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!
The Good News..and the Bad News...
This album does more to show how much Lake is missed than anything else. We already knew how great Keith was and is, but Lake's voice took the band to another level. With Lake, the group achieved what can only be described as a "noble" sound (some might call it "pompous" but I'd disagree...this was not a pose...it was stance taken by Lake with his lyrics and vocals that was consistent throughout their career).....and this sound made them stand out from Genesis, Yes, and other progressive bands of the time.
When Lake cries out "Please...Please...Please....don't give me lies!" in "The Endless Enigman" we believe him....just as we laugh with him during Benny the Bouncer, and feel along with him the passion in songs like "From The Beginning." It's hard to overestimate his contribution to the band. If Keith was indeed the mad scientist behind the compositions and techno wizardry, Greg was the bands heart.
It's just a shame an album like this could not have been a reunion of such great talent. Still, it's great to hear anything from any of them nowadays.
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|
||The Parting||Keith Emerson Band (feat. Marc Bonilla)||4:44||$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|
||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|