KEITH EMERSON R.I.P. 1944-2016

March 12, 2016 – 6:38 am

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KEITH EMERSON R.I.P. 1944-2016

Keith Emerson, founding member and keyboardist of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and a prog rock legend, died on March 11, 2016. He was 71. His bandmate Carl Palmer and the trio’s official Facebook confirmed Emerson’s death. TMZ reported that police found Emerson with a single gunshot wound to the head, though they could not confirm that Emerson died by suicide. “We regret to announce that Keith Emerson died last night at his home in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, aged 71. We ask that the family’s privacy and grief be respected,” the band wrote.

“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and brother-in-music, Keith Emerson,” Palmer wrote in a statement. “Keith was a gentle soul whose love for music and passion for his performance as a keyboard player will remain unmatched for many years to come. He was a pioneer and an innovator whose musical genius touched all of us in the worlds of rock, classical and jazz. I will always remember his warm smile, good sense of humor, compelling showmanship and dedication to his musical craft. I am very lucky to have known him and to have made the music we did together.”

After discovering the Hammond and Moog in his teenage years, Emerson grew into one of the greatest keyboardists of his generation, first as a member of the Nice before founding the prog supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer. ELP formed in 1970 after Emerson, guitarist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and drummer Carl Palmer, a veteran of the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, joined together for a project that would better showcase their musicianship. - Rolling Stone

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Barcelona 1992 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Palacio De Los Deportes, Barcelona, Spain; November 3, 1992. Very good FM broadcast. Slight hiss.

Thanks to whotrader for sharing the show at The Traders’ Den.

whotrader noted:

Next up is an FM broadcaast from Barcelona. It sounds pretty nice, but missing a little high-end. I also included some bonus tracks that were not labelled on my tape.

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FM Broadcast > cassette trade circa 1993
Transfer: Transfer: Sony TC-WE475 > M-Audio Microtrack II (24/96) > Wavelab (tracking and tweaking) > Flac level 8

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Disc 1
Track 101. Introduction 0:46 (1.3MB)
Track 102. Welcome Back 1:25 (2.4MB)
Track 103. Tarkus 8:37 (14.5MB)
Track 104. Knife Edge 5:35 (9.4MB)
Track 105. Paper Blood 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 106. Black Moon 6:38 (11.1MB)
Track 107. Close To Home 3:25 (5.8MB)
Track 108. Creole Dance 4:03 (6.8MB)
Track 109. From the Beginning 3:05 (5.2MB)
Track 110. Still You Turn Me On 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 111. Lucky Man 4:35 (7.7MB)
Track 112. Honky Tonk Train Blues 3:16 (5.5MB)
Track 113. Romeo and Juliet 3:25 (5.7MB)
53 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Pirates 13:13 (22.2MB)
Track 202. Pictures at an Exhibition 18:21 (30.8MB)
Track 203. Fanfare for the Common Man/America/Rondo 14:10 (23.8MB)

Track 204. Touch and Go (Monday Night Football) 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 205. Interview - From the Beginning 6:35 (11.1MB)
54 mins

Keith Emerson - keyboards
Greg Lake - vocals, bass, guitars
Carl Palmer - drums, percussion

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  1. 10 Responses to “KEITH EMERSON R.I.P. 1944-2016”

  2. I saw three performances of Keith Emerson in Emerson Lake and Palmer and once with Cozy Powell. What a showman! The guy was a pioneer. RIP

    By Tunafan on Mar 12, 2016

  3. Thanks BigO.. this one hurts.. Keith was one of a kind.. So glad he came along during my lifetime..

    By Tom on Mar 12, 2016

  4. R.I.P. Keith.

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Mar 12, 2016

  5. Ruhe in Frieden Keith! (Andrea R. from Vienna.)

    By Andrea Resch on Mar 12, 2016

  6. Sad news, what a year this is turning out to be . . . . . . this means a lot Big O so thank you
    Bought ‘Lucky Man’ when it came out and still have it on 7″ one of the seminal groundbreaking Moog solos of all time
    What a way to discover the work of Aaron Copeland too
    The guy was a genius
    He will be much missed . . . . . .
    Thanks for posting these sets they help . . . . . put them on full blast and rattle the windows

    By swappers on Mar 12, 2016

  7. Tragic. A true innovator, and legend, Keith’s compositional skills and immense technical prowess will never be bettered. RIP. My musical hero.

    By John Radclyffe on Mar 13, 2016

  8. They broke the mold on him!!!!!! I still can’t believe this!!!!! Especially because it is now being ruled out as suicide!!!!! What a SAD week this has been so far!
    There will NEVER be another one like him!!!!!! What Jimi Hendrix did for the guitar, Keith did for the keyboard!!!!!! A true pioneer!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!

    By JEFF on Mar 13, 2016

  9. So sad, What a year this is turning into ,Bowie,Kantner,Frey, among others and now this. Think the reason these deaths hit so hard is because it makes those of us who were there during the heydays of these legends realize that we are all getting older and makes us think about our own mortality. The Hendrix analogy is a good one for Keith was a true innovator with the keyboard. The suicide angle on this is especially disturbing. As some people age enthusiasm for life wanes and depression can set in as none of us know what could have led to this, possible health issues, just getting older can be depressing in itself.As sad as these passings are ,most lived into their 60s/ 70s much worse to go out like Hendrix,Morrison,Joplin,Cobain,Nick Drake,Gram Parsons ecc who never saw 30 or even Elvis and John Lennon who never made it to 50,sad none the less

    By COREY M on Mar 13, 2016

  10. Mortality sucks. Especially when it takes the immortals.

    Thanks, Keith, for a lifetime of amazing music, and thanks BigO for sharing it so generously.

    By walter on Mar 14, 2016

  11. This must be a radio broadcast of an actual concert from Cleveland…NOT Barcelona…(as Greg says “Cleveland” at the end of Knife Edge.

    By Jeff on Dec 10, 2016

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