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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER

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Emerson Lake & Palmer biography
Formed in London, UK in 1970 - Disbanded in 1979 - Regrouped between 1991-1998 - Reunited briefly in 2010

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.

2016 was a sad year for Prog fans, because Keith and Greg left us, Rest in Peace and thank you for everything

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

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

4.23 | 2205 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer
1970
4.06 | 1912 ratings
Tarkus
1971
4.14 | 1691 ratings
Trilogy
1972
4.14 | 1962 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery
1973
2.94 | 808 ratings
Works Vol. 1
1977
2.44 | 665 ratings
Works Vol. 2
1977
2.09 | 717 ratings
Love Beach
1978
3.12 | 498 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Powell: Emerson, Lake & Powell
1986
2.83 | 498 ratings
Black Moon
1992
1.78 | 419 ratings
In The Hot Seat
1994

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

3.87 | 1015 ratings
Pictures at an Exhibition
1971
4.27 | 594 ratings
Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends
1974
2.76 | 222 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert
1979
2.95 | 166 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
1993
3.34 | 160 ratings
Works Live
1993
3.35 | 51 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour [Aka: Live]
1997
3.45 | 74 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
1997
3.33 | 3 ratings
Live in Poland
1998
2.78 | 72 ratings
Then And Now
1998
2.83 | 15 ratings
The Show That Never Ends
2001
4.07 | 36 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 1
2001
3.73 | 31 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 2
2001
3.28 | 23 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 3
2001
3.27 | 45 ratings
Live In Poland
2001
2.29 | 19 ratings
Best of the Bootlegs
2002
2.91 | 10 ratings
Lucky Man (Live) (Re-released as " Fanfare: The 1997 World Tour")
2002
3.68 | 21 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: Live In Concert - Lakeland Florida, 1986 (An official bootleg)
2003
3.11 | 17 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: The Sprocket Sessions (An Official Bootleg)
2003
2.43 | 13 ratings
The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2003
3.44 | 29 ratings
A Time And A Place
2010
2.62 | 43 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2010
2010
3.72 | 45 ratings
Live At Nassau Coliseum '78
2011
4.21 | 63 ratings
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72
2011
4.00 | 10 ratings
Emerson, Lake and Powell - Live In Concert and More...
2012
1.35 | 4 ratings
Live in California 1974
2012
2.66 | 22 ratings
Live in Montreal 1977
2013
3.50 | 8 ratings
Once Upon A Time In South America
2015
3.70 | 18 ratings
Live at Montreux 1997
2015
3.10 | 2 ratings
Live at Pocono International Raceway, USA, 1972
2019

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

2.75 | 19 ratings
Welcome Back
1992
3.77 | 42 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2001
3.57 | 89 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition - 35th Anniversary Collectors Edition
2002
3.19 | 18 ratings
Inside Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1995
2003
4.57 | 34 ratings
Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
2003
3.61 | 55 ratings
Live At Montreux 1997 (DVD)
2004
4.10 | 31 ratings
Masters From The Vaults
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Concert (DVD)
2004
3.83 | 76 ratings
Beyond The Beginning
2005
2.64 | 34 ratings
The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
2006
4.45 | 11 ratings
Rare Broadcasts
2007
3.89 | 56 ratings
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)
2011

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

2.39 | 71 ratings
The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1980
1.91 | 2 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1980
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Best of ELP
1984
4.22 | 50 ratings
The Atlantic Years
1992
3.60 | 70 ratings
The Return Of The Manticore
1993
1.81 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock Featuring "Lucky Man"
1994
3.89 | 38 ratings
The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1994
1.52 | 13 ratings
Extended Versions: The Encore Collection
2000
2.61 | 15 ratings
The very Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2001
3.45 | 14 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man [The Anthology]
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
History Of Rock
2001
1.40 | 25 ratings
Re-Works
2003
3.72 | 13 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
2004
3.67 | 12 ratings
An Introduction To... Emerson Lake & Palmer
2004
4.31 | 26 ratings
From The Beginning (5CD+DVD)
2007
3.60 | 16 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2007
3.29 | 9 ratings
Come And See The Show: The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2008
2.16 | 10 ratings
High Voltage
2010
2.86 | 8 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2011
1.83 | 6 ratings
From the Beginning - The Best of ELP
2011
4.67 | 9 ratings
The Anthology
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Lucky Man
2018
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Anthology (4LP)
2019
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
2020

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

3.47 | 21 ratings
Lucky Man / Knife Edge
1971
4.00 | 1 ratings
Stone of Years / Time and a Place
1971
5.00 | 1 ratings
Nutrocker / The Great Gates of Kiev
1972
3.40 | 19 ratings
From the Beginning
1972
2.55 | 17 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery
1973
4.11 | 38 ratings
Jerusalem
1973
3.10 | 12 ratings
C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name
1977
2.60 | 11 ratings
Tiger in a Spotlight / So Far to Fall
1977
3.31 | 17 ratings
Fanfare for the Common Man
1977
2.36 | 15 ratings
Canario
1978
4.13 | 10 ratings
Peter Gunn
1980
3.46 | 14 ratings
Touch and Go
1986
2.02 | 12 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.61 | 12 ratings
Black Moon
1992
4.25 | 4 ratings
Farewell to Arms (promo)
1992
1.89 | 8 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
2.57 | 27 ratings
I Believe In Father Christmas
1995
4.50 | 10 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
2002
0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Moon - Rough Mixes (December 1991)
2017

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Reviews


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 Trilogy by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1972
4.14 | 1691 ratings

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Trilogy
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by A Crimson Mellotron

4 stars 1972 saw Emerson, Lake & Palmer release their third proper studio album, named 'Trilogy', issued on the Island label and produced, as usual, by the band's own Greg Lake. In the year of 'Foxtrot', 'Close to the Edge', 'Thick as A Brick' and 'Octopus', and after releasing two pretty successful and impressive albums in the face of the self-titled debut and 'Tarkus', it seems fair to assess that 'Trilogy' is not a step up, to put it that way. However, any negative connotations such a statement could usher should be quickly abandoned, as this album continues the flamboyant and all-over-the-place stylistic that ELP was going after, and is certainly an excellent example of early prog rock.

Nowadays, when a band releases such a record, we often say it is 'more of the same', usually dismissing it as something non-progressive. Others, nevertheless, do not take sonic similarities between albums as a negative trace, but rather as a sign of a band honing their craft and developing further their own identity. In the case of 'Trilogy', I tend to be more inclined towards the latter case.

From the get-go the listener is bombarded by the keyboard wizardry of Keith Emerson on 'The Endless Enigma, Part 1', a three-part composition that is quite choral and cerebral, while maintaining the lush luster of the previous material by the band; one of the better presentations of ELP. 'From the Beginning' is a gorgeous acoustic piece by Lake, one of the most well-known songs from the power trio; the rest of side one is quite good, as well, with 'Hoedown' becoming a live staple in the years to follow.

Side two is no worse, with just three songs, where we could say the band displays their more adventurous side, with the title track - a great, great song, 'Living Sin', something more different from the band, and one of their 'heavier' songs, and finally 'Abaddon's Bolero', a listening experience only for the most patient, but nevertheless a very recognizable prog rock instrumental.

'Trilogy' might not have the suspense of 'Take a Pebble' or 'Knife-Edge', or the over the top grandiosity of the seven-part 'Tarkus', but it has a charming character of its own, topped by the very excellent performance of each band member, and especially the beautiful singing of Lake, all of which make it a very good addition to anyone's collection of progressive rock.

 Love Beach by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1978
2.09 | 717 ratings

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Love Beach
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

3 stars "Love Beach"

Wow, wow, my strong disagreement for the rating this album achieved here! Letīs talk about its reasons

1 ? On the bad side.

Ok, there are songs here that, if sprawled throghout the album would justify a one star rating (would be my first one star review). On the first side of the LP, the first five songs (maybe with "For You" being a little bit better and listeaneble), matches this assessment. Today, I normally skip them.

2 ? On the good side.

Well, it is undeniable that the band performed an excellent version of Joaquim Rodrigoīs "Canario". This was recognized in many reviews here, including low rate ones, and as a consequence we see the first song that elevates albumīs quality.

But "Canario" is just a four minutes song, there is a lot more in need to improve "Love Beach". It can be perfectly found in epic "Memoirs Of An Officer And A Gentleman", which occupies the whole side 2 of the LP, but only good reviews recognize this as a good song, and I do include myself in this group. Nice melodies, instrumental interludes; all those good things that makes us appreciate progressive rock are relatively easy to be found there. It is not a "Supperīs Ready" or "Tarkus", but there is absolutely no reason to spoil it.

These two songs gives me a reason to visit frequently "Love Beach", even not being a fan of the band. Then, as a conclusion, 3 stars with no hesitation.

 Works Vol. 2 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.44 | 665 ratings

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Works Vol. 2
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

2 stars "Works Vol II"

"Outtakes, oatcakes and fruitcakes". What a nice and appropriate way of describing this album Mr. ExithelLeming chose !

This is an easy album to assess, no difficulty for me in scoring it at two stars, for fans only. As I am not exactly a Emerson,Lake&Palmer fan; listening to it wonīt be a very common practice here at home. On the other side of this position, I do perform A LOT of visits for the Rick Wakemanīs 2 stars album, because in this case I am a big fan of his work.

What we have here in "Works Vol 2" ? First of all, take a look in other reviews (Mr Lemming for example), in order to understand the origins of this album. Having done this, you will have no problem in understanding why there is not a lot to expect here (leftovers from other albuns, etc?). Now, let me point out what are my thoughts about it First of all, this album called my attention because of a song named "Tiger In a Spotlight", which is the opener. The problem is that I heard a live version on "In Concert", and I have to agree again with Mr. Lemming that version is MUCH better, it has an energy that does not appear in "Works Vol 2". Even so, for me this is the best song in the album.

What about other songs ? First of all, it is good to see the band visiting lots of different and old styles. If this is a good initiative, where does this album exactly fails ? Well, it happens because there are lots of uninspired compositions here put all together. Many songs are even appreciable, "Watching Over You", for instance. But you EXPECT the next one to be better, and it does not happen. Thatīs what exists in YESīs "Heaven&Earth", some very good numbers makes the reason for your returning to that album. In the end there is nothing that really hooks you here, no reason to justify a wish you turning to it.

Thatīs it, folks. If you like "Tiger In A Spotlight", I recommend you go to "In Concert". This one is for fans only.

 Works Vol. 1 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.94 | 808 ratings

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Works Vol. 1
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Antonio Giacomin

3 stars "Works Vol I"

First things to say here is that I agree with overall rating, it is a three stars album. On the other hand, I mus comment that? oh, what a BEAST of album!

Best part to be heard here are Greg Lakeīs songs. "Cesīt La Vie" and "Closer to The Believing" reaches conditions to be considered masterpieces; and his other ballads here are at least very appreciable. The fourth side of this double LP is excellent as well, "Fanfarre For A Common Man" and "Pirates". Probably, if you consider this a single LP, with sides 2 and 4, ratings here would be divided mainly between 4 and 5 stars.

So, what gets the album down ? Ok, sides 1 and 3. In Carl Palmer songs there is a lot of experiments, instrumental interludes, EXCCELLENT musicianship but I guess there is a lack of melodies that prevents me from really appreciating them. In side 1, the famous Keith Emersonīs Piano Concerto N 1, what happens is that I donīt understand it. What I mean is that I have a lot of difficulties related to classical music. Does this concert pairs a Mozart or Beethoven piano concert ? And does it really matters ?

Some of the times I have the desire of studying music profoundly. I guess and expect it would help me a lot to hear and appreciate classical music. Maybe in this hypothetical future Keith Emersonīs Piano Concerto would be better understood and the rating here could be elevated. I know, this is a beast of band, this is a beast of album. But until there, 3 stars

 Pictures at an Exhibition by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1971
3.87 | 1015 ratings

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Pictures at an Exhibition
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Spiridon Orlovschi

3 stars Modest Mussorgsky had revolutionized the classical music with the composition of "Pictures at an Exhibition". The work was made for the posthumous vernissage of Viktor Hartmann, a close friend of the composer. The suite is divided in 10 pieces that describe the paintings, reunited by promenades, musical exercises of dynamic virtuosity. "Pictures at an Exhibition" was adapted for orchestra by Maurice Ravel and Leopold Stokowsky, both versions being spoiled by the absence of piano's harmonic tones. Also, the cycle knew two laic adaptations: an album by Emerson, Lake and Palmer (1971) and the reworking of Isao Tomita (1975). The Emerson, Lake and Palmer's version is a distant approach to the original score, taking just four movements from the classical work (excluding three promenades). The four moments are: "The Gnome", "The Old Castle" (which is not based on the original, even if Keith Emerson sustains so), "The Hut of Baba Yaga" and "The Great Gates of Kiev". Also, the album interposes between them a series of variations in blues style ("Blues Variations"), another variations on "The Hut of Baba Yaga" theme, a vocal melody called "Sage" (partially founded on "The Old Castle") and a rock adaptation of the central theme of "The Nutcracker". The album's structure hasn't a so-called classical erudition and, above that, being a live recording, whistles and shouts are heard all over the music. Another drawback is that Keith Emerson does not give enough respect to original musical phrases. But, at the first audition, there are no weak points and everything is working in contrasts. In conclusion, the album was a success, at both critics and audience. Except this, the "prophane" audience was "enlightened" by the album at the same degree that heavy metal fans were attracted to Beethoven by Accept's "Metal Heart". In classical music, the score is vigorous respected because it represents the architecture on which the music is built. The interpretation may be a revelation or an aberration depending on the virtuosity of the performer, but the architecture remains the same. On the Emerson, Lake and Palmer's album, the score bears a secondary role (as I said before, "Old Castle" has no resemblance to the original model, being full of noises that don't evoke the antique castle, nor the time passed). The correspondence between exposure and score is zero. "Great Gates of Kiev" tries to eliminate the initial difficult technical aspects and "The Hut of Baba Yaga" is far too long. The drumming tends to overcome the keyboard melody and the rhythm has no discretion. When a fan of the album will try to listen to the original suite for piano will feel the lack of percussion and his interest for classical music will pass. Above the musical context, the album cover represents a reworking of the original paintings (some of them are lost) that has little resemblance with Hartman's creation. This is exactly the impression made by the album, a vague bunch of replicas that recreates the original in a shortsighted way.
 In The Hot Seat by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1994
1.78 | 419 ratings

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In The Hot Seat
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Forum & Site Admin Group Eclectic / Prog Metal / Heavy Prog Team

2 stars Two years after ELP's attempted comeback with "Black Moon", they try again with "In the Hot Seat". Their comeback didn't improve their status with old fans or with new ones, but at least on "Black Moon", their were a couple of slightly heavier tracks among the top 40 style pop songs they were trying to hang their new hat on regardless of their previous reputation of being one of the most talented bands out there. But, it was still a disappointment.

"in the Hot Seat" was the next album in line to be offered, but problems plagued the trio including things that affected their performance health wise and ego wise. This time around, any glimmers of hope would be totally extinguished as every one of the songs on this album were sub-par that even the pop world didn't have time to waste. Not too many old fans were impressed with this album either, and pretty much lost any faith that a even a decent album would come out of their later years.

"Hand of Truth" pretty much picks up where "Black Moon" left off, not that impressive. "Daddy" takes the album down another level with it's attempt at a tear jerker along the lines of "Cats in the Cradle" or something, and after that, the album spirals down the black hole of boredom. This album is always very difficult to get through because there is always that thought in the back of the listener's mind, "What happened to this band? Where did it all go wrong?"

This would end up being the last studio album the trio could do together, and that is the only saving grace here. It's hard to write a review as scathing as this about a group that was so influential, talented and imaginative as this one. It is also hard to say that this is all one can say about this album as none of the songs really stand out one from the other. The material was so bad, even their cover of Bob Dylan's "Man in the Long Black Coat" was shameful, that they would have been better off never attempting a comeback after the already disappointing "Love Beach". At least we now don't have to wonder if they would have been able to really return to the form of their earlier years.

 Emerson Lake & Palmer by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.23 | 2205 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by nopussyfooting

4 stars Not much can be said about this album that hasn't already on the site. One of the really strong debut albums in prog, especially for earlier-era prog. Some of it I could do without- the lengthy "Three Fates", along with overplayed "Lucky Man". The latter of which really just doesn't fit on this record. Seems like a single tacked on for sales reasons. "The Three Fates" doesn't do much for me, primarily because I"m not a big fan of extended key pieces, but to top it off it is incredibly harsh and shrill sounding, and forces me to turn down the volume on every listen. With the weak spots out of the way, there is a lot of good and great material to speak on. The record gets off to an ambitious start with "the Barbarian" an absolutely colossal sounding track. To me this sounds like some "proto-doom metal" and it really kicks ass to start an album. "Take a Pebble" brings the intensity down a notch, but doesn't sacrifice quality. This track adds a lot of texture and sets a ton for what turns out to be quite an eclectic album. "Knife-Edge" is another heavier, doomy track that closes out the perfect First Side of the record. This song features some of my favorite vocal work from Lake. I've always loved his basic and subtle rhyming, it just fits the song. Side 2 features "Tank", another intense song showcasing the skills of Carl Palmer, one of my favorite prog drummers. There are some really adventurous moments on this song and it all sounds great on the early Cotillion pressings. Anyways, yup, a really great start for the ELP guys back in 1970/71, but in only a number of months, they would outdo their debut effort.

Rating: 8.5/10

 Emerson Lake & Palmer by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.23 | 2205 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by A Crimson Mellotron

4 stars 'Emerson, Lake & Palmer' was certainly the start of something beautiful. The newly-formed prog supergroup, combining the forces of Greg Lake from King Crimson, Keith Emerson from The Nice and Carl Palmer from Atomic Rooster, was set to champion the up-and-coming genre with their adventurous sounds and the classical crossover direction that was strongly influenced by their keyboard maestro. This first album by the trio was released in November of 1970 on the Island label, and was produced by their own Greg Lake.

At this point, this is a seriously important album both for the band, and for the whole movement, massively influential and groundbreaking, the insane playing of Keith Emerson was what truly sets ELP apart from many of their peers. Writing rock arrangements for classical pieces, amongst some hard rock-influenced numbers, and occasional acoustic moments, the band already displayed an original and recognizable sound with their very first release.

Some absolutely fantastic compositions on this self-titled debut, amongst them we have to mention the opening track 'The Barbarian', based on Bela Bartok's 'Allegro barbaro' - a beautiful and energetic rendition by the band, with everyone playing masterfully, the haunting 'Knife-Edge', that is the band's first tread on some hard rock ground, with the prevailing manic Hammond organ, and the enormous and menacing instrumental 'The Three Fates' - this is absolutely Emerson going crazy and displaying his full potential on the keys. 'Take a Pebble' is another very good composition, maybe a bit aloof in the middle section, eventually slightly prolonged, but nonetheless memorable and touching. 'Lucky Man' has to be one of the all-time most recognizable songs of ELP, a highlight of Greg Lake's charming writing. 'Tank', however, has some pretty ridiculous sounds that have hardly aged well; it must be noted though, that it is a mood that is often copied by other bands, some in the 80s and some 21st century collectives.

All in all, this record is extremely influential, very menacing, and pretty impressive. It is hardly, however, a perfect album. It has its wacky moments, which you sometimes get with prog rock, but it also has some of the most excellent material that this musical genre has ever offered. The artwork is iconic, the band are playing their hearts out, and all this contributes to making Emerson, Lake & Palmer's self-titled debut a must-listen!

 Emerson, Lake & Powell: Emerson, Lake & Powell by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.12 | 498 ratings

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Emerson, Lake & Powell: Emerson, Lake & Powell
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Beautiful Scarlet

3 stars The songs here are largely forgettable, particularly the middle songs. One can expect to find Greg Lake singing and Emerson playing, by all means a real ELP album even though Palmer is gone. There are bombastic keys and some lengthier workouts, although the album definitely places more emphasis on a more song based format. The music is very inoffensive, ranging from loungelike to AOR, quite accessible albeit quite mediocre. Also the drums are quite thumping', courtesy of Cozy.

Favourite track Step Aside

Overall if you like ELP, don't miss out on this album. That being said it isn't a masterpiece just an acceptable album.

 Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1974
4.27 | 594 ratings

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Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars It is in the live that emotions are collected and delivered to posterity, it is the contact with people that glorifies or demolishes. It is in the live that a group shows itself for what it is. Crowds are the thumb of the emperor. The three gladiators are in the arena: Keith Emerson strokes the keys and mistreats the keyboards, in a sonic ecstasy that has classical roots and imaginative developments; Carl Palmer beats, takes out the soul itself from his drums, counterbalancing the pindaric flights of the keyboards; Greg Lake shouts lyrics that are sometimes sensible, often wacky, trying to stem the two disruptive colleagues with his almost reassuring bass. In three, the most classic of the progressive formations.

Yes concerts were perfect, redundant like their music; Genesis' lives were theater, histrionic like their leader; those of Pink Floyd were total shows, unique experiences of a time that was. The concerts of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were simply overwhelming: perhaps crude, perhaps approximate, but overwhelming.

At that time, ELP were still on the road without a large orchestra, so that you can enjoy the pure live power of this band without overdubs. However, even Keith Emerson only has two hands, so you shouldn't expect the studio recordings to be reproduced exactly. And that's good. Because it's absolutely amazing to hear what these two hands alone can accomplish.

The live was an ambitious, mammoth anthology of everything that E.L.P. they had produced up to that point and included recordings made during the long tour in support of platter Brian Salad Surgery, which peaked on April 6, 1974 at the California Jam Festival (Deep Purple also played there) in front of 350,000 people. Welcome ... had a remarkable sales success, even reaching fourth place in the American charts, really a lot considering that it was a triple vinyl.

The excellent Hoedown opens the dance, followed by the solemn Jerusalem and the frenetic Toccata, but it is the long suites Tarkus and Karn Evil 9, real posters of the English progressive, to bewitch the listener. All the enormous technique of the three musicians is expressed in these two variegated compositions that occupy more than half the duration of the full length: Emerson indulges himself with moog, synthesizers and keyboards, Palmer (his long solo in the second composition historically) hits the his drums full of drums, cymbals, bells and percussion of all kinds, Lake is exalted in the melodic parts, but it is effective even when it has to be more impetuous while his bass is always compelling. When, rarely, he takes up the electric guitar he does it with skill. At the beginning of Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression Greg pronounces the famous phrase which, as in the case of the album in question, will open the ELP shows: Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That Never Ends .... minutes in which Lake dominates on the third side when he unveils three masterpieces of the caliber of Take A Pebble, Still ... You Turn Me On and Lucky Man. Keith unleashes all his immense talent in Piano Improvisations, including Friedrich Gulda's Fugue and Joe Sullivan's Little Rock Getaway in which the piano is of such beauty to be delighted. The most "relaxed" moments can be seen in the Jeremy Bender / The Sheriff medley, in which the English band amazes for its class and irony.

If it is true that Emerson, Lake and Palmer are verbose, exaggerated, monumental, it is also true that the genre itself, taken to exasperation, embodies their way of understanding music. And these three standard bearers are therefore among the most wonderful expressions of that world that gave away five unattainable years in the history of music.

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