Emerson, Lake & Palmer ‎– Pictures At An Exhibition

Island Records ‎– HELP 1
Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold

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A1 Promenade
Written-By – Mussorgsky*
A2 The Gnome
Written-By – Palmer*, Mussorgsky*
A3 Promenade
Written-By – Lake*, Mussorgsky*
A4 The Sage
Written-By – Lake*
A5 The Old Castle
Written-By – Emerson*, Mussorgsky*
A6 Blues Variation
Written-By – Palmer*, Lake*, Emerson*
B1 Promenade
Written-By – Mussorgsky*
B2 The Hut Of Baba Yaga
Written-By – Mussorgsky*
B3 The Curse Of Baba Yaga
Written-By – Palmer*, Lake*, Emerson*
B4 The Hut Of Baba Yaga
Written-By – Mussorgsky*
B5 The Great Gates Of Kiev
Written-By – Lake*, Mussorgsky*
B6 The End
B7 Nutrocker
Arranged By – Palmer*, Lake*, Emerson*Written-By – Kim Fowley

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Recorded live, Newcastle City Hall, March 26, 1971.

All songs published by E.G Music, except Nutrocker published by Ardmore/Beechwood.
Produced by Greg Lake for E.G. Records©

℗ 1971 Island Records Ltd.

Textured black island small pink 'i' label.

Same as Pictures At An Exhibition, except that this version credits Island Records Ltd. on labels.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side stamped): HELP 1 A - 1U
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side etched): PORKY
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side stamped): HELP 1 B - 1U
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side etched): PECKO

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July 12, 2013
[copied from Discogs Master Notes text - author unknown]

Released in 1971 as a live album and re-released in 2001 as a remastered edition including both live and studio versions of Modest Mussorgsky's classical piece Pictures at an Exhibition. The original live album was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in North East England. The opening track of the album was played on a Harrison & Harrison pipe organ which was instaled in the City Hall in 1928. The organ console is some way above stage level, at the top of a stepped terrace used for choral performances. The drum roll connecting the opening track to the next served to cover Emerson's dash back down to the stage.

The original album cover, commissioned to William Neal who designed and painted every canvas, used a gatefold sleeve, depicting on the outside blank picture frames labelled with the titles of the pieces: "The Old Castle", "The Gnome", etc. The paintings were huge oil paintings full of ELP symbolism, like the Tarkus background in the "Hut" and the white dove embossed into the titanium white oil paint in "Promenade".

On the inner sleeve, all of the paintings were revealed, but one remains blank: "Promenade". The musical piece, of course, is not about a picture, but represents a walk through the gallery. Some CD covers use only the "revealed" version.

The album reached #3 in the UK album chart in December 1971, only by virtue of the fact that budget-priced albums (of which Pictures at an Exhibition was one), were eligible for inclusion at that time. At the beginning of 1972 another change in the chart rules excluded them again, which meant that Pictures disappeared from the chart from #9 after a run of just 5 weeks.

In the US Billboard album chart it peaked at #10 in early 1972.