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TRILOGY

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

4.13 | 1601 ratings

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Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars Well, it still amazes me to think of how popular this trio was in the first half of the 70īs producing such complex and intricate mix of classical and jazz music. Itīs eady to see why they were an easy target for rock critics, though. Their sound has very little of what we could call īrockī, much less rock īn roll. Philosofies apart, Emerson Lake & Palmer did give an important contribution to rock music in general and to prog in particular. I myself was never a big fan. I remember I had more respect for them than love. And Trilogy was the sole album I ever had at the period from tha band.

Itīs very heavy, difficult to digest music most of the time. Not that itīs not good, but certainly difficult. The only two moments that are easier to get into are the acoustic From The Beginning (one of their best simple songs) and the brilliant arrangement they did for Aaron Copelandīs Hoedown, which, by the way, became a kind of trademark for ELP. Great moog solo and ELP never sounded so tight. Iīve been always a big fan of Lakeīs beautiful voice 9also he was a better bass player than I realized back then), but even Carl Palmerīs stunning drum techinique pales if compared to Emersonīs ego. The guy is simply all over the place (except for From The Beginning). Thatīs ok if youīre a fan of classical piano pieces. And the bandīs music benefits a lot from the CD technology: tehre are lots of details Iīve never realized when I had it on vinyl.

So today I canīt really say that I became a fan. Most of the time I feel that both Lake and Palmer are only backing musicians to mr. Emersonīs showcase of his skills and musical knowledge. Often melodies and a more balanced arrangement are put aside just for him to show how capable he is to play that difficult piano or synth passage. And still, they were also too good to be ignored. And with at least two classics on the tracklist, I could not rate Trilogy with less than 3 stars. Since after I got the CD it showed me they were even better than I thought at the time, Iīll have to consider that. 3,75 would be the final score for this one. Very good CD from a very important band, but not really all that savory for my taste.

Tarcisio Moura | 4/5 |

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