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Poll Question: Which do you prefer Tarkus vs. Brain Salad Surgery
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    Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:17
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:19
Tarkus. To be honest, I think Brain Salad Surgery is one of the most overrated albums ever released.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:19
Tarkus, by the farthest of far.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:21
Originally posted by J-Man J-Man wrote:

Tarkus. To be honest, I think Brain Salad Surgery is one of the most overrated albums ever released.


The opposite of everything you said...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:25
BSS, not very much but still. Karn Evil 9 is my favourite ELP track and most of the others are very enjoyable as well.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:25
I'll have an order of the Brain Salad.

Of course the broiled Tarkus looks kind of good...


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:27
Tarkus was a midnight snack in the dorm after lights out (deliciously forbidden and naughty for 1971)
Brain Salad Surgery was a 5 course banquet served under crystal chandeliers
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:29
Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:

Tarkus was a midnight snack in the dorm after lights out (deliciously forbidden and naughty for 1971)
Brain Salad Surgery was a 5 course banquet served under crystal chandeliers


Well said! There's nothing to add!LOL
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:36
Originally posted by ExittheLemming ExittheLemming wrote:

Tarkus was a midnight snack in the dorm after lights out (deliciously forbidden and naughty for 1971)
Brain Salad Surgery was a 5 course banquet served under crystal chandeliers


So...which one was better?  Tongue
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:36
In spite of all the flak the album gets for its second half, I find Tarkus somewhat more enjoyable than BSS. Moreover, the title-track is in my view the best thing the band ever released. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 08:53
one word...


Toccata....  more than makes up for the weak 3rd Impression of BSS.  The first two Impressions however were total prog bliss..  love both albums..but gotta go with BSS.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 09:52
Originally posted by J-Man J-Man wrote:

Tarkus. To be honest, I think Brain Salad Surgery is one of the most overrated albums ever released.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 10:00

^ Agree with you there Micky about the third imp of karn Evil 9 being weak and true,Toccata is excellent. Not so mad on the rest of BSS though and preffer Tarkus overall, despite KE 9 1st and 2nd imps being my favourite ELP moment. That's not to say that Tarkus is perfect though, ELP could be a very frustrating band at times.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 10:29
Tarkus for me. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 14:12
If you consider the two in LP format, BSS was a masterpiece.  Artwork by HR Geiger.  It opened up differently than any other LP out.  Not to mention that Toccata made a huge impression on me when I first heard it.  It would be just a few years before I became a zombie prog pod person.  Tarkus ain't far behind BSS though, as are Trilogy and their debut. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 14:59
I like all the impressions of Karn Evil 9, but I'm going with Tarkus because I like more material from it, and the second side is pretty strong actually, Are You Ready Eddy is the only lame song.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 15:17
Not a fan of either, but if I had to choose a song from both it had to be Tarkus.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 15:40
The Tarkus - suite is in my top 3 of songs of any band anytime.

But... as an album BSS wins. There's almost no weak spot to be found. So I choose BSS.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 12 2009 at 15:41
To be honest, I think the song "Tarkus" is the most brilliant thing ELP has ever done.

"Karn Evil 9" is second...but because of that second impression, I tend to prefer Tarkus.
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