07 Apr

Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Emerson Lake and Palmer

The title seems a bit redundant, but it is the self-title debut album of Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

ELP - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Released in 1970, Emerson, Lake and Palmer was the first album from ELP. It is basically a solo album for all three members as only the first song was a combined effort. Extended solos and songs, complex time signatures and many classical influences make this album a definitive piece of progressive rock. However, many people do not like ELP. They think they are pretentious and overblown and boring. I say those people are welcome to their opinion, but that since much of ELP’s music is actual classical pieces or heavily influenced by classical music, then people who don’t like them probably have no appreciation for classical music either.

I have talked about ELP – Brain Salad Surgery before, which I think is one of their best albums.

I think Keith Emerson is an amazing pianist and composer. Plus the Hammond organ he uses is fantastic. I love that dirty Hammond sound. The best example of this sound is on Knife Edge, one of my favorite Emerson, Lake and Palmer songs.

Track Listing:

Side One:

  1. The Barbarian
  2. TakeĀ  a Pebble
  3. Knife Edge

Side Two:

  1. The Three Fates: (i) Clotho (ii) Lachesis (iii) Atropos
  2. Tank
  3. Lucky Man

Emerson, Lake and Palmer went to #18 on the Billboard charts, while “Lucky Man” went to #48 on the Billboard top 100.

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