April 23, 2024

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were noted for Rockin’ classical works (“Hoedown,” “Fanfare For The Common Man” and “Pictures At An Exhibition”) and even the “Peter Gunn Theme” from the late-50’s/early-60’s TV detective series.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were prime exponents of the Art-Rock movement. They were also known for flamboyant performances, extended solos, time signature and key changes along with Keith Emerson’s knifing his equipment (organs, pianos, speakers, amps, etc.) and toppling it all over.

ELP was a semi-supergroup in that the three members came from bands that while known, had failed to break through. So this was their chance. Emerson was 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.

Their best studio albums were “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” (their debut – pictured left), “Trilogy” and “Brain Salad Surgery” featuring “Karn Evil 9” (“welcome back my friends to the show that never ends”). The songs are focused and ELP is in its most Rock oriented 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”(pictured right) are a large part of the group’s legacy.

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.

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