Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Emerson Lake & Palmer|
A Time and A Place
Genres: Pop, Rock
A Time And A Place is the definitive Emerson Lake & Palmer bootleg collection, bringing together 4 CDs of prime unreleased material from 1970 to 1998. These fully authorized, remastered live performances were taken from th... more »
A Time And A Place is the definitive Emerson Lake & Palmer bootleg collection, bringing together 4 CDs of prime unreleased material from 1970 to 1998. These fully authorized, remastered live performances were taken from the best-possible soundboard recordings (discs 1 through 3) and audience tapes (disc 4). The set also includes a collectible poster and liner notes by Jim Allen. A Time And A Place brings together a select body of performances captured before worldwide audiences during the band s career. From the group s raw and unrestrained sound of the early 70s, their rearrangements of compositions by internationally renowned composers, to their timeless conceptual pieces such as Tarkus, Karn Evil 9 and Pirates, ELP have always been a band to push hard against musical boundaries. With Keith Emerson on keyboards, Greg Lake on bass and vocals and Carl Palmer on drums, ELP broadened the audience for progressive rock. The band released a series of landmark albums in the 1970s, and several more in the 90s after a 14-year hiatus.
Decent Boots for Serious Fans
Guy Atkinson | San Francisco | 08/05/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first thing you should know about "A Time and a Place" is that these are at best sound board recordings (the first three discs) and at worst audience bootlegs (the fourth, almost unlistenable disc).
I'll assume you aren't reading this because you think you might like Emerson, Lake & Palmer. If you are, like me, an ELP in need of help, these discs do offer live versions of songs seldom performed, and an interesting window into how some songs evolved in concert, when compared to the "mainstream" live versions you've surely already got. But be aware that you will be only marginally happy mixing these versions into a playlist with those other live ELP albums because the sound quality here ranges from really poor (the fourth disc) to "good". While these do sound better than the fairly horrid 16-disc boot set released a few years back, the sound on "Time and a Word " is usually short of even the low standard set by the original version of "Works Live".
This works okay for the solo and lighter material: there wasn't a lot to record. Emerson's many piano solos sound just fine, as do Lake's softer ballads, and show both men in fine form. The set also reminds us that in his prime, Palmer was a superb Rock drummer of immense power and finesse.
Some may like the smaller soundstage offered by many of these recordings: there is a certain early-70s charm to the small hall feel of many of these recordings that is lacking in the Olympic Stadium / California Jam / Albert Hall live recordings ELP fans are used to. But when the compositions get grand, the majesty is drowned out in the thick mud of bad acoustics and inadequate miking.
If you are new to and curious about ELP, this is not the way to introduce yourself to the band. They've gone to quite a lot of trouble to repackage their catalog a dozen ways to Sunday such that you can efficiently introduce yourself to their studio work (I'd recommend the 4-disc "Return of the Manticore" set, released in '93).
If you're a fan interested in their live work, `74's "Welcome Back My Friends" (and its subsequent excellent remasterings) remains the standard.
If you've been pining for solid live versions of "Endless Enigma" and "From the Beginning", these ain't them, but it's beginning to look like these are as good as it's gonna get. If you desperately need a 46th version of "Pictures", that's here too, and I'll see you when hell calls our names.
Excellent for Unbeginners
eurocrank | Ketchikan, Alaska | 08/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My first comment concerns the glue problem and how to deal with it.
I just received this box set through amazon.com (US amazon). The first two discs had the glue problem; the second two discs did not.
I've found that the best cleaner for both CDs and vinyl is lighter fluid. It cleans virtually everything without damaging either plastic, vinyl, or most CD labeling. When cleaning a CD, I squirt lighter fluid wherever there is a problem on the disc, either side of the disc, and wipe with a clean 100% cotton handkerchief (sometimes I'll squirt the fluid on the handkerchief first). When cleaning vinyl, I squirt lighter fluid on a cotton-tipped Q-tip and work the grooves. I've known it to get rid of pops and other noises that Discwasher and other fluids couldn't remove. I've cleaned hundreds of records over a period of years with no sign of deterioration.
For glue-on-CD problems, the glue is generally on the edge of the disc, not on the label or play side. For this situation, I squirt lighter fluid on a piece of toilet paper and wipe off the glue, repeatedly folding the toilet paper to get more of the glue. I don't use toilet paper on the play or label side of a CD because it will scratch the disc (however lightly).
By "lighter fluid" I mean Ronsonol. It advertises its cleaning qualities. The key ingredient is Naphtha.
My second comment concerns the sound quality of the discs. I enjoyed the poorest quality recordings (Disc 4: in-concert fan recordings) without a cringe or an expletive. Compared to the earlier two ELP bootleg boxes and their anthology ("Best of the Bootlegs"), this disc is significantly better. I wish all "audies" sounded this good. While some audies sound a bit better (fuller sound), these are perfectly listenable. The audience doesn't distract; there are no significant anomalies (wow & flutter, dropouts); and the distortion is negligable.
The other discs are of far better quality. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if many people preferred Discs 1-3 to the officially released live albums, such as "Welcome Back My Friends To the Show That Never Ends" and "Works Live." The soundboards seem more intimate, more personal, more direct. I'm listening to the first disc ('The early '70s') as I write, and the quality is impressive. Not on the level of the Grateful Dead live archival releases, to be sure, but what is? But not far short, either.
The performances are exceptional; with a few exceptions, they're undocumented and significantly different from previous official releases. To me, the last track, 'I Believe in Father Christmas,' needs to be heard by ELP fans due to the tenderness of Lake's singing. There's also the best version of 'Lucky Man' I've heard (without that echo!).
I don't listen with audiophile ears, and I'm not a purist, but I could have done without the earlier bootleg boxes. This box, on the other hand, I'll be returning to whenever I want to hear Emerson, Lake and Palmer."
More track info for beginners
P. Avinger | Katy, TX USA | 08/10/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"First of all, I am a huge ELP fan so this is not an unbiased review. My goal is to give track by track info for the buyers out there that are new to ELP's live body of work.
1. The Barbarian - Not a great version of this classic taken from the Isle Of Wight concert, as Greg's bass stays out of tune badly for most of the song. The Lyceum 1970 version available on the Deluxe Edition version of "Pictures At An Exhibition" is much better, but not as historically important.
2. Take A Pebble - Same version as on the "Beyond The Beginning" video.
3./4. Ballad Of Blue/High Level Fugue - This is the middle section of Take A Pebble from the Lyceum 1970 concert, the full version of this is still unavailable on cd, but should be!
5. Hoedown - same version as available on the "From The Beginning" box set.
6./7. Still... You Turn Me On/Lucky Man - unavailable until now, but similar to the Welcome Back.." versions.
8. Karn Evil 9 - Same version as the "King Biscuit Flower Hour" cd, and taken from the same show as "Welcome Back..". Track is mixed differently than "Welcome Back..."
1. Peter Gunn - same version as the "King Biscuit" cd. Would have been nice to have the "Memphis" version instead.
2. Pictures - Recorded two nights after the Wheeling, WV show, great to have a version from the 77 tour sans orchestra, nice GX-1 integration to this classic.
3./4. Tiger In A Spotlight/Maple Leaf Rag - same version as "King Biscuit".
5.-7. Tank/Drum Solo/Enemy God - Of the three good/excellent quality recordings of the '77 tour, the Nassau show is the weakest sound quality wise. Again the Memphis show is excellent, or the full version from the Wheeling show.
8. Watching Over You - see 3./4.
9. Pirates - Excellent version from Memphis, hard for me to tell the difference from Wheeling.
10. Tarkus - see 5.-7. Nice extended Aquatarkus.
11. Show Me The Way To Go Home - Not much difference between this and "Works Live"
1. Knife Edge - same version as "Manticore Vaults, vol. 3"
2. Paper Blood - unreleased show very good.
3. Black Moon - unreleased show very good.
4. Creole Dance - unreleased show very good.
5. From The Beginning - From the "Live In Poland" cd.
6. Honky Tonk Train Blues - My guess is that this is the version from "Then And Now", if not very similar.
7. Affairs Of The Heart - unreleased show, very good.
8. Touch And Go - same version as "Manticore Vaults, vol. 3"
9. A Time And A Place - My guess is that this is the version from "Then And Now", if not very similar.
10. Bitches Crystal - My guess is that this is the version from "Then And Now", if not very similar.
11./12. Instr. Jam/Fanfare - unreleased show very good.
There is much talk of the 90's version of ELP being inferior to the 70's version, whatever your take they are still very good and could mop the floor with most bands.
No track by track here, these recordings are not great sound quality wise and are what I expect from someone in the crowd recording them with a cheap microphone, some interesting performances anyway.
If you are an ELP completist or are not willing to shell out the bucks it would cost to acquire all these different sets, then this set is an important addition. Hopefully we will see the release of the complete Memphis '77 show or the complete Wheeling '77 show. Both of these shows are streaming on the "Wolfgang's Concert Vault" website for interested listeners. Long live ELP!Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Beyond the BeginningEmerson Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour: Greatest Hits LiveThe Original Bootleg Series from The Manticore Vaults, Vol. 3Then & NowPictures at an Exhibition (Dlx)