Pictures at an Exhibition (Emerson, Lake & Palmer album)

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Pictures at an Exhibition is a live album by English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in November 1971 on Island Records. It features the group's rock adaptation of Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, performed at Newcastle City Hall on 26 March 1971.

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Pictures at an Exhibition
Live album by
ReleasedNovember 1971
Recorded26 March 1971
VenueNewcastle City Hall, Newcastle
ProducerGreg Lake
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
Pictures at an Exhibition
Emerson, Lake & Palmer live chronology
Pictures at an Exhibition
Welcome Back, My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends
Singles from Pictures at an Exhibition
  1. "Nut Rocker (Live)"
    Released: 28 February 1972 [1]

The band had performed the Mussorgsky piece since their live debut in August 1970, after keyboardist Keith Emerson had attended an orchestral performance of the piece several years before and pitched the idea to guitarist and frontman Greg Lake and drummer Carl Palmer, who agreed to adapt it while contributing sections to the arrangement. The album concludes with the concert's encore, "Nut Rocker", a rock adaptation of The Nutcracker originally arranged by Kim Fowley and recorded by B. Bumble and the Stingers in 1962.

Pictures at an Exhibition went to number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and number 10 on the US Billboard 200. In 2001, it was reissued as a remastered edition that included a studio version of the piece recorded in 1993.