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ELPs second LP ‘Tarkus’ (1971) stretched their sound in new directions and dimensions, with more complex electronic keyboard sound. The title track took up the first side of the LP and ultimately defined the ELP sound - loud, bombastic and boundlessly exultant in its instrumental power. ‘Tarkus’ the album was No.1 in the U.K. and No.9 in the U.S. Last minute addition ‘Lucky Man’ became their debut single, a U.K. and U.S. hit Disc One is the 24 bit / High Density 2012 remaster of original 1971 album by highly renowned rock mastering engineer Andy Pearce Disc Two is the Steven Wilson 2012 Stereo Mix of the 2012 remaster, with bonus tracks from the original album sessions: ‘Oh, My Father’, ‘Unknown Ballad’ and an alternative take of ‘Mass’ The 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 1971 album, newly cut for the first time from the 24 Bit / High Density 2012 remaster, with original gatefold LP sleeve and artwork, faithfully reproduced 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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OK that being said, I really only purchased this new set for the 5.1 disc.
Disc #3 sounds pretty good, decent separation between channels, (Could have been a tiny bit better spaced though), good bass and not over the top on the treble. Disc #3 also has all of the 2012 stereo remixes in DVD quality.
Disc #2 is the cd quality of the remixes, interesting stuff and I'll leave it open to personal tastes but I enjoyed them. Certainly won't replace the original version but it's a nice change if your a fanatic like me.
Disc #1 is definitely an improvement over my late '90's Rhino cd.
The packaging is a tri-fold with a slim booklet with nothing terribly new other than some info right off the start about Steve Wilson who was in charge of the remastering process.
So overall a worthwhile purchase and I'm basically happy with it!
I cannot imagine any serious TARKUS fan not wanting this set. This is a dream come true release for me, because it this was always my favorite ELP album. I went straight to disc number two "The alternate mixes" and it was great. There are aspects in here that I had never heard before. It feels like Wilson took the music and performed an autopsy on it. As if he cut into it and the listener is now sitting inside amongst the pieces. Sonically I find that the mid-frequencies really benefit from Wilson 's work. I hear much more in the drumming and bass definition than ever before. There are other things I hear which I never noticed before. I have heard several versions of this disc, including the MSFL version, and this is the winner mastering-wise. We know the multitracks were used here, so this is as good as it has been. Too me, Tarkus is ELP 's heaviest album.
The bonus tracks are interesting, although the Greg Lake song "Oh, my father" has a strange drum beat from Palmer that just does NOT groove. Struck me as an awkward drum track actually. Was great to hear these and they make a nice adition.
I was a little disappointed that the cardboard cover seems a bit flimsy. It is not as sturdy as other "Deluxe Editions" but perhaps being a 3- disc version they cut back on weight. The booklet is a bit disappointing too, as the only thing I found interesting was the Steven Wilson remarks. Who are these people that are working in graphics today? Why float text over photos? It makes it hard to read! *Wilson would do well to issue a DVD where he just talks at length about what he found/discovered or was challenged by in working on material like King Crimson/Tull/ELP. It would make for a fascinating product. The 5.1 disc is well done as usual and once again Steven Wilson has delivered!
After several listens I come away feeling as though Carl Palmer and Emerson are just monsters on this album. Their playing is just incredible. I still remember Lake 's comments while being interviewed on the "Beyond the Beginning" DVD about how TARKUS "didn't make a very good concept."> No one cares about whether it was a good concept or not! The music and the imagery are immense! No disrespect intended to Greg Lake but the more I think about the big picture of ELP, its history, the reunion-era Producer troubles, the High -Voltage festival horror, the stronger I feel that it was Emerson and Palmer who made/make this group soar.
Yes, Lake's voice was great and the lyrics on this particular album were cool, but without Emerson and Palmer it would never be so revered. In my opinion this is Carl Palmers best work. I guess I have been spoiled by the King Crimson releases and give the 4 stars only because there is no video content. There is no doubt that this is a great bargain. I paid $23 for the import version (and a week earlier release date) but for the lower price of the U.S. version this is an astounding deal and non-brainer for a serious fan.
The back half of the album is introduced by "Jeremy Bender"--a lighter piece by ELP standard, more effectively explored on other tracks such as "Benny the Bouncer" and "The Sheriff." "Bitches Crystal" and "A Time and a Place" are intense Hammond B-3 driven rockers, in the "Knife Edge" vein, from the first album. "The Only Way" is a hymn piece juxtaposed against an agnostic/ questioning lyric that transitions into "Infinite Space"(Conclusion). "Are You Ready Eddy?" is basically a studio jam piece that ends the album in a send-off to their engineer Eddy Offord.
Shout has remastered the audio to greater dynamics and crisper response...A brief, but at least, existent set of liner notes are included. No bonus tracks, see Rhino's box set, "Return Of the Manticore" for those. The original cartoon-like album artwork is included (check out the `70's style colors). ELP never had very strong covers until Brain Salad Surgery!
Overall, not as essential as "Emerson, Lake, and Palmer" (first album), "Trilogy", or "Brain Salad Surgery," but the title track is a must and Amazon has it a great price; otherwise you can nab it (and most of the bands' finest moments) in one final swoop with the Rhino box set.