It may seem that it's impossible to summarize an album act like ELP on a single-disc, 13-track collection like Rhino's The Very Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but this disc does summarize the prog rock trio's strengths very well. Yes, it might not have the sweep of one of their proper studio albums, or the consistency of tone, but for the casual fan, this is all that they need since it contains "Lucky Man," "Fanfare for the Common Man," and "Still...You Turn Me On," along with several key album tracks, plus three live selections at the end of the record. This contains no rarities, so diehards will probably not need it (even if the liner notes are quite good), but since it condenses much of the band's noteworthy moments to one disc, casual fans will likely find this a collection to embrace.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine