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CD Reviews
Brain Salad Surgery
Review by Josh Turner
I would not be the first to say that their music has not held up over the years, because it obviously hasn't. Before we count them out completely, it is important to point out that Emerson demonstrated many innovations in music long before the digital age.
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Review by Gary Hill
This first album from Emerson, Lake and Palmer is really a classic.

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I Believe in Father Christmas EP
Review by Rick Damigella
There is something about the composing of Christmas music. The ingredients are not equal parts nutmeg, cranberries and peppermint.
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King Biscuit
Review by G. W. Hill
A compilation of tracks from two ELP performances are presented here in a double disc set. These performances are from the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show.
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Live at Montreux 1997
Review by Gary Hill
This live album features a strong performance from Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

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Once Upon A Time In South America
Review by Gary Hill
This live set should definitely please ELP fans. It's four CD set that is made up of music recorded on three different nights.

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Pictures at an Exhibition
Review by Gary Hill
What a year it’s been, and not in a good way. Since the last issue of Music Street Journal went up at the end of January, we lost three great (and very different musicians).

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Tarkus
Review by Gary Hill
This is another classic ELP album that we’ve not previously reviewed.

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The Atlantic Years
Review by Gary Hill
This compilation does a good job of representing a nice cross-section of ELP’s work.

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The Birth of a Band: Isle of Wight Festival
Review by Steve Alspach
Since the two products are essentially the same, this overall review is taken pretty much intact from the accompanying DVD review. Check out that one for more specific details on the video content as the DVD is essentially the same as the video side of this DualDisc - ed.

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Then And Now
Review by G. W. Hill
This two disc set is a live album featuring performances from two different ELP eras, "then" and "now". The "then" material is from Cal Jam `74, and the "now" is from shows on the most recent tour.
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Trilogy
Review by Gary Hill
The third album from Emerson, Lake and Palmer this has some great pieces of music.

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Works Live
Review by Gary Hill
How you feel about progressive rock will really have a lot to do with how you feel about this disc.

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DVD Reviews
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert DVD
Review by Gary Hill
While Emerson and Lake have toured recently, and Carl Palmer frequently performs ELP songs with his own band, real Emerson Lake and Palmer concerts are a rarity these days.

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Pictures At An Exhibition DVD
Review by Gary Hill

This is a concert film of the Emerson, Lake and Palmer Pictures at an Exhibition performances.  


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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - The Birth of a Band: Isle of Wight Festival DVD
Review by Steve Alspach
The Isle of Wight Festival, is sometimes known as the "Kill the Messenger" festival for the hostility towards many of the performers (boy, that Joni Mitchell is a sensitive sort, isn't she?). It had at least one highlight - the "first debut performance" (um, how many debut performances can you have?) of The Supergroup (in caps) of the 1970s - Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer.

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Concert Reviews
Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Live at the Marcus Amphitheater-August 24th,1998
Review by Gary Hill
The only pyrotechnics were not the flares on the stage or the lightning that sparked across the late summer sky. Emerson, Lake and Palmer produced musical fireworks in their own inimitable style.
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Carl Palmer
Review by Josh Turner
Interview with Carl Palmer From 2006

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Asia - Alpha
Review by G. W. Hill
As I sat down to do a retro review of the single of "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes," I realized that I've never reviewed this album. I decided to resolve that issue.

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Asia - Aqua
Review by Gary Hill
I’d consider this to be a middle of the road Asia album.
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Asia - Astra
Review by Gary Hill
This album has all of the original lineup of Asia except Steve Howe. The music, however, is much different than what we heard on their debut disc.
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Various Artists - Back Against the Wall
Review by Gary Hill
There are few people who haven't at least heard of Pink Floyd's The Wall. I would hazard to say that those who have never heard the album are in the minority as well.
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Keith Emerson - Band – Three Fates Project
Review by Larry Toering

After The Keith Emerson Band did the Moscow CD/DVD, I knew I had to follow what was to come.


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Keith Emerson - Band - Featuring Marc Bonilla – Moscow
Review by Larry Toering

I've seen my share of Keith Emerson live. Based on the performance captured here, I would would say I haven't seen his best.


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Atomic Rooster - Best of Atomic Rooster - Volume 1 and Volume 2
Review by Gary Hill
Atomic Rooster have often been regarded by most as a progressive rock band. That is the first reason they are included in the prog section at MSJ. Reason number two is the fact that Carl Palmer was a member of the band.
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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Carl Palmer - Decade: 10th Anniversary Celebrating the Music of Emerson Lake & Palmer DVD
Review by G. W. Hill

I have to say that I truly respect Carl Palmer’s vision.


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Asia - Don’t Cry – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

For years Music Street Journal avoided covering items that were out of print.


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Asia - Don’t Cry – 12-inch Single (Vinyl)
Review by G. W. Hill

For years Music Street Journal avoided covering items that were out of print.


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Carl Palmer - Drum Solos DVD
Review by Gary Hill

This DVD is one that’s mostly just for drummers.


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Emerson, Lake and Powell - Emerson, Lake and Powell
Review by Larry Toering

When Keith Emerson and Greg Lake enlisted Cozy Powell because Carl Palmer wasn't available at the time, I thought it was a strange idea.


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Asia - Fantasia – Live In Tokyo
Review by Gary Hill
Yes fanatic and general prog head that I’ve always been, when Asia released their debut disc, I was all over it. They were the progressive rock supergroup of the time and they delivered with a killer disc.
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Asia - Fantasia - Live in Tokyo DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Asia fans rejoice, the reunion tour is now presented in DVD. I covered the CD release in detail, so you might want to check that out for the specifics about the music. Let’s just say that we get treated to a killer performance of Asia classics, King Crimson, ELP and Yes songs.


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Asia - Go / After the War Vinyl Single
Review by G. W. Hill

It used to be that we wouldn’t review things that were out of print.


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Asia - Gravitas
Review by Jason Hillenburg

One cannot rage against the dying of the light indefinitely.


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Greg Lake - Greg Lake/Manoeuvres
Review by G. W. Hill

This is a new reissue of two older Greg Lake albums in one set. The second album includes a single bonus track, while the first has several.


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Keith Emerson and the Nice - Hang On To a Dream: The Story of the Nice written by Martyn Hanson
Review by Steve Alspach
One of the more popular bands in progressive rock during the 1960s, at least in England anyway, was the Nice. A band that got its start providing backup for r-n-b singer Pat (P.P.) Arnold, the band then found its own ground by playing straight-ahead rock, but then eventually paying homage (in their own iconoclastic way) to such classical composers as Sibelius, Bach, and Tchaikovsky.
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Asia - Heat of the Moment / Ride Easy (vinyl single)
Review by G. W. Hill
The old school Asia singles are cool because they generally include b-sides that aren't available on the main albums. This is no exception.

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Heaven & Earth - Heaven & Earth - Featuring Stuart Smith
Review by Larry Toering

This is a review of the Japanese import version of Heaven & Earth which features a lot of musicians that Stuart Smith assembled for this great band.


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Keith Emerson - Honky
Review by G. W. Hill

This album from Keith Emerson was recorded in the Bahamas.


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Carl Palmer - In Concert DVD
Review by Lorraine Kay
Simply titled “The Carl Palmer Band In Concert,” their new DVD is a must have for any ELP or prog rock fan. The release presents their concert from start to finish as they performed it on September 5, 2004 at the Bucharest Sports Arena in Romania.
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King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King – 40th Anniversary Edition
Review by Gary Hill
Porcupine Tree’s Steve Wilson was tasked with the job of remixing this classic progressive rock album.
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King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon
Review by G. W. Hill

This was King Crimson’s second album. Greg Lake continued to provide vocals here (with the exception of one song), although he had left the band.


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Various Artists - Light My Fire - A Classic Rock Salute To the Doors
Review by G. W. Hill

I’ve always been a big fan of the Doors.


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Keith Emerson and Greg Lake - Live from Manticore Hall
Review by G. W. Hill

This live recording features Keith Emerson and Greg Lake doing ELP songs (and a little more).


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Carl Palmer - Live in Santa Ana, CA, June 2006
Review by Lorraine Kay
Best known as the "Palmer" in Emerson Lake and Palmer and as the drummer for Asia, Carl Palmer is still one of the most awesome drummers in rock and roll or any other music form. And if it were even possible, he seems to get better and more stellar as time goes by.
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Greg Lake - London 81
Review by G. W. Hill

For the sake of full disclosure, with the exception of the closing piece, this album was previously released as “Live on the King Biscuit Flower Hour.”


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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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Keith Emerson - Off the Shelf
Review by Steve Alspach
I read a review on Amazon – I don’t remember precisely where – that said that just because someone is talented that doesn’t make him good, and the reviewer named ELP as an example. Ergo, Keith Emerson is talented but not good.
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Asia - Omega
Review by Greg Olma
Now this is more like it!  I enjoyed the Payne fronted version of Asia also but if you are a purist, then Omega will certainly satisfy those cravings for original Asia material.  

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Asia - Phoenix
Review by Gary Hill
Unless you’ve been living in the proverbial cave for the last few years you probably know that the original lineup of Asia (Geoff Downes, Steve Howe, Carl Palmer and John Wetton has reunited). This is their first studio CD of the 21st Century.
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Keith Emerson - Pictures of an Exhibitionist written by Keith Emerson
Review by Steve Alspach
There's a saying going around the internet that the purpose of life is not to arrive in Heaven all nice, neat and well-preserved, but rather to arrive sliding in a big cloud of dust, dirty and disheveled, and saying "Holy @#$%! What a ride!" If you get to Heaven and see a banged-up motorcycle and a big dent in St. Peter's gates, you'll know Keith Emerson made it.
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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Plays Prog Rock Classics
Review by G. W. Hill

I like these Royal Philharmonica Orchestra sets. I


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Various Artists - Popoff Archive 2: Progressive Rock written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
The music world has many characters who work behind the scenes, from producers to engineers to marketing people (and many more). 

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Greg Lake and Geoff Downes - Ride the Tiger
Review by G. W. Hill

Apparently this album was recorded in the 80s, but has never before been released. I have to say that’s a shame. There is some solid music here. It’s definitely progressive rock, but on the AOR side of that equation. I’d say this is far closer to what you’d expect from Greg Lake than it is what you’d expect from Geoff Downes, but both men are represented well by it.


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Various Artists - Rock N Roll Christmas
Review by Gary Hill
f you are looking for a CD that combines solid rock with Christmas themes to augment your holiday festivities, this is a good choice.
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Various Artists - Rockin' the City of Angels written by Douglas Harr
Review by G. W. Hill
This book is something very special. A good tag-line for this would be "come for the pictures, stay for the stories."

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Greg Lake - Songs of a Lifetime
Review by G. W. Hill

This tour was an interesting one.


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Various Artists - Steinway To Heaven
Review by Gary Hill
It seems like a rather novel, but still somewhat obvious concept. Take various keyboardists, mostly from the world of progressive rock and have them record various classical piano pieces.
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The Keith Emerson Trio - The Keith Emerson Trio
Review by G. W. Hill

Most people probably know of Keith Emerson for his work with The Nice and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.


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Heaven & Earth - The Making Of Heaven & Earth DVD
Review by Larry Toering

Stuart Smith put together this band some time ago and made an album, then later put out this amazing DVD that showcases many of the proceedings in the studio while working on the project.


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Various Artists - The Show That Never Ends
Review by Gary Hill
This album is a compilation of various progressive rock performances that were presented on the King Biscuit Flower Hour radio show. All of the outings are quite good, and the selection of artists is also. 



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Asia - The Smile Has Left Your Eyes / Lying to Yourself (vinyl single)
Review by G. W. Hill
One of the cool things about these vintage Asia singles is that the song on the flip side is typically not included on the album. That makes these worth having. 

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Various Artists - To Cry You A Song: A Collection of Tull Tales
Review by Gary Hill
One of the first tribute albums ever done by Magna Carta, this one includes some intriguing arrangements of Jethro Tull songs. There are some definite winners here (witness Aqualung, To Cry You a Song, and Locomotive Breath) and no real losers.
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Keith Emerson and the Nice - Vivacitas - Live at Glasgow 2002
Review by Gary Hill
Billed as Keith Emerson and the Nice, this recent release is accurate with that name from a technical standpoint, but in some ways it is a little deceptive. While all of the music on the disc does feature Keith Emerson, only the first CD is actually with The Nice, and even then, it's only two of the members of the band (plus the keyboard wizard).
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Carl Palmer - Working Live - Volume I
Review by Gary Hill
While fans of Emerson Lake and Palmer should be an obvious audience for this release from Carl Palmer and his new band, these guys don't do music that duplicate's ELP's sound.
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Carl Palmer - Working Live Volume 3
Review by Gary Hill

While Carl Palmer does a lot of music that was performed by Emerson Lake and Palmer, don’t expect his renditions to sound like that band.


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Asia - XXX
Review by Larry Toering

Asia return with their classic line-up for an out of this world album.


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