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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.27 | 620 ratings

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5 stars This IS Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Welcome Back My Friends..... is the one of the highlights of ELP's recording career. This album shows why ELP was on top of the prog rock scene of the 70's. They set list is almost perfect, each member of the band is featued some how, and the album portrays what a live ELP concert was like.

The album is basically a live set of some of their best work. Tarkus and KE9 are on the album, with no edits. Greg Lake even adds Epitaph from his KC days into Tarkus.

So, while the entire album is nothing short of a prog masterpiece, there are three tracks which just jump out of the album and are definatly the highlights.

1. Tarkus. This is played at a feverish pace, with each member of the band playing at his full potential. Carl Palmer sounds like a madman on his drumset, always providing amazing drumwork. Keith Emerson just flies all over his keyboards and touches off some absolutley (I'm not exactly comfortable using this term for keyboard solos) facemelting solos, which proves why he was and is the keyboard master. And last but not least, Greg Lake's vocals are just amazing, with octave jumps etc. All the guys are just spot on while playing Tarkus.

2. Karn Evil 9. This is the FULL version of KE9, all three impressions done magically, with Carl's drum solo in the first impression. Just by saying Carl did a drum solo should be enough of an explanation as to why this track is amazing, but Carl, Keith, and Greg just gel on this song bringing KE9 to a new level with their performances on this album.

3. Take A Pebble. While this version is all over ELP's best of albums, it needs to be listened to from start to finish. Keith's piano improvisations, followed by Greg's solo acoustic set, followed by the end of Take a Pebble show ELP's calmer (if that term even applies to ELP) side.

Summary: This album is an absolute prog masterpiece and should be owned by anyone who likes ELP or 70's prog. This album shows ELP in their top form, and why they were the top prog act of the 70's. A MUST OWN ALBUM!

Tarkus31 | 5/5 |


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