Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Noted for Rockin' up classical works ("Hoedown," "Fanfare For The Common Man" and "Pictures At An Exhibition") and the "Peter Gunn Theme" Emerson, Lake & Palmer were prime exponents of the Art-Rock movement. They were also known for flamboyant performances with Keith Emerson knifing his equipment (organs, pianos, speakers, amps, etc.) and toppling it over.
ELP was a semi-supergroup with the three members coming from bands that while known, had failed to break through. So this was their chance. Emerson came from the Nice, guitarist/bassist Greg Lake had been in the King Crimson and heavy duty drummer Carl Palmer did time in the Crazy World of Arthur Brown and Atomic Rooster.
With the "Trilogy" and "Brain Salad Surgery," albums ELP hit the big time. These albums also represent their strongest work. Of course the concept wore out and the group disappeared only to return in the '80s with Cozy Powell on drums. One suspects he was selected so the group could keep the ELP moniker. Eventually, Palmer wandered back for a reunion tour.
1970 Emerson Lake & Palmer
1971 Pictures At An Exhibition
1973 Brain Salad Surgery
1974 Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends...
1977 Works Volume 1
1977 Works Volume 2
1978 Love Beach
1992 Black Moon
1993 The Return Of The Manticore
1994 In The Hot Seat
"Works" is a good way to catch ELP without being buried in Art-Rock excess. Their best studio albums were "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" (their debut) "Trilogy" and "Brain Salad Surgery" featuring "Karn Evil" ("welcome back my friends to the show that never ends"). The songs are focused and ELP is in its most Rockin' mode. ELP's ballads like "Lucky Man" from their debut, "From The Beginning" on "Trilogy" and "Still... You Turn Me On" from "Brain Salad Surgery" are a large part of the group's legacy. "The Best of ELP" is a good option. "The Return of the Manticore" is a four-disc box set.