Emerson, Lake, and Palmer albums poll

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Although they were arguably the most popular band of the whole prog rock movement (or 2nd to Yes?), ELP doesn't really get a whole lot of respect these days. I know a lot of you have to own at least one of these albums. I'm constantly flip-flopping between the s/t, Tarkus, BSS, and Welcome Back as my favorite, so I'll leave it up to you guys:

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Trilogy (1972) 7
Brain Salad Surgery (1973) 6
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/417F9HWWEKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg (1978) 6
Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (1970) 2
Tarkus (1971) 1
Pictures at an Exhibition (1972) 1
Black Moon (1992) 0
Emerson, Lake, and Powell (1986) 0
In Concert/Works Live (1979) 0
Works, Volume 2 (1977) 0
Works, Volume 1 (1977) 0
Welcome Back My Friends, to the Show That Never Ends, Ladies and Gentlemen, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer! (1974) 0
In the Hot Seat (1994) 0


frogbs, Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:29 (five years ago) Permalink

wow did we really already run out of bands to poll?

dougie instructor (jjjusten), Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

I'll never get tired of hyping Love Beach.

kornrulez6969, Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Bless you.

S/T for me.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:43 (five years ago) Permalink

I picked BSS but I think "Welcome Back" is really the ultimate ELP album in many ways. Surprised so many people complained about it given that Yessongs is even longer.

frogbs, Thursday, 25 August 2011 20:00 (five years ago) Permalink

heart says 'love beach,' brain says the mussorgsky thing

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 25 August 2011 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Loved these guys '70-'74, sold most of the albums in a big prog purge later in the decade. I have a vinyl copy of Welcome Back on my shelf that I will in all likelihood never play again in my lifetime. Would probably vote for the debut.

Hey T-Paw, mow my lawn! (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 25 August 2011 20:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Went for "Brain Salad Surgery". Because of "Karn Evil 3".

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 25 August 2011 21:21 (five years ago) Permalink

"Love Beach" does actually contain one really great half side (the suite), which is much more than most critics are willing to give it. But it's still far from their best.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 25 August 2011 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I'll argue that the title track was the predecessor to "Limelight", it really does sound like it to my ears

The only thing I can say about Love Beach is that it's really not half as horrible as you're led to believe, Keith is mostly restrained, the lyrics are cringe-worthy but most of the playing is tasteful. It's better than Works Vol. 1 or any of their 90's stuff.

frogbs, Thursday, 25 August 2011 21:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 23:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Smallest total vote, potentially?

Mark G, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 23:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Trilogy. It might be a bit more spotty than Brain Salad Surgery but it has stronger material

that's cute, but it's WRONG (CaptainLorax), Wednesday, 31 August 2011 23:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Trilogy is def my second favorite. While the debut lacks what the later records have in sheer entertainment value, it carries over the best of Crimson's lyricism and the showoff-y playing hasn't pushed aside the songs entirely yet. Plus, "Knife-Edge" is killer.

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 31 August 2011 23:13 (five years ago) Permalink

X-Post: Actually I consider Brain Salad Surgery to be the patchy one, with little of value besides "Karn Evil". But "Karn Evil" takes up half an hour anyway, which makes it my obvious pick nevertheless. I feel that there is a bigger number of stronger tracks on "Trilogy" though, including "From The Beginning" which is their best ever non-prog track.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Thursday, 1 September 2011 11:34 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.ukrockfestivals.com/oval-72-tarkus.jpg

mark s, Thursday, 1 September 2011 12:17 (five years ago) Permalink

I used to like to air-synthesize to "Lucky Man" back in grade 5.

clemenza, Thursday, 1 September 2011 12:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Although they were arguably the most popular band of the whole prog rock movement (or 2nd to Yes?)

This is interesting. They seem pretty close, which I never realized, actually:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerson,_Lake_%26_Palmer_discography
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes_discography

I have to assume you're not counting Pink Floyd or Queen as prog bands, though.:P

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 September 2011 13:33 (five years ago) Permalink

I only have Tarkus, which I don't think I've ever made it all the way through. I enjoy hearing them on the radio well enough. Anything in particular I really need to check out if I really like Yes/Genesis/Crimson/Tull?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 September 2011 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Tarkus and BSS are really good.

You're a notch, I'm a legend (Bill Magill), Thursday, 1 September 2011 14:19 (five years ago) Permalink

mark s (markus) otm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_i_qxQztHRI (Princess TamTam), Thursday, 1 September 2011 14:48 (five years ago) Permalink

greg lake is the actual most irritating singer in the history of rock (and all other music), mind you

mark s, Thursday, 1 September 2011 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^ this has never been polled, afaict. Lake irritates me occasionally, but he wouldn't even make my top (bottom?) ten.

Hey T-Paw, mow my lawn! (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 1 September 2011 16:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Started by frogbs

buzza, Thursday, 1 September 2011 17:20 (five years ago) Permalink

http://28.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l9ul9zN2Tf1qdmmiqo1_500.gif

i basically just post this whenever i have an opportunity, sorry

In the long run, we will all be cyberpunks (Z S), Thursday, 1 September 2011 17:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I only have Tarkus, which I don't think I've ever made it all the way through. I enjoy hearing them on the radio well enough. Anything in particular I really need to check out if I really like Yes/Genesis/Crimson/Tull?

― EveningStar (Sund4r)

The best thing about Trilogy (what I'd check out) is "The Endless Enigma (Part One)" and the title track

that's cute, but it's WRONG (CaptainLorax), Thursday, 1 September 2011 18:48 (five years ago) Permalink

I voted for Trilogy, but I like everything up through the two volumes of Works. I wrote about these guys for the Voice in 2008, when Shout! Factory reissued their catalog, and then again this year when they put out Live at Nassau Coliseum '78.

that's not funny. (unperson), Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Those reviews are pretty inspiring!

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 1 September 2011 20:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 1 September 2011 23:01 (five years ago) Permalink

there might have been things i've missed, but don't be unkind

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 2 September 2011 00:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Regarding ELP's popularity compared to other prog bands, I think they were very huge back then, but it may seem that Yes and Genesis (and King Crimson, but they were partly different and more avant garde, at times slightly closer to krautrock and as such more accepted by people usually not into prog) are more respected in retrospect today, while ELP feel very much of their time.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Friday, 2 September 2011 01:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Watching a video of Asia recently, I was surprised that Carl Palmer was not such a heavy drummer. He has a lot of finesse, I think.

timellison, Friday, 2 September 2011 01:28 (five years ago) Permalink

(Haha, fron unperson's first piece linked above: "surprisingly jazzy drums.")

timellison, Friday, 2 September 2011 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Actually, the most surprising thing about the results is that their usually most critically acclaimed album ("Tarkus") got only 1 vote.

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink

'tarkus' is pretty hard to get through

reggie (qualmsley), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:33 (five years ago) Permalink

In what world is Tarkus ELP's "most critically acclaimed album"?

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 2 September 2011 20:31 (five years ago) Permalink

MY WORLD

but i didn't vote for it -- lake is a terrible singer and can fuck off

mark s, Friday, 2 September 2011 23:54 (five years ago) Permalink

In what world is Tarkus ELP's "most critically acclaimed album"?

In the world of the critics:
http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/Current/Emerson%20Lake%20&%20Palmer.htm

Hongroe (Geir Hongro), Saturday, 3 September 2011 00:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Where it comes in third?

timellison, Saturday, 3 September 2011 00:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, never mind - I get it. (Lower numbers equal higher rank.)

timellison, Saturday, 3 September 2011 00:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Apologies for my ignorance, but what is "acclaimedmusic.net"?

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 3 September 2011 03:42 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

hmmm, so if I did a "best ELP albums past 1974", Love Beach wins in a landslide?

frogbs, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 15:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Would Cozy Powell have been invited to the 1986 gig had his last name not started with "P"?

Lee626, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 04:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Olatunji was told not to bother.

Mark G, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 11:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Do you think Phil Collins got an invite, or did "Emerson, Lake, and Phil" sound too weird?

frogbs, Wednesday, 28 September 2011 13:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Did the Love Beach voters go with that one because of the 'Taste Of My Love' lyrics?

Ohhh, you look so hungry woman
how come you strayed in here with your eyes so bright
on this long hot night.
Could it be for a taste of my love
Down on your knees with your face to the wall
Saying please please please.

My friend said I should call
well I do feel lonely woman
And to tell the truth , I could use some company
to come closer to me.
Help yourself to a taste of my love.

Call up room service, order peaches and cream
I like my desert first - if you know what I mean.
Yeah, taste it , taste it, taste it
Around the maze of pleasure to the gates of pain,
you're driving me insane.

Take all you need from the taste of my love
I want to love you like nobody ever loved you
Get on my stallion and we'll ride.
I want to hold you and enfold you beyond reason
I want to dynamite your mind with love tonight.
Go down gently with your face to the east
The sun may be rising but we haven't finished the beast.

Ohhh, you still look hungry woman
I'm glad your came in here with your eyes so bright,
on this long hot night
You need love - I need love, here it comes , the taste of my love.

I'm gonna love you like nobody ever loved you
climb on my rocket and we'll fly.
Over the moon past the sun till we find
the gates of heaven open wide for lovers
I'm gonna love you like nobody ever loved you
climb on my rocket and we'll fly.

Bryan, Thursday, 29 September 2011 05:55 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

god, every line of that is so beautiful

frogbs, Tuesday, 1 November 2011 22:10 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I just heard an album called "Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla" and it's actually quite close to classic ELP - there's a 30-minute suite that's kinda like "Tarkus" (not quite as good, but very listenable), a Ginastara cover, a goofball ragtime tune, and a more metal take on the s/t's "Barbarian" as a bonus track. Emerson actually sounds quite good - he can't quite play at the same tempos but what he does works. I think ditching Lake for this one is probably the best thing that he could've done. I'd say it's the best ELP thing post 74, but it kinda wins that by default doesn't it?

frogbs, Friday, 14 March 2014 14:24 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

i picked up "Tarkus" from a used record bin at Fantasyland Records yesterday for $5. i have always wondered about this album due to the odd cover art. it's pretty good but it suffers from the playing-lots-of-notes trap prog bands often fall into (sometimes never escaping) that i never cared for. i always tune out for these parts of long keyboard solos and everybody doing syncopated noodling of just lots of notes going up and down in a way that is impressive to serious music school-style Musicians. Zappa suffers from this, the Grateful Dead too. herein lies the dinosaur bloat.

i guess i've never band a fan of Math Rock though I can appreciate it as a form. i prefer a Soft Machine-style prog approach that is more based on economy and short repetitive themes. but i digress there is still a lot of cool synth rock and minimalist psychedelia and slow proto metal. Lake is a great singer! best when they let him sing over a riff and leave out the Math Rock. till prefer their first album but "Tarkus" is pretty nice!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 5 August 2017 21:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ugh the first half of side 2 is pretty bad. really not liking the lyrics for the whole objectivist bit. ELP is trying hard to sound really profound but its all very hollow. its like a much less enjoyably musical The Wall. "Bitches Crystal" was trash. the last song here is kinda cool and sounds a little more like the first album.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 5 August 2017 21:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

wait that wasnt the last song. the last song is kinda like if Roxy Music did a Jerry Lee Lewis song and its pretty cool.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 5 August 2017 21:43 (two weeks ago) Permalink

suffers from the playing-lots-of-notes trap prog bands often fall into

^ This comment has single-handedly convinced me you haven't heard many prog albums?

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 5 August 2017 22:19 (two weeks ago) Permalink

usually very few notes

sleepingbag, Saturday, 5 August 2017 22:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

xpost i prob-ably haven't.

i concede all prog album mastery of knowledge to thee Turrican

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 5 August 2017 23:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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