Art Rock Live

Various Artists

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Art Rock Live Review

by Al Campbell

One of the crucial elements of the early to mid-'70s, the art rock concept of bands like Yes, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Jethro Tull was intended to be heard as one whole piece, not a random series of three-minute singles recorded specifically for AM pop radio. The problem with Art Rock Live is that it undermines the original concept by only providing short excepts from much longer pieces thereby destroying any continuity that was originally intended. For a full overview of what this genre actually sounds like, skip Art Rock Live and pick up the following full-length albums instead: Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Pictures at an Exhibition, Rick Wakeman's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and Gentle Giant's King Biscuit Flower Hour.

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