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Emerson, Lake & Palmer

ELP revolutionized the 70's rock scene by introducing a new line-up format. This fact really mattered due to each musician's geniality and unlimited talent that, put together, generated a level of music never achieved by anybody else as of yet. All of the musicians came from established bands before joining forces together: Greg LAKE came from KING CRIMSON, Carl PALMER came from ATOMIC ROOSTER, and Keith EMERSON came from THE NICE.

They explored their capabilities to an extreme, even with the technology limitations of the early 70's, breaking ground, setting the new parameters for a new vein in the english pop music (at the time) which would be called progressive music. ELP released 10 outstanding albums during the 70's, and after a long break, they got back in the 90's with a new approach, but still making good music. In 1986 Cozy POWELL replaced PALMER and they put together EMERSON, LAKE and POWELL, a good effort as well.

They've pushed their ambitions over-the-edge. On "Tarkus" the title suite was an inventive and edgy suite revolving around jazzy textures. Their most popular album "Brain Salad Surgery", was their most grandiose and refined. Next, the more adventurous listener might try "Trilogy" or ELP's self-titled first album. In my opinion, these four albums form the core of ELP's best material. Other good ELP albums include "Pictures at an Exhibition", their provocative, fiery and intense take on a classical work. and "Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends", a triple-live album (now on double-CD) with some absolutely stunning playing.


Being that some albums belong to a different band with only two members of ELP, we have to make this addition:


Emerson, Lake & Powell

Emerson, Lake & Powell, often abbreviated to ELPowell, were an offshoot of a classic prog band Emerson, Lake & Palmer with Cozy Powell taking over the drumming duites in place of Carl Palmer which released one self-titled album in 1986.

After releasing Love Beach in 1978 Emerson, Lake & Palmer became silent for a couple of years until Emerson and Lake met during summer 1985 inspired by Jim Lewis, a vice-pr...
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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.23 | 1368 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer
1970
4.04 | 1255 ratings
Tarkus
1971
4.08 | 1097 ratings
Trilogy
1972
4.10 | 1295 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery
1973
2.81 | 493 ratings
Works Vol. 1
1977
2.33 | 398 ratings
Works Vol. 2
1977
2.06 | 452 ratings
Love Beach
1978
3.14 | 298 ratings
Emerson Lake & Powell
1985
2.85 | 301 ratings
Black Moon
1992
1.70 | 246 ratings
In The Hot Seat
1994

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 683 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition
1971
4.19 | 388 ratings
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends
1974
2.63 | 135 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert
1979
2.88 | 106 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
1993
3.20 | 103 ratings
Works Live
1993
3.27 | 33 ratings
Emerson,Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour (AKA "Live")
1997
2.69 | 49 ratings
Then And Now
1998
3.35 | 49 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
1998
2.81 | 11 ratings
The Show That Never Ends
2001
3.98 | 28 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 1
2001
3.74 | 19 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 2
2001
3.25 | 14 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 3
2001
3.25 | 32 ratings
Live In Poland
2001
2.21 | 15 ratings
Best of the Bootlegs
2002
2.98 | 10 ratings
Lucky Man (Live) (Re-released as " Fanfare: The 1997 World Tour")
2002
3.68 | 18 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: Live In Concert - Lakeland Florida, 1986 (An official bootleg)
2003
3.28 | 13 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: The Sprocket Sessions (An Official Bootleg)
2003
2.46 | 10 ratings
The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2003
2.63 | 8 ratings
Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults, Vol. 4
2006
3.29 | 18 ratings
A Time And A Place
2010
2.55 | 28 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2010
2010
3.75 | 22 ratings
Live At Nassau Coliseum '78
2011
4.11 | 35 ratings
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72
2011
4.00 | 5 ratings
Emerson, Lake and Powell - Live In Concert and More...
2012
3.00 | 4 ratings
Live in Montreal 1977
2013

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.77 | 14 ratings
Welcome Back
1992
3.73 | 39 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2001
3.49 | 67 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition - 35th Anniversary Collectors Edition
2002
3.24 | 14 ratings
Inside Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1995
2003
4.48 | 27 ratings
Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
2003
3.57 | 47 ratings
Live At Montreux 1997 (DVD)
2004
4.04 | 26 ratings
Masters From The Vaults
2004
2.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Concert (DVD)
2004
3.79 | 62 ratings
Beyond The Beginning
2005
2.58 | 24 ratings
The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
2006
4.50 | 8 ratings
Rare Broadcasts
2007
4.22 | 39 ratings
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)
2011

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.37 | 50 ratings
The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1980
4.20 | 43 ratings
The Atlantic Years (2 Cd Collection)
1992
3.47 | 56 ratings
The Return Of The Manticore
1993
1.73 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock Featuring "Lucky Man"
1994
3.87 | 39 ratings
The Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1994
1.55 | 14 ratings
Extended Versions: The Encore Collection
2000
2.56 | 13 ratings
The very Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2001
3.42 | 12 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man [The Anthology]
2001
1.35 | 20 ratings
Re-Works
2003
3.70 | 17 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
2004
3.50 | 12 ratings
An Introduction To... Emerson Lake & Palmer
2004
4.71 | 7 ratings
From The Beginning (5CD+DVD)
2007
3.52 | 18 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2007
3.25 | 13 ratings
Come And See The Show: The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2008
2.23 | 9 ratings
High Voltage
2010
2.80 | 6 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2011
1.25 | 4 ratings
From the Beginning - The Best of ELP
2011

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.38 | 17 ratings
Lucky Man / Knife Edge
1971
3.29 | 14 ratings
From the Beginning
1972
4.11 | 27 ratings
Jerusalem
1973
2.60 | 11 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery
1973
2.35 | 7 ratings
C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name
1977
2.35 | 7 ratings
Tiger in a Spotlight / So Far to Fall
1977
3.97 | 13 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
1977
1.50 | 9 ratings
Canario
1978
3.80 | 10 ratings
Peter Gunn
1980
3.43 | 13 ratings
Touch and Go
1986
1.83 | 9 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.36 | 9 ratings
Black Moon
1992
4.25 | 4 ratings
Farewell to Arms (promo)
1992
1.50 | 5 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.75 | 4 ratings
Affairs Of The Heart (limited edition collectors doublepack)
1992
4.00 | 4 ratings
Gone too Soon (promo)
1994
2.45 | 20 ratings
I Believe In Father Christmas
1995
4.00 | 8 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
2002

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 Live at High Voltage 2010 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 2010
2.55 | 28 ratings

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Review by ExittheLemming
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2 stars Varicose Vein Salad Surgical Stockings

We rehearsed for five weeks, which I could never understand why we needed to rehearse that long, Upon hearing the recordings, maybe five weeks was not long enough. It wasn't to the standard that I liked and I didn't think it sounded that good (Carl Palmer)

They sound like a hungover pub band bluffing it under the delusion that only friends and family are in attendance. On the evidence of this superannuated bumper pay day that the trio repaid with their greatest hits karaoke, it saddens me to report that ELP are no longer even the best ELP tribute band around. Many of their missed entries and cues conspire to sound rushed and tardy, too early and too late which makes for a very nervy listening experience for this self-confessed ELP fanboy.. Bum notes proliferate throughout making parts of Take a Pebble and Fanfare for the Common Man stray perilously close to self-parody. (I could swear Emerson is wearing mittens during Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2) Musicians of this calibre however, cannot be uniformly abject for 90 minutes (which is exactly how long a soccer match lasts but it probably feels longer seeing as how we're watching Chelsea's pensioners, one of whom is certainly worthy of a red card or failing that, a red face Greg...) The FOH mixing boffins were clearly unable to tame the sonic gremlins that spoil much of this performance: the drums at the outset sound alternately like Tupperware surdos or timpanic watering cans. The Barbarian they portray here would probably break into your apartment, dust the place, tidy up the rooms and leave behind some baked fruit scones. Similarly, the extant Tarkus critter has been lobotomised into some sort of de-fanged proggie moggie who answers to the name of 'Frisky'. Lake's bass on Knife Edge approaches 'twangy brittle' rather than the required 'guttural brooding' although in mitigation, the aforementioned knob twiddlers have managed to perform some much needed running repairs to the appalling sound quality in the interim. On the up side, there appears a genuinely innovative moment re the unconventional piano intro to Lake's habitually guitar led From the Beginning which explores the implied jazz flavour of his 9th chord vamp quite beautifully. The synth patch used on Keith's outro solo is alas, a disaster, coming across like a busking Rolf Harris armed with Casio's flagship stylophone. Touch and Go lives up to it's associations with a completely fumbled/dropped ball intro from Keith that seems plain vanilla senile (How does this one go again lads? high dotage/dosage?) but settles down thereafter into a reasonably robust reading of what is probably the only classic post 80's ELP number by any permutation of those initials. I'm trying hard to accentuate what few positives there are but why is everything on here just so damn half-baked, wimpy and soulless?

For me, it's just a pride thing Unless it's as good as what it can be, then I can't do it. I would have carried on if it had been as good as it was. I don't believe it was and I don't believe it would have ever gotten back to that standard. (Carl Palmer)

The piano improvisation through which Emerson negotiates from Take a Pebble to the Tarkus medley is brilliantly realised and the resultant Stones of Years is spared the indignity of degenerating into any anticipated 'Gallstones of Tears'. Things have perked up considerably hereabouts and Keith's organ solo is a veritable highlight of the set. Rather bizarrely, Greg deems it prudent to attenuate the feedback present on this number by erm, shouting 'feedback x 3' into the microphone as if this will somehow make it less noticeable? Worse than that, the now spherical blimp has the chutzpah to regale us with Mass without a trace of knowing irony. Although it's hardly a stand-out in their songbook, it's refreshing to hear a live version of Farewell to Arms from the criminally neglected Black Moon album. This has a quiet and understated dignity about it that survives Lake's habitually treacly 'spoken tag-line' bathos and the odd lapse into poorly digested Elgar betrayed by the arrangement. The grazing anti-warhorse that is Lucky Man benefits from a slyly ingenious piano intro which seems rather wasted on what has always been for me, a very insubstantial ballad. What weight it might possess is further undermined by it's author forgetting the lyrics to the first verse. Keith's gritty and ballsy organ certainly beefs things up considerably but once again, this is a brownie with delusions of being a three tiered wedding cake. To be fair to Prog's favourite law firm, (Emerson, Lake & Palmer est 1970 prop G. Lake esq) they offer a very spirited and in places, moving retread of Pictures at an Exhibition which follows the latter day truncated versions as contained on the likes of the Return of the Manticore. Here the band at least exemplify the hard won lesson that despite the stubborn excesses of their Prog lineage, 'less' is finally acknowledged as begetting a more satisfying and economic 'more'.

Much of the raggedness and inaccuracies that crept into Emerson's playing circa the early 90's were attributable to a trapped nerve condition that eventually required corrective surgery. Although the operation was considered a complete success it did have a debilitating effect on Keith's pianistic abilities thereafter. He had to pare down and relax his playing style somewhat compared to the shredding pyrotechnics of his 'gun-slinger' years. However, based on the evidence of the subsequent Keith Emerson Band studio album and Live in Moscow recordings with Marc Bonilla, his playing is unfailingly top notch on both so I'm at a loss as to why there are so many clinkers on High Voltage

By this point ELP didn't even have either 'Ham or Cheese' to offer their famished but faithful fanbase but we can at the very least finally answer that nagging question first posed in 1971: Are You Ready Eddy to pull those faders down? Yep, and turn out the lights when you leave the building thanks, this show ended 30 years ago.

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 Love Beach by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.06 | 452 ratings

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Review by psychprog1

3 stars This is surely a mediocre album, but I would urge all prog fans to hear it, at least for two reasons: First, to discover some beautiful, 100% prog moments -actually the 20+ minutes of the suite that covers side 2 of the LP (Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman)! The rest of the album is inferior but I really feel that people who attack this album as a whole are exaggerating in such a manner that I doubt if they have heard more than one or two minutes of it before they condemn it.

Second, in order to realise that one shouldn't be too prejudiced by previous reviews and external factors like the silly album cover or the recording date, because then one will miss an album that is quite pleasant, well-played and, I would say, much more human than most ELP albums! Just listen to all of it once.

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 Affairs Of The Heart (limited edition collectors doublepack) by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1992
2.75 | 4 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

4 stars I am surprised how this CD received little love. It contains some of the better material this band have released post "Brain, Salad, Surgery" Released as a bunch of singles, this is pretty good.

The surprise is that the piece "Paper Blood" included only - as opposed to leading this selection.

The tune is the best Deep Purple riff based Rock anthem since Blackmore left that band. Except that is by ELP, probably written by Greg Lake. Emerson gets to play a few notes. but really, he is not the creative force here.

The rest of the tunes are quite fine in their own way, but "Paper Blood" steals the show and it should have been released in it's own right.

If you have the original albums, then this bunch of singles would be of no interest. Sitting on 3.5, knocking on 4 - when not compared with ELP's early works - these tunes are quite enjoyable, deserving some attention.

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 In The Hot Seat  by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1994
1.70 | 246 ratings

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In The Hot Seat
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars In the hot seat is Emerson, Lake & Palmer's tenth and last studio album. Perhaps they'll reunite and do something more. I'm not sure I want that, at least if they can't make anything better than this, cause this wasn't enough. The cover picture shows a train approaching with the "ELP"-sign in the top and it's not wrong to compare Emerson, Lake & Palmer with a train. This record sounds like the band just follows a staked out trail where nothing unexpected happens.

I guess it's possible to find short passages where the former glory is present, but as a whole the songs are just average and in the best case a bit good. I also find the sound of the record noticeably fatigue. In the 70s, these three guys could fill the air with their three instruments. Twenty years later, they unfortunately couldn't. As as some other's have stated, in one way it's sad they produced these last mediocre releases instead of ending with a partially lovely bit as "Love Beach".

Even if this record wasn't so interesting, we must remember how important ELP is for the creation and development of the prog rock. For an inspiring and pleasant journey through their production I recommend you to begin with "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" and continue with "Tarkus", "Trilogy", "Brain Salad Surgery" and "Works Vol. 1-2". I think that will be enough. Two stars!

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 Black Moon  by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.85 | 301 ratings

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Black Moon
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars I have recently followed "Emerson, Lake & Palmer's" career and most of their material hav yet been absolutely lovely to listen to. The last record I reviewed was Emerson, Lake & Powell from 1985 with a totally different drummer. This time I will write about "Black Moon" from 1992 with the proper line up. Twenty two years ago ELP made their second last record. The cover of this record shows a carousel whirling around. I wouldn't say it is especially interesting to look at. Unfortunately the music isn't very interesting either. Some songs have decent themes and enjoyable melodies. Though is the whole experience negative of this record.

As usual, Carl Palmer drums, but the rhytms are quite usual and Keith Emerson doesn't make his best works on the keyboard. Neither does Greg Lake with his voice, it hasn't the same edge as before.

I like some of the songs: "Black Moon" initiates the album with a typical quite rocky ELP' song (6/10). "Romeo and Juliet" has something interesting in it, well it's a lovely melody but ELP here doesn't make anything extraordinary with the classical piece as with "Pictures at an exhibition"(6/10) and "Farewell to arms" and "Burning Bridges" have beautiful vocals and some of the holy feeling the band has proved before (7/10). The other songs, unfortunately aren't so special that I want to write about them. Sometimes it just feels like that the listening time is too long. As a whole this album doesn't work well. This was absolutely not the same band that produced so magic music twenty years earlier. Two stars!

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 Pictures At An Exhibition by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1971
3.83 | 683 ratings

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Pictures At An Exhibition
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars ''Tarkus'' was undoubtfully a huge selling success for E.L.P. with the album taking his place at the top of the British charts and reaching the top-10 of the American Billboard, eventually leading the trio to a great tour in North America.But its side-effects were beyond this success.The band had recorded a performance based on Russian composer's Modest Mussorgsky most famous composition ''Pictures at an exhibition'' at Newcastle City Hall in March 26th, 1971, which was set for release, but Island's management refused to publish in time, believing it was way too pretentious to have any commercial value.The answer came though with the huge success of ''Tarkus'' and the label decided to release this recording in November 71'.The artwork was again a responsibility of William Neal.

The truth is that ''Pictures at an exhibition'' Classical depth and tension was a great choice for a group like E.L.P., the reworking of the trio is up to the standards of the original composition, flavored with Greg Lake's excellent voice and Keith Emerson's diverse keyboard work.It brings back memories of THE NICE and their tendency towards Classical Rock, although E.L.P. were far more refined and progressive.Opening with the pipe organ, which was installed in the City Hall around 1928, this Classical adaption is full of Emerson's smooth piano preludes, powerful Hammond organ and nervous Moog synth fanfares, that eventually switch from mellow passages to bombastic offerings, always having a grandiose Classical nature.The album contains the flaws, evident in any live recording, however most of its part is nicely executed with long, keyboard-led solos and acrobatics and good work by Lake and Palmer on bass and drums.The bulk of synthesizer lines are way too pompous, angular or even abstract and the best qualities come during the great organ runs with the dynamic rhythm section backing up.The much needed acoustic breaks are rather limited and the absolute peak of the album seems to be ''The hut Of Baba Yaga'', featuring maybe the best vocal performance of Lake with E.L.P., the measured organ work of Emerson and the solid drumming of Palmer, creating music somewhere between Psychedelic and Classical Rock and at least delivering some nice, romantic textures through the storm of keyboard strikes.

Not the best work of E.L.P. for sure, yet this is far from an uninteresting album.It's a fine reworking of a deadly Cllassical composition mostly performed with passion and accuracy, suffering a bit from some stretched and abnormal instrumental solos.Recommended.

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 Black Moon  by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.85 | 301 ratings

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Black Moon
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Anon-E-Mouse

3 stars I've long given up on ELP as their classic period had concluded with "Brain Salad Surgery" - at least in the sense of a complete album worth of admiration. Having heard their efforts since left me underwhelmed - if not bitterly disappointed. With that in mind, I've bought this CD only because it was marked down with a cut out inner sleeve. What I paid for was worth the expense though, in relative terms.

The title song "Black Moon" doesn't do a thing for me. indeed I find it rather ordinary and totally forgettable. What follows is "Paper Blood" a dynamic and excellent riff based piece that is akin to a Rock anthem, closer to Deep Purple's "Machine Head" era than anything to do with ELP, ever. But it's a great piece and the harmonica playing complements it splendidly. This tune alone was worth my purchase.

That Lake sings about "American Express" in a critical tone is a bit rich, considering the band were flown around in private jets with no expense spared. Surely, they are not short of a restaurant meal paid by credit card, or have they made bad investments?

Lake's socio-conscious messages carry through the album and it's hard to tell if they are genuine concerns, or just a populist approach. Nevertheless, his ballads here are far better when compared with "Love Beach" and the rest since BSS.

Emerson makes an effort to be noticed in a couple of mediocre compositions that are kinda OK, but far from his best. This band has largely lost their drive, one that made them Prog peers. I consider this album better than average since BSS, but hardly a masterpiece.

Surprisingly, ELP are still able to perform excellent live renditions of their classic era, so what makes them churning out sub-standard studio material remains a mystery. And here I agree with a previous comment that implies that Mark Mancina's involvement was detrimental to the end product.

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 Trilogy by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.08 | 1097 ratings

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Trilogy
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by BatBacon

5 stars This is one of my first adventures in the large and strange world of progressive rock, and what an adventure! I have always loved everything with unusual sounds, long songs and lots of melodies. Always been absolutely bored when listening to usual hit music. So when I heard about progressive rock the first time, realizing it contained so many of my favorite bands (Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Osibisa, etc), I had to take a closer look. Emerson, Lake and Palmer´s Trilogy was one of the most extreme things I had ever heard! So many wild rhythms, melodies colliding and mixing with each other and the feeling of musicians who really knew how to play their instruments! It hit me like a ton of bricks, but in a good way.

Right from the start, the mysterious opening of The Endless Enigma with all the space sounds and effects, I knew this was going to something different. And to hear the beautiful voice of Greg Lake for the first time, mixed with Emerson´s keyboard playing was almost unreal. It felt both romantic, exciting and really really smart. I came to love Trilogy because it had so many different types of songs on it, still it all worked together really good as a complete album. From the Beginning is a nice pop-song, not as crazy as the other songs. Living Sin had a bit of Deep Purple to it and The Sheriff just felt happy and playful. Hoedown is probably the most famous of the Trilogy-songs and is the song I most likely would define the group by. A piece of classical music with some of Keith Emerson'sS Hammond/Moog-magic blown in to it, and some crazy drumming to go with it! A very typical ELP-song and it always makes me think F**K YEAH!

Even though many might think of Hoedown as the best track, I have always considered the title track to the albums absolute peak! The song melody is so touching and beautiful, showing of Lake as one of the greatest singers of all time. Along with the piano playing it sets a somewhat sad mood for the song, before sneaking into a beautiful piano solo. Then its time for some more moog and the crazy stuff kicks in. I have no theoretical knowledge about music to show off, so I choose to explain the feeling with a beautiful metaphor. It was like all the melodies was waves in a stormy ocean, the jazzy rhythms came down on me like heavy rain while floating out there. It was beautiful, exciting, scary and completely nuts! I loved it, and have loved it ever since the first time I heard it! My ex girlfriend hated it, I could not understand why. Her father yelled at me to turn down that destructive jazz, even though it most obviously was the greatest rock-song ever created! Not until many years later I accepted the fact that people often prefer music that keeps to ONE melody and a simple rhythm easier to dance to. How depressing is that? But at least I could enjoy it by myself, and thats pretty much what progressive rock is to me. Something dirty I only listen to when there is no one else around.

Yeah, and an excellent album closer to! Abaddon's Bolero is really slowly building up to not much at all, and still its so dramatic! Just as a closing track should!

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 Emerson Lake & Powell by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.14 | 298 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Powell
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Seven years after "Love beach", a quite nice record, ELP returned with a better one called "Emerson, Lake & Powell". Wherefore? Well, no the drummer's name was Cozy Powell and not Carl Palmer. Perhaps they hade looked for a drummer with precisely the same initials. The differencies in drumming style could be heard. I think this one drums more like a rock drummer than Palmer do. In the middle of the eighties, 1985 the record came and I guess it already was released on the CD format. The cover isn't so progressive, but quite distinct with three faces like cubes in black, yellow and red.

The albums contains of seven songs. It starts with power in "The Score" a typical fanfare song of ELP with arena statements and a fast wonderful song of Lake(8/10). "Learning to fly" then is a nice little rock song with good isntrumentation but not splendid(6/10). "The miracle" later is a symphonic piece with great vocals and imagination(7/10). "Touch and go" is lovely, one of my favourites on this record. It is a poppy marching tune with good fanfares(8/10). Then come two less intriguing songs: "Love Blind"(5/10) and "Step Aside"(5/10) which could be considered a bit jazzy but not so brave. "Lay down your guns" though makes me happy again, a catchy tune indeed(6/10) and "Mars, Bringer of War" goes in old footsteps with an agressive modernisation of Gustav Holst's classical piece(8/10).

This is actually a record I think many prog lovers will enjoy, it doesn't sound like music from the eighties, it's more like they're playing the music they allways have played. Some songs do not get me as much as others but the whole result is positive. I will give Emerson, Lake and Powell three strong stars today! Best tracks: Touch and go, The score, Mars, Bringer of War!

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 Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert  by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1979
2.63 | 135 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars Actually I'm not a big fan of live records. The possibilities for them to be good is in my opinion smaller than usually. One thing that could go wrong of course is the sound quality. The audience's noise could be a nice background but the music most be heard. My biggest problem though with live record is that I often don't find any particular meaning with them. Often the band just plays the music as on the record, but probably not as good. I often hope that live recordings should be a little bit altered or at least with an almost touchable feeling of living music.

That is some of my problems with this record "Emerson, Lake & Palmer in Concert" from 1979. I would have loved hearing them experiement more or, more prefarably perform something totally new. To just hear old "hits" really don't get me on it, then I'd rather listen to the original Lp's. This music is though essentially good. I have my biggest doubts about the three first tracks "Introductory Fanfare", "Peter Gunn" and "Tiger in a spotlight". It sounds like they are played just as they should be played but without the true feeling. Especially the last of those, a song I otherwise really enjoy, feels a bit "dead" in this version. The rest of the record is great. "C'est La Vie" sounds fantastic, with the acoustic guitar and Lake's strong vocals. "The Enemy God Dances With Black Spirets" then is a fantastic track but the sound isn't so good. The part of the "Piano Concerto No.1" is very fine, I like the melody and all of the fantasies there and this version is perfect, there I don't have to look for the original. Finally the "Pictures....'part" also is very well performed and the feeling is strong and true about this magnificent work of art, which I though rather listen to on the record with the same name.

Even if the music, almost everything is very good, will I give this record a quite low rating. That is because of my general opinion of live records. I don't know any particular reasons to listen to this insted of the studio albums and parts of this record don't feel enough vital. Three stars!

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