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Topic: Favorite Side Long ELP content
Posted By: SuperMetro
Subject: Favorite Side Long ELP content
Date Posted: November 24 2021 at 22:21
Because the last poll was a joke, I decided to make a more fair poll here. I will go with Karn Evil 9 today. It is the only side long epic I know that takes up part of another side and not the entire one as well. Not like TAAB or Tubular Bells that fills up two sides, but songs that are on the first side and also have the one epic take up part of that first side and then all of the second side. I like KE9, because of its concept, and all the great keyboard work here. 

Posted By: Necrotica
Date Posted: November 24 2021 at 22:25
Definitely Tarkus for me. Not just my favorite ELP epic, but my favorite song of theirs in general Smile

Take me down, to the underground
Won't you take me down, to the underground
Why of why, there is no light
And if I can't sleep, can you hold my life

Posted By: SuperMetro
Date Posted: November 24 2021 at 22:30
Everybody seems to like the epics the best in terms of prog rock. The favorite for Genesis is usually Suppers Ready, CTTE for Yes, TAAB for Jethro Tull, and Nine Feet Underground for Caravan. 

Posted By: Progosopher
Date Posted: November 24 2021 at 22:59
There are only two true options here for me, Tarkus and Karn Evil 9. Had to give the vote to the latter.

The world of sound is certainly capable of infinite variety and, were our sense developed, of infinite extensions. -- George Santayana, "The Sense of Beauty"

Posted By: Man With Hat
Date Posted: November 24 2021 at 23:03
toss up between the first two

ill go Tarkus today 

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Posted By: someone_else
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 00:25
Karn Evil 9, my favourite ELP track.


Posted By: richardh
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 00:49
Karn Evil although I sometimes muse whether it could have been the whole album if Toccata had been incorporated as an extra movement and the rest consigned to the EP.
The live version of Tarkus is actually my favourite ELP track with the extended Aquatarkus section. Pictures as played at the Mar Y Sol in 1972 festival is my favourite version of that track. Memoirs is not that bad while The Piano Concerto is rather beautiful to my ears. An ode to dear ole Blighty , composed mostly on a dull train journey between London and Brighton apparently!

Posted By: Hrychu
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 02:32
I enjoy Tarkus waaaaaay more than Karn Evil 9 personally.

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Posted By: Cristi
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 02:44

nice poll! Thumbs Up

Posted By: Psychedelic Paul
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 03:01
The Love Beach suite. Heart

Posted By: I prophesy disaster
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 03:14
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Karn Evil 9, my favourite ELP track.
Although I prefer "Karn Evil 9" to the track "Tarkus", I prefer the album "Tarkus" to "Brain Salad Surgery".

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Posted By: Rottenprogger
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 03:55
I voted Karn Evil 9 as well. It's an incredible track. 

Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 04:00

Posted By: Lewian
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 04:01
Originally posted by Hrychu Hrychu wrote:

I enjoy Tarkus waaaaaay more than Karn Evil 9 personally.

Same here.

Posted By: presdoug
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 04:12
Tarkus,  for me, without a doubt. Wonderful music.

next in line would be Pictures At An Exhibition

Most of the others listed are ok, but just ok. 

Oddly enough, I have never liked anything on the Brain Salad Surgery album. There. I said it.

Posted By: octopus-4
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 04:57
I prefer Tarkus, but Piano Concerto can't remain with no votes

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Posted By: Rick1
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 05:08
I went for 'Pictures' - the energy and excitement exuded by the band at that point - ELP were a considerable live act and remained so into the Works era.  Read Danny Baker's article in 'Prog' from a while back - sums them up perfectly (or just listen to 'The Old Castle').  The Piano Concerto is also great and you can't help wondering what 'Officer' would have sounded like had they done it back in the early 70s.

Posted By: JD
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 05:20
Tough one...both are stellar tracks. I'll only consider Tarkus from the studio release for this poll.
I think I might have to go with KE9 even though it's MORE than a side in length. But even if I only take all of side two into consideration Emerson upped his game on this composition.

And much like @richardh's comment, the Live WBMFTTSTNE version of Tarkus is unbeatable in any context.

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Posted By: Mormegil
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 06:41
Current mood points to Tarkus.

Welcome to the middle of the film.

Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 07:34

Tarkus for sure for my ears, although just hearing DD do Karn Evil 9 a few minutes ago, has added more appreciation for that piece of music.

I think that I like Tarkus better, because of Rachel Flowers' piano version (she also has an organ version) that is on the toob. She has also done Karn Evil 9 the same, and now I have to hear it since it has not captivated me before, like it just did with DD.

But the piano version of Tarkus, is by very far, one of the prettiest things ever that I have heard in piano concertos ... and it should rank really high for the 20th century!

... none of the hits, none of the time ... favoritism is not an artistic merit!

Posted By: Manuel
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 10:28
I love Keith Emerson's keyboard playing, so it's hard for me to choose. At the end, I voted for Tarkus, for very personal reasons.

Posted By: VianaProghead
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 10:30
Tarkus closely followed by Karn Evil 9.

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Posted By: verslibre
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 10:51
"Karn Evil 9" is symph prog personified.

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Posted By: Progishness
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 11:57
KE9 gets my vote too, even tho Pictures is one of my top 20 favourite albums of all time.

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Posted By: progaardvark
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 18:35

to meet anyone nose at nose
the walls have hearsay
he go to four feet
take the moon with the teeth
he has a good beak
the stone as roll not heap up not foam

Posted By: Dellinger
Date Posted: November 25 2021 at 21:28
I guess Tarkus, though I really dislike the Mass section. Might just as well have been Picture.

Posted By: Rednight
Date Posted: November 26 2021 at 10:31
Good poll, but Tarkus.

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Posted By: judahbenkenobi
Date Posted: December 01 2021 at 09:00
Couldn't vote. Wasn't able to decide between the first three options.

Posted By: Jeffro
Date Posted: December 01 2021 at 09:31
Tarkus wins easily for me

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