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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER

Emerson Lake & Palmer

 

Symphonic Prog

4.24 | 1835 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars Rave up

Emerson Lake & Palmer's self-titled debut is one of the classic albums, not only of the band but of the whole genre of Symphonic progressive Rock. Several of the album's tracks went on to become staples of the band's live sets and have appeared on several live albums and compilation.

The album opens with the menacing The Barbarian (which, when I played it aloud today, frightened my cat so much it hid under the bed!). This is an adaptation of a piece by composer Béla Bartók. This sort of adaptation of classical music was something that was to become a trademark of the band, and music composed by Leo? Janáček and Johann Sebastian Bach is used on the track Knife-Edge.

The Three Fates is an original three part composition by Keith Emerson in a classical vein while Take A Pebble and Lucky Man are written by Greg Lake in a more folky in nature and Tank shows Carl Palmer's jazzy influence. This mixture of Classical, Folk, and Jazz within a Rock context is the life blood of the band and essential to their greatness.

The band had yet to mature fully, but they were already very good here. A very good start of a brilliant band. Highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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