V/A - ENCORES, LEGENDS AND PARADOX: A TRIBUTE TO ELP - 1999
YEAR: 1999
STYLE: Progressive Rock
FORMAT: FLAC (Image + Log + Cue + Scans + 5% Recovery)
SIZE: 494 Mb
COUNTRY: USA
THE BAND: Robert Berry, Trent Gardner, Wayne Gardner, Simon Phillips, Marc Bonilla, Jordan Rudess, Pat Mastelotto, John Wetton, Igor Khoroshev, Peter Banks, James LaBrie, Mike Portnoy, Mark Wood, Matt Guillory, Glenn Hughes, Erik Norlander, Doane Perry, Martin Barre, Jerry Goodman, Mark Robertson, Geoff Downes, Derek Sherinian
Шестой альбом серии "Tribute To The Titans" (как известно, Magna Carta уже выпустила трибьюты Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Jethro Tull и Rush) является очередным парадом фирменных достоинств нью-йоркского лейбла - виртуознейшего музцирования, максимально достижимого качества продюсирования и, естественно, величайшего почтения к монстрам прогрессива 70-х. Круг замкнулся - материал Emerson, Lake And Palmer оставляет музыкантам не так уж много пространства для аранжировочных маневров, а потому напрашивается сравнить "Encores, Legends & Paradox" с первым альбомом трибьютной серии "The Moon Revisited" (трибьют Pink Floyd 1995 г.): вот как должен звучать классический прог-роковый материал 70-х в конце 90-х! "Новое звучание старой группы" получило одобрение самого маэстро Кейта Эмерсона, отметившегося в буклете CD кратким словом похвалы молодым коллегам. Не верите? Сравните звучание трибьюта со звуком, отстроенным самими мэтрами из ELP на их последнем студийном CD "In The Hot Seat" (1994). Но нет правила без исключений: как всегда на трибьютах Magna Carta, здесь отличились дородные калифорнийские неопрогрессивисты Magellan - записанные с участием клавишника и певца Трента Гарднера и его брата, басиста и гитариста Уэйна "Bitches Crystal", "Toccata", "A Time And A Place", "The Sheriff" и "The Endless Enigma" сыграны с привычной для Magellan джазообразной помпезностью, а "Tarkus" с вокальными партиями Джеймса ЛаБри (Dream Theater) и мистическими клавишами Дерека Шериняна (Planet X и Platypus) напоминает именно Dream Theater.
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I don't have a definitive opinion about the so-called tribute albums because most of them are only an excuse for old or unknown artists to get some bucks without having to create music.
Some of the tribute albums are only a copy of the original songs without adding any contribution from the copyist (can't say artist), and others are so changed that seem a failed experiment, but there are a few in which the new musicians add interesting things to the already good music without changing the spirit of the song and because of this they release an album worth to buy.
Encores, Legends & Paradox is one of the last kind of Tribute albums, very good interpretations of ELP classics with attractive changes and a band full of excellent artists that really make an effort to release a different version of the original song respecting the author's creation.
Lets be honest, if it was only for the chance to listen 23 great musicians that include members from Yes, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Mahavishnu Orchestra, UK, etc, would be enough reason to buy the album, because guys like Jordan Rudess, John Wetton, Robert Berry, Igor Koroshev, Peter Banks, Trent Gardner and Erik Norlander among others surely have a lot of talent to provide, but it's not the only reason to take seriously this release because the quality of the music is outstanding and the performances are excellent in most cases, but lets check some songs:
Karn Evil 9 (Robert Berry/Simon Phillips/Jordan Rudess/Mark Wood): At a first impression may sound very similar to the original version, but the arrangement is totally different, even though is clearly progressive, the music has a classical Rock orientation. Emerson's keyboard performances are mostly inspired in the firm sound of early modern composers (mainly Russians), but in this album Jordan Rudess seems more baroque, almost like Rick Wakeman does in his solo albums. The mixture is very good.
Toccata (Trent Gardner/Pat Mastelotto/Peter Banks/Matt Guillory/Wayne Gardner): This song is absolutely different to the original version, probably faster (if this is possible) with a touch of Jazz Fusion. Mastelotto's drums are not as strong as Palmer's but perfect to the Fusion atmosphere.
Knife Edge (Robert Berry/ Simon Phillips/ Marc Bonilla/ Erik Norlander/ Glenn Hughes): The only song with Glenn Hughes as a vocalist, and of course has a Hard Rock orientation. Hughes voice is not as powerful as Lake's (at least in this track), and IMO is not the correct election for this song, Listen to the short guitar solo by Marc Bonilla, it's totally and absolutely delightful.
Hoedown (Robert Berry / Simon Phillips / Jerry Goodman / Jordan Rudess / Marc Bonilla): Great version, with a mixture of folk and Jazz, Jerry Goodman's violin plays a basic role in the song specially in the first part, when bass and guitar are added, the song gets that classic fusion sound, somehow similar to Mahavishnu.
The Sheriff (Trent Gardner / Mike Portnoy / John Wetton / Peter Banks / Mark Robertson / Wayne Gardner): Except for a few chords in the beginning of the song and Wetton's voice (very similar to Lake's), The Sheriff sounds as a different song, probably one of the weakest in the album because of Wetton's poppy singing in some parts of the track, as if he tried to sound like Greg Lake singing Invisible Touch instead of an ELP song, weak but still not totally bad.
The Barbarian (Robert Berry / Simon Phillips / Igor Koroshev): In this song, Igor Koroshev's contribution is very important, even though he respects the cold and firm style of Keith Emerson, he adds extra speed, some baroque chords and a little bit of life to the dark mood of the original version.
There's not much more to talk about it because Encores Legends & Paradox is a tribute and we know enough all the tracks, but I believe the work is well down and sometimes is nice to have a different perspective of the songs we know so well.
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Track Listing/ The Band:
(1st Impression)
Robert Berry Bass, Guitar and Vocals
Simon Phillips Drums
Jordan Rudess Keyboards
Mark Wood Violin
Trent Gardner Keyboards
Pat Mastelotto Acoustic and Electric Drums and Percussion
John Wetton Vocals
Igor Khoroshev Piano Solo
Wayne Gardner Bass
Pat Mastelotto Acoustic and Electric Drums and Percussion
Peter Banks Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Matt Guillory Lead Sythn Solos
Wayne Gardner Bass
Robert Berry Bass
Simon Phillips Drums
Glenn Hughes Vocals
Marc Bonilla Guitar
Eric Norlander Keyboards
Trent Gardner Keyboards
Doane Perry Drums
James LaBrie Vocals
Martin Barre Lead and Rhythm Guitars
John Novello Organ Solo
Wayne Gardner Bass
Simon Phillips Drums
Jerry Goodman Violin
Marc Bonilla Guitar
Jordan Rudess Keyboards
Mike Portnoy Drums
Peter Banks Lead and Rhythm Guitar
John Wetton Vocals
Mark Robertson Hammond C-3 Organ
Wayne Gardner Bass and Acoustic Guitar
Trent Gardner Keyboards and Vocals
Mike Portnoy Drums
Geoff Downes Lead Sythn solo on Outro
Wayne Gardner Bass
Robert Berry Bass and Guitar
Simon Phillips Drums
Igor Khoroshev Piano Solo
Robert Berry Bass
Simon Phillips Drums
James LaBrie Vocals
Marc Bonilla Guitar
Derek Sherinian Keyboards
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