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Their Best Album,
This review is from: Trilogy (Audio CD)
This could be ELPs best album. In many ways a synthesis of their first two albums with a much better production that even diehard ELP haters admit they prefer before 'Emerson Lake & Palmer' and 'Tarkus' So what changed? Well, nothing except that the band had become more polished and their material more diverse. The production was the major difference over the earlier works-more commercial possibly, classier definitely.
This is certainly an album to return to again and again. I always find something different after a break. The Endless Enigma (both parts and Fugue) is the albums's highlight and is probably the piece I would play to someone who had never heard the band before.This is classy, timeless music with all three members of the group at their very best, Lake's vocals are back to his King Crimson best, Palmer's drumming is incredibly controlled and tight, Emerson's keyboards sounding magisterial.
There is a wonderful fusion about this album. The early 1970s was a great time for experimentation in music and ELP were at the forefront of breaking new ground in what was possible. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. Here it works very well indeed with a mixture of Rock, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Pastiche and Boogie. A great album from a great band at their peak.