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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 2015 ratings

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The first and their best album. Here it sounds fresh and very progressive while the following albums, it sounds like more of the same (except the groundbreaking Tarkus). Keith Emerson is easily one of the best keyboardists ever to exist, Greg Lake is a great singer/bass player and can play some mean guitar, and Carl Drummer is one of the best Drummers to exist. The problem with the band is that they are not good songwriters at all.

BARBARIAN (9/10) kicks off the album with a very good start .. it is a very hard rocker dominated by brilliant hammond organ playing all over the song, it is followed by TAKE A PEBBLE (8.5/10) which starts with one of the most gorgeous vocal performances ever, and is followed by a good ELP jam. KNIFE EDGE (8.5/10) is an ELP classic, and it contains a songwriting style that reminds me of Black Dog (Zeppelin) .. all musicians shine here. The next song is "THREE FATES" (8/10) which is a good showcase of Emerson's talents, then CArl Palmer shows his talents in TANK (8.5/10) which is an ELP jam with old synths and a drum solo. The album ends with easily the best song of the album LUCKY MAN (9/10) which is a perfect pop song with one of the most exciting moog solos to ever appear on a record. It is also the first moog solo to ever appear on a record, making this song legendary.

I highly recommend this album for anyone, yet it is no masterpiece.

My Grade : A/B

Zitro | 4/5 |


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