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Pictures At An Exhibition
(35th Anniversary Collectors Edition)

Classic Pictures (2005)
Some indulgence but, hey, that's prog rock...

What a step back in time this DVD release is. Pictures At An Exibition (35th Anniversay Collectors Edition) is almost as old as I am!

The fashion of the day, the bank of keyboards of Keith Emerson and a very youthful looking Carl Palmer, with a very modest sized kit, that Palmer proceeds to work every inch of throughout the performance.

Even before I knew what the term progresive rock was, I knew about ELP. My memory of watching the 'Fanfare For The Common Man' video, while I was in my youth has always stuck in my mind.

The material being as old as it is, does stand up well, the production is first rate, with every instrument clear and prcise in the mix.

The sound is the choice of the viewer, dolby stereo, DTS 5.1 and Dolby 5.1, all are first class, offering every minute detail of sound.

Greg Lake acoustic guitar might as well be right next to you, every not captured in all its glory.

The video quality is clear and sharp, for the day it must have been on the for front of technology.

The bands's performance is of course excellent, even if you are not familiar with all the material, the variety of sounds and styles that ELP gave their audience, would be enough to satisfy even the most casual observer.

Having said this, there is also a lot of what you might call, self indulgent material, the kind of thing that progressive rock bands did back then.

With the superb choice of sound options, some added bonus audio only material, this package is a delight for any ELP fan.

Even if you are not and want to see a classic band in action, then this DVD is an essential purchase.


Review by Graham Boyle

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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