Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Self Titled


Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Genre: Progressive Rock
Title: Self Titled
Released: my copy =1977 reissue (Original release = 1971)
Label: Atlantic
Musicians:Keith Emerson-Keyboards, Greg Lake-Vocals, Bass, Carl Palmer-Drums & Percussion
Producer:Greg Lake
Engineer: Eddie Offord

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were an English progressive rock supergroup formed in London in 1970. The band consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson, singer, bassist, and producer Greg Lake, and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer. They were one of the most popular and commercially successful progressive rock bands in the 1970s with a musical sound including adaptations of classical music with jazz and symphonic rock elements, dominated by Emerson’s flamboyant use of the Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, and piano (although Lake wrote several acoustic songs for the group).
The band reformed partially in the 1980s with Emerson, Lake & Powell featuring Cozy Powell in place of Palmer, and 3, with Robert Berry in place of Lake. In 1991, the original trio reformed and released two more albums, Black Moon (1992) and In the Hot Seat (1994), and toured at various times between 1992 and 1998. Their final performance took place in 2010 at the High Voltage Festival in London to commemorate the band’s fortieth anniversary, before Emerson’s death in 2016 marked the end of the group.

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake met in December 1969 when Emerson’s then band the Nice and Lake’s band King Crimson, co-headlined a series of concerts at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California. Two well-known bands to this day. Emerson was looking to form a new band, and Lake wished to leave King Crimson.
The three performed their first gig as Emerson, Lake & Palmer at the Guildhall in Plymouth on 23 August 1970.
Official site: http://emersonlakepalmer.com/

From July to September 1970, the band recorded their debut album, Emerson Lake & Palmer, at Advision Studios in London. Lake produced the album himself with Eddy Offord as their engineer. Three of its six tracks are instrumentals, including “The Barbarian”, an arrangement of the 1911 piano suite Allegro barbaro by Béla Bartók. “Knife-Edge” is based on the first movement of Sinfonietta by Leoš Janáček that features a passage from the Allemande of French Suite No. 1 in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Palmer recorded a drum solo, “Tank”. Lake contributed “Take a Pebble” and “Lucky Man”, an acoustic ballad he wrote with his first guitar at the age of twelve.

Take A Pebble is the longest song on the LP at 12:32. It starts with guitar and a swipe of piano strings sound effect. There is a shortened version of this song (called a “radio edit”) that is popular. This is a definite prog rock song as it has all the elements (time signature changes, etc.). Take a good listen to the guitar work as it is quite good as well as the percussion.

Knife Edge is one of my favorites and another popular song. I like the Deep Purple flavored keyboards. The song ends by them slowing down the tape to make it sound like a record slowing down. No doubt about the recording source being analog.

Lucky Man is another one of my favorites and one of their biggest hits, if not the biggest. I love the huge Moog stuff at the end too.

MUSIC: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_and_a_half_stars

Lucky Man (LP version): https://youtu.be/Fn_1d_DUE08
Knife Edge (from LP): https://youtu.be/HFFXznlJxHM
Knife Edge live (original)

Being a percussionist I have to include Tank. This is live from 1977:https://youtu.be/PrfqVAaR2YQ

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