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Emerson Lake & Palmer


Symphonic Prog

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3 stars Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus (1971)

An evolutionary sound!

I'm not a big fan of ELP must I must admit side on of Tarkus is absolutely amazing. It's hard to find a better recorded album dating from '71. They key's play a centrol role, but they sound is extremely heavy on side one. It might even get heavy metal fans excited! The adventurious sound of the Tarkus suite is great. The vocals Greg Lake give me a warm feeling due to it's link to early King Crimson. The drums are great too, this is technical drumming on the right moments. The magical sound of the lyrical parts have that 'progressive' feel I really enjoy. Throughout the suite I can keep my attention on the music. The keysolo's are better then on most other albums and the bluesy guitar solo of Lake is nice too.

On side two their are a buch of weak B-tracks. This is the problem of this record: A great first side and a semi-amateurish second side. I'm not going to disuss the second side to much. The songs sound un-inspired, have losely gathered concepts, are recorded less intelligent and are never as interesting as the Tarkus suite.

Conclusion. This record will always be a mixed bag. The first side is legendary and esential for any progressive music collections, whilst the second side is an uncomfortable affair. I really don't like unbalanced albums, so I myself only listen to side one. I'll give this three stars as a rating, but those who actually reed reviews got the point of how interesting side one is.

friso | 3/5 |


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