Thursday, January 6, 2011

Emerson Lake & Palmer

  Emerson, Lake & Palmer, also known as ELP,are an English rock supergroup. They found success in the 1970s and sold over forty million albums and headlined large stadium concerts.They are one of the most commercially successful progressive rock bands and from the outset focused on combining classical pieces with rock music. 
  The band consists of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion).
 Their first album, simply entitled Emerson, Lake & Palmer , remains one of the most popular rock albums of all time. 

 They explored their capabilities to an extreme, even with the technology limitations of the early 70's, breaking ground, setting the new parameters for a new vein in the english pop music (at the time) which would be called progressive music. ELP released 10 outstanding albums during the 70's, and after a long break, they got back in the 90's with a new approach, but still making good music. 

Although most ELP fans believe their first gig was at the massive three day long Isle Of Wight Pop Music Festival on August 29th., the first gig actually took place six days earlier at a 3000 seat hall in Plymouth Guildhall. According to Lake, the band was paid $500.
  The show that ELP played at the Isle of Wight on August 29, 1970 was spectacular. Keith Emerson played the Hammond organ, piano, and his custom Moog synthesizer.  Although some critics, such as Melody Maker's Chris Welch who praised the band's early shows and its debut album, not everyone in the media was a fan. John Peel, a radio popular British DJ called ELP's performance at the Isle of Wight, "a tragic waste of time, talent and electricity."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this article. ELP is real classic.

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