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Trilogy [Original recording remastered]

Emerson, Lake & PalmerAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Considered by many to be one of rock's original first super-groups, Emerson Lake & Palmer formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals. Their penchant for appropriating themes ... Read more in Amazon's Emerson, Lake & Palmer Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B000OPO6VU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Endless Enigma
2. Fugue
3. The Endless Enigma
4. From The Beginning
5. The Sheriff
6. Hoedown
7. Trilogy
8. Living Sin
9. Abaddon's Bolero

Editorial Reviews

ELP delved deeper into studio wizardry on this, their #5 release from 1972. Includes From the Beginning; Hoedown , and more.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP's Most Accessible Album Remastered Right! June 27, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Emerson,Lake & Palmer really hit it's stride with "Trilogy".From ambitious epics("The Endlees Enigma" and the title track) to playful Americana-spiced numbers("The Sheriff" and "Hoedown"),from sensitive and mellow("From The Beginning",their sole Top 40 hit)to dark and brutal("Living Sin"),this record neatly encapsulates the full range of everthing ELP had done up to this point into a cohesive,impressive whole.Like the other Shout! Factory ELP reissues Emerson, Lake & Palmer,Tarkus and Pictures at an Exhibition,the remastered sound quality(which,like the other three,was done by Andy Pearce at Masterpiece London)is both stunning-sharp,warm and crystal clear-and a big improvement over the dull-sounding,outdated Atlantic,Victory and Rhino versions of the 80's and 90's.And despite a lack of bonus tracks,no fan of ELP or prog-rock should hesitate to upgrade with this reasonabley-priced remastered jewel.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great ELP CD June 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
TRILOGY is another great ELP CD. Shout! has proven that it can do ELP the same justice that it did the Marshall Tucker Band, with this CD being just another example of how a great remastering job can overcome the limitations of the original source. Even the Rhino remaster didn't do right by this album, but Shout! finally did.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arguably ELP's best studio album..... January 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is one of Emerson, Lake, and Palmer's best studio albums. It has a much more polished feel than Tarkus did, and the songwriting (save for one song) is exemplary. The opening song, The Endless Enigma, is one of their signature songs, another epic (running 10 1/2 minutes if you include the fugue), and one that doesn't get put into the category of epic ELP tracks (but it should). It also has some of Lake's best lyrics, brooding and mysterious. From the Beginning is one of Lake's loveliest ballads, and Emerson and Palmer's accompaniment is really subtle and compliments the song beautifully. The Sheriff is really intricate and entertaining, and I love Hoedown. The title track is majestic, with some of Emerson's best piano playing ever. The final track, Abaddon's Bolero, starts out slowly, but builds to a magnificent climax. The only dud here is Living Sin, mainly due to the smarmy, sleazy lyrics. The music isn't bad, but the lyrics (and Lake's vocal) really detract from it. But aside from that one song, the album is pretty damn perfect, and it's one of ELP's best studio albums.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of their finest May 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
ELP fans will happily debate forever the point at which the band reached its creative peak but there is a firm consensus that their early years were their finest. Whether the absolute best was Tarkus, Trilogy or Brain Salad Surgery is secondary to the simple fact that Trilogy is one of the finest pieces of work that this band did.
The secret of their music is that they put together a set of talents the like of which had rarely been seen before let alone moulded into a single unit. The opening salvo, (The Endless Enigma Part One, Fugue and The Endless Enigma Part Two) illustrates this perfectly.
To deal with Carl Palmer first, in the early seventies he was finding ways of breaking up rhythms that had never been heard before. Nothing on Trilogy is quite as radical as his drumming on Tarkus but nonetheless, he was doing things here with sticks and skins that nobody else had tired.
In terms of rock music, Keith Emerson is an outstanding talent but that does not give full account of his real contribution. On the classical concert circuit, keyboard performance talent such as his is not unique but never before had this been combined with the kind of driven creative rock intensity of his contemporary guitar greats.
Greg Lake is often overlooked in comparison with the other two members of the band but that does not do him justice. As well as his distinctive voice, his bass guitar work is the perfect match for Emerson's keyboard playing. If you listen to the opening suite and try to imagine it with an ordinary, unimaginative bass line, you will appreciate that he adds his own dimension to the music.
Trilogy is a nice balance of the range of ELP's style. After "The Endless Enigma" comes "From the Beginning" a typical Greg Lake ballad.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ELP DISC! December 30, 2001
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
Trilogy finds ELP at a more harnessed, yet still experimental and progressive format, as this offering is not as harsh and abrasive sounding as Pictures at an Exhibition. It seems more clean, crisp and refined, yet still encompassing the complex and manic keyboard flourishes of Keith Emerson. It also has the more elegant Greg Lake pieces (In The Beginning), and Carl Palmer's fabulous drumming. You get quirky numbers like The Sheriff, which features a crazed, yet humorous piano solo what I would describe as "wild west ragtime" at the end. Man, Keith Emerson can play the hell out of his instrument. Hoedown, if you remember the "Beef, it's what's for dinner" commercial, then you'll know this is a unique remake of a classical piece. This one is a more rocked up version. Trilogy is one of the prog-rock epics on the disc. It almost has a latin-like feel to it in the way Greg Lake delivers his vocals against Keith's synths and the percussion used in the last few minutes. Living Sin is a great tune. My only complaint is the annoying dark-pitched vocals. Abaddon's Bolero is a synth experiment and is all instrumental clocking in at 8 minutes. And it all starts out with The Endless Enigma, a 10 minute prog fest spread across the first three tracks. This is my favorite from the disc. This truly has some creepy parts in it. Not the least of it is brought on by Keith Emerson's synths. It truly has a creepy last second synth echo that you just can't get out of your head, at least for me.
Overall, a fine offering from ELP. This was my second purchase and I look forward to owning more ELP discs, as they have become a new favorite of mine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as I remembered it!
Published 4 days ago by Timothy P. Arnold
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother!
The only good cut is "From the Beginning"!
Published 5 days ago by Jonathan Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars ELP shines brightly
This album has a real ambience to it, heroic, and invitingly unexpected music. One of progressive music's best. Besides The Sheriff, not a clinker on the album. Read more
Published 28 days ago by mitchell a.
Published 1 month ago by frank maggio
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great music!
Published 1 month ago by NEB
5.0 out of 5 stars Prog masters
Great record... ELP still rules!
Published 1 month ago by Veritamessico
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TRILOGY is another music pearl from EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER.....While i really really enjoy TARKUS, this one may be ELP's MASTERPIECE!!!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fluminense
5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental Artistry Par Excellence (With Token Vocals)
I'm looking past the packaging and I'm rating the music proper.

When this album came out it was truly an ‘other-worldly’ production. Read more
Published 3 months ago by wbiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love ELP
Published 3 months ago by Jimmy Kabowski
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like ELP, buy them
The remastered CDs are light years ahead of the prior releases. If you like ELP, buy them.
Published 3 months ago by OH.audiophile
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