A Time and a Place

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A Time and a Place
Box set by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 14 May 2010 & 20 July 2010
Recorded 1970–1998
Genre Progressive rock
Symphonic rock
Length 300:26
Label Shout! Factory
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
Gold Edition
(2007)
A Time and a Place
(2010)
Live at Nassau Coliseum 78
(2011)

The A Time and a Place box set brings together a select body of live performances by Emerson, Lake & Palmer captured before worldwide audiences during the band's career and tenure at the sharp end of the Progressive rock genre. It features high-quality soundboard recordings on the first three discs and audience recordings on the fourth.[1] The collection has been praised by fans and in album reviews for the quality of the soundboard recordings, as well as the vast diversity of tracks featured on the discs.[2] This collection is a part of a series of “official” bootleg releases by Shout! Factory and Producer David Skye,[3] with the blessing and participation of artists to provide fans with only the best performances, highest quality recordings, superior packaging and with original cover artwork designed by illustrator William Stout, internationally renowned as one of the first rock “n” roll bootleg cover artists. Other releases in the series include Iggy Pop’s Roadkill Rising and Todd Rundgren’s For Lack of Honest Work.

Background[edit]

Several symphonic rock patrons tended to dismiss Emerson, Lake & Palmer as after-the-fact wanna be's, the prog-lodytes of the genre. King Crimson, Yes, and Genesis were typically recognised as the heavyweights of the progressive style, the prognosticators of the milieu. But in A Time and A Place, a 4-CD live set that dates back to the trio's 29 August 1970 debut appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival and runs through a 1998 performance of “A Time and a Place,” the classic threesome has proven that they deserve more than just a passing nod from the rock community. These four discs – 1 through 3 represent never previously released and remastered live performances lifted directly from the soundboard and disc 4 titled This Boot's For You – A Fan's View is a collection of bootleg performances culled from audience tapes – reveal a band that were much more than just re-animators and interpreters of classical music funnelled through keyboards, drums, and guitars.

The sound here is quite impressive for a live recording. As the liner notes indicate, three of the four CDs were lifted from the soundboard and went through a remastering process and maybe even some other sweetening treatments. On the first CD – The Early ‘70s – there is a very early 1970 recording of Greg Lake's 12-minute "Take a Pebble" from the Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, and here are captured the subtle qualities of Emerson's piano and Lake's acoustic guitar. On the intro, you can hear Emerson delicately running his fingers over the strings inside the piano to create an almost harpsichord/zither effect [a trick he pulls off on the CD's next track, “Ballad of Blue”]. The 12-string acoustic is pristine and yet resonates fully as an accompaniment to Lake's haunting vocal.

Lyrics and Singing: Greg Lake has always possessed one of the most delicately haunting voices in all of rock. On “Still…You Turn Me On” and “Lucky Man” from the abovementioned CD, he performs these signature ELP songs as solo pieces, accompanying himself solely on acoustic guitar. His pitch is flawless and his sense of expression illuminates these self-written lyrics in a way no other singer could. The imagery borders on the flowery but still seems to work. “Do you want to be an angel/Do you want to be a star/Do you want to play some magic on my guitar/Do you want to be a poet/Do you want to be my string/You could be anything,” the former King Crimson vocalist/bassist sings on the opening verse of “Still…You Turn Me On,” his voice breathy and plaintive and full of desire.

Impression: The intriguing element of A Time and A Place is hearing how the band – and in particular those Greg Lake vocals – changed over the years. On The Early ‘70s disc, the band have muscle and purpose and the arrangements are whip-tight and every fill, flourish, and nuance comes through in heated energy. By the time you listen to The ‘90s CD, you hear a band that are not quite at the top of their game but still manage to create some ear opening moments with “A Time and a Place” and “Touch and Go.” Lake’s vocal on “From the Beginning” is a bit pitchy and has nowhere near the magic and grace of the original from Trilogy.

This Boot’s For You – A Fan’s View, the CD composed of miscellaneous bootleg recordings probably has some value for the hardcore fan – though there are hundreds of pirated ELP CDs out there – but levels and overall sound quality is pretty poor. A snare drum completely obliterates a vocal and acoustic guitar tracks are sometimes non-existent.

Still, A Time and a Place is a carefully constructed boxset containing the most important songs from a band that once dominated the prog landscape. And listening to Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer running through 34:02 of orchestrated madness in “Karn Evil 9 (1st, 2nd & 3rd Impressions)” alone is worth the price of admission to the show that never ends.

Track listing[4][edit]

Disc 1 (The Early '70s)[edit]

  1. The Barbarian [Isle of Wight Festival, Isle Of Wight, UK on 29 August 1970]
  2. Take A Pebble [Beat Club, Bremen, Germany on 26 November 1970]
  3. Ballad of Blue [Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK on 9 December 1970]
  4. High Level Fugue [Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK on 9 December 1970]
  5. Hoedown [Mar Y Sol Festival, Veja Baja, San Juan, Puerto Rico on 2 April 1972]
  6. Still… You Turn Me On [The Civic Center, Tulsa, OK on 7 March 1974]
  7. Lucky Man [The Civic Center, Tulsa, OK on 7 March 1974]
  8. Karn Evil 9 (1st, 2nd & 3rd Impressions) [Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA on 2 Feb 1974]

Disc 2 (The Late '70s)[edit]

  1. Peter Gunn Theme [The Coliseum, Wheeling, WV on 18 November 1977]
  2. Pictures at an Exhibition [The Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN on 20 November 1977]
  3. Tiger in a Spotlight [The Coliseum, Wheeling, WV on 18 November 1977]
  4. Maple Leaf Rag [The Coliseum, Wheeling, WV on 18 November 1977]
  5. Tank [The Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY on 9 February 1978]
  6. Drum Solo [The Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY on 9 February 1978]
  7. The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits [The Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY on 9 February 1978]
  8. Watching Over You [The Coliseum, Wheeling, WV on 18 November 1977]
  9. Pirates [Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN on 20 November 1977]
  10. Tarkus [The Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY on 9 February 1978]
  11. Show Me The Way To Go Home [The Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN on 20 November 1977]

Disc 3 (The '90s)[edit]

  1. Knife Edge [Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA on 17 March 1993]
  2. Paper Blood [Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 5 April 1993]
  3. Black Moon [Waterloo Village Concert Field, Stanhope, NJ on 31 July 1992]
  4. Creole Dance [The Estadio, Santiago, Chile on 1 April 1993]
  5. From The Beginning [The Spodek, Katowice, Poland on 22 June 1997]
  6. Honky Tonk Train Blues [Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA on 25 Sep 1997]
  7. Affairs of the Heart [Waterloo Village Concert Field, Stanhope, NJ on 31 July 1992]
  8. Touch And Go [Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA on 17 March 1993]
  9. A Time and a Place [Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, VA on 1 August 1998]
  10. Bitches Crystal [Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA on 25 September 1997]
  11. Instrumental Jam [Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 5 April 1993]
  12. Fanfare for the Common Man – America – Rondo [Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina on 5 Apr 1993]

Disc 4 (This Boot's For You – A Fan's View)[edit]

  1. Introduction [Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA on 19 July 1971]
  2. The Endless Enigma [Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA on 28 July 1972]
  3. Abaddon's Bolero [The Town Hall, Louisville, KY on 21 April 1972]
  4. Jeremy Bender – The Sheriff [The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany on 24 April 1973]
  5. Toccata (includes Drum Solo) [Friedrich-Ebert-Halle, Ludwigshafen, Germany on 10 April 1973]
  6. Jerusalem [Henry Lewit Arena, Wichita, KS on 26 March 1974]
  7. Nutrocker [Boston Gardens, Boston, MA on 12 July 1977]
  8. C’est La Vie [Boston Gardens, Boston, MA on 12 July 1977]
  9. Piano Concerto No. 1 3rd Movement [Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA on 12 June 1977]
  10. Closer To Believing [Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Des Moines, IA on 12 June 1977]
  11. Close To Home [Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA on 14 March 1993]
  12. I Believe in Father Christmas [Beacon Theater, New York, NY on 17 November 1993]

Personnel[edit]

Band members[edit]

Production[edit]

  1. Remastered By: Randy Wine at MoonWine Studios
  2. Package Design: Hackmart
  3. Artwork: William Stout
  4. Liner Notes: Jim Allen
  5. Project Assistance: Keith Emerson

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