Pictures At An Exhibition is the first live album released by progressive rock group Emerson Lake & Palmer. It is their interpretation of the Mussorgsky classical composition and was recorded at a concert in Newcastle, England in March 1971.
Have ELP butchered a classic with their pretentious keyboard excesses or have they charmingly updated it?
I bought Pictures At An Exhibition as a teenager and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.
Emerson Lake & Palmer Pictures At An Exhibition
- Promenade – 1:57
- The Gnome – 4:16
- Promenade – 1:23
- The Sage – 4:40
- The Old Castle – 2:31
- Blues Variation – 4:18
- Promenade – 1:30
- The Hut Of Baba Yaga – 1:12
- The Curse Of Baba Yaga – 4:09
- The Hut Of Baba Yaga – 1:06
- The Great Gates Of Kiev – 6:37
- Nutrocker – 4:22
- Pictures At An Exhibition – 15:29
The last track is claimed to be a studio recording although others say it is the live recording from the Isle Of Wight performance in 1970.
I will be writing more.
Here is a video of ELP performing Nutrocker live in concert in Switzerland in 1970.
And a short version (10 minutes) of Pictures of An Exhibition also live in 1971.
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Buying Pictures At An Exhibition
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What Do You Think About Pictures At An Exhibition?
Do you love what ELP did with this classical composition or does it typify exactly what’s wrong with the group?
Is this the best ELP live album? Please vote in my readers poll.
The Best Prog Rock Live Albums
This album is nominated as one of the best live prog rock albums.
Because there are so many great progressive rock live albums I have split the poll into two and you may find some of your favourites in the second division. Albums will be promoted when they get enough votes.
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