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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 1987 ratings

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Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Emerson, Lake & Palmer began their album career with this album. It begins and ends great. You get all the classic ELP elements tossed together and made into a mix that cannot be replicated. The album opens with The Barbarian, and it has easily one of the greatest intoductions I have ever heard, the distorted bass gives a great intro into truly one of the best Instrumentals in Progressive Rock. What you also get with this album is Keith Emerson playing his over zealous, incredibly intricate organ lines, making the feeling that he plays with Boxing Gloves. The next track, Take a Pebble, has all the elements of progressive gold, intricate bass, clever and catchy piano, intuitive and subtle drumming, and a great acoustic break. Knife Edge also carries on the same greatness that Take a Pebble has, great overall playing. The Three Fates is a Keith Emerson Keyboard solo that takes form in three types, Organ, Grand Piano, and what he calls a "Piano Trio". Tank is a Carl Palmer drum solo that is in the same vein as "Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin and "Toad" by Cream. It begins with the entire group playing intricate lines, then the drums take the forefront and Carl Palmer shows everybody why he is considered one of the best drummers around. The album closer is often considered one of the best ELP songs around. Lucky Man has very tasteful guitar, and some very well written lyrics. The only gripe I have with it is Keith Emerson's solos, they just don't fit with the acoustics. And Carl Palmer's drumming is a little sloppy when he comes out of the drum fills. Overall, this album is a great debut. I recommend it highly.
Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |


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