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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER - "SUPER, OR STUPOR?" FEATURING THE ALBUM "EMERSON, LAKE and PALMER" BY EMERSON LAKE and PALMER IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 54 - THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS!

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“SUPER, OR STUPOR?”

EMERSON,LAKE, AND PALMER by Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (Cotillion, 1970)

Few trends in the history of rock music have divided public opinion as much as the value of progressive, or Prog. Whichever side you land on it must be admitted that it just became too much of a good thing, and ended up swinging the pendulum back to the jagged simplicity of Punk. What originally many seemed to love, (the orchestral touches in Sgt. Pepper’s and Pet Sounds, etc), became annoying. The bloating began with the Canterbury of Yes, Soft Machine, Tull, King Crimson, and then metastasized. Rock, that simple musical expression, became overweening and pretentious.

ELP, a “super group”, combining Keith Emerson, keyboardist of the Nice, Greg Lake, bassist and vocalist of King Crimson, and Tony Palmer, drummer from Atomic Rooster emerged in 1970. They filled stadiums on both sides of the Atlantic. Emerson became notorious for his theatrical flourishes, and for barricading himself behind a wall of gigantic keyboards, the spectacle of which made him appear like the Wizard of musical Oz.

The first album was a magic trick, combining classical and jazz, and it rocked hard. This was serious business. Greg Lake’s lustrous baritone vibrated as thrillingly as Emerson’s fingers dazzled. The ambition of the group was inspiring and inspired, culling music from Back, Bartok, and Mussorgsky, as well as Dave Brubeck. What DJ John Peel would later call “a tragic waste of talent and electricity,” was initially hurled upon our sensibilities with such force and virtuosity, that millions of fans fell into a luxurious stupor.

Eventually Prog Rock became synonymous with ridiculous excess and a course correct n was necessary. But as you can hear in this, their debut outing, their accomplishment was undeniable. Sadly, both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake died in 2016: Emerson of a suicide, Lake from cancer. But, fittingly, their music has thrived, living on through it’s influence on Nintendo’s Koji Kondo, and Nobuo Uematsu, creator of the Final Fantasy series. They have provided the soundtrack for dazzling virtual realms.

THE DELUXE EDITION-

The Alternate ELP New 2012 Stereo Mixes No. Title Length 1. “The Barbarian” 2. “Take a Pebble” 3. “Knife-Edge ” 4. “Promenade” 5. “The Three Fates: Atropos” 6. “Rave Up” 7. “Drum Solo” 8. “Lucky Man”

Bonus tracks No. Title Length 9. “Take a Pebble (alternate take) 10. “Knife-Edge (alternate take) 11. “Lucky Man (first Greg Lake solo version) 12. “Lucky Man (alternate take)


By Rich Buckland 04/17/2022 06:17 PM

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