Emerson, Lake and Palmer / PROGRESSIVE/ ART/ PSYCHEDELIC

Emerson, Lake and Palmer-EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER-1970

Can we say that this group of musicians who played together as ELP ended up being the seed of soulless wankery and virtuoso posturing in progressive rock? If they are then I would like to damn them even more than I think they deserve to be. However, ELP did churn out some good songs over the years, mostly in the 70’s so I thought I should go over them, especially since I got all of their discography free of cost from a friend without having to bother to download it from the net. I might as well say right here and now that the best bet for everyone interested is to grab some best of compilation album and stay happy with that. There are some songs that you might not get on one of those though, but do not worry, just keep hooked to TDSR, the newest and the best in independent rock reviewing. With the eclectic tastes of the hosts, yours truly and El Bajista, you will never fail to learn something new and interesting on TDSR!!! Hailing from……….

Ok, that’s enough for now. So, the self titled debut is the first that I review on here, and having heard the rest I can confidently assert that this is the best album they ever did. You know, analyzing and looking at the album as a whole and how it gels together and all that rubbish. Mainly the success of the album is due to Keith Emerson and his classical piano. He is the guy from another early prog rock band, The Nice, in whom I am interested in but can’t be bothered with right now.

Oh and by the way, I am employed now!! That means that I’ll only be able to write reviews for TDSR till June 2011, because after that I am gonna be stuck in front of a computer for 18 hours a day.

They are too bombastic for me. I mean, ELP. I have been listening again and again to this one, and in some places I like them, and in others it’s just too much of wanky wanky and pushy pushy. They do not score very high in the “evocative” and “listenable” department lemme tell you. There is no emotion. No feeling.  Occasionally however, they succeed in their experiments and somehow give us stuff that is wankery and evocative and listenable all at the same time. Its points like those that are the highlights here. “Lucky Man” is a good example, and that one is also my favourite ELP piece of all time. Lake is a good vocalist for the ethereal, epic sort of sound that Emerson keeps aiming at. The second highlight is the semi-instrumental Keith-Look at me I am classical-Emerson Piano epic, “Take a Pebble”.

This is the best album and has only 2 friggin “highlights”, you ask? Well, that’s just the way ELP is. Pompous fools who couldn’t get off their high horses for more than a song to give the audience some respect and play something that’s friggin listenable. As you might have guessed, things only got worse from here……….

Baba T


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