Emerson Lake and Palmer Emerson: Trilogy

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There was a conversation about punk on the Review Corner Facebook page this week and we were praising the DIY ethos of that movement, where people who were frankly not very good could still make music.
ELP and Yes were the very bands punk set out to destroy, with their self-indulgent three-day long keyboard solos on a theme from Paganini and artwork inspired by drugs and the neighbour’s tropical fishtank.
Trilogy sees ELP comparatively restrained and even as we defended punk we found ourselves enjoying excellent songs like the acoustic From The Beginning and slightly humorous The Sheriff particularly on CD2, the stereo mixes.
Even Endless Enigma, a proper 70s prog tune, is not bad, and ditto Hoedown. And we always liked closer Abaddon’s Bolero.
If you hate ELP for their general show-offiness, their love of classical music and for Keith Emerson’s over-bearing synth (the element that most dates the album) you’ll still hate this, but if you’re curious it’s mostly good, and very good in parts. Annoying tendencies aside, Carl Palmer is one of the best drummers ever and Greg Lake is one of rock’s best singers – you all know his voice, his I Believe in Father Christmas is on very Christmas compilation ever released.
Continuing the prog excess this is available in original CD, stereo mix and DVD with 5.1 Surroundsound.

About jerobear

Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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