Shout! Factory will release Live in Montreal 1977 on November 12. Recorded in support of Works Volume 1 – a double album which featured Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer each taking the reins on writing and production on three sides and two lengthy tracks (“Fanfare for the Common Man,” “Pirates”) on the fourth – Live in Montreal 1977 features tracks from all sides of that set, plus a healthy selection of prog-oriented fan favorites from the band’s discography up to that point (“Karn Evil 9,” “Pictures At an Exhibition,” “Nutrocker”). This tour (and possibly this date), which also featured an intricate but costly orchestral accompaniment, has been represented on record before as 1979’s In Concert album, released after the band’s ill-received Love Beach (1978) and subsequent breakup, and by Castle in the U.K. as the double-disc Works Live in 1993.
Recently, Varese Sarabande has also taken to releasing a live show featuring one of the ELP members. At San Francisco’s Maritime Hall on May 15, 1998, Keith Emerson took the stage with Glenn Hughes, former bassist/vocalist for the Mk. III and Mk. IV lineups of Deep Purple (the pair first met when Deep Purple and ELP co-headlined the California Jam in 1974), and guitarist Marc Bonilla (who would later join Emerson’s backing band). The trio tackled tunes popularized by ELP (“Tarkus,” “Fanfare for the Common Man”), solo tracks by Bonilla (“Afterburner,” “White Noise”) and a Hughes-led rendition of Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” Released on CD by a U.K. label in 2009, Varese’s release marks the premiere release of the full show across two discs.
Boys Club Live in California is available now; you can order it (and pre-order ELP’s Live in Montreal 1977) after the jump.
Keith Emerson, Glenn Hughes & Marc Bonilla, Boys Club Live in California: The Complete Concert (Varese Sarabande VSD-7024, 2013)
- Long Journey Home
- A Whiter Shade of Pale
- Cover Me
- Close to Home *
- Creole Dance *
- Honky Tonk Train Blues *
- White Noise
- Fanfare for the Common Man/Rondo *
- Middle of a Dream
Live in Montreal 1977 (Shout! Factory, 2013)
- Abaddon’s Bolero
- Karn Evil 9, 1st Impression Part 2
- The Enemy God Dances with the Black Spirits
- C’est La Vie
- Lucky Man
- Pictures At An Exhibition
- Piano Concerto No. 1, 3rd Movement
- Closer to Believing
- Knife Edge
- Fanfare for the Common Man