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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:

Emerson, Lake & Powell (Active between 1985-1986)

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

4.24 | 1952 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer
4.05 | 1700 ratings
4.12 | 1502 ratings
4.14 | 1759 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery
2.92 | 715 ratings
Works Vol. 1
2.42 | 593 ratings
Works Vol. 2
2.07 | 635 ratings
Love Beach
3.13 | 439 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Powell: Emerson, Lake & Powell
2.84 | 446 ratings
Black Moon
1.78 | 366 ratings
In The Hot Seat

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

3.86 | 917 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition
4.24 | 526 ratings
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends
2.72 | 201 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert
2.94 | 159 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
3.32 | 148 ratings
Works Live
3.35 | 51 ratings
Emerson,Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour (AKA "Live")
3.44 | 72 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
2.76 | 67 ratings
Then And Now
2.83 | 15 ratings
The Show That Never Ends
4.07 | 36 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 1
3.73 | 31 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 2
3.28 | 23 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 3
3.26 | 43 ratings
Live In Poland
2.26 | 19 ratings
Best of the Bootlegs
2.91 | 10 ratings
Lucky Man (Live) (Re-released as " Fanfare: The 1997 World Tour")
3.71 | 19 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: Live In Concert - Lakeland Florida, 1986 (An official bootleg)
3.12 | 15 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: The Sprocket Sessions (An Official Bootleg)
2.39 | 12 ratings
The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2.79 | 15 ratings
Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults, Vol. 4
3.42 | 28 ratings
A Time And A Place
2.59 | 41 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2010
3.70 | 41 ratings
Live At Nassau Coliseum '78
4.21 | 56 ratings
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72
3.88 | 8 ratings
Emerson, Lake and Powell - Live In Concert and More...
1.00 | 1 ratings
Live in California 1974
2.59 | 20 ratings
Live in Montreal 1977
3.00 | 6 ratings
Once Upon A Time In South America
3.69 | 14 ratings
Live at Montreux 1997

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

2.75 | 19 ratings
Welcome Back
3.77 | 39 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
3.55 | 84 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition - 35th Anniversary Collectors Edition
3.19 | 18 ratings
Inside Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1995
4.57 | 33 ratings
Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
3.61 | 54 ratings
Live At Montreux 1997 (DVD)
4.09 | 30 ratings
Masters From The Vaults
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Concert (DVD)
3.83 | 74 ratings
Beyond The Beginning
2.63 | 32 ratings
The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
4.40 | 10 ratings
Rare Broadcasts
3.88 | 51 ratings
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)

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

2.39 | 66 ratings
The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
0.00 | 0 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of ELP
4.21 | 47 ratings
The Atlantic Years
3.60 | 69 ratings
The Return Of The Manticore
1.72 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock Featuring "Lucky Man"
3.88 | 37 ratings
The Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1.43 | 13 ratings
Extended Versions: The Encore Collection
2.55 | 13 ratings
The very Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
3.44 | 13 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man [The Anthology]
0.00 | 0 ratings
History Of Rock
1.38 | 24 ratings
3.71 | 12 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
3.67 | 12 ratings
An Introduction To... Emerson Lake & Palmer
4.32 | 25 ratings
From The Beginning (5CD+DVD)
3.56 | 14 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
3.29 | 9 ratings
Come And See The Show: The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2.11 | 9 ratings
High Voltage
2.69 | 7 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1.20 | 5 ratings
From the Beginning - The Best of ELP
4.57 | 7 ratings
The Anthology

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

3.44 | 20 ratings
Lucky Man / Knife Edge
3.38 | 17 ratings
From the Beginning
4.09 | 37 ratings
2.51 | 16 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery
3.07 | 11 ratings
C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name
2.43 | 9 ratings
Tiger in a Spotlight / So Far to Fall
3.31 | 16 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
2.31 | 14 ratings
4.13 | 10 ratings
Peter Gunn
3.46 | 14 ratings
Touch and Go
1.90 | 10 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
2.45 | 10 ratings
Black Moon
4.25 | 4 ratings
Farewell to Arms (promo)
1.64 | 6 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
2.75 | 4 ratings
Affairs Of The Heart (limited edition collectors doublepack)
4.00 | 4 ratings
Gone too Soon (promo)
2.53 | 25 ratings
I Believe In Father Christmas
4.29 | 8 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man


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 Black Moon by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1992
2.84 | 446 ratings

Black Moon
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

2 stars After 14 years without a studio album and following up the mostly horrendous "Love Beach" album, Emerson, Lake & Palmer finally try again with a their 8th studio album "Black Moon". Fans were hoping for a return to form, but unfortunately, a complete return to form would not be happening as this album, though heavier than "Love Beach", the sound stays with a more popular straightforward rock sound.

The album starts off with a lot of hope however. The title track leads off the album with a heavy and driving song. It even opens with Emerson showing off on the piano a bit, and you automatically start to get your hopes up. A heavy beat is established, and you get a pretty much straightforward hard rock song, with some nice hints of their glory days, and right away it seems like, even if it is pretty standard, it is at least better than anything on "Love Beach".

Following this is another organ heavy "Paper Blood", again a track that stays on the heavy side, yet different enough from the opener as the organ is heavier and you even get a nice harmonica solo. It is still quite standard again, but at least it has a great rock edge to it and Greg Lake's vocals are quite good. Unfortunately, the next track is co-written by Geoffrey Downes, and when I saw that the first time, I lost all hope. Downes has been known to be the downfall of many great classic Rock and/or Progressive acts. The track is "Affairs of the Heart" starting with a nice strummed guitar and an okay, yet somewhat schleppy, ballad. But, it's back to the pop sound. Lake's vocals are still top notch and at least it's still not as weak as the music on the previous album.

Unfortunately, things go even further down hill from here and continue to do so. Its like they made the track list to go from the most interesting track to the most boring at the end.

"Romeo and Juliet" is a rocked-out version of the Prokofiev modern-classical work which utilizes one of the melodies and turns it into a rock march. Not too bad, and somewhat reminiscent of the re-workings of other classical music themes the band was famous for, but it's short and doesn't feature a lot of improvisation or ingenuity. It is really only a slight step above "Hooked on Classics". After this instrumental comes "Farewell to Arms". This is where I start to lose interest, as this track is just too much like something from "Love Beach", corny and overly sentimental.

"Changing States" is an instrumental written and led by Emerson. Again, it has some semblance to his earlier instrumentals, but offers nothing really challenging like in the past. Just pretty much a stately melody, but nothing very fancy. "Burning Bridges" is a boring pop song. "Close to Home" is just Emerson trying his had at new age solo piano in a piece that steals from Rachmaninoff but not giving him credit. I'm not sure what happened to emotions or dynamics in this track, but it's like Emerson had forgotten what that was. "Better Days" is a bad attempt at being current with a funky vibe, but ends up just sounding dated. "Footprints in the Snow" is as dumb as it sounds as Lake is contemplating following in the footsteps of Rod Stewart and that his next solo album is going to be a collection of old standards that the blue haired ladies will go crazy over. Thank goodness it didn't quite come to that. Some editions also contain another bonus track which is just more new age piano.

So, the album is only slightly better than "Love Beach" and their next awful album "In the Hot Seat" which has no saving grace. Listening to these albums is like listening to a bad imitation. Emerson had become one-dimensional, Lake was becoming a lounge singer, only Palmer really held on to his amazing ability and you hear some great drumming on here, unfortunately, the material doesn't support his talent. ELP's glory days were over and now they seemed to only be in it for the fame.

 Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
2.51 | 16 ratings

Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars It will work for you, it works for me

Not to be confused with the full length album of the same name, this is a single that was given away for free together with a music magazine back in 1973 to promote the album Brain Salad Surgery.

The a-side is the track Brain Salad Surgery, which was never included on the album Brain Salad Surgery. And it is not hard to understand why, as it is clearly not up to par with the exceptional quality of the masterpiece album. Nonetheless, this non-album track fits well together with the material on Brain Salad Surgery, and it has appropriately been included among the bonus tracks on later CD re-issues of the album together with other leftover recordings from the time such as the instrumental When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine (originally released as a single b-side). Both of these were also included on the Works Vol. 2 album.

The b-side of this single is an oddity; Excerpts from Brain Salad Surgery is what the title implies. This strange collage of snippets from various songs off the album has also been added as a bonus track on CD versions of the Brain Salad Surgery album, but once you have the full album there is little interest in this album trailer.

The original free flexi-disc single is now a rare collector's item, but the material on it is no longer rare.

 Jerusalem by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
4.09 | 37 ratings

Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Was Jerusalem builded here, among these dark satanic mills?

Jerusalem is the opening track from the masterpiece Brain Salad Surgery, Emerson Lake & Palmer's greatest studio album. The song is an adaptation of a hymn, originally written by William Blake and Hubert Parry. While it works perfectly as an album opener, it was perhaps not an obvious choice to be released as a single.

The b-side holds When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine, a rare instance of a non-album b-side. At the time, this track was only available on this single. Since then the track has been included first on the Works Vol. 2 album, and then later on added as a bonus track to several of the CD re-issues of Brain Salad Surgery. It is a very nice instrumental track that, while not of the same exceptional quality as the tracks that made it onto the original album, does have the same dark atmosphere as the Brain Salad Surgery material.

A small taste of the magnificent salad

 Canario by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1978
2.31 | 14 ratings

Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Fantasia for a gentleman

Canario is an adaptation of a piece by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, from the latter's concerto "Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre". Unfairly overlooked due to being hidden away as the last track on side 1 of the ill-fated Love Beach album, this excellent instrumental was wisely chosen to be released as a single in the same year as the album. I say "wisely" not because it did well commercially, which I don't think it did, but rather because it is by far the best track from that otherwise weak album and deserves to be heard on its own without having to sit through five rather dull Greg Lake rockers (one of which is All I Want Is You, which is the B-side of this single), before you get to this little gem.

In my opinion, Canario works much better as a single than Fanfare for the Common Man which was edited for single release. I usually don't rate singles when the material is identical to what can be found on a full length album, but in this case I will make an exception as I want to give this one more star than I gave to the album.

A great instrumental number!

 Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1997
3.44 | 72 ratings

Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nș 200

'Live At The lsle Of Wight Festival 1970' is the seventh live album of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and was released in 1998. The line up on the album is Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Karl Palmer, as usual.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer was the first super group in the prog rock history. Few groups can look back to a single point in time where they leapt from relative obscurity to fame, announcing the arrival of a new and utterly distinctive sound. Keyboardist Emerson had attracted attention for his staggering technique and theatrical pyrotechnics in the group The Nice. Bassist and vocalist Lake found himself the centre of acclaim with King Crimson's 'In The Court Of the Crimson King'. Palmer had brushed success as drummer with The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown and with Atomic Rooster.

It was in the beginning of their career they were invited to participate in the Isle Of Wight Festival that would become known as the English Woodstock. It lasted five days. Beyond Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also took part on it, names such as Chicago, Procol Harum, The Doors, The Who, Ten Years After, Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Moody Blues, and Jethro Tull. Despite it has been recorded in 1970 it was only released twenty eight years later, in 1998. Their debut studio album was also released in the same year but only few months later.

The Festival was almost the beginning of their life because it was only their second live show. They appeared six days earlier in Plymouth. The band hadn't yet released any studio album and they didn't have an extensive catalogue to select for the show. So, nothing could have prepared them for the response for their first live performances. With this release of 1998, fans of the band can finally listening and see, if you bought the DVD, the short sets significance.That festival also marked the last UK appearance of Jimi Hendrix. It seemed that he was tired of his band and wanting to try different ideas and have expressed interest in playing with them. For conflicts in schedules of the musicians that wasn't possible, but the plan was to unite Hendrix with the group, later. Unfortunately, three weeks later he was dead. That fact put a definitive end to the hypothesis of Jimi joined the group and become Hendrix, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (HELP).

Emerson, Lake & Palmer played on Saturday night, between Ten Years After and The Doors. The band opened the show with 'The Barbarian' without wasting a second and rolling through the notes like a steamroller over the audience in an onslaught of distorted bass notes, furious keyboards and scattered drums like roaches in the light, showing this new massive sound. 'Take A Pebble' with the ballad tone of Lake's voice captivates as the song gently walks through the first two and a half minutes before Emerson takes the reign and gives a solid piano solo to a shuffling Palmer drum chant and the bass adds the inflections of root notes. It includes a gorgeous jazz piano melody in the middle. 'Pictures At An Exhibition' is a half-hour long interpretation of Mussorgsky's masterpiece. All prog's recipe is superbly executed here without a fail. The Moog, which was relatively new and revolutionary at the time, several passages between synthesizer and acoustic guitar, making this the pleasure of a dreamy prog of a piece to listen to. The piece is broken in several sections but I prefer to look at it as a single composition. There are no blister solos here but rather a display of masterful flair and precision with a few flubs in a couple of songs but this live version is actually close to the Newcastle performance and just how amazing is it. 'Rondo', an original piece of The Nice, rises from the ashes of what's left from the last presentation, is another onslaught of Moog freak out sounds and a drum solo in spots from Palmer which wasn't his best. It's rather sloppy and shoddy when compared with others on, in their career. 'Nutrocker' completes their set and which was often a encore during their earlier shows to somewhat calm the audience down and relax them from the massive wall of sound they had just tumbled over on to the ears of the people who was watching and listening.

Conclusion: John Peel, a popular BBC music journalist called ELP's performance at the Isle of Wight, 'a tragic waste of time, talent and electricity'. I disagree. I believe this live performance is precursory of their legendary live sets. It's clear when we are listening to the show that the band played with blunt force and deafening volume. The band's Isle of Wight performance displayed the trio in full flight, defined by Palmer's intricate drum work, Lake's sturdy bass and Emerson's wizardry on the Hammond organ, piano and Moog synthesizer. The show circulated for years as a bootleg form and was officially finally released in 1998 as 'Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival'. It's true that the music contained on it has been performed many other times, recorded and released much better on others live sets and the sound isn't as good as it should be, we can here constantly on the recording a persistent and annoying electric noise. However, this is a very important historical document that represents the birth of a great historical group. It's also an important historical live document of that era and particularly it represents an important part of that mythic musical festival too.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Tarkus by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.05 | 1700 ratings

Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Chaser

2 stars I don't like ELP. I've tried, honestly, I have, but I just cannot understand what's so great about them.

I've owned my copy of Tarkus for more than thirty years and first listened when I was a wide eyed teenager with no preconceptions.

I didn't like it then and I still don't like it now.

I know as a prog fan I'm supposed to like this, and every so many years it comes off the shelf for another spin in the hope that one day the epiphany will happen. But it never does, and I'm pretty sure it never will.

Okay, they're great musicians and Emerson is a great keyboard player, but ELP just represent everything that I dislike about some prog.

This album comes across to me as nothing but self indulgent noodling. The album sounded dated when I first bought it thirty years now, and now it sounds like something that's been dug up in a time capsule.

I play an album like Close to the Edge and it sounds as fresh and interesting as it did thirty years ago, but Tarkus sounds tired and old fashioned by comparison.

I'm not a big fan of the first half of the album, as some are. It's tiresome noodling which goes nowhere and completely fails to get my juices flowing in any way. It leaves me cold.

Then we have quite ridiculous tracks like Jeremy Bender, with it's childish tune and lyrics, and we finish the album with the frankly terrible "Are You Ready Eddie?", intended as a humorous tribute to engineer Eddy Offord, but it sounds like high school kids sniggering in the playground.

The only track that I like on this album is "Bitches Crystal" which actually has something to it, and I really like Greg Lake's bass riff which gives some lovely depth to the track.

I won't even get into the album cover or the whole hedgehog tank thing (what is that all about?). I don't like the artwork and the hedgehog tank concept is simply ridiculous.

As I don't like the album myself I clearly couldn't recommend it to another prog fan or general music fan. ELP fans will like it, but they're already converts.

Not for me I'm afraid, but there is some good musicianship so I'll say 2.30 and round down to 2 stars.

 Brain Salad Surgery by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1973
4.14 | 1759 ratings

Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Lupton

5 stars Emerson Lake and Palmer- Brain Salad Surgery

I am sure that for most ELP fans, this album is "THE ONE" in the same way that "Close to the Edge" is "THE ONE" for Yes fans and "Dark Side of the Moon" is "THE ONE" for Floyd fans.You know when an album is considered to be "THE ONE"- it invariably gets the deluxe treatment every time it is re-released.

I am one of those fans who see this album as their definitive statement even though I find the relentless bombast a bit too much at times and I definitely would not recommend introducing a potential fan to ELP by way of this album. Maybe the more subdued "Trilogy" album might do the trick.I made the mistake of thinking I could win over a friend by playing "Karn Evil 9 1st Impression" as loud as possible and he ran from the room in horror.So yes- it is incredibly brutal and intense and is imbued with an almost macabre ambiance -including the token light hearted song, "Benny the Bouncer"(check the lyrics) and yet there is something darkly beautiful about the album as well.The thundering Toccata is positively dripping with atmosphere and reminds me of being flying through a very dark and damp cave. The futuristic "Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression" is pure fantasy Prog at its best.I just love the way that track begins with the keyboard fanfare blasting over the top of an incredibly deep fuzzed base line which seems to growl out of the speakers.

The production on this album is truly extraordinary- slick, loud and powerful.Surprisingly,despite the massive sound, the album was in some ways stripped back as far as overdubs go so the trio could re-produce the tracks live. "Trilogy" by comparison is full of overdubs which is why apart from the albums' "Hoedown," most of the tracks could not be reproduced live the same way.

I do have have some reservations about this album. 'Karn Evil 9 1st Impression" starts off brilliantly, but seems to go on for too long, I could have done without that synthesized drum solo on Toccata which robs the track of its momentum - sorry Carl- and some of Keith's soloing during Karn Evil 9 9th Impression does sound a little cheesy. In other words there is a fair bit of excess- the sort of thing non Prog fans and Critics complain about when dismissing Prog Rock generally.But I still love this album and have no hesitation giving it two thumbs up. 5 stars

 Works Vol. 2 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.42 | 593 ratings

Works Vol. 2
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars While Works Vol. 1 was more organized and featured each of the individuals contributing to a side each and leaving side 4 for two long group tracks. The album was a great showcase for the individuals and the band, most of the songs accompanied by a full orchestra, but it's biggest drawback was the lack of the band performing together. Works Vol. 2 is the companion album to this. It has a few outtakes from the first volume and also unused tracks from previous albums. The entire band work together more in these songs than on the first volume. You do get quite a mish mash of styles here which seems even more disjointed than the first volume because they are not organized like that album was. To me, however, that's okay. The performances are top rate, most of the songs are great, but unfortunately, most of them are not progressive. I love the variety on this one also. They tackle all styles here, and again, it becomes a showcase of talent from the band.

I have my definite favorites here, including "Bullfrog" which is a crazy, sometimes chaotic, jazz fusion instrumental from Palmer. I absolutely love this track and consider it one of my favorites in ELP's repertoire. Great percussion and excellent keyboard sound effects abound here. "Tiger in the Spotlight" is a great sock hop style song done ELP style with Lake on vocals. There are three mostly piano instrumentals here by Emerson which are mostly retro jazz styles that are a lot of fun to listen to. You get Boogie, Honky Tonk and Ragtime with full bands/orchestra alongside. "I Believe in Father Christmas" is on this album, which has become a staple in malls and stores everywhere during Christmastime, but the funny thing about this song is it is soooooo Anti- Christmas/Chirstian, and people don't realize it because they only hear the word Christmas and don't pay attention to the lyrics at all. Everything else here is interesting, but not spectacular.

This is still far better than the schlock that would become "Love Beach" which was their next album. This was the last great album by ELP, and they might have a good song here and there after this, but nothing matching their previous material after this album. I still consider this an excellent album, and I accept it as ELP's swan song to their best material. I put Vol 1 and 2 together and end up with a collection full of variety and fun.

 Works Vol. 1 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.92 | 715 ratings

Works Vol. 1
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I understand why this album always gets low ratings. A lot of people think it's pompous and not tied to progressive rock very closely. There are a lot of styles here, but, considering that each one of the members took a side of this album and then united for the 4th side, I think it is a very enjoyable album. There have been a lot of reviews for this album, most of them negative, and I would have agreed with them 20 years ago. But, after repeated listens, a lot of the music has grown on me. It's true that most of it isn't prog per se, but side one is classical (more specifically sounding like it's from the late romantic, early 20th century), side 2 is pop oriented, side 3 is more like jazz fusion (for the most part), and side 4 is the progressive side. As the first 3 sides are styles of music that have influenced progressive rock, you could almost consider it progressive roots music. By the way, all 4 sides are well orchestrated with the full orchestra joining them for most of the album.

Keith Emerson composed his 1st Piano Concerto for his side. Consisting of 3 movements, it follows the concerto formula quite well. A concerto is a classical piece that features a certain instrument that plays many solos interspersed with full orchestra. Even though I have classical training, I had a hard time with this track. I enjoyed listening to it, but it took a surprisingly long time to really start picking out themes. Now I can pretty much play the whole thing verbatim in my mind. Emerson is an amazing keyboardist and it is great to hear him concentrating on the piano for 18 minutes with a full orchestra complimenting and even taking the spotlight in many passages. Yes, it is true that there are a lot of romantic era passages that are formulaic, but he also adds plenty of dissonance and aggressiveness to keep things from getting completely schleppy. Anyway, I do love this track, it is 18 minutes of pure classical bliss.

Greg Lake is responsible for side 2, the more poppy side of the album. Lake has often been the more accessible side of ELP, but he has an amazing and bombastic voice, sometimes even approaching an over the top glam rock sound with his strong operatic voice. This side, to me, is the weakest side, but it still holds some favorites like "C'est La Vie" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name", the others, to me, are kind of cheesy. This cheesiness, unfortunately, would ruin the next album "Love Beach", where chessiness runs amok. "These songs were co-written by Peter Sinfield, who was with King Crimson in their early days. There's not much here that lends to that KC influence, at least not on this side.

Carl Palmer's side is my favorite, because he is more experimental and ventures from neo classical to jazz fusion. These songs are mostly percussion driven, as you would expect. He gives his treatment to Prokofiev's "Enemy Gods...", gets help from Joe Walsh on the structured and improvised rocker "L.A. Nights", delves into jazz on "New Orleans", gives Bach the percussive treatment on "Two Part Invention...", teams with jazz keyboardist Harry South (cowriter and performer) on "Food for Your Soul" and even revisits on of his past ELP compositions on "Tank", this time with a full orchestra.

The last side is the full band, together at last, for two long compositions. First they do their version of Aaron Copland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". The original classical piece was a lot shorter in that it did not contain the middle section that ELP added, which is a long improvisational section, mostly driven by Emerson's various keyboards and synths. This is a well know favorite of the band, and it pretty much sums up what the band typically sounds like. This is all instrumental. The second track on this side is the band accompanied with a full orchestra on "Pirates". It has a long instrumental introduction, but Lake does eventually start singing this very dramatic piece. It is a definite period piece, it is also definitely progressive, and Lake takes on the character of a pirate trying to recruit a bunch of scalliwag greenhorns to join them on their escapades. This is a great closer for the album.

Overall, this may seem somewhat disjointed, with the variety of styles. But I consider it an excellent album, especially with what would be coming up in the future. The companion album, "Works Pt. 2" is the last album that I would consider excellent. It is mostly outtakes from this album, and is more scattershot than this, but I still love it for the crazy variety and the talent of these amazing musicians. Let them have their ego, I can still enjoy their music. Anyway, since this is not really a completely prog album, I must resort to giving it 4 stars, but I do so without feeling bad. I can sit through side 2 if I have to, but the rest of the album is worth it for me.

 Jerusalem by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1973
4.09 | 37 ratings

Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

5 stars - The first review for this release -

I confess that Emerson, Lake & Palmer have never been among my biggest prog favourites. The trio's highly virtuotic music often tends to be "too much", over the top. I do enjoy a great deal of their [70's] output, but the album I find the most painful to listen to completely is Brain Salad Surgery. Yes, the one they promoted with this single. H. R. Giger's unique artwork for the album cover is circulated here.

You know how it was with ELP: the ballads of Greg Lake always tended to be chosen for a single's A side. His new song 'Still... You Turn Me On' (also on Brain Salad Surgery) had already impressed live audience before the album was released. But this time they wanted something more representative for the whole trio. There really could have been no better choice than the powerful and majestic version of the well-known church anthem 'Jerusalem', which Sir Hubert Parry composed in 1916 to the poem by William Blake. The composition is of course gorgeous in itself, and it's no wonder that the audiences in the BBC Proms Festivals sing it from the bottom of their heart (I would, too!). But ELP made a deeply impressive version that summarizes the essence of the band. Keith Emerson's mighty organ playing, impassioned vocals of Greg Lake, and the "drum for your life" approach of Carl Palmer work together extremely effectively in this song. Sometimes the hair of my skin may stand up for disgust when I listen to ELP, but when I listen to 'Jerusalem', it stands up for bliss.

The B side contains an instrumental with a long and pretentious name: 'When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine'. The music is interesting however. It has a strong sense of Jazz Rock / Fusion, and even though it's very keyboard oriented, it has a nice groove and it feels more democratic as a group effort than many of Emerson's compositions. The track was re-released in Works 2 (1977).

Much to my own surprise, I rate this single with five stars, like the majority have done here. 'Jerusalem' is an undisputed masterpiece of prog songs covering someone else's music, while 'Apple Blossoms' is another kind of musical delight.

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