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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 1886 ratings

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5 stars By the time this album came out I was buying ELP's music sight unheard. This album turned out to be my 2nd favorite after "Tarkus," of course.

I didn't care for "Jerusalem," but it isn't a bad tune. It did eventually grow on me. I would always skip to "Tocatta" and play it first. "Tocatta" is fresh and innovative. The whole band do some interesting things on this.

"Still, You Turn Me On" isn't as good as "From the Beginning," but Greg does this really cool guitar riff at the end of the chorus. It just sounds heavy.

"Benny the Bouncer" is humorous and very sarcastic. It has that Catholic vibe to it at the end. I sing it a lot and try to get the accent the way Greg sang it. It is catchy and I am surprised they didn't make it a 45.

"Karn Evil #9,(1st,2nd,3rd impression)" out does all their previous stuff. The intro has moody and thoughtful written all over it. The second verse is musically different than the first and is my teacher for prog constructed material. I didn't care for the first impression part 2 because it was too repetitious. Even Greg played nearly the same guitar solo twice. The lyrics were very disturbing, but Greg must have been seeing how things were getting in society as he wrote the words. No matter how messed up something is, it is all "Entertainment" for mass consumption. No matter how perverse or irreverent it is, there is money to be made from its exploitation.

The 2nd impression takes you away to the Carribbean with African sounding drum beat. I think it is Carl using a synth on his drums. It is great sounding.

The last impression takes the listener into the deepest parts of space. I think of Star Trek when I listen to it. It is a wild ride to be sure.

I give this one 5 stars.

Keetian | 5/5 |


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