As a keyboard player, I love Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Keith Emerson is a phenomenal pianist and composer, and it shows on this album, Brain Salad Surgery. Also check out my post on ELP’s first album, Emerson, Lake and Palmer.
Yes, the title is a little different, but don’t let it scare you. It is a lyric from Dr. Johns song “Right Place, Wrong Time.”
This was ELP’s fourth album, and one of my favorites. I love “Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2.” This song was so long, it had to be split up on both sides of the record. “Toccata” by Ginastera, was originally not going to be used because Ginastera’s agent didn’t like it. But Ginastera himself did like the ELP version. So there it is.
Also used on this album was a new piece of equipment called a drum synthesizer. This allowed Carl Palmer to play his drums and create more synth sounds and effects.
There are three more song that were recorded, but never put on the album. These are “Brain Salad Surgery” “Tiger in the Spotlight” and “When the Apple Blossoms Bloom in the Windmills of Your Mind I’ll Be Your Valentine.” I wonder if the last one was left off because the title wouldn’t fit on a record label.
If the radio ever does play ELP, it’s usually “Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2.” During Christmas you can hear “I Believe in Father Christmas.” So I think I’ll put something else on here as an MP3 for you, here is “Still… You Turn Me On”;
- Still… Your Turn Me On
- Benny The Bouncer
- Karn Evil 9
- 1st Impression Part 1
- Karn Evil 9
- 1st Impression Part 2
- 2nd Impression
- 3rd Impression
If you want Emerson, Lake and Palmer on vinyl, check out Musicstack. Or you can just download Brain Salad Surgery below.
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