Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of progressive rock. As well as creating spectacular ‘live' shows that incorporated advanced technology and showmanship, they also recorded a cascade of powerful albums that sold in millions around the world.
ELP were formed in 1970 by flamboyant keyboard player Keith Emerson (formerly of The Nice), singer and guitarist Greg Lake (formerly of King Crimson) and drummer/percussionist Carl Palmer (formerly of Atomic Rooster). Blending jazz and classical music with a wide-screen hard-rock style, ELP were one of the torchbearers of the progressive rock sound and were one of the most commercially successful bands of the 1970s. By 1974 they were as big as Led Zeppelin as a live draw.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer was first released after the group's critically acclaimed debut show at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, when they performed to 600,000 people. Its dynamic original compositions and classical adaptations are brimful of Emerson's superb piano and Moog synthesizer work, Lake's magnificent vocals, bass and acoustic guitar playing and Palmer's lightning fast drumming. Bartok's "The Barbarian," together with originals "Take A Pebble," "Knife Edge," and the three part suite "The Three Fates" are followed by "Tank" and Lake's ballad "Lucky Man" which was the band's debut single.
- The Barbarian
- Take A Pebble
- Knife Edge
- The Three Fates: Clotho/Lachesis/Atropus
- Lucky Man