Love Beach

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Love Beach
ELP Love Beach cover.jpg
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 18 November 1978
Recorded Summer 1978, Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock, pop 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]

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 negative; 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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[5]
Classic Rock 1/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
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 Fantasía para un gentilhombre) Joaquín Rodrigo 4:00

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
7. "Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman"
  1. "Prologue/The Education of a Gentleman"
  2. "Love at First Sight"
  3. "Letters from the Front"
  4. "Honourable Company (A March)"  
Emerson, Sinfield 20:12

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Canario (Rehearsal 1978)" - 4:38
  2. "Taste of My Love (Rehearsal 1978)" - 3:01
  3. "Letters from the Front (Rehearsal 1978)" - 8:52

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "All I Want Is You/Tiger in a Spotlight" (UK release)
  • "Canario/All I Want Is You" (German release)

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. ^ Allen, Jim (2011). "Love Beach - Emerson, Lake & Palmer | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2005). "Eight by Three". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 104.