Who would have thought a prog rock track would become the title song to a well-known family-orientated game show? Thanks to Jim Davidson being a mega-ELP fan, the first movement of the albums Karn Evil 9, better known as "Welcome Back My Friends" is the theme song to "The Generation Game". Karn Evil 9 is a complex, often dark, often tricky work, harking back to the days of "Tarkus", the theme being man being ultimately governed by machines. But as well as the brooding metallic passages, there is also a chance for the great Keith Emerson to indulge his passion and immense artistry as a jazz pianist. It all makes for an unforgettable and mesmeric piece.
However, perhaps the most haunting is their rendering of "Jerusalem", that stays faithful with its sacred overtones. No-one has produced a better version of this eternal song.
Their classical bent continues with the racy and dramatic "Toccata" and the trademark commercial track is the lovely acoustic "Still.....You Turn Me On". And there is a novelty track "Benny the Bouncer", a real Cockney ragtime little number with extremely menacing overtones.
Brain Salad Surgery - which incidentally was a track but only available as a freebie floppy disc with a music paper back in the 70s - ranks as one of the greatest ELP collections. Full of contrasts fusing the influences of classical composers with out and out rock rhythms, the music is timeless and still sounds fresh. God bless Jim Davidson for giving it a brand new lease of life and hopefully a wider audience.