ELP - SWITZERLAND 1997 (Keith Emerson R.I.P. 1944-2016)

March 12, 2016 – 1:05 pm

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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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EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER
Switzerland 1997 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the “Kingdom Festival”, Villaggio della Musica, Bellinzona, Switzerland; July 25, 1997. Very good soundboard (FM broadcast?).

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

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Disc 1
Track 101. Karn Evil #9/1st Impression Part 2 5:18 (8.9MB)
Track 102. Tiger in a Spotlight 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 103. Hoedown 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 104. Touch and Go 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 105. From the Beginning 4:38 (7.8MB)
Track 106. Knife Edge 6:03 (10.2MB)
Track 107. Bitches Crystal 4:40 (7.9MB)
Track 108. Creole Dance 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 109. Honky Tonk Train Blues 3:34 (6.0MB)
Track 110. Take a Pebble 6:54 (11.6MB)
49 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Lucky Man 5:08 (8.6MB)
Track 202. Tarkus 9:07 (15.3MB)
Track 203. Tarkus/Pictures at an Exhibition 10:22 (17.4MB)
Track 204. Fanfare for the Common Man/Rondo 12:40 (21.3MB)
Track 205. 21st Century Schizoid Man/America 5:35 (9.4MB)
43 mins

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

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  1. 9 Responses to “ELP - SWITZERLAND 1997 (Keith Emerson R.I.P. 1944-2016)”

  2. Tragic… RIP… ELP memories forever…

    By oneL on Mar 12, 2016

  3. I saw ELP in Bologna,Stadio Dall’Ara in May 1973.I was 16.Never forget this concert.”Hoedown”…

    By Enrico on Mar 12, 2016

  4. Thanks Big O

    By swappers on Mar 12, 2016

  5. Lucky Man….ironic.

    By sluggo on Mar 12, 2016

  6. ‘77 Tour after they dropped the Orchestra. Colorado State University Ft. Collins Co. They more than made up for it. Keith was on fire that night. All with his usual stunts!

    By popa c on Mar 12, 2016

  7. A true innovator and legend. Thanks Keith, your compositional skills and incredible technical skills will never be bettered. RIP.

    By John Radclyffe on Mar 13, 2016

  8. Another legend gone in 2016, Brain Salad Surgery one of the best Prog Rock Albums of all time, The year was 1973, Saw ELP,Yes,Moody Blues and Floyd, all in the same year,all the groups in their prime, Prog Rock Heaven for a young stoner at the time. Wish music was half as good today, feel sorry for this young generation with the crap forced on them today by the media.RIP Keith ,your legacy is secure

    By COREY M on Mar 13, 2016

  9. I agree with you Corey M. I, too wish music today was at least of similar caliber than the stuff of yester-year. It’s mostly Crap with a Capital C.

    Alas, I could not have seen the same incarnation of ELP that you did; I was 3 years old…. Just a wee tot, I was…

    I know it’s probably cliché to you prog guys, but I’ll always love Karn Evil 9

    By APex on Mar 14, 2016

  10. 8th grade music class introduced me to Brain Salad Surgery … talk about ones mind being blown. This forever changed how I viewed and listened to music. Ty Keith RIP and ty BigO for the 2 ELP shows.

    By Vincent on Mar 25, 2016

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