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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 1913 ratings

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5 stars This is probably one of the best debut's in the history of mankind. To it's heavy keyboards, awesome basslines, and sweet drumming, this has it all. ELP managed to be the first ever progressive rock supergroup ever, everyone coming from different bands. Greg Lake is the bassist, acoustic guitarist, Keith Emerson is the keyboardist, and Carl Palmer is the drummer for the band. They make some amazing music if you are concerned.

"The Barbarian" is simply stunning. Lean and mean basslines and keyboards, and some fast drumming make this song simply beautiful. The organs are really prominate in this song, and it's a good substitute for an electric guitar, though Lake plays an acoustic in some tracks. Amazing instrumental opener. "Take a Pebble" is one of Lake's moments, where his sappy songwriting comes in, talking about love and romance, nothing that interesting. It has some nice musical moments. The vocals are amazing, of course, thanks to Lake of course, the bassline is soothing, though Lake isn't an amazing bassist, the drumming is very nice. Emerson is playing very well on this piano for the most part. "Knife Edge" gets back to rocking out, honestly. The lyrics are much better than the previous track, and the overall music moves much faster. The bassline is pretty nice and slow paced for this song, specially written and written very well for this song. The keyboards are really upbeat and get you in the groove. "The Three Fates" is a mostly keyboard/piano solo. It's stunning, to say the least, and it's one of the best things ever written. Keith Emerson really can play those things very well, it's beautiful the music that he can make on it. "Tank" has some nice rhythm section, drummings and bass pumping out really hard. After the storming intro, the keyboards enter and start to take control, as the bass and drums seem to come natural for Palmer and Lake. After that intro, the drum solo starts to kick in, and let me tell you, it's pretty good. Mezmorizing, to say the least. Though I don't think that Palmer is along the lines of, lets say, Neil Peart, but he is pretty close. "Lucky Man" is kind of weak with it's acoustic intro, but I find it a bit uplifting. The vocals of course are simply stunning, to say the least.

Though are a few parts that are definatly not amazing, they are definatly good to say the least. This is filled with prog to spare, but not as much prog as their next few albums would contain, but this is where it all began. 5 stars for the supergroup.

Rushlover13 | 5/5 |


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