ELP’s Exit - Two Towering Performances
By Muse on the Loose
Pirates: This single song is worth the price of admission on this double record set. It’s arguably ELP’s most fully realized composition.
As the curtain set on ELP, this recording roared with thunder. Although this offering is essentially a collection of music that showcase each individual musician, Pirates and Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man are towering group performances.
Buy, listen and bask in the band’s glory. Long live ELP.
1973 And ELP
I saw them at the SF Auditorium & later, at Filimore West. I never got to hear them do this and later, I saw them two more times in the late 90's. This song is my Raider Song. Pirates. The rest I listened to, in the late 70's, on vinyl. These guys were fun!
Great Diverse ELP album
By Mike Wolfson
This is a great collection of diverse works by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. It really shows and highlights each one's own very talented skills even great talent in songwriting by dummer Carl Palmer in his own right. Overall, though Volume 2 did feature some good tracks on there, This is The Better Half of the Works records. Also, RIP to both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.
My teenage crush
I drive hundreds of miles multiple times to see this group perform when I was a teenager.
Greg Lake's voice is silky, rich, and stunningly beautiful.
Listen to 'Closer to Believing' and you'll fall in love a little.
I am so sorry you're gone. You made a teenage girl happy.
Rest In Peace, Greg and Keith.
I read such wildly divergent terms such as avant-garde and narcissistic applied to this album and ELP. So from someone who is an admitted novice in music, I play no instruments and cannot read music. I enjoy a wide variety of styles and love this album. There are elements of gospel, rock, ballads, and classical present here. I enjoy and have enjoyed Works 1 since first hearing it on my audiophile friends superb system in 1977. That being my introduction to ELP. This album and Brain Salad Surgery my favorites of their work. All these years later still two of my top albums of all my collection.