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Carl Palmer: Working Live – Volume 3

The indefatigable Mr P.

As Carl Palmer predicted before last year’s High Voltage Festival, ELP’s reunion was a one-off. But then his own interpretation of the band’s heritage with his guitar-led trio has proved more invigorating than ELP’s ponderous, ego-crippled latter day endeavours.

Volume 3 of his Working Live series, recorded in 2007, finds Palmer flanked by guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and bassist Stuart Clayton.

What might appear to be a foolhardy attempt at Pictures At An Exhibition turns out to be a lively, inventive, jazzy romp while Bitches Crystal from Tarkus has more sparkle than the original. Peter Gunn and Nutrocker are thrown in for light relief and if you can’t handle eight-minute drum solos then you can simply skip the last track.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.