Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert
ELP InConcert.jpg
Live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 18 November 1979
Recorded 26 August 1977
Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length In Concert: 43:12 / Works Live: 1:27:39
Label Atlantic
Producer Keith 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".


Original releases of the album carried no producer credit, but production and mixing of the album were largely carried out by Keith Emerson. Emerson's vision was to release In Concert as a double LP, but ELP's label, Atlantic Records, would not allow this given the band's pending dissolution; the album's later repackaging as Works Live somewhat restores this intent.[1] Godfrey Salmon, the orchestra conductor, played violin on the last album from Jackson Heights, Bump n' grind in 1973. That band was Lee Jackson's group which he formed after Keith Emerson dissolved The Nice in 1970 to form ELP. Keith Emerson was also featured on that album, on Moog programmation.

Track listing[edit]

In Concert[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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
9. "Knife-Edge"   5:03
10. "Show Me the Way to Go Home" (Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly) 4:20
Disc Two
No. Title Length
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.