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Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert

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Released  18 November 1979
Artist  Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Producer  Keith Emerson
In Concert (1979)  Black Moon (1992)
Release date  October 1979
Label  Atlantic Records
Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert wwwprogarchivescomprogressiverockdiscography
Recorded  26 August 1977 Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Length  In Concert: 43:12 / Works Live: 1:27:39
Genres  Progressive rock, Symphonic rock
Similar  Emerson - Lake & Palmer albums, Progressive rock albums

Emerson, Lake and Palmer in Concert is a live album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), recorded at 26 August 1977 show at the Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada which is featured on the album cover. It was released by Atlantic Records in November 1979, following ELP's breakup. It was later re-released and repackaged as Works Live in 1993. Some of the tracks were not from the Montreal concert, but from other concerts the 1977-1978 Tour, like "Peter Gunn" and "Tiger in a Spotlight".



Similar to most live albums, In Concert showcased fan favourites of previously released material. However, "Peter Gunn", ELP's take on the classic TV theme song, was never released on any of their other albums (a slightly edited version of this live recording was included on the 1980 The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer compilation and released as a single in some countries). ELP frequently opened with this song on the Works Volume 2 tour.

The band hired a 70-piece orchestra for some concerts of this tour but eventually had to dismiss the orchestra due to budget constraints that almost bankrupted the group. On the original release, the orchestra performs on "C'est la Vie", "Knife-Edge", on Keith Emerson's piano concerto, and on "Pictures at an Exhibition". Works Live adds four other songs performed with the orchestra: "Fanfare for the Common Man", "Abaddon's Bolero", "Closer to Believing", and "Tank".


The original release of this album carried no producer credit. However, production and mixing of the album was largely carried out by Keith Emerson. Emerson intended to release In Concert as a double LP but, given the band's imminent dissolution, ELP's label, Atlantic Records, limited it to a single album. 1993's re-release of the album as the 2 CD Works Live somewhat restored this intent.


Godfrey Salmon, the orchestra conductor, played violin on the last album by Jackson Heights, Bump n' grind, released in 1973. Emerson's former The Nice band mate, Lee Jackson, formed that group after they disbanded in 1970 as a result of ELP's formation. Keith Emerson also performed on that album, on Moog programming.

Band members

  • Keith Emerson – keyboards, mixing
  • Greg Lake – vocals, bass, guitars
  • Carl Palmer – drums, percussion
  • A 70-piece orchestra on tracks 4, 6, 7 and 8 of In Concert, and tracks 4, 8, 9 of disc one and the entire disc two of Works Live.
  • Others

  • Godfrey Salmon – conductor
  • Michael Leveillee – sound engineer
  • Neil Preston – inner sleeve photo
  • Francois Rivard – cover photography
  • Bob Defrin – art director
  • Release details

  • 1979, UK, Atlantic/WEA K50652, Release date 17 November 1979, LP
  • 1979, Japan, Atlantic/Warner-Pioneer P-10697A, Release date 21 November 1979, LP
  • 1996, UK, Essential/Castle ESDCD362, Release date ? ? 1996, CD (double release called "Works Live")
  • 1999, Japan, Manticore/Victor KVICP-60644, Release date ? ? 1999, CD
  • Singles

  • Peter Gunn / Knife Edge
  • Peter Gunn / Tiger in a spotlight (USA release)
  • Songs

    1Introductory Fanfare0:53
    2Peter Gunn3:38
    3Tiger In A Spotlight


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