EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
EMERSON LAKE & PALMER
January 1, 1971
The early ’70s were very psychedelic times. The mind-expanding door that Mescaline opened in the late ’60s was eagerly joined with the intense beautiful mind-blowing and strange ferocity of LSD.
On New Year’s Day 1971 the decade was immediately powered by the Psychedelic Vibe of the challenging, beautiful, Classical Progressive Hard Rock self-titled album by the supergroup Emerson,Lake, and Palmer: Keith Emerson (The Nice) Hammond organ C3, Steinway piano, Zoukra, Moog synthesizer IIIC, Mini Moog Model D, Greg Lake (King Crimson) vocals, bass, electric & acoustic guitar, Carl Palmer (Atomic Rooster) drums, percussion.
00individual was very familiar with all members’ bands’ albums prior, mostly from acquired imports, so the blend of The Nice, King Crimson and Atomic Rooster was truly a perfect predestined mixture for cosmic Prog delight.
Emerson was already rockin’ the Classical vibe with The Nice so with Lake’s vocals and Palmer’s precise drumming the fusion created a very unique evolution of all three’s previous bands’ efforts. Greg Lake’s vocals undeniably contributed to a King Crimson carry-over effect, but as a power trio ELP stood firmly on Rock Solid ground.
ELP eventually went from venues like the Santa Monica Auditorium where 00individual saw them with a capacity of 3,000; to filling Rock Arenas around the World. ELP’s headlining tours broke records and by the end of 1974, they were just about tied with Led Zeppelin as the highest grossing live band in the world.
Their fame came with highly-undue negativity by the critics, but not by the fans, who like 00individual enjoyed spirited sonic entertainment by master musicians who are enjoying themselves as much as the fans.
While Lake played sublime rockin’ guitar and provided perfectly-matched vocals, Palmer drove the beat like a manic spider, and to see swashbuckling Emerson throw his Lenny Kilmister (?) knife at the keyboard to jam the keys and then attack the keyboards like a crazed Captain Nemo or Dr. Phibes like 00individual saw on 03-23-72 was a high point in Rock ‘n’ Roll History!
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER
1. “The Barbarian” (instrumental) Béla Bartók, arr. Emerson, Lake & Palmer 4:27
2. “Take a Pebble” Greg Lake Emerson, Lake & Palmer (but not always credited) 12:32
3. “Knife-Edge” Lake and Richard Fraser Leoš Janáček and J. S. Bach, arr. Keith Emerson 5:04
1. “The Three Fates: Clotho – 1:48, Lachesis – 2:43, Atropos – 3:15” (instrumental) Emerson 7:46
2. “Tank” (instrumental) Emerson and Palmer 6:49
3. “Lucky Man” Lake Lake 4:36
ALBUM TRACK GEM
Lucky Man was a very unique song even for 1971.
It wasn’t that it was unheard of, it was the way it was presented; with a storyline that seemed almost like a flowing linguistic instrument that blended with the “Oh, what a Lucky Man, he was” chorus.
The drums had a crisp concussive beat, the synth/organ growled, soared, howled and felt so right, the electric acoustic guitar was pristine, and the vocals were from the Ancient Future.
A real Heavy Metal Prog example of a powerful composition handled deftly and an Album Track Gem of landmark proportions.
ELP did some extremely incredible work and should be eternally honored for their timely contribution and influence via their highly-unique and intricate musicianship, compositions, arrangements, songs, lyrics, and performances. ELP Rocks!
ALBUM COVER ART CLASSIC
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Even with a non-psychedelicized eye, one can instantly appreciate the very psychedelic album cover art by Nic Dartnell. The interplay of etheric vibrations of color separating and coalescing, the trails coming off the wings, the dove nestled between a bald head and a subliminal breast with an erect nipple, all created an album cover that seemed to have visual ambient depth and mystic deep meaning.
Today with video game immersion commonplace, the thought of being able to see endless depth and exploration within the etheric vibe of this psychedelic ambient 2D album cover art is a testament to the Counter-Culture’s enlightened and “experienced” mind’s imagination.
Back then 00individual never experienced a virtual world, he experienced a surreal world, in real time, within a solid 3D environment, and sometimes within 4D, really.
And sometimes within the 12 inch by 12 inch confines of a cardboard album cover. Groovy.
“Alien” designer H.R. Giger’s Emerson, Lake and Palmer logo is one of the
TOP 13 BEST BAND NAMES and LOGO DESIGNS – 1970s
00individual was fortunate to see ELP intimately, before their Arena Only Venues:
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica (Capacity: 3,000)
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