In the Hot Seat

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In the Hot Seat
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Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 27 September 1994
Recorded Goodnight L.A. Studios
Genre Rock
Length 46:09
Label Victory Music
Producer Keith Olsen
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
The Return of the Manticore
(1993)The Return of the Manticore1993
In the Hot Seat
King Biscuit Flower Hour: Greatest Hits Live
(1997)King Biscuit Flower Hour: Greatest Hits Live1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

In The Hot Seat is the ninth and final studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1994. During the album's recording, Keith Emerson suffered medical problems with the nerves in his right hand, which made it difficult for him to play the keyboards. The tensions between him and Greg Lake surfaced again during this album. "Daddy" was written in memory of missing child Sara Anne Wood and used to raise awareness of missing children.[2] The song initially raised $5,000 for the Sara Anne Wood Rescue Center, a foundation for missing and abducted children established by Wood's father.[3]

The album was recorded at Goodnight L.A. Studios in Los Angeles, California and engineered by Brian Foraker & Keith Olsen. It was released 27 September 1994.

The album was not a commercial success. It received very little airplay and is the only Emerson, Lake and Palmer studio album not to have charted on the Billboard 200 album chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hand of Truth" (Keith Emerson, Greg Lake) – 5:22
  2. "Daddy" (Lake) – 4:42 (Single Cut: 4:16)
  3. "One By One" (Lake, Emerson, Keith Olsen) – 5:16
  4. "Heart on Ice" (Lake, Olsen) – 4:17
  5. "Thin Line" (Emerson, Olsen, Wray) – 4:45
  6. "Man in the Long Black Coat" (Bob Dylan; arr. Emerson) – 4:12
  7. "Change" (Emerson, Lake, Olsen, Wray) – 4:43
  8. "Give Me a Reason to Stay" (Steve Diamond, Sam Lorber) – 4:14
  9. "Gone Too Soon" (Keith Wechsler, Lake, Wray) – 4:11
  10. "Street War" (Emerson, Lake) – 4:24

Bonus Track[edit]

  1. "Hammer It Out" - 2:30 (bonus track on Victor (Japan) and Rhino re-issues)
  2. "Pictures at an Exhibition" – 14:47 (studio recording, already published in The Return of the Manticore box set)
    • A. "Promenade" (Mussorgsky, Emerson) – 1:46
    • B. "The Gnome" (Mussorgsky, Carl Palmer) – 2:06
    • C. "Promenade" (Mussorgsky, Lake) – 1:45
    • D. "The Sage" (Lake) – 3:10
    • E. "The Hut of Baba Yaga" (Mussorgsky) – 1:16
    • F. "The Great Gates of Kiev" (Mussorgsky) – 5:24


Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bill Wray – backing vocals
  • Maula Mattioli – backing vocals
  • Kristen Olsen – backing vocals
  • Choir :
    • Fred White – choir vocals
    • Ricky Nelson – choir vocals (not the Ricky Nelson of Ozzie and Harriet fame)
    • Lynn B. Davis – choir vocals
    • Linda McCrary – choir vocals
  • Keith Wechsler, Richard Baker, Brian Foraker - keyboard programming


Difficulties in production[edit]

Emerson had difficulty recording In the Hot Seat, having had corrective surgery during its production. In some parts, he overdubbed with his left hand parts that his right hand was incapable of playing.[5]


  1. ^ Loren, Marc. "In the Hot Seat - Emerson, Lake & Palmer | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Macan, Edward (December 31, 2005). Endless Enigma: A Musical Biography of Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Open Court. p. 576. ISBN 9780812695960. 
  3. ^ "Update: Good Works". Billboard. November 5, 1994. p. 103. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ Macan, Endless Enigma, p. 584.
  5. ^ Prog Magazine May 2016 Pages 35 - 36