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Considered by many to be one of rock's original first super-groups, Emerson Lake & Palmer formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals. Their penchant for appropriating themes ... Read more in Amazon's Emerson, Lake & Palmer Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Feb. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B004G6TD4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ELP's third studio album, originally released in 1972, further increased their worldwide popularity. It includes "Hoedown", which has become one of their most popular songs when performing live and "From The Beginning", their highest-charting US single to date.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE on 9 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
ELP fans will happily debate forever the point at which the band reached its creative peak but there is a firm consensus that their early years were their finest. Whether the absolute best was Tarkus, Trilogy or Brain Salad Surgery is secondary to the simple fact that Trilogy is one of the finest pieces of work that this band did.
The secret of their music is that they put together a set of talents the like of which had rarely been seen before let alone moulded into a single unit. The opening salvo, (The Endless Enigma Part One, Fugue and The Endless Enigma Part Two) illustrates this perfectly.
To deal with Carl Palmer first, in the early seventies he was finding ways of breaking up rhythms that had never been heard before. Nothing on Trilogy is quite as radical as his drumming on Tarkus but nonetheless, he was doing things here with sticks and skins that nobody else had tired.
In terms of rock music, Keith Emerson is an outstanding talent but that does not give full account of his real contribution. On the classical concert circuit, keyboard performance talent such as his is not unique but never before had this been combined with the kind of driven creative rock intensity of his contemporary guitar greats.
Greg Lake is often overlooked in comparison with the other two members of the band but that does not do him justice. As well as his distinctive voice, his bass guitar work is the perfect match for Emerson's keyboard playing. If you listen to the opening suite and try to imagine it with an ordinary, unimaginative bass line, you will appreciate that he adds his own dimension to the music.
Trilogy is a nice balance of the range of ELP's style. After "The Endless Enigma" comes "From the Beginning" a typical Greg Lake ballad.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bjrn Are Davidsen on 4 Jun. 2001
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This 2001 edition manages finally to give ELP the sound they deserve. Trilogy is of course as beautifull as ever, mixing quiet ballads with intense and intricate pieces, as well as great yearns like The Sheriff. Now its possible to listen to it as it always should have sounded - a Great Bargain! The live bonus Hoedown is a great final touch
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reid TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Aug. 2011
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I approached this album with a mixture of excitement and trepidation when it was first released. After `Tarkus', which I had found patchy and `Pictures at an Exhibition' which was a live tour de force but of proven material, I wondered whether ELP's third studio album of new material would make the grade. In fact, I was blown away by this album, which is quite brilliant.

If you want proof of Keith Emerson's virtuosity, go no further than the piano run down into the main body of `Trilogy', the title track. This is a rocker of a piece, in three sections. I believe this made it to their live performance but only for a short time - a shame, because to hear this live would have been something special.

"Hoedown" of course, has become an ELP live performance classic where Emerson seemingly tries to beat himself to the end of the track. "Abaddon's Bolero" is a haunting melody repeated over and over again in increasingly complex arrangements until the inevitable climax and end.

"From the Beginning" is a great slow ballad, a perfect vehicle for Greg Lake's strong voice.

And so on ... there really isn't a weak link on this album, and it was a portent of more great things to come with `Brain Salad Surgery'. This was ELP at their best and is thoroughly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By rover15 on 3 April 2011
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First off, the reviewer below (J Bruce) gives this 1 star and has pretty much gone through all ELP albums giving them 1 star and a torrent of abuse, I doubt he listens to ELP at all and though everyone is entitled to an opinion these albums should only be reviewed by people who own them.
Trilogy is probably ELP's most accessible album without losing their style as they did with Love Beach (1978). I came to this album first in 1989, unfortunatly I'm too young to have been there in the bands heyday, and instantly fell in love with it. I truely beleive it stills holds up very well today.
These recent CD reissues , although good to keep the music alive, have not added any extra bonus tracks to those on the 2001 reissues. It would've been nice to have added some studio rehearsals or unreleased tracks. Still it is a fine, fine album
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
My favourite ELP album, and an amazingly varied showcase for the talents of three fine musicians. I can't improve on John O'Connor's analysis of the material, though it's worth saying that these tracks stand the test of time remarkably well:
Endless Enigma still sounds edgy and years ahead of its time; From the Beginning and the Sheriff are still great singalong numbers; and I defy anyone to listen to Hoedown without tapping their feet; and rarely has anyone written a more beautiful song than the first section of Trilogy - a love ending but a melody to last forever, a lyrical entwining of Emerson's piano melody and Greg Lake's sensitive vocal interpretation.
This is class!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Buxton on 27 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Just thought I'd add some comments, this is my favourite ELP album and I bought it when it came out in 1972 and I still have the original vinyl album now, and it's in mint condition still.

I went to see ELP live at the Top Rank in Liverpool in 1972, it was my first ever concert and I was still at school, they played most of the Trilogy album and I was gobsmacked at these three superb musicians playing this fantastic classical/rock music, I also saw them again in 1974 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

Back to the trilogy album, from the first track `The Endless Enigma part 1' which starts off slow and builds up to a crescendo of great musicianship and timing, then into `Fugue' which has Keith Emerson playing light/heavy classical piano which leads into `The Endless Enigma part 2' from this we go to track 4 `From The Beginning' which is my favourite Greg Lake song, a nice balled with mainly acoustic guitar and ending with some electric guitar and keyboards, track 5 takes us to the `Sheriff' a track which is famous for its honky tonk wild west fast piano playing ending, apparently ELP always liked to put a gimmicky type song on each album and if you listen to other albums you'll find them.

Onto track 6 `Hoedown' written by Aaron Copland the first version I ever heard was ELP's It just blew me away, couldn't stop playing this track, just brilliant keyboard playing from Keith Emerson, I always felt sorry for Greg Lake & Carl Palmer as you knew that when Keith Emerson got going it would be 100mph non stop for Greg & Carl. Track 7 which is my favourite `Trilogy' this is just a fantastic song and I agree!
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