Keith Emerson / Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Live in Montreal, 1977

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer had just released the then-current two-volume Works album in 1977 when the group embarked on a major tour behind it, accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra. Travelling and touring with a large orchestra, however, proved to be a financial nightmare, and the orchestra ended up on-stage with ELP on only a handful of the tour dates, including the final stop of the tour in Montreal -- in the largest stadium the band ever played in. The show was recorded and filmed (a film of the concert, Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert, was released in 1979), but the band was ending its run together, having become three musicians pulling in three different creative directions. The audio portion of the concert appeared in 1993 as Works Live, and this two-disc issue features the same tracks in slightly different order, and minus a few: "Tiger in the Spotlight," Emerson's rendition of Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag," and Lake's interpretation of "Show Me the Way to Go Home" are all absent here. The orchestra fills out the sound, but ELP was past its working together sell-by date as the tour closed, making this really more of an interesting archival release than an essential one.

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