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Emerson Lake & Palmer — King Biscuit Flower Hour
(King Biscuit Flower Hour Records 70710-88025-2, 1977/1999, 2CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1998-07-01

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Having had the original FM broadcast of this much bootlegged performance there are no surprises here for me. However this has always been one of my favorite live tapes. It's a highly edited show from the second leg of the Works tour, when they began playing material from both Works and Works II. This broadcast features only material from those two albums. ELP heavyweights like "Pirates" and "Fanfare for the Common Man" get good representation here, and thankfully the show is sans orchestra. What I love about this show is that Keith plays the first part from his piano concerto, which is my favorite. The set also has Lake classics "C'est La Vie" and "Watching Over You." There are some lesser tracks, but in all is a strong footnote in ELP's history. There has always been some confusion as to the venue. King Biscuit places in Wheeling, West Virginia 1978. Some filler material from the Welcome Back... album (which was recorded by KBFH) appears as well. Why that's here is anybody's guess. Disc 2 also features a CD-ROM track, with interviews and some bogus concert footage. Hardly worth the effort, I think a single disc would have sufficed. This CD stands as ELP's epitaph, as the Works tour began their demise.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 15, 1999 releases, 1977 recordings

Related artist(s): Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), Keith Emerson, Greg Lake


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