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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
By Personnalité- ( S. Robert Tod. )
This product should be seen by all people that really love both music as true art and great musicians. The grade of virtuosity displayed by these three musicians here is "Absolute Gold Standard". I have always loved the first album called simply "Emerson, Lake and Palmer" and mainly two songs one of them is "The Barbarian" and the other one is "Take a pebble". The performance of "The barbarian" in this DVD is superb, very energetic, curiously this song is the first one in the first album and is the mathematical demonstration of the total virtuosity of this group as if they wanted to show since the first time that they weren't here to fool people, as if they wanted to address the following message to the world, "we are serious musicians and we love to play musical instruments". The other performances here are of the same level of quality and the drum solo played by Carl Palmer here is one of the most different ones I have ever seen and listened in my life, his ability and rhythm control capacity are only equalled by Neil Peart from Rush. One thing that jumps to ones eyes is how easy they play such a complex pieces of music and how they were happy those days in playing together. Simply Buy this DVD, play it and enjoy it, you are going to watch real musician's performances and listening to great music.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
Masters of the Stage is more like it
I was also saddened to find out this wasn't an official release, but I'm not sorry I bought it. The quality, sound and video is just wonderful and it's a picture of ELP from a time when they were "Masters of the Stage". The comedic beginning and the interviews are priceless, but the performance is just the ultimate. Keith's improvisations, Greg's vocals and acoustic work, Carl and Greg's camaraderie, their youth, their passion for the music... its all here in this video.
The one tip I'll give you when watching this dvd... this was actually 2 shows that were spliced together to make one dvd.. so if you start from the beginning you can find many times when the boys seem to change shirts in a flash... There's also a spot during Knife Edge when you think Greg has repeated the same verse twice, till you notice he's wearing a different shirt on the second verse... its fun just spotting these little lapses in continuity...
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Progressive Rock's Finest Hour
By Dumb Ox
During the early seventies, groups formed out of members of other rock bands that explored avenues of music that combined rock and classical elements. This was progressive rock, best represented by bands such as Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Triumvirat and this trio of Englishmen who go by their last names. Keith Emerson (The Nice), Greg Lake (King Crimson) and Carl Palmer (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown) were lean and hungry in their early years, willing to go off the deep end in their passion for music. This DVD of an old Belgian TV show is a prime example of the group's early work. It is fresh and powerful, without the trappings that later accompanied ELP's success. Brief interviews with the trio show that they had a sense of humor about themselves but not their music: Carl Palmer freely admits he's never held a job apart from drumming and Greg Lake says he'd probably kill himself if he was unable to be a musician. Their performances are powerful and riveting, from Emerson stabbing his synthesizer and riding it like a bucking bronco, to Lake pouring out emotions in his amazing voice, and to Palmer playing so hard that he has to strip off his sweat-soaked shirt. The trio come across like brothers, emotionally interacting onstage and off. The songs are Barbarian, Rondo/Bach Improvisation, Drum Solo, Nut Rocker, Take A Pebble and Knife Edge. Each is performed with a rare blend of power and polish that is enjoyable to watch. Though only about an hour long, the show is a valuable glimpse into a musical genre that unfortunately peaked in the late 70s and faded. There is little in the current music scene to compare with groups like ELP and their ilk. Purchasing this DVD has only whetted our appetite for more, so we will be on the search for similar material. We enjoyed this show and recommend it to anyone who enjoys excellent music, whether ELP fans or not.