Do You Wanna Play Some Magic?: Emerson, Lake and Palmer In Concert 1970-1979 (英語) ペーパーバック – 2012/11/15
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The Show's About To Start!
Emerson, Lake & Palmer concerts were never `just another gig'; each one was a spectacular epic of musical virtuosity infused with a showmanship that bordered on vaudeville.
If you were lucky enough to be there in the audience or you just wish you had been, you'll love this book. Garry Freeman has been to numerous Emerson, Lake & Palmer concerts over the years and listened to more tapes (some official, some not) than is healthy! In this vivid picture of the band's heyday, Garry really does make sure that the show never ends by reviewing over 150 of ELP's gigs - analyzing set lists, equipment used, between-song banter, how their shows evolved and much more. Even the admission price is mentioned. How does $5.50 a ticket at the Fillmore East in 1971 sound? Or a mere 50p for the London Pavilion in the same year?
All three band members have been unfailingly helpful in providing Garry with information that has been used in this book. Unapproachable superstars? No, just a bunch of good blokes. Official band archivist Tony Ortiz has provided hard-to-find images in this unique tribute. Members of the ELP online community have also contributed thoughts and memories, making this a genuine Fanfare For The Common Fan.
Comedian Jim Davidson, a long time admirer, provides a funny and touching foreword.
Garry Freeman is Director Of Inclusion at a school near his hometown of Leeds, England. A self-confessed ELP nut he is well known within the worldwide fan base of the band.
But this has got to be the most boring book I've ever read. I can barely get through it. (I'm about halfway through after three weeks.) Barely any comments from E, L, or P. The book is totally from the author's perspective of listening to and/or seeing videos of ELP's concerts.
How many times can I read that Greg shouted "Yeah" during a song? Or that Carl's solo lasted 10 minutes or 9 minutes or 11 minutes? Or that the Moog went out of tune AGAIN. Or that the audience loved the show? (How, exactly, does he know that?) Or that Greg sang some incorrect words or that a guitar string broke? I mean, who cares? (I certainly don't.)
I thought that the book was going to be E, L, and P commenting on the concerts, what happened backstage, how they prepared for a concert, what did they do after the show, or what the hotels (and travel) were like, what THEIR perspective of the audience or concert is/was. Instead, we get the author's audient-perspective of how fast or slow ELP played the songs.
Seriously, how many times can I read that they opened the show with Hoedown? Apparently, more times than I care for.
I am a die-hard ELP fan and even I hate this book. I can't imagine how anyone other than a total ELP freak would even consider buying it.