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ELP - ELP/Tarkus/Pictures At An Exhibition album reviews

Album Review

Mixed results for Emerson Lake and Palmer's latest reissues.

Here’s a question for your next prog rock pub quiz: when were ELP’s debut and Tarkus last remastered and reissued? Yes, 2012 is the correct answer. Back then it was Sony who gave us Steven Wilson’s new stereo and surround mixes, plus a few extras to tempt fans in.

Today it’s BMG’s turn to present these two and Pictures At An Exhibition in both vinyl and two-CD editions. Although remastered once again, Emerson Lake & Palmer and Tarkus have little to entice new buyers. Missing Wilson’s 5.1 remix and with the same extras as the 2012 CD/DVD three-disc releases, if you’ve already got the Sony versions, you don’t need these.

A poignant listen, the message transcends the medium.


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