Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2CD)
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Audio, Cassette, Original recording reissued, May 3, 1994
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Hot on the heels of their famous, critically acclaimed performance to 600,000 people at the Isle Of Wight Festival in August 1970, came ELP’s ground-breaking debut album ‘Emerson, Lake & Palmer’ (1970) ‘ELP’ comprised their strongest early originals and two dazzling classical adaptations filled with rippling piano and synthesizer playing by Emerson alongside lightning-fast drumming by Palmer, anchored around Lake's excellent bass work. ‘ELP’ was a huge, instant success, reaching No.4 on the U.K. albums chart / U.S. No.18, and setting the group well on the road to global stardom. Disc One is the 24 bit / High Density 2012 remaster of original 1970 album by highly renowned rock mastering engineer Andy Pearce Disc Two contains the Steven Wilson 2012 Stereo Mix (of the 2012 Remaster) of the original album, including four extra bonus tracks from the original albums sessions and four 4 alternate versions of original album tracks CD booklet features extensive notes of new 2016 interview with band members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, by legendary rock journalist Chris Welch The LP is the original 1970 album, newly cut for the first time from the 24 Bit / High Density 2012 remaster, with faithfully reproduced original LP artwork Digital versions are: Standard, Made for iTunes and Hi Density, all taken from the 2012 remasters www.emersonlakepalmer.com https://www.facebook.com/EmersonLakePalmer?fref=ts
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Song one - Barbarian - very powerful, harsh. It shows off the talents of Emerson and Palmer.
Song two - Take a Pebble - more melodic written by Greg Lake of course. The song is fantastic all the way through. It changes mood as it moves along, and there is a great piano solo in the middle that really shows the brilliance of Emerson to create melodic and very interesting piano pieces.
Song three - Knife Edge. Another powerful song but not as harsh as Barbarian.
This is probably one of the best sides of an album to ever be made. The second side is good, and the last song - Lucky man had a lot of air time. Good song, but as far as the quality of music? It's decent. It's about feel and sound, but not skill.
There are two good ways to listen to this. One is with headsets, and they need to be good and capable of handling enough power. The other way, which I prefer is to get in the middle of a high quality speaker system that can once again handle power. You need to be able to clear your mind. The music is complex and failing to do this means you don't really hear it. Get the eq right on your system, turn it up, and you will feel this through your entire body. The bass comes through well for an early 70s recording (ELP knew sound). You need to make sure you can hear the drumming clearly. If you have that and the bass, then the keyboards will come through well also. ELP music is notorious for blowing out speakers, and especially the tweeters. To hear the music the way it is supposed to be heard you need to be in a quiet room so you don't adjust the sound too high.
I listen to all types of music. If you are a rock and roll fan and that's about all you like, then ELP is going to be too far off for you. I grew up listening to classical, rock and jazz, and to me ELP is the best thing that ever happened to the world of music.
With their self titled debut, ELP redefined rock-n-roll. What we heard on the radio was Greg Lake's mostly acoustic Lucky Man, about President Jack Kennedy. Beyond that, this album was like no other before it. ("Lucky Man" had me fooled!) There had been progressive rock albums before this one, but none except Emerson's band "The Nice" freely adapted pieces from great classical composers. The 12-1/2 minute "Take a Pebble," another mostly acoustice peice by Lake, is darkly reminiscent of King Chrimson. It is followed by "Knife Edge," as chilling piece of music rock as was ever written. It is driven by a speaker shaking bass line, with Lake's voice and Emerson's organ competing for edginess. The synthesizer driven "Tank," including Carl Palmer's lightning fast drum solo (which will bring many amplifiers to their knees), truly imparts the movement of a great, unstoppable machine of distruction. The rest of the album is similarly compelling.
If you are looking for dance music, this isn't it. This is music to be listened to, savored, and listened to again. Pompus, arrogant, biting, driven. Great art requires technical skill and the ability to affect the way we view the world. This album contains both.
My faves are The Barbarian, Take A Pebble and Knife's Edge. The hit single Lucky Man is the grade finale.