Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Welcome Back My Friends…………..

welcome back my friends

……….to the show that never ends Ladies and Gentlemen …Emerson Lake and Palmer

This takes me back when “live albums” was my thing.

“Hoedown” – Emerson Lake & Palmer

“Take A Pebble” – Emerson Lake & Palmer


Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends… Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer is a 1974 live album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, originally released as a three-disk vinyl album, but is now a double CD, in a gatefold cover, the inside of which used the letters “E”, “L” and “P” as retainers for the individual disks.

During 1973 and 1974, ELP toured on their Someone Get Me a Ladder Tour all around the world, and this album captures the representative musical sound of that tour. The title of the album comes from the opening line of the song “Karn Evil 9: First Impression, Part 2″ as well as the introduction to the performance, uttered at the beginning of the song “Hoedown.”

The album reached #4 on the Billboard album chart making it ELP’s highest charting album in the US.

Most of the original recordings included on the album had been first issued as a presentation for the syndicated US radioshow “King Biscuit Flower Hour“. In 1999, these original recordings were released on CD and music fans could now see how Greg Lake, as the executive producer of the live album, changed some parts of the sound by editing echo effects or reverb. On the other hand, the “King Biscuit” tapes also show that ELP did not re-record musical parts of their songs.

The Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando, Florida, also has the title as a message above their main entrance. The “welcome back my friends” hook was also used by Alan Freeman on some of his radio shows.


ELP are to release two deluxe editions on November 12, through Sanctuary/UMC. One will feature Works Vols 1 & 2, brought together for the first time. Both were originally released in 1977, Works Volume 1 being a double LP, while Works Volume 2 was a single album. The CDs here have been remastered. The other deluxe edition is of the 1974 triple live album Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends… Ladies & Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake & Palmer. (Possibly the longest album title since Tyrannosaurus Rex’s My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair… But Now They’re Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows.) Again, the ELP album has been remastered. Recently, rumours have been rife concerning a 40th anniversary ELP reformation for 2010 – although nothing has so far been confirmed. Drummer Carl Palmer recently told the Birmingham Post: “We were going to reform ELP this year but we had a few medical problems involving Keith [Emerson, keyboards]. “One of his hands needs looking at so we had to postpone it. It’s an occupational hazard, with both of my hands having been operated on, but hopefully we can make it happen next year. Our second reformation was from 1991 to 1998 so I suppose we are due another one.” In addition, Esoteric Records have acquired the ights to ELP’s label, Manticore. Starting in November, there will be a huge reissues campaign, featuring artists like Stray Dog, PFM, Keith Christmas and Pete Sinfield. For further details, go to

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September 21, 2009 - Posted by | New News, Old Music, Video |

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