Album #228 – Pictures At An Exhibition

Album #228

I really enjoyed this album. It is a live album and features ELP performing a classical piece entitled Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky intertwined with ELP’s arrangements and own pieces. They finish the album off with a great cover of Nut Rocker which takes music from The Nutcracker and makes it more rocking and livelier. The audience was excited throughout this live album. You can hear shouts of delight and loud applause. It is hard to believe that this reaction would happen for a Progressive Rock band. The great thing about Emerson, Lake and Palmer is that they do know how to rock and kick ass even though they have classical influences. Most critics and punk rock musicians would right off what ELP was doing. Yes, some of the synth parts on this album are cheesy. But, that only takes a small part away from their music. I enjoyed the musicianship and classical influences but, I also enjoyed the rock influence and the sensibilities that ELP kept intact. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.

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