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PostPosted: 16 May 2006 10:33    Post subject: Keith Emerson Reissues Reply with quote

Artist: Keith Emerson
Titles: Honky, Off The Shelf, At The Movies (3 CD Set)
Genre: Rock-Soundtrack-Progressive Rock-Classical

Three albums from Keith Emerson are now available, Honky, his first solo album,
Off The Shelf, and At The Movies (three CD set). With the exception of
Honky, all were very rare recordings that have become collectable over the years.

Emerson needs no introduction; his musical legacy is long and well documented. From his
days with The Nice, ELP, and a continuingly productive solo career, I think it is safe to
say the man has been nothing short of prolific.

Honky is an enjoyable solo retreat. Originally released in 1985, it is remastered
for superior sound. Emerson had to keep putting off this solo album because the record
companies would hear his material, comment how good it was, and then ask him to record it
with Carl Palmer and Greg Lake. So instead of releasing it on a date in the 70s, which
would seem to make more sense, when ELP was at their peak, it kept getting pushed out,
finally all the way out to 1985. The question is, was it worth the wait. The answer is
yes, if you happen to be a big fan of Emerson no matter what he does, and that happens to
be yours truly. This was a fun listen; he takes a little bit of all of his influences,
kicks back, and lets it all fly to see what happens. The result is a mixed bag of genres,
and of course much of what you would not expect from the keyboard genius. Gone are all the
complex and bombastic compositions, in there place are rollicking tunes full of some basic
rock with some honky-tonk, rhythm and blues, and flat out blues. This may come as a
disappointment for some and a welcome change for others. Emerson has always been ultra
talented and is the accomplished music chameleon. Never is that fact more apparent than on
his maiden solo voyage.

Off The Shelf is exactly what Keith Emerson says it is in the forward to the liner
notes, a veritable cornucopia of pot pourri within an audio montage.

This is a collection of rare tracks that took years to see the light of day, much too long
for such a creative and well-known artist such as Emerson. The people that show up on the
recordings are as diverse as the genres covered-from Pat Travers and Cozy Powell to the
London Symphony Orchestra.

You will hear jazz, jazz-fusion, rock, blues, you name it, and Emerson leaves nothing to
chance, giving the listener a broad range of his tastes. The music he came to know and
love, and which served him as the most influential in musical development, is what this
recording is all about, along with seeing the artist in an entirely different musical
space. Its no wonder he turned out to be one of the greatest keyboard players in the
world, and not just in the realm of rock music. He stands far above the rest, landing with
both feet firmly implanted in the elite club with people like Rick Wakeman.

I think most people familiar with his work will find this surprisingly good and refreshing
because it is the unexpected, and what makes it so enjoyable is that you will hear quality
music, not a bunch of throwaway tracks that Emerson never wanted to release. It is quite
the contrary.

At The Movies is perhaps the most interesting of the three sets. They were all
recorded specifically for movie soundtracks in three different countries. The approach and
process for music like this is entirely different from any other that Emerson recorded in
his career.

The 67 tracks are broken down in three disc and sections, U.S., Italian, and Japanese
movies. Each disc is a reflection of the silver screen in each respective country. Surely,
this had to be a daunting task to accomplish. Dealing with three completely different
cultures and entertainment worlds had to be most challenging. It came as no surprise to me
that Emerson was up for the challenge and relished the opportunity to create this music.

While all of it was good, and undeniably, the most different set of tracks I have ever
heard from Emerson, they all had their own flair, style, and flavor, capturing the unique
soundtrack element as needed within each entertainment culture. I have no idea how the
music matched up with the corresponding films but I am sure it worked out well.

The Japanese set was the most energetic and Emerson like if you will, out of all the sets.
The Japanese Godzilla themes and all the other famous B movie monsters are in need of
typically eerie sci-fi like sounds and who could be have done a better job than Emerson,
to provide the necessary atmospheres with his keyboard and synthesizer wizardry. The U.S.
and Italian sets are less prog-like and focus on the more contemporary and classical
sounds that Emerson so easily coaxes from his instruments.

Three sets of music from one of the most compelling keyboard players of our time is a lot
to take in, but so very enjoyable. The thing about listening to all this music is how
diverse and complex it is. Emerson is simply incredible and I am convinced there is not a
style of music the man cannot make his own. The proof is right here in all three titles.

Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

May 14, 2006

Off The Shelf

01. Abaddon's Bolero Orchestral (8:05)
02. Pictures at an Exhibit (5:04)
03. And Then January Emerson (5:4icon_cool.gif
04. Rio Emerson (3:54)
05. Straight Between the Eyes (2:3icon_cool.gif
06. Don't Be Cruel (4:19)
07. Au Privave (5:27)
08. Walter L (5:36)
09. Rhythm-A-Ning (5:5icon_cool.gif
10. Asian Pear (6:44)
11. Motor Bikin' (2:43)
12. America (5:20)
13. Lumpy Gravy (2:11)
14. Up the Elephant & Round the Castle Emerson (2:2icon_cool.gif
15. Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (3:31)

At The Movies

CD 1 US Movies

01. Nighthawks (Main Title Theme) (2:25)
02. Mean Stalkin' (2:21)
03. The Bust (2:0icon_cool.gif
04. Nighthawking (6:1icon_cool.gif
05. The Chase (6:03)
06. I'm a Man (4:20)
07. The Chopper (3:04)
08. Tramway (3:26)
09. I'm Comin' In (3:04)
10. Face to Face (2:52)
11. Flight of the Hawk (3:09)
12. Best Revenge (15:2icon_cool.gif
13. Playing for Keeps (4:21)
14. The Dreamer (Love Theme) (2:40)
15. Wha'dya Mean (5:04)
16. Outgoing Tide (1:49)
17. For Those Who Win (3:35)
18. The Runner Emerson (3:26)

CD 2 Italian Movies

19. Inferno (Main Title) (2:55)
20. Rose's Descent into the Cellar (4:56)
21. Taxi Ride (Rome) (2:13)
22. The Library (0:55)
23. Sarah in the Library Vaults (1:15)
24. Bookbinder's Delight (1:09)
25. Rose Leaves the Apartment (3:2icon_cool.gif
26. Rose Gets It ( 2:07)
27. Elisa's Story (1:07)
28. A Cat Attic Attack (3:11)
29 Kazanian's Tarantella Emerson (3:31)
30. Mark's Discovery Emerson (1:21)
31. Mater Tenebrarum (2:36)
32. Inferno Finale (2:23)
33. Cigarettes, Ices, Etc. (2:49)
34. Inferno Extrasb (10:15)
35. La Chiesa (The Church) (Main Theme) (3:56)
36. The Possession (2:2icon_cool.gif
37. Prelude 24 (2:21)
38. La Chiesa Revisited (4:23)
39. Murderock (2:46)
40. Not So Innocent (3:32)
41. Prelude to Candice (1:45)
42. Don't Go in the Shower (1:05)
43 Coffee Time (2:32)
44. Candice (3:3icon_cool.gif
45. New York Dash (1:32)
46. Tonight Is Not Your Night Emerson (1:12)
47. The Spillone (1:50)

CD 3 Japanese Movies

48. Harmagedon (Theme of the Floi) (3:35)
49. Jo and Michiko (2:44)
50. Sonny's Skate State (4:14)
51. Zamedy Stomp (2:59)
52. Challenge of the Psionic Fighters (4:12)
53. Children of the Light (3:59)
54. Godzilla vs. Gotengo (1:51)
55. Godzilla Final Wars Titles (2:59)
56. Edf Headquarters Fight (1:37)
57. Edf Museum (1:1icon_cool.gif
58. Infant Island (2:00)
59. Rodan Attacks NYC (4:14)
60. Earth Defense Forces Theme (2:45)
61. Motorcycle Battle (2:49)
62. Godzilla Awakens (1:51)
63. Love Theme (1:2icon_cool.gif
64. Monster Zero Theme (2:14)
65. Cruising the Cirro Stratus Emerson (2:44)
66. Godzilla Theme I. Itukube Ifukube (1:20)
67. Godzilla Final Wars End Titles (4:41)


01. Hello Sailor Intro (1:59)
02. Bach Before the Mast (2:1icon_cool.gif
03. Hello Sailor Finale (4:30)
04. Salt City (4:59)
05. Green Ice (6:1icon_cool.gif
06. Intro-Juicing (:24)
07. Big Horn Breakdown (2:11)
08. Yancey Special (4:31)
09. Rum-A-Ting (5:03)
10 Chickcharnie (5:09)
11 Jesus Loves Me (6:20)

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