Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Fanfare 1970-1997: career-spanning 24-disc box set

Fanfare 1970 – 1997 is a lavish and comprehensive career-spanning new box set that showcases the talents of English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The set mixes familiar content (classic albums on CD) with less familiar fare, including newly remastered versions of late period albums (Love Beach, Black Moon and In The Hot Seat) and a quartet of CDs featuring previously unreleased live performances (mastered by Andy Pearce and Matt Wortham).

This is a multi-media package – it includes 18 CDs and five pieces of vinyl (a 3LP Live in Italy album and two seven-inch singles). A blu-ray audio includes 5.1 surround mixes of four albums, plus hi-res stereo mixes and bonus tracks.

Also included are a host of nostalgic memorabilia artefacts: replica tour programmes, poster, brochure and a 40-page hardcover book which takes you through ELP’s career, album-by-album. There’s also a metal pin badge for good measure. Much of the paper items above are secured in a bespoke wallet, which sits on top of the contents when you open the lid of the box.

Produced by BMG, this is a box in the style of When Slade Rocked The World, or Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s Inside The Pleasuredome. The CDs reside within a foam fitment at the bottom, with the vinyl, book and wallet stacked on top. Each box is numbered (a limited edition of 3000), although the numbering is on the ‘spec sheet’ on the rear and not the box itself.

Fanfare 1970 – 1997  will be released on 27 October 2017. It can be purchased from PledgeMusic for £152, and through Pledge you get an exclusive bonus CD of the previously unreleased Black Moon – Rough Album Mixes. If you can do without that, it’s £113 on Amazon UK right now.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Fanfare 1970-1997 - deluxe box set


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In the box

CDs: Original albums

  1. Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2012 remaster)
  2. Tarkus (2012 remaster)
  3. Pictures at an Exhibition (2016 remaster)
  4. Trilogy (2015 remaster)
  5. Brain Salad Surgery (2014 remaster)
  6. Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen (2CD) (2016 remaster)
  7. The Works Volume 1 (2CD) (2017 remaster)
  8. The Works Volume 2 (2017 remaster)
  9. Love Beach (2017 remaster)
  10. Black Moon (2017 remaster)
  11. In The Hot Seat (2017 remaster)

CDs: Live performances (Previously unreleased)

  1. Live at Pocono International Raceway, USA 8th July 1972
  2. On The BBC (Whistle Test ’79 / Pop Goes Summer ’93)
  3. Live at Waterloo Concert Field Stanhope NJ USA, 31st July 1992
  4. Live at Birmingham Symphony Hall, 27th November 1992
  5. Live at Élysée Montmartre, Paris,  2nd July 1997

Blu-ray audio disc

Stereo and 5.1 mixes of:

  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Steven Wilson 2012 remixes)
  • Tarkus (Steven Wilson 2012 remixes)
  • Trilogy (Jakko M Jakszyk 2015 remixes)
  • Brain Salad Surgery (Jakko M Jakszyk 2014 remixes)


3LP vinyl LP (Previously unreleased)

  • ELP Live In Italy: Rome & Milan 1973

7″ vinyl singles

  • Lucky Man/Knife Edge
  • Fanfare For The Common Man/Brain Salad Surgery


  • Replica 1974 and 1992 tour programmes
  • Reprinted 1970 promo poster
  • Reprinted 1972 promo brochure
  • Metal/enamel ELP pin-badge
  • 40-page 12″ x 12″ hardcover book with photos, notes from Chris Welch and quote from the band

Detailed track listing


CD1  – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1. The Barbarian (2012 Remastered Version)
2. Take a Pebble (2012 Remastered Version)
3. Knife-Edge (2012 Remastered Version)
4. The Three Fates (i) Clotho ii) Lachesis iii) Atropos) [2012 Remastered Version]
5. Tank (2012 Remastered Version)
6. Lucky Man (2012 Remastered Version)

CD2 – Tarkus 
1. Tarkus (i. Eruption, ii. Stones of Years, iii. Iconoclast, iv. Mass, v. Manticore, vi. Battlefield, vii. Aquatarkus) [2012 Remastered Version]
2. Jeremy Bender (2012 Remastered Version)
3. Bitches Crystal (2012 Remastered Version)
4. The Only Way (Hymn) [2012 Remastered Version]
5. Infinite Space (Conclusion) [2012 Remastered Version]
6. A Time and a Place (2012 Remastered Version)
7. Are You Ready Eddy? (2012 Remastered Version)

CD3 – Pictures at an Exhibition
1. Promenade (Pt. 1;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
2. The Gnome (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
3. Promenade (Pt. 2;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
4. The Sage (Pt. 3;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
5. The Old Castle (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
6. Blues Variation (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
7. Promenade (Pt. 3;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
8. The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 1;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
9. The Curse of Baba Yaga (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
10. The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 2;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
11. The Great Gates of Kiev (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
12. Nutrocker (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)

CD4 – Trilogy
1. The Endless Enigma, Pt. 1 (2015 – Remaster)
2. Fugue (Remastered)
3. The Endless Enigma, Pt. Two (Remastered)
4. From the Beginning (2015 – Remaster)
5. The Sheriff (2015 – Remaster)
6. Hoedown (2015 – Remaster)
7. Trilogy (Remastered)
8. Living Sin (Remastered)
9. Abaddon’s Bolero (2015 – Remaster)

CD5 – Brain Salad Surgery
1. Jerusalem (2014 Remastered Version)
2. Toccata (2014 Remastered Version)
3. Still…You Turn Me On (2014 Remastered Version)
4. Benny the Bouncer (2014 Remastered Version)
5. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 1 (2014 Remastered Version)
6. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2 (2014 Remastered Version)
7. Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression (2014 Remastered Version)
8. Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression (2014 Remastered Version)

CD6 – Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen (CD1)
1. Hoedown (Taken from Rodeo; Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)
2. Jerusalem (Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)
3. Toccata (An Adaption of Ginastera’s ‘1st Piano Concerto, 4th Movement; Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)
4. Tarkus (i. Eruption, ii. Stones of Years’ iii. Iconoclast, iv. Mass, v. Manticore, vi. Battlefield (including Epitaph), vii. Aquatarkus; Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)
5. Take a Pebble (Including Still You Turn Me On and Lucky Man; Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)

CD7 – Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends ~ Ladies and Gentlemen (CD2)
1. Piano Improvisations (Including Friedrich Gulda’s Fugue and Joe Sullivan’s Little Rock Getaway; Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)
2. Take a Pebble (Conclusion) [Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster]
3. Jeremy Bender / The Sheriff (Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)
4. Karn Evil 9 (i. 1st Impression, ii. 2nd Impression, iii. 3rd Impression; Live 1974; 2016 – Remaster)

CD8 – Works Volume 1 (CD1)
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 (i. 1st Movement: Allegro Giojoso; ii. 2nd Movement: Andante Molto Cantabile; iii. 3rd Movement: Toccata Con Fuoco; 2017 Remastered Version)
2. Lend Your Love to Me Tonight (2017 Remastered Version)
3. C’est La Vie (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Hallowed Be Thy Name (2017 Remastered Version)
5. Nobody Loves You Like I Do (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Closer to Believing (2017 Remastered Version)

CD9 – Works Volume 1 (CD2)
1. The Enemy God Dances With the Black Spirits (2017 Remastered Version)
2. L.A. Nights (2017 Remastered Version)
3. New Orleans (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Two Part Invention in D Minor (2017 Remastered Version)
5. Food for Your Soul (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Tank (2017 Remastered Version)
7. Fanfare for the Common Man (2017 Remastered Version)
8. Pirates (2017 Remastered Version)

CD10 – Works Volume 2
1. Tiger in a Spotlight (2017 Remastered Version)
2. When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I’ll Be Your Valentine (2017 Remastered Version)
3. Bullfrog (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Brain Salad Surgery (2017 Remastered Version)
5. Barrelhouse Shake-Down (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Watching Over You (2017 Remastered Version)
7. So Far to Fall (2017 Remastered Version)
8. Maple Leaf Rag (2017 Remastered Version)
9. I Believe in Father Christmas (2017 Remastered Version)
10. Close but Not Touching (2017 Remastered Version)
11. Honky Tonk Train Blues (2017 Remastered Version)
12. Show Me the Way to Go Home (2017 Remastered Version)

CD11 – Love Beach
1. All I Want Is You (2017 Remastered Version)
2. Love Beach (2017 Remastered Version)
3. Taste of My Love (2017 Remastered Version)
4. The Gambler (2017 Remastered Version)
5. For You (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Canario (2017 Remastered Version)
7. Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman: i. Prologue / The Education of a Gentleman, ii. Love At First Sight, iii. Letters from the Front, iv. Honourable Company (A March) [2017 Remastered Version]

CD12 – Black Moon
1. Black Moon (2017 – Remaster)
2. Paper Blood (2017 – Remaster)
3. Affairs of the Heart (2017 – Remaster)
4. Romeo and Juliet (2017 – Remaster)
5. Farewell to Arms (2017 – Remaster)
6. Changing States (2017 – Remaster)
7. Burning Bridges (2017 – Remaster)
8. Close to Home (2017 – Remaster)
9. Better Days (2017 – Remaster)
10. Footprints in the Snow (2017 – Remaster)

CD13 – In The Hot Seat
1. Hand of Truth (2017 – Remaster)
2. Daddy (2017 – Remaster)
3. One by One (2017 – Remaster)
4. Heart On Ice (2017 – Remaster)
5. Thin Line (2017 – Remaster)
6. Man in the Long Black Coat (2017 – Remaster)
7. Change (2017 – Remaster)
8. Give Me a Reason to Stay (2017 – Remaster)
9. Gone Too Soon (2017 – Remaster)
10. Street War (2017 – Remaster)

CD14 – Live at Pocono International Raceway, USA 8th July 1972
1. Hoedown (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
2. Tarkus (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
3. Take a Pebble (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
4. Lucky Man (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
5. Piano Improvisations (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
6. Take a Pebble (Reprise; Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
7. Pictures At an Exhibition (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U.S.A., 9th July 1972)
8. Blue Rondo a la Turk (Live at Pocono International Raceway, Long Pond, PA, U S A , 9th July 1972)

CD15 – On The BBC (Whistle Test ’79 / Pop Goes Summer ’93)
1. The Old Grey Whistle Test (First Broadcast On 23rd January 1979; Presented by Bob Harris;)
2. Pop Goes Summer, 1993 (First Broadcast On 16th September 1993; Band Interviews and Excerpts from the ‘Black Moon Tour’, Live At Arena di Verona, Italy, 26th September 1992;)

CD16 – Live at Waterloo Concert Field Stanhope NJ USA, 31st July 1992

1. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2
2. Knife-Edge
3. Black Moon
4. From The Beginning
5. Affairs Of The Heart
6. Lucky Man
7. Fanfare For The Common Man / America / Blue Rondo a la Turk

CD17 – Live at Birmingham Symphony Hall, 27th November 1992
1. Knife-Edge (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)
2. Paper Blood (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)
3. Close to Home (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)
4. Creole Dance (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)
5. From the Beginning (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)
6. Pictures At an Exhibition (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)
7. Fanfare for the Common Man (Live At Birmingham Symphonic Hall, U.K., 27th November 1992)

CD18 – Live at Élysée Montmartre, Paris, 2nd July 1997

1. Karn Evil 9 1st impression part 2
2.Tiger in a Spotlight
3. Hoedown
4. Touch and Go
5. From The Beginning
6. Knife-Edge
7. Bitches Crystal
8. Creole Dance
9. Honky Tonk Train Blues
10. Take A Pebble
11. Lucky Man
12. Tarkus
13. Pictures at an Exhibition (Medley)
14. 21st Century Schizoid Man / America

Blu-ray Audio

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (Steven Wilson 2012 mix in 24/48 Stereo and 5.1 surround)
1. The Barbarian (2012 5.1 Mix)
2. Take a Pebble (2012 5.1 Mix)
3. Knife-Edge (2012 5.1 Mix)
4. The Three Fates: Atropos (Piano Trio) [2012 5.1 Mix]
5. Rave Up (2012 5.1 Mix)
6. Lucky Man (2012 5.1 Mix)

Bonus Tracks
7. Promenade (High Res 2012 Stereo Mix)
8. Drum Solo (High Res 2012 Stereo Mix)
9. Take a Pebble (High Res 2012 Stereo Mix – Alternate Version)
10. Knife-Edge (High Res 2012 Stereo Mix – Alternate Version)
11. Lucky Man (High Res 2012 Stereo Mix – First Greg Lake Solo Version)
12. Lucky Man (High Res 2012 Stereo Mix – Alternate Version)

Tarkus (Steven Wilson 2012 mix in 24/48 Stereo and 5.1 surround)
13. Tarkus (i. Eruption, ii. Stones of Years, iii. Iconoclast, iv. Mass, v. Manticore, vi. Battlefield, vii. Aquatarkus; 2012 5.1 Mix)
14. Jeremy Bender (2012 5.1 Mix)
15. Bitches Crystal (2012 5.1 Mix)
16. The Only Way (Hymn) [2012 5.1 Mix]
17. Infinite Space (Conclusion) [2012 5.1 Mix]
18. A Time and a Place (2012 5.1 Mix)
19. Are You Ready Eddy? (2012 5.1 Mix)
20. Oh, My Father (2012 5.1 Mix)

Bonus Tracks
21. Unknown Ballad (2012 Stereo Mix)
22. Mass (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)

Trilogy (Jakko M Jakszyk 2015 mix in 24/96 Stereo and 5.1 surround)
23. The Endless Enigma, Pt. One (Mix)
24. Fugue (Mix)
25. The Endless Enigma, Pt. Two (Mix)
26. From the Beginning (Mix)
27. The Sheriff (Mix)
28. Hoedown (Mix)
29. Trilogy (Mix)
30. Living Sin (Mix)

Bonus Tracks
31. Abaddon’s Bolero (Mix)
32. From the Beginning (Alt Version)

Brain Salad Surgery (Jakko M Jakszyk 2014 mix in 24/96 Stereo and 5.1 surround)
33. Jerusalem
34. Toccata
35. Still… You Turn Me On
36. Benny The Bouncer
37. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. I
38. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2
39. Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression
40. Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression


3LP Vinyl – ELP Live In Italy: Rome & Milan 1973

LP 1
1. Pictures At an Exhibition (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)
2. Blue Rondo a la Turk (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, 1973)

LP 2
1. Still…You Turn Me On (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)
2. Lucky Man (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)
3. Jazzy Jam (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)
4. Take a Pebble (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)
5. Hoedown (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)

LP 3
1. Tarkus (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)
2. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 1 / Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Pt. 2 (Live in Italy, Rome & Milan, May 1973)

Seven-inch vinyl
1. Lucky Man (2017 Remastered Version)
2. Knife-Edge (2017 Remastered Version)

Seven-inch vinyl
1. Fanfare for the Common Man (2017 Remastered Version)
2. Brain Salad Surgery (2017 Remastered Version)

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Michael Weber

Got the box for Christmas. Have not listened to the CD’s yet. Was already familiar with the content – impossible not to these days. So far it all seems good quality. The triple Rome ’73 vinyl and all the other live stuff are certainly the highlights of Fanfare. High quality booklet, thin but informativ. Tour books and goodies are a nice touch and just in the right amount, not taking away from the focus which is the music. A solid minus point here is the fact that all CD’s come in simple paper sleeves. No gatefolds, no inner sleeves, no E L P triple gatefold on “Welcome Back My Friends”, no front flaps on Brain S. Surgery. Back of the album covers have some additional info, so not true to original release. I’m sure all the mixes (The 2014 Jakko Jakszyk remix of BSS had a lot of complaints) are great, but the sleeves do look very cheap.


This box set is, most assuredly, compiled, manufactured and sold by the department of redundancy department!!! I KNOW THIS and yet, I HAVE to have it!!! I am a collector. I have bought every incarnation of ELP’s catalogue, since 1970 and am not about to stop any time soon! I had all the vinyl, back in the day. I sold those and I bought everything again, when CD’s first came out. Then I sold those and up graded to the the “Victory” remasters. Then I sold those and upgraded to the “Shout” remasters. Then I sold those and upgraded to the “Razor and Tie” remasters, with the 5.1 DVD-A’s and finally finished up the rest of the catalogue with the “BMG”, 2 disc remasters. In between I’ve bought every DVD that ELP has ever put out. I also bought the original 5.1 DVD-A of “Brain Salad Surgery”, in 2000 (which incidentally BLOWS AWAY the God-Awful Jakko M. Jakszyk 5.1 mix, of 2014!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, which I also have the misfortune of owning. — All that being said, I just want to say that this new box set is VERY intriguing, to me, for two very specific reasons. Number one, I’m hoping that the bluray 5.1 of “Brain Salad Surgery” is better than the DVD-A from 2014! (I’m praying that maybe I just got a defective copy!!!) And number two, I’m hoping that the miniature album sleeves are “EXACT” replicas of the original albums!!! Those two things would indeed make this box set WELL worth the money!!!!!!

Patrick H

* still haven’t purchased it * – sorry for the missing word

Patrick H

Hi Paul. Thank you for all the research you do for us, box sets’ aficionados (probably an understatement). I purchased the ELP 4 cd box set on Manticore (the red box) and it is ok but the sound seems muffled to my ears. Are you in a position to provide ratings re. Sound quality and packaging quality of newer box sets compared to older ones? Is there a way all your ‘followers’ could contribute ratings?
For example, I wanted to buy the Cream Box Set – Those Were The Days – and reviews I found on various web pages recommended the 1st edition and not the second. I still haven’t it and they have started reissuing Cream’s lp’s as deluxe 2cd editions. I am still unsure if the box set is a good idea because of the remastering and additional material.


Cool Paul, me being mr anal (but I am sure others will tell ya too..) note still image in the widget is wrong, same the one in the content description! ;o)
This box is doomed or what?! lol………….


Paul at the link below you find the correct cover so you can fix it here too. Please note the date on widget is still wrong (70-10).

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Charles Christopher

My only real complaint about it is the ‘none-more-black’ packaging. Can’t we have something a little less austere, or even a different color?

I’m surprised that Brain Salad Surgery has a 5.1 mix.
Those three-disc sets from a few years ago had 5.1 mixes for the other albums, but not BSS (which didn’t bother me too much because I already had the DVD-A from c.2000) – a really odd omission, though I noticed that Steve Wilson seemed to not be involved anymore.
So I wonder now why this set includes a BBB 5.1 remix, apparently from the same guy who did the stereo mix from that earlier three-disc release. I’d love to know what the behind the scenes story on that was.

As for me buying it…….. honestly, I don’t see any significant difference between this set and that King Crimson Sailor’s Tale set that’s coming out. I’d say this one has at least one advantage in that all the 5.1 mixes are on one disc instead of three. I’m still considering buying Sailor’s Tale because I don’t have many of the studio albums and the content is excellent. And I guaranteed that if I hadn’t already bought many of the ELP reissues already, I’d be even more interested in this than I already am. Everyone has to find their own reason to buy or not, but I can see a lot of people getting really excited by this.

Julian H

The 5.1 BSS was on the big box set, but not the smaller reissue. It’s not new.


I for one got the 2cds… but this set still should contain all the bonus tracks, else it’s half-baked


This site was created (I believe) for those that appreciate the ‘super deluxe/box set format
Every time a record company aims to meet this interest and release items (with probably negligible commercial return ) it seems to be greeted by a pack of wolves ready to devour.
As many have already stated , nobody is forcing you to buy.
I will be for the Fanfare 7 inch alone.


There still is the wrong title on the price widget… ;-))


Paul the box is clearly titled 1970-1997 and not 2010! Just check Pledge unboxing clip plus the image of a physical copy of it on Sid Smith (journalist) twitter a few days ago. it is a silly mistakes by Amazon (sic),I can’t understand how they got the wrong cover/image….please fix your article and title too.


Odd that the triple live album is…well…an album, and not CD. The only ELP vinyl I’d have wanted would be those picture disc LP’s they had out a few years ago (which I sadly missed out on).
As it is, my main interest here is the BluRay. Shall I hold my breath for an individual release of this? Thought not…



Mark H.

Nope, nope, nope. I’m never again buying a set where there is music on vinyl that isn’t also on CD or lossless download.


speak for yourself. I for one find that decision very cool. With the upcoming master of puppets box set, we’ll get a vinyl and even a tape which both aren’t available digital!

Uncle Meat

Been a fan of ELP and especially Keith Emerson since 1970. I have never quite understood the media´s chronic negative attitude towards the band. Was it the pomp or Greg Lake´s Persian carpet? Forget it, ELP was a revolutionary rock band that opened doors for different kinds of rock music approaches. A very exciting three-piece led by keyboards, not the guitar. Perhaps that´s why ELP had always difficulties to get the recognition it deserved. Classically based rock is obviously harder to the listener to cope with compared to guitars monotonously crunching power chords. And ELP sure knew how to rock if you opened your ears.

Keith Emerson was the Jimmy Page of keyboards, a virtuoso and visionary musician heads above his colleagues. And there was always humour in Emo´s playing, and that was rare in his field. Check also his autobiography Pictures Of An Exhibitionist, it is hilarious. Everyone interested deeper in Keith Emerson, The Nice or ELP should read Edward Macan´s wonderful 815-page book Endless Enigma. There you´ll find something I´d call real musical analysis on ELP and much more. Amen.

Getting to the point, I have all the official and countless unofficial albums by ELP, The Nice and Keith Emerson, vinyl or cd. This box set will not be on my Christmas list. In fact, the only disc I´d be slightly interested in is Cd 14.

Richard Starkey

@Uncle Meat;
Fantastic post dude! I too am an old fan from the very first album and onward to this day. Thanks for the book recommendations; I will surely check them out. Being as true a fan as you are, can you recommend some DVDs that show the band in their prime, in good quality video & audio? I’ve seen some ho hum DVDs, but not any great ones. And this new SDE appears to have missed the boat on concert footage. Any ideas are appreciated.

Richard Starkey

As to the media’s disdain for ELP, I well remember one critic in particular who used to contribute album reviews for Rolling Stone, or as Pete Townsend called them: “PPFFFFTT Magazine”. Michael Bloom was his name. I’ll never forget that guy, because he hated ELP and trashed them cruelly in every review he wrote, esp. the Works LPs. Sadly, the band created something of an aura of pretentiousness around themselves, because their talent, energy, and showmanship was just so incredible. They were a true force of nature, and there was no containing the outpouring of raw power and innovation they gave us. So what can poor wanna be critics do except, well, criticize! Emo was a genius, the most gifted rock/pop keyboardist of that or any generation. So will I buy this package? Doubtful, I have all the recent SDE CDs, and all my old vinyl, so I just want to find more High Quality Concert DVDs.


Not to mention the unexplainable omission of In Concert (aka Works Live). Like most ELP diehards, I already own the full discography in its original CD editions; plus the deluxe reissues of the classic albums; plus the “official bootleg” boxes. Very little new here to justify the expense, IMHO. And clearly too much for the non-convinced.

Bruce Padgett

Agreed. While not the perfect, all-inclusive set it might have been, for the hardcore ELP fan there is more than enough new material to justify its purchase. The blu-ray of those first four studio LPs, added to the new concert material, makes Fanfare worthwhile. The addition of the exclusive Black Moon disc at PledgeMusic is the cherry on top.


Here’s the irony; when Sony bunged out the ELP back catalogue in 2011 I waited with baited breath, hoping that they would do a big anthology box like this one but nothing happened.So I did not buy those albums. Come 2016 and oh joy, after years of the catalogue being treated in the most horrendous way, BMG finally got it right, and like many other fans here I eagerly snapped ’em all up (except Love Beach which stinks the place out). Then along comes this bloody box set. Curses! Just six years too late! If I didn’t have those BMG reissues then I certainly would have gone for this. Having viewed the unboxing video on the Pledge site it does look like a good package. Oh and for those moaning about the missing bonus tracks; they are all included on the Blu Ray Audio. Go take another look. My biggest complaint is why is the Whistle Test ELP Special on audio only. I well remember watching this, and it was rather fine viewing; the entire programme devoted to Emerson, Lake & Palmer which can’t be bad. So with the BMG re-issues plus the original six disc version of the From The Beginning box set I think that’s enough ELP to be going on with. Thank you and good night.


SimonF, not all the bonus tracks from the earlier 2- and 3-disc editions have been ported over to the Blu-ray, and I’m sure a 50GB dual-layer Blu-ray would have held everything from those editions.


I just would like to add, that if you don’t like it don’t buy it.
£150 pounds is what 2 nights on the town, and Amazon have reduced the price.
I bought it for a few reasons, I don’t have Hot Seat Black Moon or Love beach on any format and ok the reviews aren’t great.
I don’t own the BSS DVDA mix, but more important these High rez surround albums are now on blu ray.

As mentioned the 73 show and 72 drew me in, the 73 show in particular, from the sound bites I’ve heard on the Pledge site the quality sounds rather good, much better than boot quality, the POCO live tracks sound like an official recording.

So all in all there are 8 albums I don’t own the live recordings I’ve never listened to, so yes I’m paying over the odds, but Its my choice nobody forced me into it.
By next week I’ll have the set and do a follow up hopefully aimed at those wishing to buy the set.

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Emerson, Lake and Palmer reissues have been treated carelessly at best for many years, and the most obvious reason seems to be to add a small amount of new material to resell the entire package. Their catalogue deserved to be treated much better, because since the Victory CD issues there have been so many additional ones I’ve been overwhelmed completely lost interest in trying to keep up. They would have had far more respect if the reissues had been done once or twice, correctly.

Barrie Sillars

I have ordered the box from Pledge as I am a big ELP fan, right from the early days. No complaints from me. I think BMG have done a good job with the catalogue, after the lacklustre approach of Universal and Sony. I was especially impressed with the vinyl releases. So here’s to Friday and getting this big box!

don cooper

Birmingham Symphonic Hall? Is that like Platform Nine and Three-Quarters in Harry Potter?
Do you reach it by walking at pace toward the glass door of the Gift Shop?
Nick Lowe would never get to Birmingham Symphonic Hall-not even with practice…


Pledge confirmed by e-mail today that “All orders before the end of this week are being shipped out this week. This is 1 month ahead of the official release date of 27th October. Orders after this week will be shipped for that official release date.”

Dean T

When the dust has settled on the new Bowie and Gilmore boxes I might well go for this.
A long forgotten band from my youth which I need to rediscover (loved them in my very early teens) .Would like to know the quality of the cd sleeves … are they like mini lp sleeves or just printed sleeves.. time will tell with some unboxing videos.

Ken Croteau

Gilmore has a box set coming? First of heard of that…

Phideaux Xavier

Gilmour? Certainly not Kilgore Trout (of Trout Mask Replica fame)


Paul, headline and box says 1970-2010, but the text says 1970-1990 twice. A bit confusing ;)


I ordered this from Pledge from day one, even if I already have the albums remasters with bonus tracks (in beautiful 7″ sleeve replicas Platinum SHM-CDs). I am happy with the multi-format nature of the set, as I collect and play equally vinyl records, CDs and DVDs/BDs.

Indeed the inclusion of the core catalogue albums w/o bonus tracks may seem odd at first glance, however this is not a set aiming at delivering a comprehensive archive of the band’s studio and live output – but rather an all-round package. It delivers content wise all key studio tracks and an excellent representative sample of live tracks; and media wise a whole palette of experiences – unpacking, vinyl playing, CD playing, surround listening, booklet reading, photo watching… in other words the next best thing to having had the chance to witness the band live (which I didn’t).


I find it a bit boring the way that people say “it’s an outrage, I have [many] of these albums already and they are trying to get me to buy them all over again.” No-one is forcing you to buy them, and there are plenty of people who don’t have any (in this case) ELP so will find this collection very attractive. I don’t have any ELP myself, and I’m not really interested in starting now but many people will be happy.


Who are the “many” of which you speak? It’s telling that you yourself indicate that you’re not one of them. Very few people who don’t have any recordings by a particular band, but are still interested in obtaining some, are going to start by purchasing a 24-platter set.


“don’t buy it” is not a valid argument when the content of the BOX is discussed, not the act of buying it per se


I guess the question “How many times can a label re-release the same material?” is rhetorical now. I’ll just stick to getting the vinyl versions of as much of ELP’s stuff as I can and get the standard CD’s for the rest.

I have no use for the “artefacts”. Can someone please explain why they use different remasters (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017)? Are they that different from one another?


I was so excited by the prospect of the 3LP featuring the two 1973 Italy shows, especially after hearing the excellent soundboard taped excerpts. But now I see that tracklists for almost all the live shows are missing many songs that were performed–very disheartening. I have bootlegs of many of the March 1973 “Get Me A Ladder Tour” shows–where is Abbadon’s Bolero (they opened shows with it), the beginning of Take A Pebble, etc.? You would think they could at least put together a facsimile of a Spring 1973 setlist. Same thing for the other concerts, many tracks performed are missing. Still, I couldn’t help but purchase it in advance at Pledge Music… this is really the only career-spanning big box for these guys.


I know, I know, but if the version of Karn Evil 9 is the working version then it’ll be worth it. I hope!


So if I buy it I will not have the Italian concert on CD? What a shame.


I’ve ordered it through Pledge and I guess it’s a case of a fool and his money being easily parted. The clincher for me was the Italy 1973 concert. To be fair to Pledge, they sent regular updates featuring tracks to listen to (which I do) and videos to watch (which I don’t), a better experience than the Richard Thompson Acoustic Classics where all you heard was updates from his touring plans as far as I could tell.

Adrian Grove

I have all the BMG 2cd sets which are all I want. The second cd to each album is either a remix or collection of outtakes or a live selection


Bizarre. Maybe worth £70 sans the Vinyl. But with the duplication of the studio material (without the bonus material)…… you’ve got to wonder what they were aiming for here. Essentially you’re getting the studio albums, with different bonus material, and for me a medium (Vinyl) that I don’t want.



I have bought all the ELP BMG expanded remasters as they were released over the last year and am bemused at the release of this box set. Am I supposed to buy it and duplicate those eleven studio albums but keep my expanded editions as well? Wish they had just done a reasonably priced box set of the live stuff contained in this box on CD and left it at that. Maybe seperate releases will follow, but as for now I will not be buying.

Andrew r

Have never understood considering their musical pedigree
why ELP have never been accorded the same kudos as their peers.
Post punk all prog bands suffered but most recovered their good name
KC GG YES etc etc ELP however remained terminally uncool and their back catalogue
criminally under appreciated. If Keith Emerson had played guitar I am convinced he would have been bracketed with Page Clapton and Beck.


The handling of their back catalogue has been beyond poor. Countless best of’s on cheapo labels. Two previous box sets, drip feeding unreleased tracks through multiple reissues. Bootleg live albums released of official live albums already released.

On the latest compilation they managed to list the piece Pirates as The Pirates. The Tarkus bonus cd has a track called Unknown Ballad, which is probably not by ELP as it’s not Greg Lake singing and sounds nothing like the band.


Philip Cohen

But some have stated that copies ordered through other dealers (other than Pledge Music or the official ELP site) will have fewer disc; that they will lack the 1990’s concert recordings….so buyer beware.

Jay kranz

This set is a disgrace. I’ve been following it on the pledge music. I find it offensive that they are not including all the bonus tracks from the individual releases of the albums. And several of the live shows being incomplete is just one more disgusting aspect that your tracklising has finally uncovered.

The sloppiness carries over to the fact that they can’t even agree on what the set is called on pledge music it is 1970-1997. Poorly conceived and executed and a shame to the memories of Greg lake and Keith Emerson.

Kevin Farrow

Jay kranz, they’ve removed all comments on the Pledge page. Must have been too many people complaining!