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“Working Live” Volume 3 by Carl Palmer

Artist: Carl Palmer
Title: “Working Live” Volume 3
Label: Eagle Records
Release Date: 10/19/2010
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 3.75/5

If you have ever enjoyed the legends of Progressive Rock then you already know the name of Carl Palmer for he is quite possibly one of the best drummers alive and still currently active. He came to notoriety with the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer and together the trio changed the framework of how Progressive Rock was going to move forward and have forever remained an influence to both fans and artists alike. The CD “Working Live” Volume 3 continues to showcase what Palmer is up to nowadays as a musician and it’s a very interesting thing to take a listen to based on just how Palmer and his trio are delivering the music. Although the master skin basher is working with a three piece group there is no keyboardist and instead a guitar god in the making in Paul Bielatowicz and the bassist Simon Fitzpatrick. The compositions presented are strictly instrumentals and we get a wide career spanning sample of them across the single disc release but if you are expecting the same sound you are accustomed to with traditional ELP then you are in for a surprise with this. I caught Carl a few years ago in concert when he was doing this show in NYC and I had to say that the use of the guitar gave these time honored tracks a whole new feel and life. I was a little on the fence with them because I had grown up with ELP as a favorite band but after a few numbers I enjoyed what I was experiencing. He is an awesome guitarist that brings a lot of talent to the table. He is also very young and displays a technique not often visible in someone of his age group. It was like listening to a younger Alan Holdsworth.
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