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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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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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Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire
Review by Gary Hill
This first solo album by Judas Priest guitarist Glenn Tipton is a fine piece of work. It takes the Priest sounds one expects to find here and updates them, bringing new angles and directions to them.

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Glenn Tipton - Baptizm of Fire Remaster
Review by Gary Hill

The debut solo album (first one released, not the first one recorded) by Glenn Tipton has just been reissued with two new tracks added on to the lineup. Since I reviewed the original release of the album, the majority of this review will be drawn and modified from that review.


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Jon Lord - Before I Forget
Review by G. W. Hill
This solo album from Jon Lord has been reissued with some bonus tracks. It's an intriguing album.

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 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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Tipton, Entwhistle & Powell - Edge of the World
Review by Gary Hill

When Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest first set out to record a solo album he worked predominantly with John Entwhistle (The Who) and Cozy Powell (Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Emerson Lake and Powell and seemingly a million other bands). Well, after the disc was done, the label nixed its release. 


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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Review by G. W. Hill

This first album from Emerson, Lake and Palmer is really a classic.


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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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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 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 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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - King Biscuit
Review by Gary 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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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Live at Montreux 1997
Review by G. W. Hill

This live album features a strong performance from Emerson, Lake and Palmer.


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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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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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Rainbow - Live in Munich 1977 DVD
Review by Gary Hill
In my opinion the quintessential Rainbow album is Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll. Well, this DVD opens with “Kill the King” from that album and we also get the title track.
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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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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 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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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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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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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Tarkus
Review by G. W. Hill

This is another classic ELP album that we’ve not previously reviewed.


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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 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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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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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Then And Now
Review by Gary 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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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Trilogy
Review by G. W. Hill

The third album from Emerson, Lake and Palmer this has some great pieces of music.


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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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Emerson, Lake and Palmer - 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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