Don't be fooled by the Bee Gees-esque cover photo, Love Beach is not really ELP gone pop. True, many of the songs are more concise and accessible than those on previous albums, and there are a couple of Greg Lake-dominated "romantic" tunes, but those had always been part of the deal. They're still classically rockin' along on "Canario," and half the album is dominated by the 20-minute epic "Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman," reminiscent of such long-form ELP classics as "Trilogy."
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AllMusic Review by Jim Allen
Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman: Prologue/The Education of a Gentleman/Love at First Sight/Letters from the Front/Honourable Company (A March)