View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Box Set release of From The Beginning on Discogs. Label: Castle Music - CMXBX • Format: Box Set Compilation 5x, CD Compilation DVD DVD-Video, PAL • Country: Europe • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock – Emerson, Lake & Palmer: From The Beginning (Single Version)/5(14). Three • Format: 5x, CD Box Set • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock Label: Castle Music - VICP～12 • Series: The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults - Vol. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Original Bootleg Series From The Manticore Vaults Vol. Emerson, Lake & Palmer Format: Audio CD. out of 5 stars 29 ratings. out of 5 stars The Ultimate Collection Emerson Lake and Palmer. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, My first LP was ELP's version and since then I have been hooked on their work. Read more/5(10).
Affairs Of The Heart 3. Romeo And Juliet 4. Daddy 5. Hand Of Truth 6. Tiger In A Spotlight. Rob mentioned do 5. They never mixed either of the Works albums in to 5. Jakko Jakszyk once mentioned that there were plans to do all of the Works stuff in 5. The long Suite on the second side is quite good. I would happily take a surround mix of it. Black Moon also has some nice stuff on it and the album would be a good candidate for a 5.
And then of course there is always the Emerson Lake and Powell album which I have always loved. THAT I would look at. Except the album that dare not be named! Shocking looks like a woolworths compilation The box set yhat came out a few years ago and now commands eyewatering prices was quality ,this is not and why half speed mastered vinyl for hi fi purists then colour it to put stop to them buying it?
ELP has been anthologized enough times for one lifetime. It might even dislodge a few all time favourites from the 70s and 80s with the right wind behind it. I guess not everyone can have everything released by everyone and there will be gaps that some might wish to explore and what better way than a nice pristine new release.
Tom Petty, Lindsey Buckingham, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins have all released something similar and have found a nice place in my collection. Nice items even if you have everything already and sometimes you find a side of music released years decades?
I am not sure I will buy it and will wait and see what price amazon come up with as initial pricing can be the one to jump in on until they get it right. I have a large vinyl collection, all of which I playand some bands I have a lot of or even extensive amounts of albums. Others I just want a taste so a compilation or live album does nicely. Its a shame that what once was a really class act is now being recycled down to truck-stop cassette standards.
Half speed works for me but I hope the Chris Welch commentary is better than the box set a couple of years ago. He really just dialed that in. It looks like the picture is a scan of the full box lid artwork, the repeating pattern at the bottom and down the sides seem to match where it would be folded over to cover the edges of the box. Your email address will not be published. Search Search. Skip to content. February 23, at Rob says:. February 24, at Andy Haines says:.
BJ says:. February 22, at Oh Man! Just release the 5. Chris Squires says:. If you are going on pure numbers it could be said that the blu-ray and 5. Texquad says:. Howie says:. Conversely, there is a place for releases like this. Glen Buchanan says:. Not Available says:. Bill says:. Paul Sinclair says:. TheFrenchDuke79 says:. Rhinojack says:. I agree, what is with the repeating pattern in the sand down at the bottom of the art?
KevinS says:. Rhinojack It looks like the picture is a scan of the full box lid artwork, the repeating pattern at the bottom and down the sides seem to match where it would be folded over to cover the edges of the box.
The musicianship is beyond reproach, but the lyrics are embarassing even for an agnostic like me and I'm relatively certain the deeply religious Bach would not have approved one bit. The harder "A Time and A Place" sounds much better, in fact sharing many positive qualities with the first side's epic.
I'm not even emotionally attached to the band and I feel bad for them for recording this song- I can't imagine how embarrased it makes hardcore fans feel.
Second side missteps aside, this is an important and innovative progressive rock album. It completely fails to move me on any emotional level, and virtuosity alone is rarely enough to do it for me, so I don't really enjoy listening to "Tarkus" It's much more consistent than the first album, and "Tarkus" is arguably more unique a composition than "Karn Evil 9" or "Pictures".
Therefore, I'll give it three stars- the highest possible rating I can rationalize for an album that I don't actually care for. Until I discovered this Web site I was not aware that the B-side of the LP the track 'Jeremy Bender' onwards is regarded by some - many, it would appear - as inferior to the A-side of the LP and in general. In fact I have since seen derisive comments about the B-side tracks on several Web sites.
Well, if you have never listened to this album, please do not prejudge it based on any opinions you may hear or read. Listen to the album and make up your own mind. I have to say that I really like every single track on this album, and I hope you will see why from my summary of the tracks below.
Three of these are songs interspaced between the other four instrumentals. As can be seen from the album's surreal cover and inner gatefold, the tarkus is half World War I tank, half armadillo, born from an egg that appears to have been spewed from a volcano.
The tarkus fights and vanquishes three creatures that are half animal, half machine 'Stones Of Years', 'Iconoclast' and 'Mass'. But then the manticore appears, they do battle and the tarkus is vanquished and cast to the waters. A manticore is a mythical Persian creature, the embodiment of tyranny and evil, with the body of a lion, the face and ears of a human, and a tail with a sting at the tip like that of a scorpion.
Lake's lyrics in 'Tarkus' are a diatribe against the futility of war, and apparently he stated that the lyrics are also about where past revolution has got us: nowhere, in his opinion. This would seem to fit with the defeat by the manticore at the end of the sleeve illustrations, although more recently Lake has said that 'Stones Of Years' has taken on different meanings for him over the years, and Emerson has said that the artwork was not purposely painted to fit the music.
Anyway, the futility and misery of battle are certainly apparent from the lyrics of 'Battlefield'. Musically, 'Tarkus' is an amazing piece: the composition is complex, and certainly avant-garde for the time. The use of instruments is particularly impressive. Emerson's Hammond, Moog synthesizer and piano are just tools and, together with Lake's solid bass and guitar playing plus Palmer's percussion they produce a truly modern, sophisticated musical work which, to me, goes beyond the bounds of rock music.
Several books one having an 8-page analysis! A superb piece of music. Described as "throwaway" by many, I still find merit in it. Emerson's honky-tonk piano and the band's hand clapping are the backing to bizarre lyrics about cross-dressing Jeremy Bender "bender" being British slang for a homosexual man. What exactly Lake was trying to do with this track is a mystery to me, but it makes me curious as to his motives.
Perhaps he was just casting around for words to fit Emerson's piano piece. Anyway, I like honky-tonk piano and the tune's fine by me, if no masterpiece. It starts with a very faint tinkling sound that slowly builds - I'm certain it's the celeste mentioned in the sleeve notes.
The celeste is a small set of orchestral bells with a keyboard and sounds heavenly, hence the name, and it's used in other parts of the track too.
This track also has plenty of honky-tonk and jazzy piano, some great, fat backing synthesizer, good drumming, and Lake's frenzied singing turning to guttural screams of angst as he belts out the lyrics: "Evil learning, People burning, Savage casting, No one lasting, Witchcraft, Sadness, Madness turning their minds. This track rocks. And then a final honky-tonk tickle and a tap on a cymbal end the piece. But it's Eruption - Emerson Lake & Palmer* - From The Beginning (CD) hymn with a difference: an atheist anthem using the organ of St Marks Church to provide an ecclesiastic introduction using Bach's Toccata in F before the organ launches into the tune and Lake's initially angelic-sounding tenor: "People are stirred, moved by the Word.
Kneel at the shrine, deceived by the Wine. How was the Earth conceived? Infinite space, is there such a place? You must believe in the human race.
Why did he lose six million Jews? What a way to deliver a message: a bit like putting poison in a bottle of Chateau Lafite. A superb piece of music, irrespective of how one feels about the message. Lake's bass lays the repeating theme, and Emerson's piano repeats over it with Palmer's understated drumming alternately following one then the other.
This track may appear pointless, simplistic or even irritating to some: it certainly doesn't to me. It's actually good music and done for a purpose - it creates a mood in this case - and I find it very pleasing. I also find it impressive that the trio can carry this off for over three minutes.
Drag me from the burning sand, show me those that understand. And so to the last track, 'Are You Ready Eddy', possibly the most maligned track on the album: "filler", "throwaway track", you name it. Eddy "Are You Ready" Offord was the engineer on Poisoned Youth - Kids Insane - Frustrated (Vinyl) album and this was the band's way of larking around.
Perhaps it was their way of filling the remaining inner grooves of the LP's B-side but, to me, it's a great way of doing it. The track is a great jive. And the lyrics are a gas: "Are you ready Eddy to pull your faders down. Well, are you Mess - Orchid (5) - takk!_soundsampler (File, MP3), Eddie, to turn your sixteen tracks on?
Eddie edit, Eddie, Eddie edit. Are you ready, Eddie, with your sixteen tracks? A bit of vibing is all it lacks. You try putting that to a jive! And one of the guys says half way through "I've missed my last bus home! Then at the end they lark around saying "What you got: ham or cheese [sandwich]?
So what? That still does not make them rubbish. And the rest of the B-side is excellent. They complement well the 'Tarkus' piece. To those of you who don't know this album, two words: buy it! The Gift - The McCarters - The Gift (Cassette) everything you've heard or read about the music including this.
Make sure you listen to it on a good hi-fi or decent headphones, and consider that this album came out in If this album is not a masterpiece of progressive music then I don't know what is. This song is apparently about "de-evolution" or regression through primitive and thoughtless acts.
Anyway, after the dramatic eruption, things calm down for "Stones of Years," where a sympathetic narritive entity sings of Tarkus' ignorance in ruthlessly killing for no reason again as shown in the booklet.
Anyway, after the instrumental barrage that is "Iconoclast" "kill your idols"-- the punk "attitude", being made fun of by none other than the largest target of punks -- ELPa catchy guitar enters courtesty of Lake, and we roll into "Mass," which could be called so for two reasons: the lyrics mention "the weaver and the web that he made," and "mass" could mean the mass of webs and traps Tarkus has set for himself; also, there is heavy religious imagery in this part of the song, and "mass" also means the Catholic gathering on Sunday.
After this great song, we enter another battling instrumental, "Manticore," in which Tarkus is fights a creature and loses. This slows down into the sympathetic and sorrowful "Battlefield," in which the narrator mourns Tarkus' stupidity. What goes around, comes around, and this is especially true for Tarkus.
After this is the quirky and muffled "Aquatarkus. Luckily, this joke is very short. Afterwards is "Bitches Crystal," which, despite its name, is the best song on the second side. Rollicking keyboards and some haunting lyrics for a nice 3 minute song. Overall, the first song and "Bitches Crystal" alone are worth buying this album, but the rest is ho-hum.
It serves as a fairly good introduction to them, however. Tarkus: Like I said, it's hard to describe. That 5-beat-per-measure riff blows you out of your seat.
Eruption was awesome! Lake appears here and very well at thatand the organ solo in the middle is especially awesome. Perfect entryway into Both are perfect. It's tough to go too far into it, because a word has not yet been invented to describe it. Maybe, I'm still not sure, even though I've listened to the album at least times. All I know is that Battlefield, on its own, is a towering masterpiece.
Jeremy Bender: Ah, here it is. Side 2. Bitches Crystal: No one can deny the quality of this song. Kicks off fast and never looks back, ELP having a good time. The Only Way Hymn : Very, very overlooked song. Organ and piano here are fantastic. Lake also delivers a very captivating performance here. Infinite Space Conclusion : Instrumental, with an alternating 3-beat then 4-beat per measure riff.
Piano takes lead here as alwaysand it follows up The Only Way well. A Time and a Place: The rocker on the album. Nice contrast to the other songs. Rocks harder than the others, while maintaining Self Titled (Vocal) - DaVinche* Feat.
Sikkid & Grimey - D* - Self Titled / Yall Dont Know (Vinyl) ELP quality. This is ELP having a blast playing their music, and it also shows Keith Emerson randomly hitting his piano, but somehow, it works. This is the ultimate contrast on the album. It ends the album differently than you would have expected, but eventually, you realize that it couldn't have been done any other way.
This is a 5 star album, no matter which way you slice it. This piece has a very warm and uplifting intro which really pulls me in. This suite is a fantastic journey of great keyboard and bass sections. It doesn't get overblown or dragged down by extensive solo sections, which was my main complaint of the debut album. There are some very emotional vocal, guitar and keyboard parts on this track. This is probably the best ELP NX1 - DR EP (File) I have heard and this track is a masterpiece.
It's very happy but compared to the incredible epic that it follows it definetly does not seem as good. These are only short pieces so it is nice that they have been included. Overall, this is an excellent piece of prog rock. ELP get an amazing sound from just a three piece band. The production is flawless. It can be a stretch to listen to but not really much more than any other major prog pieces.
Greg Lake is definetly the strongest member on this album but it is a great group effort. Just Lieber Gott.
- Various - Die Deutsche High Life (Cassette) out on a 5 star rating because of the last track and perhaps if the shorter tracks had been placed before the epic 20 minute opener they would have seemed more impressive. Still this is very close to being a masterpiece and is essential for any good prog collection, don't listen to the doubters like I did.
However, Tarkus is a triumph. It grabs your attention from the outset and leaves you breathless, wondering how on Earth Keith Emerson managed to play the whole thing from beginning to end, without sustaining some kind of injury!! Tarkus is a work for peace, taking us through musical chapters and a variety of moods and changes of style, and pace.
It's one of the best prog epics there is, and sits alongside the likes of 'Close to the Edge' by Yes and 'Suppers Ready' by Genesis as an all time classic. I award four stars for this suite. After the title track the albums takes an unfortunate nose dive IMO. With the exception of the excellent 'Bitches Crystal' and 'A time and a Place' the rest of the album is comprised of time wasters like 'Jeremy Bender' and 'Are you ready Eddie' and pompous innapropriate excursions into the realm of dubious taste and ill judgement with 'The Only Way' a Hymn Tarkus is worth getting for the title track alone, which wont let you down, which with the other two good tracks is a respectable amount of material overall, to justify the rating for the album.
It's a shame ELP were generally so inconsistent, their potential and talent was enormous. This album is definitely a masterpiece of progressive rock from the glory days of seventies. The epic Tarkus that opens the album is really the thing Untitled this album. It comprises seven parts that connect beautifully as one cohesive whole. It stands out excellently as a legendary epic with twenty minutes plus duration.
Amazingly, every time I listen to this epic I never feel that the track consumes that long as at the end I always feel like "Is that it? How come so fast it reaches the end of the epic? Yes, you bet! I repeat this epic for second time before I proceed with next track.
Simply put this epic delivers fabulous musical experience for me from first part "Eruption" where I usually amazed with the fact that it's played by three gentlemen - how can three people Not Enough Romance - Tina Turner - Foreign Affair (Vinyl, LP, Album) produce a music with very high density?
The Hammond organ and keyboard played by Keith Emerson is really stunning - dynamic and inventive. The bass line by Greg Lake is also excellent. Carl Palmer delivers his machine gun drumming flawlessly. Enuff to say that this is an excellent outfit. The music flows dynamically with frequent tempo changes to second part "Stones of Years" where Lake delivers his powerful voice with various style.
This part is dynamic and energetic, composed and performed in symphonic prog style with soaring organ works and inventive drumming. It then moves dynamically to "Iconoclast - Mass - Manticore" with energetic style and it slows down in "Battlefields" with great vocal.
The "Aquatarkus" concludes the epic wonderfully. It's not typical ELP song but I do enjoy this track. Greg Lake sings in unique style with high register notes. The piano solo is amazing, combined with solid bass lines and great drumming. It starts with melodic organ solo opening in classical style.
When the tiny vocal enters the music, it even makes the music much more melodic with killing notes on vocal. In the middle of the track the piano solo turns into jazzy style. It continues with "A Time and A Place" with great vocal and soaring organ sounds. These three tracks must be listened continuously as they form like a small epic if you listen to them eventually.
Even, I recommend you to listen to this album in its entirety from first epic to last track. The concluding track is the band's interpretation of rock'n'roll and an appreciation and tribute to Eddy Offord - the Engineer of this groundbreaking album.
It's kind of loose leaf if we compare with other tracks but as I have listened to this album for years it finally has engrained as part of the overall theme of this album. Whenever I listen to this album I always remember my childhood where rock music was like daily rice bread is not common in my country, especially my childhood in small town Madiun and nothing in life so interesting than rock music - not to mention the boring thing about studying uughh So, I must admit that even until today I'm still touched with this album.
To put precisely on what I feel about the impact of this album to me, I would rather put it with my locality term: nggeblak! This album makes me stunned; my mind seems paralyzed enjoying the wonderful harmony this album has infused into my ears, my mind and my heart. Thanks ELP! You make me delighted. Starting with a great jam, it sets the tone of the long piece of art.
Then it switches back and forth the overly beautiful Singing sections with great ELP jams. The second half of the song is my favourite, which has my favourite organ solo of all times the hammond organ used in a percussive way, until it goes berserk and accompained by a screaming electric guitar line. This is also the first ELP song that has military-like percussion. Another highlight has to be the cheap-sounding keyboard riff that really works, followed by a funny sounding synth solo that is very entertaining over a military rhythm.
The song ends with a reprise of the intro. From the Eruption to Aquatarkus it just blew me away. I listened to it over and over for about 2 weeks. The first thing that struck me was how complete this piece of music was. The jazz overtones in Eruption to the almost perfect vocal line in Stones of Years the first two passages fit together like a lock and a key.
Then the organ solo in Stones of Years made me first realize you can play rock without a guitar! To the Iconoclast to Mass with that torrid organ and percussion solo, outstanding, Building, Building until its release of the note held by the organ fading into a synth fading into a Guitar, Magnificent!
Battlefield still as haunting today as it was then. Aquatarkus booming across the speakers to the final fanfare. What more do you need.
That song is for sure one of the top three examples of what Progressive rock is. The other 4 songs are ok but really have nothing to do with the fact that Tarkus is essential piece of prog history, development and a definition you could Eruption - Emerson Lake & Palmer* - From The Beginning (CD) to someone and say this is prog. Still, there is the matter of the B-side to contend with. It's not a total wash. And "Infinite Space" spotlights some wonderfully dissonant he loves that tritone!
Unfortunately, you have to make your way through the dull, Bach-sweetened church organ ballad "The Only Way" to get at it. The infamous ELP bad lyrics rear their ugly head here, but not for the first time. That dubious honour goes to "Bitches Crystal", a morass of detuned toy-box piano and embarrassing screaming vocals from Lake who is many things.
A hard rock vocalist is not one of them. And the less said about the lame, unfunny "joke" songs that bookend the B-side, the better. Sadly, it looked like the B-side was to become the rule rather than the exception for ELP in the future. Bad precedent to set, guys. After this moment of relative quiet, things heat up again with "Iconoclast", "Mass" another Lake showcase, complete with bitingly ironic lyrics and "Manticore", leading up to the two final movements, the real triumph of the album.
In "Battlefield" Lake shows he can play a mean lead guitar his solo reminds me in a way of Gilmour's stylethough the track is best remembered for his utterly wonderful vocal performance. Then "Aquatarkus" one of the greatest instrumentals of all time brings everything to a close, with Emerson and Palmer again involved in a show-stopping demonstration of their respective skills.
I know opinion is divided on the remaining tracks on the album. On the first one, Lake's vocals sound a bit strained, as the track would have been more suitable for a voice such as Ian Gillan or even Glenn Hughes - though musically it is a very interesting experiment of blending prog with jazz and hard rock. Of the other two songs, the so-called 'funny' ones, I think the less said the better As I stated before, they might sound nice on a completely different album by a different band.
Why ELP needed to include that kind of 'light relief' in most of their records is quite beyond me. So, if I could I would give "Tarkus" 4,5 stars.
As someone wrote on this website, the suite alone would deserve 6, but those two tracks prevent it from being the essential item it should have been. Nevertheless, you should get it, if only to lose yourself in the utter bliss provided by the title track! I've heard it for the first time fifteen years ago and still having great pleasure every time I put my headphones on What, this masterpiece is number 97 in the top !? I just can't understand why this album is that underrated.
This is clearly a masterpiece, whatever one could say! I mean: if in years you wanted to show someone what the prog-music of the 70s was like, you have to listen to Tarkus! I vae a DVD of them in a show in and it's simply amazing. ELP is not nly about music; it's an experience! Musically speaking, my vision of a post-apocalyptic Earth is approximately what Tarkus makes me think of. And whatever some people may think, music is all about this: recreating emotions and travelling through music in mind or time.
This music is emotive, rude, violent, yet in all its dysharmony there is some symphony in the chaos. Tarkus is not only an album: it is an experience. Sure it is not perfect, but not many albums are perfect. However, on balance this is close enough from perfection to be described as a masterpiece!
I experience "Tarkus" as a kind of train which rolls and pushes forward through ongoing changes like different landscapes, different rails and switches but keeping its direction and power. The core of the instrumentation are Keith Emerson's virtuously played Hammond organ and a dynamic rhythm section with Greg Lake's bass guitar and Carl Palmer's drums.
Synthesizers, electric and acoustic guitar, and vocals set decent accents. Thus the arrangements of "Tarkus" never seem overdone and don't veil ELP's musical identity as a trio. On later albums the trio broke into inconsistent pieces like pretentious piano works or overarranged synth orgies. But this work here sweeps you away and leaves you sad after 20 minutes that it has ended.
Remastering of did a great job. Tarkus opens the album with strong ascending organ runs and smooth bass lines all backed by precision drumming.
The song goes through many different emotions, but the best part is definitely the Aquatarkus section, in which Emerson shows off his incredible synthesizer skills.
The entire first side of the album is a masterpiece of progressive rock, in my mind at least. But the second side of the album is where things go from masterpiece to just good. Jeremy Bender has an interesting and winding piano motif, but a a bland Lake vocal and some uninteresting drumming really hurts the song from becoming a great song.
Bitches Crystal is a pretty forgettable tune, nothing very special here. The Only Way and Infinite Space have this continuity thing going, where it would appear that the two songs link together. There are some recurring themes within the 6 minutes, but it's nothing terribly strong or memorable. A Time and a Place is another forgettable throwaway, expect nothing particularly special here, as well. It has this great feel to it that really shows the versatility of the group as well as the jokey nature, as the song is dedicated to Eddie Offord.
Overall, Tarkus is a pretty interesting mixture of serious epics and jokey throwaways. If the album was solely comprised of songs in the vein of side one, I would have given it a masterpiece rating. But because that isn't the case here, and the songs on the second side are mostly forgettable, save for a few interesting tracks Are You Ready Eddy? In the end, most fans of symphonic prog should pick this album up solely based on the strength of the epic on the album.
Similar to Yes's 'Gates of Delirium', but in this regard "Tarkus" is more effective. The piece begins with an intro into Tarkus, which is rightly named "Eruption" and is the birth of Tarkus and of war. The song then moves into "Stones of Years" in which the first set of vocals come in as "Has the dawn ever seen you eyes. Following this is "Iconoclast", a violent instrumental section with furious percussion, bass and stabbing keyboards.
Next comes "Mass", a sort violent jazzy section with flowing lyrics and grand synthesizers. Next is another short instrumental section called "Manticore", a Manticore being a half-human half-lion creature. Manticore is one of Tarkus' greatest enemies and what follows is a fight between the two creatures.
The closing section has two parts, the first is a military sounding march which is brought on by a snare drum and synthesizers, the second part is the re-birth of Tarkus and is a repeat of the beginning of the song. Next is "Bitches Crystal" another song following the "Tarkus" concept, except with no references to the actual creature. This song and the next three to follow seem as one song as they all follow a theme of war and destruction.
Real Post-war music. Lastly is the comical "Are You Ready Eddie", the other out of place song, not bad though! Jeremy Bender 1. Bitches Crystal 3.
Infinite Space [Conclusion] 3. I'd recommend "Tarkus" to Symphonic Prog Fans to get a glimpse of the very first progressive epic to my knowledge. First, the cover, impressive, haunting, well in accordance with the times when the album was released. The battle between the hybrid Tarkus and the hero Manticore is nicely displayed.
Second, and more important, the suite which bears the album name: "Tarkus", a epic-like song that has grown intensely in my taste. The more I hear, the more I like the opening track.
It contains fine moments, even discounting the intro, with its arrangement resembling a kind of soundtrack. Other tracks are less inspiring: "Jeremy Bender" has a mixed western-vaudeville atmosphere, which is funny, cheesy, and nothing more. Vocals are disappointing with Lake screaming more than singing. Greg Lake compensates here greatly the flaws noted in the previous track.
Maybe if this song should be extended it could be better appreciated. The jazz connotations add few, the song is poor - a waste of time. Emerson's keyboard acrobatics are a clear attempt to give some soul to a completely tasteless song. Final track, "Are you ready, Eddy? The splendid epic makes this album good, even not being essential.
Final rating: 3. The album is 39 minutes long. Let me tell you from the start, the second 19 minutes are decent but nothing great. We get the usual piano-bar piece, the usual classical- adaptation, the usual in this case great jazzy piece, and also, the usual pointless joke are you ready eddy?
Usually that would mean that the album cannot get 5 stars rating, if almost half of it is only slightly above-average. Well, what happens in the other 20 minutes? Bar none. Tarkus, Tarkus, I can't make justice to that song. Yes, at times ELP achieved here what has never been achieved since, and that is: for a few seconds, reaching the level of the Greatest Music with an original ROCK composition. The keyboard playing by Emerson is just out-of-this- earth in here, whether is the Hammond, the piano or the Moog, Keith just shows us he had reasons to be such an arrogant prick.
Palmer dazzles us as always but with such self-control, with such a level of musicianship that just defies comparison. The song itself is incredible, so long yet so coherent, everything feels connected, there's an actual "leitmotif" derived from the opening and closing statement by Emerson in keys: that theme, altered, reappears constantly to give the song a sense of unity rarely seen.
There's ambiguity, there's power, there's calm, there are storms, there are military sounds, there's a hard-rocking part Mass There's a great use of jazz scales and unusual harmonies. This song has it all: performances, musical-complexity, emotion, beauty. It's perfect. If you don't own it, go get it NOW. If you have listened to ELP's other releases and didn't like them, give the trio another chance, you're missing the best prog-epic ever.
ELP could've only had released Tarkus, the song, and nothing else in their entire career, and they would still deserve a special place in the hall of progressive rock Tarkus is a suite that represents some of the best ELP material, for 20 minutes anyways. The second half of this album is completely and utterly useless unless you're in a laughing mood. The well known themes combined with ELP's idiosyncrasies on the 2nd half may have been intriguing at the time, but are impossible to take seriously now.
On the other hand, Tarkus is a wonderful little piece and quite possibly the best of all of ELP's material. Greg Lake's vocal work really stands out here, and I believe it's what really makes this track even better than the intriguing instrumental interplay. I find Tarkus much better than Karn Evil 9, which I found more aimless and not really cohesive as a suite to begin with. If some elements of the debut had been incorporated into the B-side of this record, it is very possible it would be looked at as one of the defining pieces of the genre.
Unfortunately, the 2nd half is marred with inexcusable rubbish. Good to have for one track and to see the genius the band did possess, as Tarkus is a hell of a song. There it goes, my th review is dedicated to my desert island record - to an ultimate masterpiece: the immortal Tarkus.
And I will rate it with highest possible rating without letting the side-long suite, "Tarkus" to affect my rating. I discovered this gem in my late teens, and now at the age of 30 I'm still discovering new details and hidden chapters of this monstrously spectacular story.
My first rendezvous or shall I say: impact? It struck me hard and changed my life. And than it struck me again, when I finally obtained my own copy, I realised that the album cover which I never saw before is exactly the same as I expected it to be. Do you believe in coincidence, destiny or supernatural powers?
However, this record changed my life indeed. I was convinced well, still I am that every note and sound on the album is telling the story and painting the picture exactly as I imagined them in my head.
I would like to say: this album is mine, interacting with me in some parallel universe. I don't want to sound like Charles Manson, but I hope you get the picture how strongly this piece of art affected my life. Armadillos, hymera, the battle between good and evil, war, science-fiction motif? Everything is here, and none of the above. Thousands of Tarkus reviews are done in the last thirty and more years, with many of them utilising deep dissection of the plot, focus, musicianship, lyrics, concept and everything else that could possibly be related to the album.
Thesis about Tarkus is not uncommon thing. More than half a dozen doctorates were written about Tarkus' length. That's right, people gained PhD title because of this record. And all of them presented less then one percent of knowledge to an average listener who never had a chance to be purified by listening to the album.
Perhaps it's time for a philosophers to start writing reviews. Or lunatics. That is precisely the same motif present in all the art that human race created during the history. The motif is often represented by demonstrating different aspects of human madness - usually Hear Comes The Music the typically human sociological phenomenon - the phenomenon of war. These two parameters are interacting, and the link between them could be considered a root, while occasional branches are questioning and examining all other aspects of human nature and society.
Why that war-madness relationship? I got that idea while listening thoroughly Tarkus, and later, when I discovered other ELP's albums, that theory was confirmed several times. Let's take a chronological look: on their debut, we have "Three Fates", for example - but finding the same motif there could be a huge stretch, and it will probably sound as "Paul is dead" theory during the Beatlemania; and if you want to find an ambiguous proof, you can find it anywhere. The picture is worth one thousand words, but the music can evocate an infinite number of pictures.
But let's try with another example: Tank. It's not only the three-part showmanship, actually you can trace the development of a story of tank and a tiny soldier-driver insidewhere the first part is introduction and training if you want, drum solo is, of course, a battle with enfilades, and third part is discovering lunacy, the absence of fear, and a pure destruction. The similar motif reached its peak on Tarkus, and on Trilogy you can experience the same story while listening Abbadon's Bolero.
Speaking of wars and battles, should I mention Karn Evil 9 too? Even during the days of ELP's reformation, when their inspiration batteries were worn off, you can find similar plot in Changing States, for example.
Considering the music itself: it's impossible to describe it. Before any possible jumping into conclusion that I am defending "Tarkus vs. That especially goes for good music. From the historical, and, I must say, mathematical point of view, I can't cope with this masterpiece. As I said, Eruption - Emerson Lake & Palmer* - From The Beginning (CD), there are numerous analysis around, published on the web, in the books and elsewhere, with different amount of "dissection depth".
I remember that I've found several sheet music transcriptions of Tarkus, each of them slightly differing from another. No surprise there's no many Tarkus sheet music books around. The music on Tarkus is new, fresh, innovative and groundbreaking. The roots of it could be found in the works of THE NICE, of course, in the classical and contemporary classical scores, and in the jazz. I am often foreseeing traces of Thelonious Monk in Emerson's piano pieces. There is a perfect amalgam between classical and jazz approach in the "Infinite Space Conclusion ", where bass and piano are playing the pattern that is almost entirely unison, except for the last note in the sequence which is played in the semi-note interval, producing brilliant dissonance and creating an extraordinary mood.
There are many details that could be observed through the lenses and offer another proof that Tarkus as a whole is a piece done by three musicians, each of them undoubtedly bearing the title of genius.
But since we, mortals, are seeing only the top of the iceberg, I wouldn't observe the piece in its entirety. I could mention "The Only Way Hymn " - where Lake did an extraordinary vocal performance, and lyrics once again fit into my theory of war-madness thread.
Eruption - Emerson Lake & Palmer* - From The Beginning (CD) intro on organ, with hypnotic pedal tone and absolutely weird but gorgeous approach to the fugue is incredible.
I really doubt I will hear something half as good in my lifetime. And they dared to overdub their vocals underneath the pedal tone although quietly and gave the song a scent of rock music and, I dare to say, banality?
But I never heard anyone complained about it. And why complaining? It works perfectly. So, let's start reverse with this album : first B-side because there is also a B-side you know! About eighteen minutes long, so not too long to suffer as a lot of us have done while listening to this portion of the album which is not too often Mama Tamba - Various - African Moods (CD) my case.
It might well be one of the best number of this side. Not too bad an interpretation, after all. The jazzy mood also prevails in "Infinite Space". But the whole of this number is pure repetitiveness.
Very powerful band with Keith playing at his best. Carl hitting the drum kit like a master which he is and Gregg singing a bit more rageously than usual. It reminds me the title track. Great number, really. The funny and revival! Not really within the ELP standard to say the least.
Like most of us, I hardly listen to this side. I had completely forgotten that it held even average songs not to speak about a very good one. At least, thanks to this review I have discovered the other side of this work again. Of course, there is one number on side A. And what a number! A fabulous and all- mighty intro featuring an explosion of sounds hence its title : "Eruption". ELP could not have found a better Eruption - Emerson Lake & Palmer* - From The Beginning (CD).
The band truely erupts the music with all their energy. The instrumental section will, again be very energetic. Two wonderful moverments in this seven-piece suite. No time to relax so far. It takes some of the "Eruption" mood to give some consistency to the whole. I have always like Lake's voice. This track is a brilliant showcase for him. A good guitar break there won't be many in ELP's work will add a special flavour to this section.
These short parts flow brilliantly the one into the other; making this number a great piece of prog music. The band sounds very unified. This is really an exceptional number. What if, like Tull, they would have expanded a bit further on side B? Well, I'm not really sure it would have lead to something like TIAB, since there are some weaker moments during the last part "Aquatarkus" the intro of it, actually.
The finale is as powerful as "Eruption". This song which lasts for more than twenty-minutes is so great that the listener will never get the impression that it is so long. This is the mark of the greatest. This number alone is worth five stars of course. It ranks to the greatest epics of the genre and defines ELP style perfectly. I could listen to this one endlessly. But I can honestly not rate the album so high. For stars for the whole. Starting with the good, "Tarkus" features all the soaring bombast and dynamic compositions one should expect from any classic prog band worth their salt, featuring some killer playing from all memebers.
Lake's voice is featured more evenly throughout, but Emerson's dexterous keyboard dominates the melody and instumental passages As for the other songs, they may be fun for an occasional listen but don't come close to the quality of the title track.
Side one of the LP consists of the adventurous and legendary "Tarkus" suite. The first segment, Keith's "Eruption," is one of the most intense, jam-packed 2 minutes and 43 seconds in prog rock. On top of all that its extremely complex arrangement will make your head spin. Few albums start this splendidly so it's not a big surprise to find that the next phase, "Stones of Years," struggles a bit to keep the momentum rolling on that spectacular level.
It's a heavy, slower-paced tune with Greg singing cryptic lyrics about a metallic armadillo but, while Emerson's organ solo is interesting, things take a much-appreciated swing upward when they rip into Keith's "Iconoclast" and tear it up again. It's got a supercharged riff that they steer through difficult and intricate changes, showing how amazing these guys are when they're in sync.
Next Greg sings "Mass" with conviction yet it's the staccato organ lead that gets your attention as the spicy interplay between Keith and Carl grabs the spotlight. After the short-lived "Manticore" section we get a brief taste of Lake's still-developing electric guitar skills that mark Blinding Sun - Various - Rockamerica Mar.
1993 (U-matic) low spot in the proceedings He would get much better in the years ahead, thank heaven. The pity is that his amateurish noodling takes away from the majestic theme of "Battlefield" going on beneath it.
The big finish is suitably flamboyant but somehow I get the feeling that the side-long saga just didn't come off as well as they had hoped it would. Having said that, however, if they would have had six weeks to polish it in the studio instead of six days I have no doubt that it would be near perfect. Displaying what would become a distracting habit for this band, "Jeremy Bender" is a detour into corny playfulness that stumps me to this day. It's pretty much a nutty saloon-style drinking ditty Who Am I?
- Addictive Hip Hop Muzick (CD, Album) with honky-tonk piano and silly limerick phrases that must have amused them no end.
At least the next song redeems them as it's one of the highlights of the album. On top of that, Greg's passionate and almost furious vocal is strikingly arresting and shows a completely different side of Mr. As much as I like Keith's organ virtuosity, his skill on the eighty- eights is often breathtaking and that's the situation here. Excellent job.
The mighty Hammond B3 makes a triumphant return on "Time and a Place," a typical ELP tour de force that rumbles like a freight train for three thrilling minutes.
I can't help but think that this record might have sold a few more copies if it weren't for the horrendous cover and inside liner art.
It's ugly and it certainly made me and probably others think twice when I first saw it in the racks in When compared to the other beautiful and stunning pictures that adorned their debut and the incredible "Brain Salad Surgery," this cartoon-ish nightmare looks like it was done by a kindergarten toddler.
Anyway, as far as the dreaded sophomore jinx goes, "Tarkus" beats that superstitious myth to a bloody pulp. While it's not the acme of their career, it still has the ability to make your hair stand on end time and time again.
You could do a lot worse than to spend forty minutes with this impressive collection of progressive rock, that's for sure. It's still available secondhand, but I warn you: it has one of the cheapest cover pictures I've ever seen Rating: Four stars for the A-side; two for the B-side. But each time I listen "Tarkus" I feel closer to the people who believe ELP are sometimes excessive, after a soft but good debut and because people expected too much from the first Prog supergroup, they valued more complexity and empty virtuosity over musicality, Palmer and Emerson seem to be in a ciontest trying to prove how fast they are and lake has troubles with some tracks Something I never expected from himOf course if they wanted to be a Prog band they had to do a pompous and overblown epic, better if multi part and better if they created an almost impossible to understand concept, this may work for Genesis because Peter Gabriel is a hell of a lyricist and has an incredible imagination, but that's not the strongest point Card Song - Georges Bizet - Carmen Jones (Vinyl, LP, Album) Emerson, Lake, Palmer or Sinfield when they recruited him.
The band starts the album with the supposed "Piece de Resistance" the overblown Tarkusdivided in seven parts all created to prove how proficient they are at their respective instruments, the Sci Fi mythological concept is secondary, it's only an excuse, I find no coherence or melodic support, the more complex the better, except for the vocal sections by Greg Lake, pretty forgettable.
They blend Symphonic, Jazzy sections, Crimsonian references and of course lost or organ and drum solos, they proved they are excellent performers but the composition is less than average IMHO, in some moments they seem to regain control but they loose it almost instantly in their desire of being better, louder and more complex than anybody else, goals that they never achieve. Jeremy Bender is simply a nice saloon tune with a vertical piano, catchy but nothing special.
Bitches Crystal is the point where I use the skip button, no feet or head, they got lost between Pompous Prog and Free Jazz, even Greg who gives coherence to the most bizarre tracks is unable to make this track barely decent, Keith butchers the piano and maybe the highest point is Palmer who remains accurate as always. The Only Way starts as a good at last atheist hymn paradoxically performed using the St.
Mark Church Organ. They try to be original and irreverent but the phrase "Why did he lose six million Jews" would be laughable if didn't sounded so racist and disrespectful to the holocaust. What started strong ended being ridiculous. The Only Way is a relief, very good track, martial, rhythmic, well developed and solid from start to end, a "rara avis" in this album without feet and head.
Nothing spectacular either but above the level of the album despite is mostly a long introduction that leads nowhere. A Time and a Place is another song that doesn't make sense at all, it's so badly done that he band plays highly above the vocal range of Greg Lake, letting us notice that his voice has severe limits, the rest is mostly organ and Moog masturbation with Palmer bombing us with his accurate but worthy of a better album drumming.
To be fair, it's an average album which would mean an impossible 2. The twenty-minute title track is about as good as prog ever got. If you had a chance to see them live during this era, you know it WAS effortless. Man, were ELP dealing. Emerson's percussive C3 just drives the songs, Lake is as good a bass player as there was at the time, and Palmer is no slouch. A pompous critic would say something like 'this is arguably the first extended prog masterpiece.
As Hendrix was to the Stratocaster, Emerson was to the Hammond, but not merely in terms of mastery of the instrument. Emerson unleashes the catalogue of sounds that every organ player henceforth would strive to duplicate. It's that innovative, and that good. And it's that hard to duplicate, because not every Hammond player had Rocky as a keyboard tech.
There's more synth on Tarkus than on the first album, but still it's the Hammond that dominates. I hadn't listened to this in a while, and it's my Untitled - James Twig Harper, Peter B.
& Fashion Flesh - The Shinth Tour (CDr). Unfortunately, as is common with ELP albums, things flag a bit on what was the second side of the LP. Jeremy Bender is fun, but nothing special. The Only Way is Emerson's obligatory pipe organ thang. But Time and a Place is ball-crushing hard rock in the vein of Knife-Edge from the debut.
But basically most of this is filler -- wouldn't do to Whos Making Who Cry - Kayle - Tell Me Why (CD, Album) a one-sided LP. Once again, only a 4. But you wouldn't want to be without this one. Emerson is the star of this first section though.
Just incredible! When Lake starts to sing a calm arrives in the "Stones Of Years" section. Lake's vocals had a lot to do with that, and how mellow it is.
The "Mass" section is another amazing instrumental piece. Kind of cool to hear Lake playing some electric guitar on the "Battlefield" section, and he's not half bad either. Nice sound during this passage. Check out the piano 2 minutes in.
Not a fan of the song though. This is certainly worth tracking down just for the title song alone. Another inconsistant record though. StarStarStarStar Tarkus, though it doesn't for me, at least have the same consistent quality and emotional impact as their debut, is the album that really fixed the future of ELP, and the title suite is definitely vital listening for any progger.
Although I can see where much of the criticism for the rest of the album comes from, I think it's not as bad as some make it out to be.
Even the much-maligned "filler" Are You Ready Eddy and Jeremy Bender have charm, energy and sarcasm, which works for me, and only the fairly cold 'Infinite Space' and the organ intro to The Only Way fall down a little. Lake's sometimes guilty of producing dubious lyrics, and in particular the words to the atheistic The Only Way are too confrontational and feeble for me.
The second side begins with the whimsical Jeremy Bender. The light elements might grate a little with the dark, brooding title track just before it, but if you see the second side as a completely separate entity, it opens it nicely.
Lake's lyrics are amusing enough, the piano is good. Palmer is obviously able to merge his drums impeccably with just about anything, and this track is no exception. Lake's voice is good, and the clapping doesn't spoil it at all. Next we have a winner, the unfortunately named Bitches Crystal.
It enjoys a twisted sense of humour, with the nursery rhyme introduction and reprise hilariously contrasted with the main drums, bass and heavier piano theme.
Lake's voice, though not as sublime as usual, and occasionally overstretched, and bits of moog and overblown lyrics thrown in for good measure. It ends well, and is a great track in its own way, and perhaps the real proof for me that ELP did have a sense of humour.
The fourth track on the album is of a different sort. There's a classical organ intro, apparently Bach, but, as with most classical organ I'm not particularly fond of it. You then have a less showy organ part subordinated neatly to Lake's superb voice and slightly tacky atheistic lyrics I don't care, if he can write Just Take A Pebble, he can do more than brief couplets and triplets :p.
However, that's where it picks up. Palmer and Lake come in, and Emerson switches to piano, to create a beautiful, memorable trio. If it wasn't for the opening and lyrics, this would be ELP at their best.
Still a great track. The conclusion, infinite time and space is mostly a trio, with the briefest of drum solos, and a quick piano solo too, but, without Lake's voice, sort of cold. It also feels a little too deliberate at times, but Emerson's piano overlaying over an already stand-alone part nearish the end is quite neat.
Compared to Emerson's usual prominence, it feels like Frippertronics. The song's got some character. Still good material. Hammond organ, moog and drums drive the next song to a decent synth-and-drum based conclusion that sort of reminds me of some of Toccata. The lyrics are mostly nonsense, but sound good, and Lake's voice is again strong. Unlike in Bitches Crystal, the song is serious enough that Lake over-extending his voice to what basically is screaming doesn't help.
The hammond riff is solid and overblown. The drumming here's particularly noteworthy, and the heavier keyboards provide a nice break from the acoustic-dominated second side.
If you're a big BSS fan, this is probably the second-side track for you. Are you Ready Eddy is a quirky rock and roll song with absolutely hectic piano, loads of energy, excellent drums and entertaining, sarcastic lyrics.
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Lake's largely acoustic "From The Beginning" has a laid back west-coast feel complete with quiet, bubbling synth playing and some lovely Joe Lala style hand percussion from Palmer. A great sounding track, very different from the usual ELP fare, and I for one would have liked to have seen the band produce more material like this/5().
Auf Discogs können Sie sich ansehen, wer an Box Set von From The Beginning mitgewirkt hat, Rezensionen und Titellisten lesen und auf dem Marktplatz nach der Veröffentlichung suchen. The discs are as beautiful to behold as to listen to. Finally a box set that does the band justice. The discs are deep black quiet but I did have to return first set due to noise in disc 2, side 2. Heartbreaking loss of Keith and Greg. Lake was the only drummer whose solos I never walked out of /5(29).
Nov 25, · Emerson,Lake & Palmer - From the Beginning [5 CD box set] Tracks: Disc one 1. Epitaph - King Crimson (Fripp/Giles/Lake/McDonald.
In Tarkus we have the debut of the classic Emerson, Lake and Palmer sound, as the music they presented in their debut was way too experimental, heavy and acid, when compared to their other albums. So it was in their album that the pace was set for their later albums such as Trilogy and Brans Salad Surgery/5(). Descubre ediciones, críticas, créditos, canciones y mucho más acerca de Emerson Lake & Palmer* - From The Beginning en Discogs. Completa tu colección de Emerson Lake & Palmer*.
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