But all that was ahead of them. Here, at the end of 1970, with its Isle of Wight
performance already positioning it for greater fame and fortune, the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer still had enough self-deprecation to not
take themselves too seriously. And that makes Pictures At An Exhibition: Special Edition
a refreshing counterpoint to its 2010 High Voltage appearance and, with the inclusion of nearly an hour of visual effects-free and, perhaps even rawer footage from Pop Shop 1971
, the truly definitive ELP DVD. It may not have "Tarkus" and it may not have "Karn Evil 9," but it does
have all the virtuosity and bombast, without the overbearing sense of self-importance that turned ELP from one of the 1970s' most exciting new groups into the definition of masturbatory excess and self-aggrandizement in only a few short years.
Tracks: Promenade; The Gnome; Promenade; The Sage; The Old Castle; Blues Variation; Promenade; The Hut of Baba Yaga; The Curse of Baba Yaga; The Hut of Baba Yaga; The Great Gates of Kiev; Take a Pebble; Knife Edge; Rondo. Bonus Feature: Pop Shop 1971: Interview; Rondo; Nutcracker; Take a Pebble; Knife Edge; Blues Jam / Nutrocker. Original Film Trailer. Total Running Time: 144 mins (Main Feature: 87 minutes).
Personnel: Keith Emerson: organ, piano, electric clavinet, Moog synthesizer; Greg Lake: bass, acoustic guitar, vocals; Carl Palmer: drums, assorted percussion. Photo Credits
Photos captured from Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Pictures At An ExhibitionSpecial Edition
, courtesy of Eagle Vision