ELP Emerson Lake & Palmer - Self-titled 1st debut England 12" Vinyl LP album


  "Emerson, Lake & Palmer" is the debut album of British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1970. As a first album from the newly formed supergroup, the variety of influences they brought with them are clear in the mix of instrumental and vocal pieces. The front cover of the album depicts a fluttering white bird with a human ear in the bottom left corner (the bird's left wing outlines the back of the male head to which the ear is attached, the other half of which is on the back of the album, and the right wing outlines a female head). The album is not a unified band effort as a whole; not all the tracks feature credits for all three band members, and some are


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Photo of Emerson Lake & Palmer - Self-titled debut album Album's Front Cover 

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Enlarged High Resolution Photo of the Record's label  

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Produced by Greg Lake. Recorded at Advision. Engineer: Eddie Offord. Cover painting Nic Dartnell Also releasd on: Manticore 87 224

Music Genre:

Progressive Rock, Symphonic  

Record Label Information:

Island ILPS-9132  

Media Format:

12" Vinyl LP Record  
  Country  1970 Made in England
Band Members and Musicians on: Emerson Lake & Palmer - Self-titled debut album
Track Listing of: Emerson Lake & Palmer - Self-titled debut album
    Side One:
  1. The Barbarian - adapted from Bela Bartok's "Allegro Barbaro"
  2. Take a Pebble
  3. Knife-Edge - adapted from Janacek's "Sinfonietta"
    Side Two:
  1. The Three Fates
    1. Clotho - Royal Festival Hall Organ
    2. Lsachesis
    3. Atropos
  2. Tank
  3. Lucky Man

Emerson Lake Palmer Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

Band Description:

 Emerson, Lake, and Palmer (ELP) were a progressive rock supergroup that emerged in the early 1970s. The band was composed of keyboardist Keith Emerson, bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, and drummer Carl Palmer. Together, they produced some of the most complex and innovative music of the era, blending classical and jazz influences with rock and roll to create a unique sound that continues to inspire musicians to this day.

 Keith Emerson was already a well-respected keyboardist before joining ELP. He had previously played with the Nice, a British band known for its progressive sound. Greg Lake had also made a name for himself as a member of King Crimson, another influential progressive rock group. Carl Palmer, meanwhile, had played with Atomic Rooster and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

 The three musicians first came together in 1970, when they formed ELP in London. They quickly gained a reputation for their virtuosic playing and intricate arrangements. Their eponymous debut album, released later that year, featured a mix of original songs and covers, including a memorable version of Aaron Copland's "Hoedown."

 ELP's second album, "Tarkus," was a concept album that told the story of a mythical creature. The album showcased the band's ability to blend rock and classical music, with Keith Emerson's virtuosic keyboard playing taking center stage. The title track, a twenty-minute epic, remains one of ELP's most iconic songs.

 The band's third album, "Trilogy," continued in the same vein as "Tarkus," with tracks like "The Endless Enigma" and "Living Sin" showcasing the band's musical range. ELP also began to experiment with synthesizers on this album, further expanding their sound.

 ELP's fourth album, "Brain Salad Surgery," was another concept album that featured a longer, more complex version of "Karn Evil 9," a song that had previously been performed live. The album also included a cover of "Jerusalem," a song that had become popular in England as a kind of unofficial national anthem.

 Despite their critical and commercial success, ELP were not immune to the changing musical tastes of the 1970s. The band's later albums, such as "Works Volume 1" and "Works Volume 2," featured more mainstream rock songs and failed to resonate with fans in the same way as their earlier work. The band eventually broke up in 1979, with Emerson and Lake going on to form a new version of the band in the 1980s.

 ELP's influence on rock and roll cannot be overstated. Their intricate arrangements and virtuosic playing helped to define the progressive rock genre and inspired countless musicians in the decades since. Despite their short career, their impact on the music world continues to be felt today.