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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer

ELP revolutionized the 70's rock scene by introducing a new line-up format. This fact really mattered due to each musician's geniality and unlimited talent that, put together, generated a level of music never achieved by anybody else as of yet. All of the musicians came from established bands before joining forces together: Greg LAKE came from KING CRIMSON, Carl PALMER came from ATOMIC ROOSTER, and Keith EMERSON came from THE NICE.

They explored their capabilities to an extreme, even with the technology limitations of the early 70's, breaking ground, setting the new parameters for a new vein in the english pop music (at the time) which would be called progressive music. ELP released 10 outstanding albums during the 70's, and after a long break, they got back in the 90's with a new approach, but still making good music. In 1986 Cozy POWELL replaced PALMER and they put together EMERSON, LAKE and POWELL, a good effort as well.

They've pushed their ambitions over-the-edge. On "Tarkus" the title suite was an inventive and edgy suite revolving around jazzy textures. Their most popular album "Brain Salad Surgery", was their most grandiose and refined. Next, the more adventurous listener might try "Trilogy" or ELP's self-titled first album. In my opinion, these four albums form the core of ELP's best material. Other good ELP albums include "Pictures at an Exhibition", their provocative, fiery and intense take on a classical work. and "Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends", a triple-live album (now on double-CD) with some absolutely stunning playing.

2016 was a sad year for Prog fans, because Keith and Greg left us, Rest in Peace and thank you for everything


Being that some albums belong to a different band with only two members of ELP, we have to make this addition:


Emerson, Lake & Powell

Emerson, Lake & Powell, often abbreviated to ELPowell, were an offshoot of a classic prog band Emerson, Lake & Palmer with Cozy Powell taking over the drumming duites in place of Carl Palmer which released one self-titled album in 1986.

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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER discography


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EMERSON LAKE & PALMER top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.24 | 1826 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer
1970
4.06 | 1606 ratings
Tarkus
1971
4.10 | 1420 ratings
Trilogy
1972
4.13 | 1653 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery
1973
2.87 | 666 ratings
Works Vol. 1
1977
2.38 | 550 ratings
Works Vol. 2
1977
2.07 | 597 ratings
Love Beach
1978
3.12 | 411 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Powell: Emerson, Lake & Powell
1986
2.86 | 415 ratings
Black Moon
1992
1.77 | 342 ratings
In The Hot Seat
1994

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 862 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition
1971
4.23 | 497 ratings
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends
1974
2.68 | 186 ratings
Emerson Lake & Palmer In Concert
1979
2.92 | 148 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall
1993
3.30 | 138 ratings
Works Live
1993
3.33 | 49 ratings
Emerson,Lake & Palmer - King Biscuit Flower Hour (AKA "Live")
1997
3.37 | 64 ratings
Live At The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
1997
2.74 | 66 ratings
Then And Now
1998
2.83 | 15 ratings
The Show That Never Ends
2001
4.06 | 32 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 1
2001
3.73 | 28 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 2
2001
3.27 | 22 ratings
Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. 3
2001
3.25 | 42 ratings
Live In Poland
2001
2.24 | 18 ratings
Best of the Bootlegs
2002
2.91 | 10 ratings
Lucky Man (Live) (Re-released as " Fanfare: The 1997 World Tour")
2002
3.71 | 19 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: Live In Concert - Lakeland Florida, 1986 (An official bootleg)
2003
3.12 | 15 ratings
Emerson Lake and Powell: The Sprocket Sessions (An Official Bootleg)
2003
2.37 | 10 ratings
The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2003
2.79 | 15 ratings
Original Bootleg Series from the Manticore Vaults, Vol. 4
2006
3.36 | 24 ratings
A Time And A Place
2010
2.59 | 36 ratings
Live at High Voltage 2010
2010
3.45 | 38 ratings
Live At Nassau Coliseum '78
2011
4.19 | 50 ratings
Live at the Mar Y Sol Festival '72
2011
3.88 | 8 ratings
Emerson, Lake and Powell - Live In Concert and More...
2012
3.00 | 13 ratings
Live in Montreal 1977
2013
2.25 | 4 ratings
Once Upon A Time In South America
2015
4.00 | 6 ratings
Live at Montreux 1997
2015

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

2.77 | 18 ratings
Welcome Back
1992
3.76 | 37 ratings
Live At The Royal Albert Hall (DVD)
2001
3.54 | 82 ratings
Pictures At An Exhibition - 35th Anniversary Collectors Edition
2002
3.19 | 17 ratings
Inside Emerson, Lake & Palmer 1970-1995
2003
4.56 | 31 ratings
Works Orchestral Tour/Manticore Special
2003
3.60 | 52 ratings
Live At Montreux 1997 (DVD)
2004
4.09 | 30 ratings
Masters From The Vaults
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
Live In Concert (DVD)
2004
3.83 | 72 ratings
Beyond The Beginning
2005
2.62 | 31 ratings
The Birth Of A Band - Isle Of Wight Festival 1970
2006
4.40 | 10 ratings
Rare Broadcasts
2007
3.90 | 47 ratings
40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)
2011

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.38 | 61 ratings
The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1980
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of ELP
1984
4.22 | 45 ratings
The Atlantic Years
1992
3.59 | 65 ratings
The Return Of The Manticore
1993
1.73 | 9 ratings
Classic Rock Featuring "Lucky Man"
1994
3.89 | 37 ratings
The Best Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
1994
1.42 | 13 ratings
Extended Versions: The Encore Collection
2000
2.53 | 13 ratings
The very Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2001
3.44 | 13 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man [The Anthology]
2001
0.00 | 0 ratings
History Of Rock
2001
1.38 | 23 ratings
Re-Works
2003
3.71 | 12 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
2004
3.50 | 12 ratings
An Introduction To... Emerson Lake & Palmer
2004
4.50 | 20 ratings
From The Beginning (5CD+DVD)
2007
3.55 | 13 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2007
3.29 | 9 ratings
Come And See The Show: The Best Of Emerson Lake & Palmer
2008
2.11 | 8 ratings
High Voltage
2010
2.69 | 7 ratings
The Essential Emerson, Lake & Palmer
2011
1.20 | 5 ratings
From the Beginning - The Best of ELP
2011
4.60 | 5 ratings
The Anthology
2016

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 18 ratings
Lucky Man / Knife Edge
1971
3.38 | 17 ratings
From the Beginning
1972
4.30 | 30 ratings
Jerusalem
1973
2.68 | 13 ratings
Brain Salad Surgery/ Excerpt From Brain Salad Surgery
1973
3.07 | 10 ratings
C'est La Vie / Hallowed Be Thy Name
1977
2.43 | 9 ratings
Tiger in a Spotlight / So Far to Fall
1977
4.09 | 15 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
1977
1.77 | 12 ratings
Canario
1978
3.80 | 10 ratings
Peter Gunn
1980
3.43 | 13 ratings
Touch and Go
1986
1.90 | 10 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.45 | 10 ratings
Black Moon
1992
4.25 | 4 ratings
Farewell to Arms (promo)
1992
1.64 | 6 ratings
Affairs of the Heart
1992
2.75 | 4 ratings
Affairs Of The Heart (limited edition collectors doublepack)
1992
4.00 | 4 ratings
Gone too Soon (promo)
1994
2.46 | 23 ratings
I Believe In Father Christmas
1995
4.00 | 8 ratings
Fanfare For The Common Man
2002

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 Tarkus by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.06 | 1606 ratings

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Tarkus
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by aglasshouse

2 stars The snag.

"Jumping the shark" is a common phrase that references when a television show, in danger of losing it's audience to the ever-decreasing quality of the program, does something ridiculous to rekindle interest. Named after a moment in an episode of Happy Days in 1977 where Fonzie, clad impractically in his signature leather jacket, takes a water- ski jump over a lake-area in which swims a shark. In the long-run the show didn't have much to worry about because it took seven more years to kill the damn thing, nonetheless the term stuck around and was subsequently applied to pieces of entertainment which acted similarly.

However even before Happy Days and the Fonz, new shining stars of the progressive rock scene Emerson, Lake & Palmer decided to jump the proverbial shark with Tarkus in 1971. For many progressive rock bands, jumping the shark was a common thing to do...in the eighties. Exhausting their creative muscle in the 70s, many bands got burnt out and fell back upon the 80s pop-rock music scene instead, and as many saw it went inadvertently into retirement from the business. However this wasn't the 80's -- as mentioned before Tarkus was in 1971, a period where albums like Meddle by Pink Floyd and Nursery Cryme by Genesis continued to emerge with gusto. Appearing less than seven months after their debut and following a European tour, Tarkus came to a young and craving fan-base happy with almost anything the band produced at the time. For all intents and purposes the album could not have been timed better, but timing is a factor that rarely has bearing on quality. In quality-terms however, Tarkus is vastly inferior to it's predecessor.

One glaring and inadmissible trait the album has is it's VERY obvious pompous nature. ELP went from a mild release with a bit of grandstanding to a overblown and ultimately ridiculous concept album in one fell swoop. Tarkus, and by that I mean the 20 minute title-track suite, follows the adventure of a sentient armadillo tank as he battles his way through a universe filled with ludicrous characters, spotlit ones including a manticore and an aquamarine version of Tarkus himself, so cleverly referred to as "Aquatarkus", the latter to which he ultimately loses against. This concept sounding ridiculous on paper is unsurprising, but what really matters is how the band adapts this concept to sound good. And if you were envisioning something tough, explosive, and chivalrous to depict such a surrealist battleground, you'll be disappointed. On the other hand however if you yearned for an overbearing collection of synthesizer, constant and sometimes heavy guitar noodling and lackluster vocals, then consider yourself acquainted with Tarkus. In simple terms, 'Tarkus' is an out-and-out mess. The song, while mostly being a fast-paced journey riddled with inconsistent progressive ramblings with Carl Palmer rattling around much more flamboyantly than necessary, does have it's odd enjoyable moments. For instance in the latter half there is a short-lived space rock section, but it's quickly pushed aside in order for misplaced quirky keyboard. A dichotomy I mentioned in my review for ELP's self-titled was where each band member seemed like they were trying to out-do each-other with their respective medium. If that was prominent on the first album, then it is even more so on Tarkus. Each member practically trips over eachother, almost like their playing different songs at the same time. It creates an unpleasant mishmash of half-baked ideas that becomes a drag after listening to the same inconsistency for 20 whole minutes.

What's this? A second side? It almost seems strange that there even exists a second side, but even after Tarkus seemed to have gone through each checkbox, ELP continued the album anyway. Unsurprisingly, the second side is just as if not more monotonous than the title-track. Not much is different, other than that Emerson uses some sort of Barrelhouse-esque piano on a few of the early songs, which sounds absolutely horrendous because of a tendency of ELP to turn the keyboard up higher than the rest of the instruments until it becomes overpowering. There is one exception to the second side, however. 'A Time and a Place' is a bit of a throwback to the self-titled, along the lines of the 'The Barbarian' or 'Knife-Edge'. Heavy and atmospheric, this track is so powerful that I've listened to it multiple times with continued interest. Greg Lake's vocals are at their best on this track, his blistering screams channeling Burton Cummings of the Guess Who with their raw intensity. It is truly a memorable piece of music, but unfortunately remains solitary on the second side as the only one noteworthy.

Tarkus is not only a big disappointment, but is also an excuse for ELP to continue to become more and more vapid and self-aggrandizing than they already are with it's widespread success. Some hope still remains, however. The next album may be able to rectify the problems created with this one. Right?

 Emerson Lake & Palmer by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1970
4.24 | 1826 ratings

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Emerson Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by aglasshouse

4 stars The Carousel Ballroom, a San Francisco-based music venue that mainly held blues performers such as B.B. King and other African American jazz artists in the 1960s, found itself under the control of a musical conglomerate composed of bands like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, among others in 1968. These bands intended the venue to be a socio-musical experiment to attract audiences in the San Fran/Haight-Ashbury area. Needless to say, the idea wasn't too successful. Former promoter, Bill Graham, took the reigns in '68, hoping to achieve some success similarly with the hall. However the seating capacity of the hall was lackluster at best, and was not nearly grandiose enough to attract the atrophying community surrounding it. In New York City, Graham owned a similar auditorium by the name of Fillmore East which he had acquired not four months earlier. Deciding to seek a better location, the newly-born Fillmore West was born less than a mile away from the original Carousel Ballroom's location.

Fillmore West would go on to host a variety of performances, such as Californian regulars the Grateful Dead, as well as Santana, Quicksilver Messenger Service, etc. It should be noted that this performance hall came at a very special time, one known to birth many prolific rock bands all across Europe and North America -- the late '60's. Taking place well into what was colloquially referred to as the Psychedelic Era, rock bands of the time were keen on trekking the globe on large extensive tours, where droves of audiences happened to follow them wherever they went. One of the younger of these acts was King Crimson, who, in December of 1969, co-headlined concerts at Fillmore West with London-based jazz rockers The Nice, a band apart of a similar progressive mindset as Crimson. It was there that keyboardist Keith Emerson from The Nice and bassist Greg Lake from King Crimson met and struck up a quick and steadfast friendship. As their series of performances came to a close, Emerson and Lake were already discussing the prospect of forming a new group. The one musician the band the two needed was a drummer, and after a series of unsuccessful tryouts and careful consideration, the band decided on Carl Palmer, known for his work in both The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster. The trio was now set in stone, and a debut album was set in motion. Lake, similarly to how he had in King Crimson, acted as producer, began collecting songs performed previously in the band's gigs, and began executing them in the studio format. Thus, in November 1970, the band's self-titled studio work was born.

Emerson Lake & Palmer, and by that I do mean the album, is perhaps the purest form of skill, intelligence, and understanding of zeitgeist the band ever cared to show. With a 6-track runtime (par for the course for any semi- self-conscious progressive rock band in 1970), the album doesn't exude any overbearing smugness that the band would come to be criticized for. From beginning to end the album is very poignant musically, aside from hitting a few snags and some inopportune times. Starting with the crunching proto-metallic surge of 'The Barbarian', a rock arrangement of ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók's 'Allegro barbaro', ELP manages to pack a big punch in a short amount of time. Unlike many latter releases, ELP's debut does not contain huge quasi-orchestral suites, instead opting for simply semi-lengthy tracks. The majority of the tracks tend to be a mix of clear songwriting and extensive jams. This is clear from the second track, the epic 'Take a Pebble'. Also clear is a certain dichotomy that only got more pronounced as the band aged; because the band is comprised of only 3 admittedly skilled musicians, each member makes what is almost a silent effort to outdo each-other in terms of unabashed bravado. This especially rings true for Keith Emerson, who not only has a luxuriously no-holds-barred piano solo what seems like every 3 minutes, but also permeates the rest of the album with a multitude of synthesized soundscapes that, with multiple listens, can get extremely grating. This relationship between the band members also can create unenjoyable pandemonium, which it seems the band is blissfully unaware is in fact unenjoyable, especially on songs like 'The Three Fates' (said pandemonium occurring funnily enough directly after one of Emerson's solos). This is all prone to subjectivity though, as the band still manages to hit some rather great points. The heavy riffs that the band occasionally pumps out like on the aforementioned 'The Barbarian' and 'Knife-Edge' are much in the vein of Greg Lake's parent band Atomic Rooster, and are thus very well received. 'Tank' may pleasure me with a bias -- as a drummer and a certain fan of Greg Lakes work I'm easily enraptured by a drum solo from the man coincided with some bouncy synth. 'Lucky Man' seems to hold a certain amount of bad blood with prog-fans, however I personally found myself rather warm towards the track's cheesy qualities, not to mention I'm a sucker for some good vocal harmonies.

Upon release, this album was hailed as a mighty fine one, and it's not hard to see why. Right out of the gate Emerson, Lake & Palmer is passionate and alight with unbridled genius. ELP now had a tight grasp on the attention of the outside world, and nearly everything was set up in anticipation for the band's next big hit.

 Tarkus by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.06 | 1606 ratings

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Tarkus
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Luqueasaur

5 stars AQUATARKUS BEST TARKUS

TARKUS (song) features the amazing tale about an armadillo-tank war machine born of an egg from an eruption that goes on a... killing spree. Apparently. After destroying a "building-monster", Tarkus proceeds to face Iconoclast - a war-pterodactyl- airplane, only to be destroyed by Tarkus' turrets. His next foe, Mass, a lizard-armoured-rocket-launcher has the same destiny of Tarkus' earlier foe. Next, Tarkus is faced by Manticore, who manages to overwhelm the hybrid monster and kill it, its staggering body falls into a river. However... his cannons are still functional, so is Tarkus truly dead... or is he to be reborn as a transcending form of his self, the aquatic Aquatarkus?

Few progressive gems have brought such original characters and literally epic (and weird!) tales. Tarkus' adventure is delightfully nonsensical even if introduced in movies, let alone as a concept for a music. It's not that weird if you consider TARKUS' creation process, though - just a bunch of unrelated work produced by the trio during six days until LAKE wrote the lyrics & EMERSON thought "we should call this Tarkus" & WILLIAM NAIL arrived with this mechanical freak as an album cover.

In fact, the song has little if anything at all to do with Tarkus. LAKE explains: "The album cover art lent a sort of visual concept to an album which didn't really have a bonding concept at all. Before the album sleeve was conceived the whole thing was just a string of various musical and lyrical concepts weaved together into one continuous arrangement". Once you put this in perspective, the apparently unrelated art is actually an efficient adhesive to the "various musical concepts" into a single, homogenous idea.

The three lads agree - TARKUS is their greatest work, or to cite GREG LAKE, "It is one of the best examples of the musical genius of Keith Emerson as a composer and of the band ELP working and performing together at the very top of their game".

That is true. KEITH EMERSON's geniality with the Moog is what brings Tarkus so many different feelings and sounds and actually manages to illustrate the situation of the album sleeve if you imagine the instrumental parts to be Tarkus and his enemies. It's one song with unique features on each piece, both calm and rapid passages, with swift and aggressive parts followed by slow, melodramatic weeping for Tarkus' death (the Battlefield section. Personally, I consider Aquatarkus the best piece. The effects EMERSON used made his Moog quack, quack, and quack into one of the most creative arrangements for the instrument I've ever seen.

And LAKE hasn't gotten any love in this review yet. Well, his voice sounds just about right for this album. It's not too acute, not too deep, not to feminine nor not too masculine. It's kinda like "generic but with identity" to me.

I hardly think there's any fan of progressive rock to underrate or dislike this song, so it's quite guaranteed roughly everyone will love this. Moog or fans of synthesisers in general will orgasm to this, as the highlight is undoubtfully EMERSON's instrument.

Now, there's the bad part: the second side.

The biggest problem with the musical arrangement is that after the brilliance & consequent hype TARKUS brings, you're left with generally unfit songs to accompany the title-track. This is the reason why there's so much backlash. You see, TARKUS is a highly progressive, synthesised song, antagonistic to folk music - which is exactly the second part. However, I can't cree just how melodramatic the folks at ProgArchives are. It's nowhere nearly as "unlistenable" or "downright horrifying" as they're claiming - yes, it is bad, but not THAT UNBELIEVABLY & HOMOGENOUSLY BAD - assuming the second side has six tracks of which three are horrible (and deservedly criticised), two are fine and one is indeed good.

Jeremy Bender, the first track, is a complete buzzkill. It's literally a boogie-woogie song. For those who don't know this genre, it's basically what you'd think of 20's piano songs, the type that'd be played on old cartoons & seem like a slow version of western saloon music.

Bitches Crystal is another boogie-woogie song, but this time on the fast, ecstatic fast form we know it by (western saloon music) on a progressive structure, with occasional Moog sweeps. Better than JEREMY BENDER, but still disappointing.

The Only Way & Infinite Space are much more pleasant songs, the first being an organ that develops into an energetic classical piano & vocal slow emotional duo; the second featuring a structurally complex piece with a good solo accompanied by potent bass line.

A Time and Space is the highlight of the second side. It is composed in the same vein of TARKUS, being perhaps the only track adequate to the first side.

Are you Ready, Eddy? is a blasphemy. EMERSON is an amazing keyboardist, but this song is horribly boogie- woogie/rockabilly to me. It's a joke. Like, literally. But it's also a joke as a song.

In general, TARKUS itself is in my top-five of "best progressive songs" and I can't imagine anyone who says "I'm a prog fan" without listening to this wanting to be taken seriously. The title-track alone is enough to make the whole album worth it (hell, it's 38 minutes long, and Tarkus is more than half of that), even though the second side features some tracks that aren't despicable (A TIME AND SPACE especially). So in the end, Tarkus is prog's most famous double-edged sword. With one edge, you can cut through diamond. With the another, it truly depends on your taste. Maybe you'll cut wood, maybe you'll cut paper, maybe the edge will be too dull to you. What better way to find out than to test it?

TARKUS - title track - 10/10 Second side - 6/10 (without A Time and Space 5/10, without the Hymn pt. 1 & 2, 3/10)

9/10 (because I don't care about your stupid arithmetic mean!)

 Works Vol. 1 by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.87 | 666 ratings

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Works Vol. 1
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

2 stars I found a used copy of this at a St. Vincent de Paul in 2017 after getting rid of my original copy in 1996 that I bought in 1994. I can see why I got rid of this. It's a messy album, to say the least. The egos of the three men must have gotten so out of hand that it took almost four years to record a followup to Brain Salad Surgery, and when it did, it was a double album. Sadly only one side was dedicated to the whole band, the rest was solo material, each side assigned to specific member. Keith Emerson's side is consumed by his "Piano Concerto", which really left me cold, even though it's thought of as one of the saving features of the album. Greg Lake's side is largely sappy acoustic ballads, the type he revisited on "Black Moon" ("Farewell to Arms" and "Footprints in the Snow" could easily fit on Lake's side of Works Vol. 1 were it not for the early '90s digital production). The worst offender is by far "Closer to Believing" and it's just as painful for me to listen now in 2017 as I did in 1994. "Lend Your Love to Me Tonight" actually isn't too bad, though. Carl Palmer's side, well, I can't remember a thing about it, and there's a rather useless remake of "Tank", talk about running out of ideas! The group side is clearly the best thing on this album with "Fanfare for the Common Man" and "Pirates". I know many will gripe about the lack of organ, mainly because Emerson fell in love with that monster three keyboard Yamaha GX-1 (which Stevie Wonder used on his then-latest album Songs in the Key of Life, as well as Led Zeppelin in 1979 with In Through the Out Door, as well as Rick van der Linden, and Jurgen Fritz on New Triumvirat's Pompeii). It may be overblown, but no more overblown than their earlier stuff. I really think this album could have greatly improved if Emerson still continued using his old Moog and Hammond organ and not treat the GX-1 like a total replacement. It would have also improved greatly if the band kept their egos in check and made a full album of group material. While I have never been a fan of punk rock, an album like this makes you understand why it happened. One listen to "Closer to Believing" and you wanna reach out for that Sex Pistols album. Works Vol. 1 has its moments, but it's definitely not essential.
 The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer  by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1980
2.38 | 61 ratings

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The Best of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Well, some compilations are great, some others are just ok or even poor.

When it comes to talk about a legendary band whose tunes have stayed in our memories for years, it is difficult to make a good selection of tracks that can be named "best of", though the question is best of what? We could find different answers according to the field, I mean, some compilation albums feature the best tunes commercially speaking, some others choose representative songs that can work as introduction for a newbie, some others really feature the best compositions (though this might also be a subjective thing).

Judging by the short running time (38 minutes), this could never be a Best of ELP tunes, but it features cool representative tracks such as "Lucky Man", "Still... You Turn Me On", or "Hoedown" that could be appreciated by any rock fan (not strictly prog). It features a short version of "Karn Evil" and some other songs that are cool but would never make me fall in love with the band. The only massive exception is the amazing "Trilogy", that song alone can quench my musical thirst and feed my prog senses, that song is amazing, though I am not sure if that would be ideal for a newbie, since I believe this album was made for newcomers and for new label incomes, I don't know.

This is just a regular compilation album, there are some others that are much, much better. However, if you happen to have it, enjoy it!

 40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010) by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover DVD/Video, 2011
3.90 | 47 ratings

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40th Anniversary Reunion Concert (High Voltage Festival 2010)
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by berkaal

3 stars First thing: I love ELP. But this concert is soooo sad. I never saw time take its toll on musicians like with ELP. Emerson is clearly in trouble with his right hand, and keyboard parts are obviously....let's say not precise. Carl Palmer is overweight, he struggles to play but makes so many mistakes....too many....Greg Lake is over-over weight, not at ease on the stage and he doesn't remember some of his bass parts, anyway his singing is quite good, better than what I heard in other concerts. To see them like this has been a pain....Well, three stars for their music, that will live on forever.
 Pictures At An Exhibition by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1971
3.86 | 862 ratings

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Pictures At An Exhibition
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by VianaProghead

4 stars Review Nş 97

"Pictures At An Exhibition" is the debut live album of Emerson, Lake & Palmer and was released in 1972. It was a huge contribution to the popularity of the band. The album was recorded at Newcastle City Hall in North East, England. It was the band's third official release, despite it has been made after their eponymous debut album. Due to management conflicts, the album wasn't released until after "Tarkus", their second album. Their record label didn't want to release this album as a rock album, because they thought that it must be released on their classical music label, instead on their rock label. Thinking that it would lead to poor sales, the group decided not to release it in that moment, waiting for a better chance. However, after the success of "Tarkus", the record label agreed to release it, but as a live album.

"Pictures At An Exhibition" is one of the seminal documents of the golden progressive rock era of the 70's, an album that made its way into the musical collections of high-school kids, like me, who never heard anything about the classical composer Modest Mussorgsky, and also knew nothing about the Russian nationalist artist Victor Hartman, whose work was the real inspiration for this Mussorgsky classical composition.

"Pictures At An Exhibition" was a suite written for piano by Modest Mussorgsky in 1874. When Mussorgsky was going to an exhibition of paintings at a gallery of art in St. Petersburg of Viktor Hartmann an architect and painter and a great friend of him who had recently died in 1873, he had an idea after visiting it, and soon he decided to pay a tribute and homage to his great friend. So, he chosen ten pictures of his friend, among all exposed, and then he decided to compose a song for each one, uniting by a common theme "Promenade", the various parts of the musical piece.

This band's version of Mussorgsky's beautiful work remains as one of the best examples of a rock version of a classical piece. This wasn't their first treatment of a classical piece. Emerson, had made several previous versions of some other classical pieces with The Nice. But it was the first time he reached a mass audience or get heavy radio play, at least some excerpts. It introduced the notion of "classical rock" to millions of listeners, making the classical music seen from another point of view, becoming to be considered less pretentious and more popular into the public.

With this version of "Pictures At An Exhibition", the band stayed true to the original themes, but played them with the energy, rawness and loudness of rock. However, they also added some self written pieces, like "The Sage" and the energetic jam "Blues Variation". The piece was one of the band's favourites on stage. So, the album was naturally also recorded live. This is the live album that best demonstrates what a tight and powerful unit, Emerson, Lake & Plamer, was on stage. It was also their most moog dominated album, to that point, and Emerson experiments with any sound possible on the instrument. But his organ playing was still the main focus in the music, and especially on the side two, delivering the whole band some of their most raw and energetic playing ever. The album also featured a rather cheesy version of "Nutrocker" which was released as a single. "Pictures At An Exhibition" is a wonderful and captivating album that proves the progressive rock still has many interesting boundaries of the 70's that can be explored today.

For many, the Emerson, Lake & Palmer's performance of "Pictures At An Exhibition", in this period of time, will no doubt show the band at the peak of their powers. It's not hard to see why. This progressive rock super group at this stage in their career were about to prove to the world that they were the real musical deal. Playing, they certainly could, as their skills were perfectly on display throughout this set, as each part of Mussorgsky's composition contained lengthy solos, especially from Emerson, whose array of Hammond organ, moog synthesizer, piano and clavinet never fails to deeply impress a real listener watchful. We really can say that the man is truly a great gifted artist.

Conclusion: "Pictures At An Exhibition" is a very uncommon and special live album. It's a new album where all the songs are original and which was never initially released as a studio album. "Pictures At An Exhibition" is a great album and is also a very special album because it brought many people to the pleasure of the classical music world. So, personally I have no problem with it and I applaud the pioneering and the audacity of this musical adaptation. We may say that "Pictures At An Exhibition" is probably their most accessible musical work and it's probably also the less prestigious album, of which are in general considered their six most important and indispensable musical works. Those works are their first six albums, four studio albums and two live albums. So, "Pictures At An Exhibition" is a difficult album to digest if you aren't used to with the sound of the group or with the classical music. However, believe me. This live album, even after all these years, still remains as a magnum opus of the classic progressive rock era.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Tarkus by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.06 | 1606 ratings

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Tarkus
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by ster

5 stars A seminal album in the prog universe, no question about it. My rating is largely based on the strength of the title suite. The title track alone makes this an essential record despite the inconsistency of the second side (tracks 2-7 for the younger crowd), although I love most of those tunes.

The Tarkus suite was one of the major prototypes of progressive rock as we know it. A convoluted concept, experimental passages and insane musicianship. Essential ingredients to a great prog record. Second (in my humble opinion) to King Crimson's In The Court Of The Crimson King in creating a template for subsequent prog bands. Lots of instrumental passages augmented by a couple of Greg Lake penned pieces that adds much texture and dynamics. After the title suite we get a bit of a mish-mosh of tunes. Mind you, this was only ELP's second album and there was already much infighting at this time. Each member was young, full of ideas and extremely self- righteous. So much so that Greg Lake was ready to split due to his lack of acceptance to the direction Keith Emerson was headed.

Jeremy Bender, one of the most reviled songs from this great trio is meant to be a bit of comic relief from the maybe too serious music that these guys were producing. A fun song that also shows off their diversity.

Bitches Crystal follows the same formula more or less from the title track. Excellent tune. The piano playing is off the charts.

The Only Way & Infinite Space always tends to lose me somewhat. I lump these together because they run into each other and aren't very interesting. Not terrible but lacks focus and just flat out isn't that great.

A Time And A Place is an excellent short tune packed with detail, excellent playing and is one of my favorites by them.

Are You Ready Eddy? Ok this should have been left off in hindsight but whats wrong with a little fun?

 Pictures At An Exhibition by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Live, 1971
3.86 | 862 ratings

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Pictures At An Exhibition
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars I started buying vinyl way back in 1991, during the beginning of the dark days of vinyl. Back in those days it was frequently easy to find almost the entire back catalogs of such groups as King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Yes, Led Zeppelin ELP, and many more and on the cheap (but this was before I was aware of obscure prog bands). Then I bought a copy of Picture at an Exhibition, already owning a copy of Tarkus (on vinyl), Trilogy (also on vinyl) and Brain Salad Surgery (on cassette). This copy of Picture at an Exhibition was the American copy on Cotillion. At that time I pretty much dismissed it as a lame interpretation of Mussorgsky's work with plenty of creative liberties from the band.

I revisited this album years later, this time an upgraded vinyl copy, an original UK Island copy (strange that this one bore a black label with the pink "i", turns out it was Island's brief budget subsidiary, as the album would have been released on the palm tree label if it were a standard release). I find it a rather hilarious take on Mussorgsky. Obviously they took many creative routes that would obviously make classical purists cringe. I understand only four of the ten songs are used here, the rest the band doing their own thing. The "Promenade" theme revisits itself several times, which makes since, there's an acoustic passage with Greg Lake singing, but what really cracks me up is some of the synth passages. What didn't dawn on my 19 year old self back late in 1991 was Emerson's Moog was going haywire (right where "Blues Variations" starts), all this shrieking noise, it's nice to see he finally got the thing to properly behave. I didn't realize how much intense moments on this album, probably because my younger self didn't care for the slow parts of the album. Regardless, it's almost entirely agreed the album's big mistake is the cover of Kim Fowley's "Nut Rocker", which was originally recorded by B. Bumble & the Stingers back in 1962 (probably the first pop/rock adaptation of classical, but that still hardly constituted as prog, unlike what the Nice, Trace, ELP, or dare I say, Ekseption). The ELP version is pretty lame, but even if they did a more straight take on Tchaikovsky, it'll still end up cheesy.

So this album actually grew on me big time after years of not listening to it. It's pretty ridiculous, if you ask me. It's not perfect, "Nut Rocker" could have been easily jettisoned.

 Tarkus by EMERSON LAKE & PALMER album cover Studio Album, 1971
4.06 | 1606 ratings

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Tarkus
Emerson Lake & Palmer Symphonic Prog

Review by Ijon Tichy

5 stars A masterpiece from the first to the last note, recorded in two weeks (1 per side), the time you need today for adjusting the drum set, by three grandmasters of prog. Many agree to the ultimate rating of the title track, as many dislike the B-side. For me it's a perfect counterpart to the serious construct of 'Tarkus', with a lighter, sometimes humorous touch. Emerson, Lake & Palmer plays Honky Tonk, simple songs, fifties Rock'n' Roll. So what? They always did. And they are doing great! I find all songs masterly played, authentic and well composed. In fact, the combination makes 'Tarkus ' such a great album, and ELP such a great band!
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