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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 1800 ratings

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5 stars (Includes some info taken from my BSS album booklet)

The original album title was "Whip Some Skull On Ya" (slang expression for a blow job). But Manticore Records suggestion was Brain Salad Surgery (another euphemism for fellatio)...

Emerson got the first Polyphonic Moog synthesizer, whixh he would later accessorise with Moog 960 analogue sequencers, while Carl Palmer was breaking in a brand new electronic drum kit. "A lot of people thought those sounds came from the keyboards, but that's the drums..." he said. Jerusalem would be constructed over an 18-hour session and take another estimated 36 hours to mix before an acceptable version of what Emerson called "the traditional patrioptic tune that evokes good feelings in every Englishman". Ginastera refused the Toccata version, but Emerson flew to Switzerland to convinve himself, of what Ginastera prased as "diabolic".

The main song here it's Karn Evil 9, about a futuristic carnival and a war between humans and machines. I love sci-fi, and Keith's keys effect really works here. It was a song full of unique stuff, and the main phrase "welcome back my friends to the show that never ends" is a hymn for every prog listener. The Toccata is another fuse of classical and experimentalism, and it couldn't went wrong at this point. Benny the Bouncer it some kind of Jeremy Bender or The Sheriff, a very funny humouristic songwriting there. And "Still... You Turn Me On", an open letter to the trio's female fans.

After Tarkus, yes they did another album at the same level. Sounds impossible, I know. But they're Emerson, Lake and Palmer. And yes, I'm a fanboy. Damn You.

VOTOMS | 5/5 |


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