest it's one of the ELP albums I've listened to the least. Not sure why that is because it's very good. 4 stars.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Relaxing. Kinda spaced the mid section.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Trippy AF

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Ruhiger Kirchenrock oder wie nennt man das? Auf jeden Fall schaurig schön.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Really enjoyed the spacey weirdness of this.

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Sun Aug 22 2021
4

ARE YOU READY FOR MORE MUSIC?? *CROWD CHEERS AND THEY PLAY SOME NUTCRACKER SONG*

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Sat Sep 11 2021
4

This is a weird album. Definitely not what I was expecting when I selected "Metal and Hard Rock" as the only genre for this list. It's pretty enjoyable though. Very good as background music to work too as well, which is something I've been lacking. Overall, good album.

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Mon Sep 27 2021
4

Memories

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Mon Nov 08 2021
4

I like it was a good listen

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

lots of fun, high energy

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Sun Nov 14 2021
4

A fun idea with an equally fun execution. Gotta love those classical/rock fusions.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

totally wasn't expecting this...solid album with a really cool sound

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Good. I appreciate the effort of re-creating symphonic piece.

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

I don't think this has aged as well as some other ELP records, but it's still pretty good.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
4

Now, Keith Emerson is a God. 4.25

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Wed May 04 2022
4

The sheer audacity has to be admired. Is anyone trying to pull off this sort of highbrow goof in rock and roll land anymore? Would any major label dare greenlight it? It succeeds quite well as a prog rock album on its own merits as well, and has enough humor and high spirits to mostly dodge an indictment of tremendous pretentiousness. Mostly.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

What an interesting concept, to adapt a Russian composer's suite to a rock context. The pipe organ really adds something dramatic and unexpected.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
4

ELP were crazy and fantastically original. They got famous as a folk rock band; slow acoustic songs like Lucky Man and From the Beginning are their most well known tunes. But anyone who ACTUALLY knows ELP knows they epitomized keyboard-driven prog rock. Keith Emerson was the most skilled keyboardist of the 20th century. Easily. It's easy to arrive at this opinion after listening to ELP's first 4 studio albums, which showcase much better keyboard/piano work than this even this album does. I don't even listen to Pictures at an Exhibition all that much. What an insane mind he must have had to compose ELP's discography. And Carl Palmer was a MONSTER of a drummer. Crazy dexterity. I find that prog drummers (Bill Bruford, Phil Collins, Neil Peart) tend to be way more impressive than the traditionally chosen greatest rock drummers of all time. Plus ELP almost singlehandedly inspired the majority of 90s videogame music. Listen to Tarkus or the Karn Evil 9 suite if you don't believe me. If I had a nickel for every turn-based RPG battle theme that sounded like ELP... I can definitely understand why not everyone would enjoy this album. It's weird. But I dig it. Not nearly as good as Brain Salad Surgery though. I REALLY wish Pictures at an Exhibition WASN'T on this list, and that Brain Salad Surgery was instead. I don't love this one as much, so I was unsure whether to put 4 or 5. And because I was unsure I decided to put it as a 4/5 for now.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Speciaal album inderdaad. Maar de gekheidjes met het orgel vielen mij wel eens in de smaak

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

Música clásica tocada como rock progresivo con teclados. Curioso. Un 4.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

What a unique album. A classical suite reinterpreted and extended by a prog rock band. Fantastic sounding live album

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

Not sure what to think! This is so top class in its avant garde approach to prog rock and jazz fusion. I am very impressed, but hard to judge it against the conventional albums on the list.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I got this record at a yard sale 20 years ago along with about 20 other 70’s LP’s, and honestly don’t think I’ve ever listened to it before today. ELP never did it for me they way that Yes’ classic records and King Crimson’s 73-75 period does. Those bands tended merge classical and rock more interestingly to me, where ELP tilts toward classical much more. This album is no exception: a live, rock interpretation of Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibiton. Having no familiarity with the original piece or extensive knowledge of classical music, this review isn’t going to be the most balanced. As an experimental rock record, it’s mostly enjoyable, with all three members of ELP playing extremely well. Emerson is clearly the main attraction of the band: a veritable keyboard wizard, even if he didn’t wear a cape, like his contemporary in Yes, Rick Wakeman. As such, his moog synthesizer is often loudest in the mix, sometimes overpowering the rest of the band and occasionally sounding as if parts had been overdubbed after the fact, in an effort to bridge the movements. Lake and Palmer provide a solid foundation for his soloing, even when they are also going off on their own solos. ELP, say what you will about them, were an extremely tight band on this record. Of the other ELP records I’ve listened to (Tarkus and Trilogy) Pictures at an Exhibition was the most enjoyable. Maybe it’s because it was a live record that captured the band’s energy better than their studio work or maybe because Pictures leans into ELP’s classical side rather than rock.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Prog rock is better than expected. While the genre doesn't have many catchy bangers, it doesn't have the awfully boring songs. Pictures At An Exhibition is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer. The musicianship is insane. This is a great experience to listen to all the way through. There is no way I would listen to each song individually, but together it is awesome! For some reason, the longer songs are worse than the shorter songs Best Songs: The Old Castle, Nutrocker Worst Songs: Curse of Baba Yaga

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

A classical reimagining that sounds like a trip

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

What a batshit album. Who asked for prog rock Mussorgsky? Absolutely nobody, but there were some pretty ripping moments in Baba Yaga nonetheless.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

Cool prog album a lot/a little to much Roland e-piano but still a interesting and nice listen.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

I like that they went all in on this project, you have to commit to something this ridiculous.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

4.3 - I hated "Tarkus" but, surprisingly, I loved this. Prog rock tends to feel bookish and sterile, it's all time signature changes, noodling basslines and bloated synth sounds. Most of these bands sound like self-important pedants. But with this record we hear the energetic interplay between band and audience, and it sounds like such riotous fun! These live performances also showcase the band's virtuosity - they nail every complex phrase masterfully. Standout: "The Sage."

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Favourite track(s): The Sage Wonder how I would rate this if I was more familiar with the original composition. This is just cool. Even though it makes use of the prominent themes, which even I am familiar with, it does not feel classical at all. More like a Pink Floyd record. Makes you wonder what music the composers of earlier centuries would have made, had they had more freedom in picking a style. Or maybe I just don't understand classical music genres enough. Still, cool guitars, cool e-piano and cool lyrics. Certainly takes you on a journey.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

I knew the original piano/orchestral versions before listening to this, but I think this is a nice adaptation overall. It's not so common to have a good crossover of classical music and rock. They do overdo the synths a little sometimes though

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

-Very Emerson, Lake & Palmer-y type jams -All quite fun, although "The Sage" was a bit of a dip -Not really as strong as "Brain Salad Surgery." Had a harder time following the musical motifs and lyrics were pretty sparse -Still overall solid rock and keyboard jamming

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I like Emerson, Lake & Palmer. I have listened to a few of their albums, and regularly return to some of their tracks. This was my first time hearing Pictures At An Exhibition. "Nut Rocker" and the "Promenade" tracks are the only tracks that felt familiar to me. I settled in quickly hearing Greg Lake's vocals in the Promendade tracks. "The Old Castle" had the mix of keyboards and drums that you would expect from ELP. As "The Old Castle" shifted into "Blues Variation", Keith Emerson was up to full power. For a live album, the production was clean and easy to listen to. There weren't any stand-out tracks for me, but this album feels more consistent than some of ELP's studio records (e.g. Tarkus). I am doing a little extra rounding up, but I could come back to this record on a different day.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
4

I'm not a big fan of live recordings of this sort, but as someone who likes psychedelic and progressive rock this is a pretty fun one nonetheless. Saved tracks: The Curse of Baba Yaga, The Hut of Baba Yaga - Pt. 2, The Great Gates of Kiev

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Classical prog rock was a huge surprise. Consider me shocked and a fan

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Quite brilliant

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Fri Oct 02 2020
3

Held my attention. Not something I would really listen to again. Sort of toed the line between pretentious and interesting. 3.5

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Mon Feb 22 2021
3

Started off with a well-known classical piece played nicely on a pipe organ, and I thought to myself, "Maybe this one doesn't have any of the masturbatory prog rock bullshit, and that's why it's on the list." How foolish and naïve. There's a ton of musicianship here, and it's all very impressive, but I'm baffled by the person who plunks down $72 or whatever to go watch a guy play the Moog for what seems like hours. Best track: Promenade (the first one)

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Mon Sep 28 2020
3

Very interesting. Never heard anything like it before. Nutcracker is a banger.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Very neat cover of a classical composition.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

ok

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Maybe not for an everyday listen

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

Interesting. Sounds like 70s church.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

i mean, sure. why not.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

These are the same guys that had that Tarkus album. Another sort of strange progrock concept album. This one is played live and is an arrangement of a classical piano suite or something. Very few lyrics, its a lot of weirdness and moog synthesizers and stuff. Kinda fun, seems like you have to listen to the album as a whole, it would be strange to just randomly listen to these songs on their own.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Rock sinfónico. Un poco psicodélico quizá. Bastante bueno. Muy instrumental.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

Cool sounds, wasn't expecting some of them from the early 1970s. Organ playing was fierce, good jam band instrumental listen.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

5

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Wed Mar 31 2021
3

Wow, this is weird. Prog rock, lots of vintage keyboard and other weird sounds. Some of it almost symphonic. Not really my jam.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

Enjoyed the quieter moments. When the tempo ramps up it sounds like a descent into madness. First class musicianship.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

It's great, but it doesn't inspire repeat listens.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

very therapeutic

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

Nutrocker stood out, the rest was alright

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

I can't say I enjoyed listening to this a lot, but I must say that the album is executed very well. Because of the live execution, the flow between tracks is amazing, The Sage sounds mesmerizing, The Old Castle is greatly ahead of its time and the energy certainly is there. I can see what they were trying, and I believe that a 3/5 is fair for this live portrayal.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
3

Maybe ELP is an acquired taste. I listened to this and I enjoyed maybe half of it. I’ve enjoyed their studio stuff more than this

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

What the fuck

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

3.5

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Now this is good. Not great necessarily, but a very solid good. And it made me realize that I really like ELP. I think I spent like two hours after I listened to this album listening to random ELP songs. So that's a strong feat.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
3

Good

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

This was a nice surprise. A prog adaption of a classical suite. I must say it was an intriguing and enjoyable listen. Particularly love Lake's playing of strings in this, especially in Sage. Palmer's drumming was pretty good and compliments the piece. Although Emerson did play the keyboards and the organ fantastically, I did find some of the synths at the end of some songs and throughout The Old Castle. I'm also not a big fan of the Nutcracker so it's rock adaption wasn't that enjoyable. Still a good album that's been saved on my phone.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

This album was fine, but I honestly kept forgetting that I was listening to it. It didn't make me pay attention, nor did it annoy me in any way. I feel like this about a lot of 70s prog rock. It tends to just be...there. ELP are excellent musicians, and I think this would have been a super cool concert to go to, but as an album experience, it's forgettable 3/5

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

eh who has time

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Prog rock for the seasoned basketcase. 3/5 PS: I'm now pretty sure RZA sampled this and not Mussorgsky for the intro to the Method Man 'Tical' album, which was an unexpected moment of clarity and stark realisation, sending me back in time over two decades to unravel my timeline and lived experience of earth. All in all, a veritable headfuck and an impending midlife crisis. Thanks, Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

baroque prog rock jam band with a _lot_ of synth keyboard. Reminds me of my hipster friends in high school, but not even nostalgia can pique my interest here.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Talented guys

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

A lot goin on but some great licks

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Kinda boring, interested to hear other albums

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Viel hörbarer als befürchtet. Das original habe ich im Musikunterricht nicht gerade würdigen können

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Really enjoyed the use of synth and contemporary instruments. Actual muscians these guys

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Well...it's different, I'll give you that... I love the diversity in this 1001-albums list and was actually pretty pleased to see this one on the list. It's not exactly entry-level ELP (which probably doesn't exist) as it's mostly a rock-classical hybrid cover of a Russian classical piece. The most impressive part is that they performed this entire suite live in one go which seems near-impossible. I'd never heard the entire album before ("Nut Rocker" at the end is the exception and not actually part of the full suite) so it was pretty fascinating to hear the interplay between the 3 guys and try to figure out how they did it. Oddly I feel like even though Greg Lake did the vocals for me I knew/know the least about him growing up as the other two got more acclaim - Lake's guitar playing is fantastic and there's no way a young Randy Rhodes didn't listen to him; *strong* echoes of his acoustic playing on Ozzy's "Diary of a Madman" in "The Sage" It's not at all an everyday album but holy hell these guys were A++ musicians and points alone for pulling this off in such a manner. Again not for everyone to be sure but a slice of history when an album like this could actually make the top-10. 7/10 3 stars

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Thu Jan 20 2022
3

lekkere leipe rock, dit is wel de drie sterren waard

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

Grand, ambitious, and awesome. Honestly, I can't hear the original in any of the tracks besides "Promenade" but it's still really cool. I respect ELP a lot more than my initial reaction to Tarkus. Still inherently classical, with an ambient orchestral presence, incorporating volume well.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
3

Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition fucking slaps, was pretty bored with this but then really picks up at baba yaga and gains this sense of fun that was missing from everything preceding. Also the crowd noise is immense and I love it.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

3/5

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Wed Mar 02 2022
3

jaaaaaa rúnk en áhugavert

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

Nut Rocker is a classic. Interesting Classical Rock sound. I can see why people like it. 3/5 for me now. Definitely one I'll keep in my playlist for a while. I think it will grow on me.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

Genre: Symphonic Prog 3/5 Emerson, Lake & Palmer, one of prog's only true "supergroups", that being defined as a purposeful conglomerate of tremendous players who've already made, or have begun to make their respective marks on the genre (Liquid Tension Experiment is the only other one I can think of), rather than just being a band that are consisting of all tremendous players with generally the same lineup (Rush, Yes, etc.). Keith Emerson, master pianist, assembled along with him bassist/vocalist Greg Lake (pilfered from King Crimson), and drummer Carl Palmer (Atomic Rooster). Together, while all being tremendously talented, it never truly transcended beyond the prog rock fan, and I think that's for the clear and obvious signs of giant, skyscraping egos. And what better way to check a band's ego than by listening to their live album, a cover of an 1800s romantic era Russian piece composed by Modest Mussorgsky... Overall, I'm not generally against bands showcasing their mastery and talent, or even with classical crossover music (Days of Future Passed [WHICH ISN'T IN THIS BOOK, A TRAVESTY], Zappa, etc.), but this is an example of a band being truly up its own ass. When they break into the weird, like when Keith Emerson goes fucking crazy on his synthesizer, it's great and not awkward, or when Greg Lake lets his voice fly and the full band gallops along to him, it's great and not awkward. But when it's just Emerson quietly playing romantic era chord progressions on one of his many keyboards, while a few thousand of rock n' roll goofballs listen with quiet, intent ears, I cringe. This is cool, but almost totally unrelatable. Music doesn't have to be, and these guys do a decent job of arranging the music to fit some prog-rock tendencies, but I'm sure this went over a few heads that night. It nearly went over mine.

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Mon Apr 11 2022
3

Prog just isn’t for me

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

3+

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Wed May 11 2022
3

Perfectly fine

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Thu May 12 2022
3

A British prog-rock super group's adaptation of a late 19th century classical suite... this could really only go one of two ways. I enjoyed this album more than I anticipated I would. The calm chill of 'The Sage' and the raging ramble of the BabaYaga series of tracks culminating into 'The Great Gates of Kiev' were the real standouts for me.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

Well it was certainly something different. I can't imagine how anyone listening to this would consider it an essential "before you die" experience though.

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Sun May 15 2022
3

More Spinal Tap than I expected.

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Tue May 24 2022
3

I done the album Tarkus by them before and while I didn’t love it some bits were interesting so this might he good to go to… This live album starts off with promenade just a bunch of crowd cheering/ chatter then a short classical sounding instrumental. Then is the gnome it is a strange track at the start taking a while to sound cool highlight on here is the drums. Now there’s another track called promenade the first bit with lyrics! It’s really just some some lullaby though so nothing special. Now the sage is a song that I enjoyed it feels like a continuation of the last one but just longer and has a nice acoustic guitar solo ( not something I usually hear). The old castle isn’t that nice to listen to, yeah it’s interesting but weird noise in the start ruins it. It does come back on the more rocking second half of the song, but I don’t know it’s just better at that point still ruins a fine instrumental though. It goes into blues variation though which was an instrumental that I loved ( oh yeah and it’s also the first on here to be completely written by Emerson lake and palmer). Then we get the third and final track named promenade It’s much more similar instrumentally to the first part but has really anthemic drumming which makes it great for an interlude. Then there was the hut of baba yaga a very forgettable instrumental. Whereas the curse of baba yaga is actually quite cool on the album a high energy track ( where you can really tell it was written by Emerson lake and palmer). Then is the hut of baba yaga again this version is better though as the aggression is ramped up to the max. Now for the penultimate track (and the albums longest) the great gates of Kiev even though they don’t span the whole song this is by far the most lyrically led of the tracks which makes it really “epic” at the start the instrumental in the middle is fascinating but annoying then the last minute is crowd cheering so that’s good for them. The set ends with nutrocker just a rock adaptation of what i’am guessing is the nutcracker music ( but I’ve never been immersed enough in either classical music or the nutcracker to really care) I mean it’s good I guess. Overall,I’ve never liked the idea of live albums on the generator and I still don’t the album is a good piece of musicianship but not much else.

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Thu May 26 2022
3

Moog-filled classical/prog what's not to love?

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Fri May 27 2022
3

Moody and interesting

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

I love synth stuff, but I really don't like prog-synth stuff. It's guitar wankery but synths essentially. It is technically impressive but it doesn't move me in any way. Clearly ELP are talented, but it's not for me.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Interesting, and I had never heard of them. Some cool ideas in here.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
3

So impressed that was live! The British rock / classical blend is great. Pure talent to pull that off. Defiantly one to listen start to finish to get the full effect. Organ sound can be a bit much at times.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

It’s cool and very proggy or something.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
3

Like much of prog, bit's of this are really great Like much of prog, alot of this is self indulgent nonsense. TL:DR It's prog.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

A bit too noodly for me. Some nice moments, but dull as a whole.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

Progressive rock, 1971. "Pictures At An Exhibition" is a funny live record with catchy instrumentals and a interesting sound. For me it's a good album, but I also think that it is very far to be one of the best live records of all time.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Very experimental - some songs were great, others have “im on a space ship” vibes

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Enjoyed but a little too proggy for me.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Funky classical music

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Progressivt, man behöver vara sugen på nått mer avancerat när man ska lyssna.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Strange interesting

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

I have always enjoyed the creativity of this trio. Emerson’s keyboard work is astonishing.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

3,5/4 Sehr progressive Mahavishnu, Birth control, Brösechine etc. vibes Not bad

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

61/100: Super unique album, but not in a good way unfortunately, although the name is absolutely incredible. This is a live album (which is cool) with hardly any audible applause. Either the producer edited out most of the applause, or—and this is more likely—no one in the audience clapped this whole concert because the music is so strange. With that being said, every once in a while there’s a decent song, like “The Great Gates of Kiev,” but not nearly enough to make this a good album. If you like this album, you’re probably a pompous contrarian.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I love prog rock and I think ELP are really great musicians. However I think there is better prog rock material than this album. Don’t get me wrong there’s some great material in it (classical guitar solos are neat) but there’s a general feeling that it’s “too much” (in a prog rock sens of course). Ambition, still very solid but there is some more enjoyable rock prog material out there in my opinion.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
3

оказывается можно наиграть классику на гитаре во время концерта и потом тебя хвалят как лучший альбом века! наверно это прочтение не подняло для меня Мусоргского выше, чем обычные пианисты его поднимают

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

good group. one of the lesser know albums but a good album none the less

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

T3B 1. The Sage 2. The Great Gates of Kiev 2. Blues Variation

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Interesting Concept. However not for me.

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

As instrumentais funcionaram bem para mim.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

A bit mad, but I enjoyed it.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

I would imagine that 1001 picked this album because ELP were (at that time anyway) the only rock band to record a classical suite and that, surprisingly, it charted pretty high, but so did their first two albums. I was thinking that, because it is classical music, I would need to listen to other classical interpretations of Pictures… and see how this one holds up. So, I listened to the Weiner Philharmoniker version and though I don't know classical music, I would think that an aficionado would prefer this over the ELP version. So, do I. That said, the keyboard playing is quite good and Keith jumps from one movement to another seamlessly. It would have been nice to hear some piano since the original composition was for piano, but Keith was a Moog pioneer so he wanted to demonstrate that he could master it live. The crowd certainly liked the show. I enjoyed the Greg Lake original composition. Personally, I find the self-titled debut album that came out the year before to be a more epic LP.

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Sun Jan 03 2021
2

I dunno, this is a bit too esoteric/"prog for prog's sake" for me, but some of the instrumental synth/bass/drum bits got going for a few min. 2/5.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

its experimental and stuff but not really a joy to listen to

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Just never got ELP, I get it I just don't like it.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
2

Well that was silly.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
2

meh

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

This album went very fast, and faded into background music just as quickly. I found it very forgettable.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
2

not a bad sound but not very exciting and not a personal fan of live albums

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Onneksi otin kuunteluun 38 minuuttia kestävän originaaliversion enkä yli 2h deluxe-pläjäystä. En ole ihan riittävän sivistynyt ymmärtämään tai nauttimaan tällaisesta taide/progemeiningistä. Genren määrittäminenkin on aika vaikeata kun biisit poukkoilee ihan laidasta laitaan. The Great Gates of Kiev jäi mieleen positiivisesti "normaalina" biisinä, jota voisi kuunnella uudestaankin. Viimeisessä kappaleessa oli kova meininki.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

🤷🏻‍♂️ Yeah, not for me. I know this was a event where they were essentially performing some one else’s music, but it really just seemed like like a lot of random electric twitching for extended portions. Started to focus a bit near the end, I liked the portion about the Baba Yaga, the nutcracker portion was interesting.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

vähän outoa häröilyä, ei oikein kiinnosta

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Prog rock at its toughest; classical work reimagined w lots of virtuosity and bravura. You need some guts to keep it from the beginning to the end

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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Ei tällekään voi enempää kuin kaksi tähteä antaa. Paikoitellen ihan kivaa jamittelua, mutta osa sitten aika kokeellisen kuuloista. Tiedä sitten, jos tuntisi vähän paremmin tätä artistien tuotantoa. Nutrocker rokkasi kyllä kivasti.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

So artsy. So live. So lame.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Das Albumcover kannte ich, fand ich als Kind immer interessant. Die Musik ist nicht so meins

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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

A bit wanky and pretentious. Tight as fuck rhythm section, though. Best track: Blues Variation

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

While I'm sure this worked as a live experience, there's not enough connective tissue to make something this proggy work on record. Without the visual experience of being there or the fidelity of a studio recording, the threads that tie this into a cohesive listening experience just aren't there.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Try to smell a meaner poker face of that audience. Some very good music technically, but not much cohesion

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Fri Sep 17 2021
2

A bit OTT and trippy for me.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

I wanted to like this, I really did.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
2

an extra star just for the opening hook from Tical

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Mon Nov 01 2021
2

i don't think live albums really belong on a list like this

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

I hated - and I really do mean HATED - so much of this. Yet it avoids a one star review because it was also really interesting, intriguing, impressive and even enjoyable in parts. A bizarre album

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Ok... Det var da et mærkeligt koncept album. En slags teaterstykke i musik, opført live. Jeg ved slet ikke hvad jrg skal synes. Specielt godt er det i hvert fald ikke

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Fri Nov 12 2021
2

Going to stick with the original. Really didn't enjoy this. The solo playing seemed frenetic and frantic. A struggle to complete. Thankful I didn't listen to the Deluxe version. Not added.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

Zu hoch für mich!

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

Some intense prog noodling

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

This wasn't for me, I did quite like the song Blue Variation though.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
2

nothing was totally pleasing to me. it wasn’t bad, It just wasn’t incredible. I totally understand why people would like this but since there wasn’t much singing it just wasn’t the best!

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Fri Dec 24 2021
2

I would have enjoyed it far more with less organ. Definitely has an audience, it's just not me.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
2

This was a weird album. Not much singing and the music itself was kinda meh. I realize it is based off of classical music but I think I prefer the classical music.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Es ringt mir schon Respekt ab, die Verehrung wahrzunehmen, die dieser angejazzten special interest Ding zuteil wird. Ungläubige 2.2

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Thu Feb 17 2022
2

OK, so they re-arranged some classical music, put it onto a live album, and then released it? Not unpleasant, just not sure why this needs to be here. Am I missing something?

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Fri Feb 18 2022
2

Listened to on 2/17/22 2.5/5 Favorite Song: The Sage It’s not bad but also not good…? They said: “let’s play a shit ton of random noises and instruments at this concert”

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Mon Feb 28 2022
2

Re-imagining of a Russian composer's works in glorious prog. Best Tracks: The Sage; Blues Variation; Nutrocker

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Sun Mar 20 2022
2

It's a bit at the pretentious OTT end of the scale. Some incredible musicianship, and an early appearance of a Moog, but the album is a bit too noodly for my tastes - a four for importance, a one to listen to.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Prog rock just isn’t for me. Too busy, it just sounds like noise.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

I'm a causal fan of ELP.. I have no idea why this was chosen. Tarkus, Trilogy or Brain Salad Surgery are much much better.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
2

Usually like prog, but this was a bit too experimental for me. Too random, couldn't enjoy.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

Not my jam

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

Naaa. Not for me. Thanks

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Fri May 20 2022
2

im sure it was better in person.

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Fri May 27 2022
2

Onrustig, maar minder erg dan verwacht.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

A rock suite constructed around a Modest Mussorgsky classical piece? I'd say this errs on the slightly pretentious side of prog-rock.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

Well that was some full blown wankery. Glad I didn't listen to Tarkus. Now let me pluck a harmonic on my way to Canterbury Fair...

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Mon Jun 06 2022
2

Somehow managed to be both melodramatic and utterly boring at the same time. Gives prog a bad name.

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Sun Jun 12 2022
2

Not feeling any part of this album. Unfortunately easily forgettable.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
2

I really don’t like this. It is so all over the place and sounds like boss music when covering a 150 year old Russian composer. It just makes me uncomfortable. The music is good quality but not put together well.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
2

Yeah this wasn’t for me. There was just not much to take from this outside the strangeness of the instrumentation and the puzzling nature of why people dig this.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

Pure wank.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
2

Normally I would try and write this a bit more subtle and less crude. I actually like symphonic rock but thought this was a whole bunch of wank. One extra star for the musicianship

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Thu Jul 21 2022
2

The volume levels are horrendous on this. At times I have to crank my volumes by 20 to 30 percent to be able to hear anything and others I have to drop them below normal to be able to not burst my eardrums. It's a live album so that might be some of it, but I think it was mostly intentional. I didn't dislike this album, but I don't think it is necessarily belongs on this list. It wasn't bad but it isn't that great of an album in my opinion.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
2

Weird and experimental and all over the place

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Wed Aug 03 2022
2

No clue what style this album was going to be. It's an instrumental album I believe. oh wait they started singing really softly. they're kinda weird. I don't think this is for me.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
2

When it hits its very good, shame the majority sounds like the musical section at an early learning center

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

I'm finding it hard to rate this one since I'm not too familiar with Emerson, Lake, & Palmer, and this album is a live cover of a classical piece. Keith Emerson is a beast on the keyboards, and the overall musicianship of the trio is fantastic. The 70s prog rock sound dominated by synths isn't my favorite, but I see the appeal. I need to hear more, but my initial impression is "very weird but has potential."

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

Not into this. It's just sounds like loud, unorganized, weird stuff.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

A prog rock album with songs less than 5 minutes long? Such a thing does not exist... oh, there's the catch! It's a fucking live album of a prog band doing their take on some classical nonsense. I can't believe people paid for concert tickets to see this. Hate the music, but love the album artwork, that will spare it from a 1 star rating.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

Best Song: The Curse of Baba Yaga. Absolute psychedelic nonsense, but I'm kind of here for it. Worst Song: The Old Castle. Complete atonal whining at the beginning, that does eventually transition into more interesting but that ultimately sounds like someone strapped a microphone to a hyped up mosquito. Overall: Not sure I understand the appeal. I think there are far better ways to listen to Mussorgsky than this.

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Thu Sep 29 2022
2

Interesting

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