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The Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert that I recently
watched was filmed in July 1997, at the Montreux Festival. 
Some 25 years after their 1970’s heyday, they proved
that they’re still a formidable music act. This
DVD was part of the “Live at Montreux” series, capturing
a 91-minute set at the Stravinsky Auditorium.

Although they were essentially performing in support
of their comeback album, “Black Moon,” the majority
of the concert consisted of old favorites, including
“Welcome Back,” “Lucky Man” and “From the Beginning,”
along with their usual treatment of classics, such as
“Hoedown,” and the end of “Pictures at an Exhibition.”
There were also many instances during which the band
improvised, including Keith Emerson’s “wrestling match”
with a Hammond organ toward the end of the set.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer was truly a “supergroup,” with
Keith Emerson (1944 – ) more often than not holding the
focus of their live shows. His huge array of keyboards
included the Moog synthesizer, and was considered
to be a novel feature. It was an exception to the
Rock bands of the time, wherein the focus was on the
guitar. Of course, singer/bassist Greg Lake (1947 – ),
formerly of King Crimson, would occasionally switch
to an acoustic guitar for quiet songs, such as “From
the Beginning,” and “Lucky Man.” His voice still sounded
quite good at this 1997 concert, although some of his
upper range was gone. Carl Palmer (1950 – ) still
appeared to be rock solid, using an over-under grip
on his sticks with the exception of his drum solo,
when he briefly switched to a matched grip.
Nevertheless, Emerson was clearly the star, and his
considerable skills as a keyboard player were on full
display, incorporating Jazz and copious helpings of 
Classical riffs.

For many people, Emerson, Lake & Palmer could be
indulgent and bombastic at times, but no one has
ever questioned their talent. At their best, they were
awesome, and provided examples of what progressive
Rock at its finest could be. This concert reinforces that
image. While not the best, the recorded sound was
more than adequate and made this disc a valuable
snapshot of one of the great bands of the 1970’s,
circa 1997. I recommend it.