Third Wave of Emerson, Lake & Palmer Reissues Coming This Friday

by VVN Music

The third wave of reissued versions of albums from Emerson, Lake and Palmer's catalog will be released this Friday (May 26).

Works, Volume 1, Works, Volume 2 and Love Beach were released within twenty months of each other and represented a bit of a departure for the band. Each of the members were experimenting separately which can especially be seen on Works, Volume 1, a two-CD set with three of the four sides being handled individually by each artist.

Meanwhile, Works, Volume 2 was considered to be leftovers from the Volume 1 sessions and Love Beach was the proverbial contractual obligation album.

Volume 1 was the main hit of the three albums, going to number 12 in the U.S. and 9 in the U.K. while Volume 2 peaked at 37 (U.S.) and 20 (U.K.). Love Beach, their last studio album for fourteen years, was their last to chart in Britain, peaking at 48 while the album went to 55 in the U.S.

Still, three albums of Emerson, Lake and Palmer music from past their peak still outshines the majority of other artists at the top of their game.

More information on the releases:

Works Volume 1

This double CD comprises all the material first released as a double vinyl album in March 1977. Now fully re-mastered, the 14 tracks include songs and instrumental pieces composed, arranged and recorded by the individual members of the group. These solo efforts were showcased on three sides of the original LP while the fourth side had two joint ELP compositions. Disc 1 of the CD set presented Keith Emerson’s ambitious Piano Concerto No.1 performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. It is followed by five of Greg Lake’s most melodic songs including C’est La Vie with lyrics by Pete Sinfield.

Disc 2 has dynamic instrumental pieces by Carl Palmer performed in a variety of styles with different musicians, among them James Gang/Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh. The great jazz composer Harry South is also present. Carl also contributes a powerful new version of Tank which was first heard on the group’s debut album. Two major ELP works include the full version of their hit single Fanfare For The Common Man and the extended concept piece Pirates.

The double LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design, with embossed cover text and ELP logo. It contains the full 1977 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

Disc 1
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 (i. 1st Movement: Allegro Giojoso; ii. 2nd Movement: Andante Molto Cantabile; iii. 3rd Movement: Toccata con fucco)
  • Lend Your Love to Me Tonight
  • C'est La Vie
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name 
  • Nobody Loves You Like I Do
  • Closer to Believing
Disc 2
  • The Enemy God Dances With the Black Spirits
  • L.A. Nights
  • New Orleans
  • Two Part Invention in D Minor
  • Food for Your Soul 
  • Tank
  • Fanfare for the Common Man 
  • Pirates

Works Volume 2

Works Volume 2, a compilation first released in November 1977 offers another rich seam of ELP songs and instrumental performances. Among the 19 tracks on CD disc 1 are Keith Emerson’s raucous piano outings Barrelhouse Shake Down and single hit Honky Tonk Train Blues. They complement Greg Lake’s perennial hit I Believe In Father Christmas and Carl Palmer’s dramatic The Enemy God among the highlights of their contributions. CD 2 has atmospheric ‘live’ performances recorded during the group’s concert at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal Canada in August, 1977, including Fanfare For The Common Man, Knife Edge, Pictures at an Exhibition and the third movement of Keith’s Piano Concerto. All tracks are re-mastered from original tapes, capturing ELP performing at the pinnacle of their career.

The single LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design, with embossed cover text and ELP logo. It contains the full 1977 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.

2-CD Set

Disc 1
  • Tiger in a Spotlight
  • When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine
  • Bullfrog
  • Brain Salad Surgery
  • Barrelhouse Shake-Down
  • Watching Over You
  • So Far to Fall
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • I Believe in Father Christmas
  • Close but Not Touching
  • Honky Tonk Train Blues
  • Show Me the Way to Go Home
  • Introductory Fanfare (Live)
  • Peter Gunn (Live)
  • Tiger in a Spotlight (Live)
  • C'est la Vie (Live)
  • Watching Over You (Live)
  • Maple Leaf Rag (Live)
  • The Enemy God Dances With the Black Spirits (Live) 
Disc 2
  • Fanfare for the Common Man (Live) 
  • Knife Edge (Live) 
  • Show Me the Way to Go Home (Live) 
  • Abaddon's Bolero (Live) 
  • Pictures At an Exhibition: i. Promenade, ii The Gnome, iii. Promenade, iv. The Hut of Baba Yaga, v. The Curse of Baba Yaga, vi. The Hut of Baba Yaga, vii. The Great Gates of Kiev (Live)
  • Closer to Believing (Live)
  • Piano Concerto, Third Movement: Toccata con Fuoco (Live)
  • Tank (Live)
1-CD Set
  • Tiger in a Spotlight
  • When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine
  • Bullfrog
  • Brain Salad Surgery
  • Barrelhouse Shake-Down
  • Watching Over You
  • So Far to Fall
  • Maple Leaf Rag
  • I Believe in Father Christmas
  • Close but Not Touching
  • Honky Tonk Train Blues
  • Show Me the Way to Go Home


Love Beach

A 1-CD Deluxe Edition of the group’s seventh studio album, Love Beach. It comprises 2017 remastered versions of all 7 tracks from the original 1978 LP. Among many new songs that refreshed ELP’s sound for the modern era are All I Want Is You, Love Beach and The Gambler. Also featured is a 20-minute extended concept piece, the four part Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman written by Keith Emerson and Pete Sinfield. Greg Lake talks about the significance of the album in liner notes that became his last ever interview. Additional bonus material includes some fascinating Love Beach rehearsal tracks, providing a compelling insight into the group at work in the studio.

The single LP set replicates the original LP artwork and design. It contains the full 1978 album, remastered from the original analogue tapes.
  • All I Want Is You 
  • Love Beach
  • Taste of My Love
  • The Gambler 
  • For You
  • Canario
  • Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman: i. Prologue / The Education of a Gentleman, ii. Love At First Sight, iii. Letters from the Front, iv. Honourable Company (A March)
  • All I Want Is You (1978 Alternate Mix)
  • Taste of My Love (1978 Alternate Mix)
  • The Gambler (1978 Alternate Mix)
  • For You (1978 Alternate Mix)
  • Honourable Company (A March) (1978 Alternate Mix)
  • Canario (1978 Rehearsal Out-Take)
  • Letters from the Front (1978 Rehearsal Out-Take)
  • Prologue / The Education of a Gentleman (1978 Rehearsal Out-Take)
 
 

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