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    Posted: July 14 2011 at 21:10
I'm  considering buying an Emerson Lake & Palmer album, and I'm curious as to what you all think.  Which would be the better purchase?  Emerson Lake & Palmer, or Tarkus?
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Brain Salad Surgery.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Crimzonite Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2011 at 21:37
Really?  Hmm, I'll have to look into that one a bit more.  Thanks, appreciate it.
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Brain Salad Surgery was my first ELP album, and I would also reccomend starting with that.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote prog4evr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 14 2011 at 23:49
Originally posted by Triceratopsoil Triceratopsoil wrote:

Brain Salad Surgery.  
Strongly agree!  Great choice...
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Although if you insist on one of the two mentioned in your opening post, I prefer Tarkus. Both have their moments and are probably worth hearing.


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Tree-Lo-G, dawg!
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There is nothing to choose between the first 4 studio albums. All have their plus points and negative points. The first album feels more organic and less technical (aside from Tank). If you like more technical music and lots of electronics then Brain Salad Surgery is a better choice. Tarkus probably has ELP's best track (the title) while Trilogy is often overlooked unfairly in my opinion and is not inferior in any way. Good balance of compositions. That was the album that really got me into them and made me a fan. I would suggest this order:
Trilogy
Tarkus
Brain Salad Surgery
Emerson ,Lake and Palmer
 
The best compilations are
The Ultimate Collection (because of the bonus live disc)
The Atlantic Years (this actually has ALL the classic stuff and is still available on Amazon for a reasonable price)
 
The only other albums worth a mention
Works Volume One (mainly solo stuff but good quality)
Pictures At An Exhibition ( get the deluxe edition with the Isle Of Wight and Lyceum versions - well worth teh extra bucks)
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends (great live album if you are a fan)
 
Hope that is of help
 


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I think the debut album is more consistent (the second side of Tarkus is notoriously patchy), but the title track of Tarkus blows away all the songs on the debut.

So, of the two mentioned, I'd say go for ELP if you want a strong album that you can listen to all the way through without wanting to skip a track, get Tarkus if you want a twenty minute track that will completely blow you away along with some other songs which are extremely hit and miss.

That said, that's coming from someone who really isn't keen on ELP's sense of humour or their attempts at novelty songs (their debut being the only album of their first four which doesn't include at least one novelty track), so bear that in mind.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr prog Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2011 at 06:58
Get the first 2. Emerson Lake & Palmer and Tarkus.
I sold Brain salad surgery. It sucked for a fair bit Cool
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Tarkus is their best album.  The debut is one of their worst; I fail to understand why it is so highly regarded.

Second best is Brain Salad Surgery.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lucas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2011 at 07:50
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yes, Tarkus and BSS. No need to bother with other albums.
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Originally posted by lucas lucas wrote:

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yes, Tarkus and BSS. No need to bother with other albums.


I'd say Trilogy and Pictures at an Exhibition are worth acquiring if you really crave more ELP.
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Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

  The debut is one of their worst; I fail to understand why it is so highly regarded.



Maybe the second side is somewhat weak, but the first side is excellent.  I'd almost buy the CD just for "Take a Pebble".
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Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

  The debut is one of their worst; I fail to understand why it is so highly regarded.



Maybe the second side is somewhat weak, but the first side is excellent.  I'd almost buy the CD just for "Take a Pebble".


After "The Three Fates," "Take a Pebble" is my least favorite track!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Padraic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 15 2011 at 09:41
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

Originally posted by Padraic Padraic wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

  The debut is one of their worst; I fail to understand why it is so highly regarded.



Maybe the second side is somewhat weak, but the first side is excellent.  I'd almost buy the CD just for "Take a Pebble".


After "The Three Fates," "Take a Pebble" is my least favorite track!


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Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

Tarkus is their best album.  The debut is one of their worst; I fail to understand why it is so highly regarded.

Second best is Brain Salad Surgery.
Very wrong, Rob.
The first album is astounding.
 
Every ELP album up to and including Welcome Back My Friends is a treasure.
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Originally posted by Evolver Evolver wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

Tarkus is their best album.  The debut is one of their worst; I fail to understand why it is so highly regarded.

Second best is Brain Salad Surgery.
Very wrong, Rob.
The first album is astounding.
 
Every ELP album up to and including Welcome Back My Friends is a treasure.


Nuh-uh.  You're wrong!
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If you buy this one it will make you love the debut album.
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The title track of Tarkus is hands down the BEST thing ELP has ever done. The second half is ALRIGHT. Not as bad as some would have you believe
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