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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

2.96 | 898 ratings

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4 stars I have recently obtained 2 8-track albums of Works Vol 1 and 2.I think I have to say that number one is far superior to number two which is a collection of basically offcuts and bits and pieces which were never really designed for a specific album also the second part of Works is really a lot of ragtime music which clearly Keith Emerson enjoyed. Not a huge fan of ragtime myself I don't really rated it that much; but Works Vol. one is really something the long piece which starts the album written by Emerson the classical number which we read elsewhere Leonard Bernstein thought was mildly childish or words to that effect I personally find really excellent in a sort of classical but not quite classical vein.

I then realised that he Keith Emerson often wrote pieces of that sort which are really classical but not classical and not modern classical they are really pieces of rock music deeply infused with classical culture and music and yet not of it. Never was really a fan of Emerson, Lake & Palmer in the 1970s I had an LP of Trilogy and was aware of the music on Pictures From an Exhibition but really I was a lukewarm fan I knew who they were I knew what the music was like but I never paid that much attention.

Fast forward to 2022/3 and I have decided to really look into them . What I find there really amazes me; musically they are really really excellent the interweaving of the three very different elements in the group really works exactly what the word chemistry means you have the slightly out of control keyboard man Keith playing some pretty crazy stuff more often than not fast like a quicksilver snake . And then you have Carl whose drumming basically sounds like furniture being thrown down the stairs repeatedly at different angles in different directions; never subtle always present like a marble spine. Then we have Gregg Mr Lake who to me and I really have listened to a lot of singers over the years has one of the most emotional emotive voices ever, his work in King Crimson already moved me and so many others time and time again and once he joined the other two his elegant voice and sometimes interesting lyrics combined with the other two really created something special.

There is much talk online of which album by ELP is the best. I read most of the ones I could. And the amusing thing here is that they do not agree what they do agree on is that at the number one place there is always one of three albums: The first album the eponymous one, Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery. I think only once or twice it is not one of these which is number one. I personally would be unable to say which one is the best. Out of the 1970s albums to me they are all masterpieces in some way. First of all they are unique none of the other bands from that time let us say Yes or King Crimson or Van Der Graaf Generator or Genesis have a sound that is anywhere near them it is completely and utterly unique. So if ever asked a question what is the best album my answer will be: all of the 1970s albums every single one of them.

But yes Works Vol. 1 for me is definitely close to the very top.

shantiq | 4/5 |


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