Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Works Orchestral Tour: Olympic Stadium, Montreal, 1977

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Originally filmed on August 26, 1977, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, this video documents an event that many would consider to be the pinnacle of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's musical career. In front of an estimated 78,000 fans, ELP took the stage with a 65-piece orchestra and gave the most memorable performance of their legendary Works Orchestral Tour. This sort of video was really in its infancy at the time of this concert, so it can't compete with the audio and visual quality of today's videos. But great care has obviously been taken to restore as much as possible from the original experience -- and what an experience it must have been. This was clearly a band at its musical best. From Emerson's formidable chops on his self-composed piano concerto (performed with full orchestra), to Lake's soaring vocals on "Pirates," to Palmer's dizzying athletics on an epic drum solo, this was a group brimming with creativity and confidence. It would have been nice to see a few more tracks from the concert included on this video but, nonetheless, the song selection is good and showcases each member at his best. For ELP fans who were there, this is the one they will always remember; for those who weren't, this is the one they will always wish they had seen. As much as one could reasonably expect, this video gives the viewer a good sense of what happened that evening in 1977.

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