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The finest example,
By A Customer
This review is from: Brain Salad Surgery (Audio CD)
Where do I start? Brain Salad Surgery is simply the finest example of ELP's work under one cover and is without any doubt in my mind, the finest progressive rock album ever recorded!
Here we have three of the worlds finest musicians at their peak in terms of musicianship and creativity. If you are a drummer and have not heard Carl Palmer, or if you are a keyboard player and have not heard Keith Emerson, you should quickly get hold of a copy! Lets not forget the multi-talented vocalist, bass and guitarist Greg Lake.
The music on this album is a fusion of many genres. ELP's brand of prog. encompasses rock, classical and jazz influences. The album starts with the majesty of the hymn 'Jerusalem' with swirling Moog and Hammond organ. This is followed by the loverly ballad 'Still you turn me on', then 'Toccata' demonstrates synthesised percussion, not just drums. The band are in tongue in cheek mood with 'Benny the Bouncer'. However, the three impressions called 'Karn Evil 9', a 30 minute Prog. masterpiece represent the pinnacle of progressive rock - even after all these years it is simply breath taking!
If you only ever buy one ELP album, this is the one!