Palmer, BMG Partner For New ELP Legacy Live Recording

Courtesy: BMG

Emerson Lake & Palmer drummer Carl Palmer will release a new live recording next month.

ELP Legacy Live is currently scheduled to be released June 29 via BMG.  Scheduled to be released on a 2CD/DVD combo pack, the recording presents performances from New York and Miami.

The CD platform presents a performance by Palmer’s ELP Legacy project originally recorded November 25, 2015 at Tralf Music Hall in New York.  It includes performances of ‘Tarkus,’ ‘Knife-Edge,’ ’21st Century Schizoid Man’ and many others.

The DVD presentation features a performance by the band originally recorded June 24, 2016 in at the Olympia Theater in Miami, Florida.  A tribute to late ELP member Keith Emerson, it includes appearances by special guests: Steve Hackett (Genesis), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge) and David Frangioni.  The show’s set list includes performances of ‘Jerusalem,’ ‘Barbarian,’ ‘Karn Evil 9’ and many others.

The full track listing for each platform is noted below.

Tracklist

CD: TRALF MUSIC HALL BUFFALO, NEW YORK, U.S.A., 25TH NOVEMBER 2014
Rondeau Des Indes Galantes / Ride Of The Valkyries
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
Mars, The God Of War / 21st Century Schizoid Man
Tarkus (Full Version)
America
Knife-Edge
Trilogy (Short Version)
CD running time: 48 mins. CD album previously unavailable digitally

DVD: PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION – A TRIBUTE TO KEITH EMERSON. OLYMPIA THEATER, MIAMI, FLORIDA, U.S.A., 24TH JUNE 2016. SPECIAL GUESTS: STEVE HACKETT, MARK STEIN
& DAVID FRANGIONI 

1.    Introduction
2.    Peter Gunn
3.    Karn Evil 9 (Welcome Back My Friends)
4.    The Barbarian
5.    Bitches Crystal
6.    Jerusalem
7.    Romeo & Juliet
8.    21st Century Schizoid Man
9.    Clair De Lune
10.    Knife-Edge
11.    Hoedown
12.    Take A Pebble
13.    Carmina Burana
14.    Pictures At An Exhibition
15.    Fanfare For The Common Man / Drum Solo
16.    Nutrocker

Bonus footage:
17.    Behind The Scenes At The Tribute For Keith Emerson

DVD running time: 2hrs 4 mins

More information on Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy Project is available online now along with all of the group’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.carlpalmer.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CarlFPalmer

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ELP_Carl

 

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Music’s Past, Present, And Future Come Together In 2015’s Best New Live CDs List

Going to see live shows is anything but cheap. Anyone that has ever been to one will attest to that. Regardless of whether the show is close by or a long drive, it seems going to see shows nowadays is anything but cheap. Not to mention it’s not always easy because of time constraints. Weekday and weeknight shows are anything but easy just because of scheduling regardless of whether or not one has a family. So that leaves the question what is one to do in place of going to see a show? The answer: Pick up one’s favorite live recording on CD or DVD/Blu-ray. Both formats offer their own pros and cons. And in many cases, what is available on CD might not necessarily be available on DVD/Blu-ray or vice versa. That leads to the need for a list both for the year’s best new live CDs and new live DVDs/BDs. For the sake of this list the attention will go to the year’s best new live CDs. This year’s list includes a number of live CDs that were not accompanied by live DVDs and Blu-rays. Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck’s new live CD Live + is one of those that only received the CD treatment. It topped this year’s list. Saxon’s The Saxon Chronicles is another live CD that didn’t get the companion DVD/BD treatment. It’s on the list, too as is Birth of Joy’s Live at UBU, Jimi Hendrix’s Atlanta Pop Festival performance, and Zodiac’s The Road Tapes Volume 1. In other cases such as The Rolling Stones’ “From The Vault” recordings, audiences were lucky enough to get the recordings in complete packages. The same applies with Whitechapel’s Brotherhood of the Blade. These are just some of the titles that made the cut for this year’s list of the year’s best new live CD recordings. This was by no means an easy list to assemble. So no offense is meant against any recording that was left off the list. Set lists had to be taken into account as well as production values and also the acts’ stage presence. Taking all of that into account the following is the final list. Without any further ado I offer to you, dear readers, 2015’s Top New Live CDs.

2015 TOP NEW LIVE CDS

1. JEFF BECK — LIVE +

2. CARLOS SANTANA/JOHN MCLAUGHLIN — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

3. LYNYRD SKYNYRD — SWEET HOME ALABAMA

4. DARYLL HALL AND JOHN OATES — LIVE IN DUBLIN

5. TESSERACT — ODYSSEY

6. JIMI HENDRIX — ATLANTA POP FESTIVAL

7. ZODIAC — THE ROAD TAPES VOLUME 1

8. WHITECHAPEL — BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE

9. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE AT THE TOKYO DOME

10. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: LIVE IN LEEDS

11. THE ROLLING STONES — FROM THE VAULT: THE MARQUEE CLUB LIVE IN 1971

12. EUROPE — WAR OF KINGS (SPECIAL EDITION WITH WACKEN OPEN AIR 2015 CONCERT)

13. SAXON — THE SAXON CHRONICLES

14. EMERSON, LAKE, & PALMER — LIVE AT MONTREUX 2011

15. BIRTH OF JOY — LIVE AT UBU

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Eagle Rock, Montreux Sounds To Release Classic ELP Concert This Fall

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Montreux Sounds

Next month, veteran rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) will release its performance from the 1997 Montreux Jazz Festival on CD.

Live at Montreux 1997 will be released on Friday, September 11th. It will mark the first time ever that the classic concert will have been released on CD. The concert’s thirteen-song set list is spread across two discs and features some of the band’s biggest hits including: ‘Karn Evil 9’ (‘Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends’), ‘Hoedown,’ ‘Take A Pebble,’ ‘Lucky Man,’ ‘Tarkus,’ ‘Pictures At An Exhibition,’ and ‘Fanfare for the Common Man.’ Also included with the double-disc recording is a handful of previously unreleased songs such as ‘Touch and Go,’ ‘Creole Dance,’ and ‘Carmina Burana.’

While the concert’s extensive set list will offer plenty of enjoyment for ELP’s fans, it’s only part of what fans will love about this newly released recording. Its companion booklet includes liner notes written personally by Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer. The complete track listing for Live at Montreux 1997 is noted below.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE:

1) Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2

2) Tiger In The Spotlight

3) Hoedown

4) Touch And Go

5) From The Beginning

6) Knife Edge

7) Bitches Crystal

8) Creole Dance

9) Honky Tonk Train Blues

10) Take A Pebble

DISC TWO:

1) Lucky Man

2) Medley: Tarkus / Pictures At An Exhibition

3) Medley: Fanfare For The Common Man / Rondo / Carmina Burana / Carl Palmer’s Drum Solo / Toccata In D Minor

 

Live at Montreux 1997 will be available Friday, September 11th on 2CD physical set and digital formats. The double-disc CD set will retail for MSRO of $15.98. More information on this and other titles from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at:

 

Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt

Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Niacin’s New LP One More For 2013’s Best New Releases List

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Neo-progressive jazz/rock trio Niacin returns next month with its sixth full length album.  Krush will be released Tuesday, April 2nd through Prosthetic Records.  While 2013 is still a very young year, this album has proven itself worthy of this critic’s list of the year’s best overall albums.  The album is made up of fourteen tracks that will impress any prog rock and fusion fan from start to finish.  The whole thing opens with the album’s high energy title track.  All three band members are in fine form throughout this four minute-plus track.  Dennis Chambers (drums) is astounding in his ability to play such an interesting polyrhythmic part without losing a beat.  And keyboardist John Novello’s musicianship on the song’s keyboard part is just as impressive.  It’s amazing the ability of the pair and [Billy] Sheehan to all seemingly be doing their own thing yet make this song come together as one cohesive opus.

The energy exuded by the album’s title track hardly lets up even after the song has run its course.  The band keeps that same energy running strong through the more retro ELP style song, ‘Tone Wheels.’  Again, Novello’s keyboard work takes center stage here with Chambers and Sheehan adding their own extra touch to the song, too.  It’s another sold piece that any real audiophile will enjoy.  Just as complex as the album’s opening pair of tracks is its third composition, ‘Stormy Sunday.’  Billy Sheehan finally gets a chance to really show off his chops here in the song’s opening moments before Chambers and Novello come in on the drums and keyboards to make this piece even more interesting.

‘Tone Wheels’ is just one of so many tracks that make Niacin’s new LP a work worthy of any true music lover.  Just as impressive is the controlled chaos of ‘Cold Fusion.’  This is another of those pieces whose separate pieces sound like they don’t belong together at all, when examined by themselves.  But somehow when put together as one unit the trio of sounds make an opus that will create any amount of discussion for their strange balance among listeners.  It would be interesting to find out how the writing process for this piece in particular started out, and whether each part was written separate from the other or if they all were written in conjunction with one another.  As already noted, this is just one more example of what Krush has to offer listeners.  Listeners get just as much to talk about thanks to tracks such as ‘Electorcity’, ‘Prelude & Funky Opus’, and the album’s closer, ‘Triple Strength.’  It makes for both a fitting title and a fitting final statement as the trio proves to be at full power—or Triple Strength—as it presents one last multi-faceted work of music genius to listeners.  By the time the six-minute plus song is over audiences who are open minded enough will find that they have experienced something very special in this album and will in turn potentially also find it to be one of the year’s best new albums.  The album will be available in stores and online Tuesday, April 2nd.  It can be ordered online via the Prosthetic Records store at http://www.indiemerch.com/prostheticrecords/item/18625.  No performances have been scheduled for the band at this time.  Though, audiences can always find out about the latest tour dates, news, and more online at http://niacinb3.com.

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