Various Artists

Encores, Legends & Paradox: A Tribute to ELP

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The progressive metal-oriented Magna Carta label assembled a tribute album dedicated to Emerson, Lake & Palmer, with arrangers Robert Berry and Trent Gardner playing major roles in determining the music's direction. Encores, Legends & Paradox varies wildly, not only because of typical tribute album problems (some artists sticking too close to the original versions, others not quite capturing its essential elements), but also because Gardner's arrangements tend to be generic and ineffective. There are some good moments, and some decent ones below those, but digging them out might be more effort than many ELP fans are willing to invest.

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