Music today has been an odd mix of German band Frumpy’s third album By The Way (1972) and then their live album (1973). But I dug into some Emerson, Lake & Palmer and listened to the debut (1970), Tarkus (1971), Pictures At An Exhibition (1971), Trilogy (1972), and Brain Salad Surgery (1973). One of the most hated bands by the glammerers, the punkerers, the indie kids, the reggae fans, the soul boys, the sixties lovers, the critics, and the parents. I saw them at the Liverpool Empire in the mid-seventies on the Brain Salad Surgery tour (artwork for the album by HR Giger). They pleased nobody with their indulgent semi-intellectual, classical-leaning virtuosity and long solo sections with drum solos and keyboard madness with Keith Emerson jabbing a dagger into his Hammond and summoning monstrous noises. Carl Palmer double bass drumming his way through mad symphonies supported by Greg Lake’s twangy bass. And then Lake would pick up an acoustic guitar and sing something lovely with his attractive voice. Despised like Rush apart from by the hordes that loved them (48 million albums sold) – just fine if you like this kind of thing.
Music Of The Daze
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