Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert
ELP InConcert.jpg
Live album by
Released18 November 1979
Recorded26 August 1977
Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
GenreProgressive rock, symphonic rock
Length43:12 (In Concert)
87:39 (Works Live)
ProducerKeith Emerson
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Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), recorded at 26 August 1977 show at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada which is featured on the album cover. It was released by Atlantic Records in November 1979, following ELP's breakup. It was later re-released and repackaged as Works Live in 1993. Some of the tracks were not from the Montreal concert, but from other concerts the 1977-1978 Tour, like "Peter Gunn" and "Tiger in a Spotlight".


Similar to most live albums, In Concert showcased fan favourites of previously released material. However, "Peter Gunn", ELP's take on the classic TV theme song, was never released on any of their other albums (a slightly edited version of this live recording was included on the 1980 The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer compilation and released as a single in some countries). ELP frequently opened with this song on the Works Volume 2 tour.

The band hired a 70-piece orchestra for some concerts of this tour but eventually had to dismiss the orchestra due to budget constraints that almost bankrupted the group. On the original release, the orchestra performs on "C'est la Vie", "Knife-Edge", on Keith Emerson's piano concerto, and on "Pictures at an Exhibition". Works Live adds four other songs performed with the orchestra: "Fanfare for the Common Man", "Abaddon's Bolero", "Closer to Believing", and "Tank".


The original release of this album carried no producer credit. However, production and mixing of the album was largely carried out by Keith Emerson. Emerson intended to release In Concert as a double LP but, given the band's imminent dissolution, ELP's label, Atlantic Records, limited it to a single album. 1993's re-release of the album as the 2 CD Works Live somewhat restored this intent.[1]


Godfrey Salmon, the orchestra conductor, played violin on the last album by Jackson Heights, Bump n' grind, released in 1973. Emerson's former The Nice bandmate, Lee Jackson, formed that group after they disbanded in 1970 as a result of ELP's formation. Keith Emerson also performed on that album, on Moog programming.

Track listing[edit]

In Concert[edit]

Side one
1."Introductory Fanfare" (Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer)0:53
2."Peter Gunn" (Henry Mancini, arr. by Emerson, Greg Lake, Palmer)3:37
3."Tiger in a Spotlight" (Emerson, Lake, Palmer, Peter Sinfield)4:06
4."C'est la Vie" (Lake, Sinfield)4:12
5."The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits" (Sergei Prokofiev, arr. by Emerson, Lake, Palmer)2:49
6."Knife-Edge" (Emerson, Richard Fraser, Leoš Janáček, Lake)5:14
Side two
7."Piano Concerto No. 1, Third Movement: Toccata con fuoco" (Emerson)6:35
8."Pictures at an Exhibition" (Emerson, Lake, Modest Mussorgsky, Palmer)15:43
The re-released and expanded CD "Works Live"

Works Live[edit]

Disc one
1."Introductory Fanfare"0:52
2."Peter Gunn"3:34
3."Tiger in a Spotlight"4:08
4."C'est la Vie"4:14
5."Watching Over You" (Lake, Sinfield)3:59
6."Maple Leaf Rag" (Scott Joplin)1:14
7."The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits"2:46
8."Fanfare for the Common Man" (Aaron Copland)10:54
10."Show Me the Way to Go Home" (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly)4:20
Disc Two
1."Abaddon's Bolero" (Emerson)6:02
2."Pictures at an Exhibition"15:40
3."Closer to Believing" (Lake, Sinfield)5:28
4."Piano Concerto No. 1, Third Movement: Toccata con Fuoco"6:40
5."Tank" (Emerson, Palmer)12:36


Band members[edit]


Release details[edit]

  • 1979, UK, Atlantic/WEA K50652, Release date 17 November 1979, LP
  • 1979, Japan, Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10697A, Release date 21 November 1979, LP
  • 1996, UK, Essential/Castle ESDCD362, Release date ? ? 1996, CD (double release called "Works Live")
  • 1999, Japan, Manticore/Victor KVICP-60644, Release date ? ? 1999, CD


  • Peter Gunn / Knife Edge
  • Peter Gunn / Tiger in a spotlight (USA release)


  1. ^ Macan, Edward (2006). Endless Enigma: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Open Court, ISBN 0-8126-9596-8, p.434.