My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Pictures was recorded from a single live recording in March of 1971 at the Newcastle City Hall and was released in November of the same year. EL&P wanted this album to be released before Tarkus, and after the success of that album the record label decided to release this one. The album pieces are based on Mussorgsky’s composition of the same name.
What I think:
Well here we are with another EL&P album. I dreaded having to listen to this so much that I took off into the 1990’s for a break. And while it’s not something I really need to hear again, it’s kind of good in places. The fact that it is live really restrains the band a lot compared to what you get on Tarkus and it makes the music sound like any other band doing an instrumental break in a live song. The keyboards are a bit much at times, and Lake’s singing is beyond awful, but in the end it’s an improvement over Tarkus.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It is listenable and at times even enjoyable, but that doesn’t mean it’s a great album. We can still replace either this, Tarkus or both with Tupelo Honey.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
Pictures at an Exhibition Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (189/238)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%