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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 1904 ratings

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5 stars Yeah, what a great debut album this is!!

This is my personal favorite of all the ELP albums, and in the Progressive Rock genre in general.

I remember the first time I put the record on, and "The Barbarian" just took me all by surprise and messed up my head & my senses REAL bad. I LOVED IT! "The Barbarian" is one of THE best prog rock tracks EVER, with its ripping Hammond Organ sound, sick piano parts, great drumming and ripping distorted bass. Sure, it's a cover of Bela Bartok's "Barbario", but who cares as long as it's this good?

"Take a Pebble" has got great lyrics, beautifully sung by Greg Lake. Great piano through the whole song, displaying Keith Emerson as a real virtuoso on keyboards. Love the jazzy part in the middle.

"Knife Edge" is another ELP classic that I instantly loved. VERY hard distorted Organ sound, with many different parts, again showing Keith Emerson as a real virtuoso. It's very much like a Classical symphony in some places, but also Jazzy in other places. Great drumming from Carl Palmer on this one.

"The Three Fates" is a great vehicle for Emerson for showing his chops. He was really creative here, with a Church Organ and Piano.

"Tank" is just a great Jazzy and slightly funky & psychedelic instrumental, with a great drum solo in it. I really enjoy listening to this one.

The final track "Lucky Man" is a nice little Folk-song with some dramatic lyrics. As we all know, there is a famous Moog-solo in the end, though it's maybe a little misplaced. My least favourite on the album funny enough, as it was THIS song that became their first single & signature song, at least for a while.

Overall: NO weak spots on the album. A great album as a whole, and a must have classic.

Moonstone | 5/5 |


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