Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)
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The Eminence of Emerson
It's been a long wait for an original no-holds barred Keith Emerson recording. Having been tethered to the ELP stigma and not seeming to want to break out of that crusty mold, Emerson has finally re-emerged and re-invented himself. The Keith Emerson Band has every hook, every instrumentation, and every borrowed classical theme that made Emerson the godfather of the progressive rock movement. I'm fascinated with Marche Train. This driving rock anthem combines a Holst theme from The Planets adjacent to a straight off the shelf Emerson anthem like chord progression that anchors Bonilla's impressive vocals and guitar work. The ending spins out not unlike Strawberry Fields with vocal and instrumentation loops that fade out way into the distance. A Place to Hide is the CD's strongest song, and is reminiscent of Noah Stone's Casualties of Love on his CD 'Little Revolution'. The obligatory nod to Ginastera is included, along with enough phat analog synths, looming church organs, and opulent grand piano runs to satisfy any aficionado of great keyboard, and great progressive rock 'n roll.
Keith is enjoying himself again!
Not only is Keith enjoying himself, he's obviously been energized and inspired by the musicians around him. This effort is fresh and alive, full of the musicality and energy that has defined so much of Keith's career. Marc is amazing as always and you can almost hear the challenge he must've put forth to Emo. Bravo, gentlemen. I am really enjoying listening to some fresh and original progressive rock and roll!
Breath of fresh air!
I saw Keith on tour in support of Tesla and the Scorpions a few years backs. His stage energy and musicality have both continued to grow over the years. Of course I would love to see ELP back on the boards and in the studio again. But, it seems the boys have had their last hurrah. That being said, having Keith making new music is a breath of progressive fresh air. I enjoyed the final two ELP releases (yes, even "In The Hot Seat") and The Nice's "Vivica but the works both Keith and Carl are putting out show that these men are still as vibrant and creative as ever. Even more so as far as Keith is concerned.
Born: November 2, 1944 in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, Englan
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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||The Barbarian||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||4:51||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Marche Train||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||6:12||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Malambo (From "Estancia Suite")||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||5:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Prelude to Hope||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||2:23||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Finale||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||5:56||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Place to Hide||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||4:25||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Parting||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||4:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Last Horizon||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||2:32||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ignition||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||1:41||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Art of Falling Down||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||3:29||$0.99||View In iTunes|