Love Beach

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Love Beach
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released November 18, 1978
Recorded Summer 1978, Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre Progressive rock
Length 41:03
Label Atlantic
Producer Keith Emerson
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
Works Volume 2
(1977)
Love Beach
(1978)
In Concert
(1979)

Love Beach is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1978. It was the band's final album of original material until Black Moon (1992) and was produced to satisfy contractual obligations with the group's record company. It was a critical and commercial disappointment, charting at #55 on the Billboard 200, although it did eventually go gold.[1] The group was reportedly not satisfied with the album; drummer Carl Palmer even compared the cover photograph to the works of disco stars the Bee Gees.

Original pressings of Love Beach carried no producer's credit, but production and mixing of the album were largely carried out by Keith Emerson following contentious recording sessions in the Bahamas. According to Emerson, "everybody but me wanted to get the hell out of Nassau ... in the end I stuck the whole album together ... and sent it off to Atlantic".[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Critical appraisal of the album is mixed; some reviewers consider it the nadir of ELP's 1970s output, while others refer to the continued popularity of some songs. Writing in Rolling Stone magazine at the time of the album's release, reviewer Michael Bloom said that "Love Beach isn't simply bad, it's downright pathetic. Stale and full of ennui, this album makes washing the dishes seem a more creative act by comparison".[4]

Allmusic's retrospective review consisted of a single sentence: "A record that ELP released only because they owed it to their original label, and that's all one needs to know."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[5]
Classic Rock 1/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[4]
  1. "All I Want Is You" (Greg Lake, Peter Sinfield) – 3:10
  2. "Love Beach" (Lake, Sinfield) – 2:46
  3. "Taste of My Love" (Lake, Sinfield) – 3:33
  4. "The Gambler" (Keith Emerson, Lake, Sinfield) – 3:23
  5. "For You" (Lake, Sinfield) – 4:28
  6. "Canario (From Fantasia para un Gentilhombre)" (J. Rodrigo) – 4:00
  7. "Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman" (Emerson, Sinfield) – 19:45
    1. Prologue / The Education of a Gentleman – 5:24
    2. Love at First Sight – 5:10
    3. Letters from the Front - 5:37
    4. Honourable Company (A March) - 3:34

Personnel[edit]

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Canario" - 4:38
  2. "Taste of my Love" - 3:01
  3. "Letters from the Front" - 8:52
  4. "Hang On To A Dream" (Nice) - 10:39
  5. "Piano Concerto 1: Piano Section" (Emerson) - 15:50

Singles[edit]

  • Canario / All I Want Is You

References[edit]

  1. ^ The RIAA's Gold entry for Love Beach
  2. ^ Keith Emerson, quoted by Milano, Contemporary Keyboard magazine, September 1980, p. 17.
  3. ^ Macan, Edward (2006). Endless Enigma: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Open Court, ISBN 0-8126-9596-8, p. 418-19.
  4. ^ a b Bloom, Michael (8 March 1979). "Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Love Beach". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-03-16. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  5. ^ a b Eder, Bruce (2011 [last update]). "Love Beach - Emerson, Lake & Palmer | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2005). "Eight by Three". Classic Rock 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 104.