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August 28, 2016

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – In Concert (1979)

by Record Facts

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer. They were one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands in the 1970s with a musical sound including adaptations of classical music with jazz and symphonic rock elements, dominated by Emerson’s flamboyant use of the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, and piano (although Lake wrote several acoustic songs for the group).

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Artist:  Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Title:  In Concert
Year:  1979
Format:  LP
Label:  Ariola Records
Catalog#  200852

Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), recorded at 26 August 1977 show at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada which is featured on the album cover. It was released by Atlantic Records in November 1979, following ELP’s breakup. Some of the tracks were not from the Montreal concert, but from other concerts the 1977-1978 Tour, like “Peter Gunn” and “Tiger in a Spotlight”.

Similar to most live albums, In Concert showcased fan favourites of previously released material. However, “Peter Gunn”, ELP’s take on the classic TV theme song, was never released on any of their other albums (a slightly edited version of this live recording was included on the 1980 The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer compilation and released as a single in some countries). ELP frequently opened with this song on the Works Volume 2 tour.

The band hired a 70-piece orchestra for some concerts of this tour but eventually had to dismiss the orchestra due to budget constraints that almost bankrupted the group.


Side one
1. Introductory Fanfare  (0:51)
2. Peter Gunn  (3:30)
3. Tiger In A Spotlight  (3:58)
4. C’Est La Vie  (4:06)
5. The Enemy God (Dances With The Black Spirits)  (2:39)
6. Knife Edge  (4:47)

Side two
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 Third Movement: Toccata Con Fuoco  (6:26)
2. Pictures At An Exhibition  (15:29)

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