Emerson, Lake & Palmer to Have Their Full Catalog Reissued; New 3-CD Anthology

by VVN Music

Over the last couple of years, we have said many times that there are four progressive rock groups that are unjustly being ignored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by not only being passed over for induction, but with three out of four never even being nominated. Those four are the Moody Blues, Yes, King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

Over the next two years, BMG is going to celebrate ELP's musical legacy with a comprehensive reissue program that will bring the band's nine studio albums, along with live albums and compilations, back onto the market in expanded editions.

Formed in London in 1970, ELP brought together three experienced and dominant musicians, Keith Emerson (Nice) on keyboards, Greg Lake (King Crimson) on guitar and Carl Palmer (Atomic Rooster, Crazy World of Arthur Brown) on drums. The developed a style that took progressive rock to the next level, combining classical music sensibilities with elements of jazz and rock.

For the reissue campaign, BMG will be putting out the albums on CD, vinyl (140 g.) and digital download both in high definition and mastered for iTunes.

The first three album, along with a new 3-CD anthology, are scheduled for release on July 29:

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970)

The band’s debut album, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970) will be available as a 2 CD set with CD 1 comprising the original album in its 2012 remastered edition. CD 2 offers an Alternate Album in a 2012 Steven Wilson stereo mix, with bonus tracks. The LP version will be the original album, newly cut for the first time from 24 Bit/HD 2012 remasters.

The Standard Digital Download will comprise the remastered 1970 album and an Alternate Album (2012 Stereo remix) with bonus tracks. The same contents will be available on MFiT and HD digital formats, all taken from the 2012 remasters.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer was first released after the group’s critically acclaimed debut show at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, when they performed to 600,000 people. Its dynamic original compositions and classical adaptations are brimful of Keith Emerson’s superb piano and Moog synthesizer work, Greg Lake’s magnificent vocals, bass and acoustic guitar playing and Carl Palmer’s lightning fast drumming.

Bartok’s The Barbarian, together with originals Take A Pebble, Knife Edge, and the three part suite The Three Fates are followed by Tank and Greg Lake’s ballad Lucky Man which was the band’s debut single and a huge U.K. and U.S. hit. The Alternate album has 12 tracks peppered with bonus items notable an informal Rave Up, a Carl Palmer Drum Solo, and alternate versions of Take A Pebble, Knife Edge and Lucky Man.

Disc 1
  • The Barbarian
  • Take a Pebble
  • Knife-Edge
  • The Three Fates
  • Tank
  • Lucky Man
Disc 2
  • The Barbarian (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Take a Pebble (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Knife-Edge (With Extended Outro; 2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Promenade (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • The Three Fates: Atropos (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Rave Up (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Drum Solo (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Lucky Man (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Take a Pebble (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Knife-Edge (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Lucky Man (First Greg Lake Solo Version; 2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Lucky Man (Alternate Version; 2012 Stereo Mix)

Tarkus (1971)


The band’s second album, Tarkus (1971) saw ELP take a new direction with yet more complex keyboard sounds. The title track took up the whole of side one of the original LP, and defined the band’s exultant, bombastic approach. Jeremy Bender, Bitches Crystal, The Only Way (Hymn), Infinite Space (Conclusion), A Time And A Place, and the rocking Are You Ready Eddy? complete this Number One U.K. album that also shot to Number 9 in the U.S. charts.

CD 1 comprises the 1971 album remastered in 2012 by renowned rock remastering engineer Andy Pearce. CD 2 is the Steven Wilson Stereo Mix of the 2012 remaster, with bonus tracks taken from the original recording sessions. They are Oh My Father, Unknown Ballad and an alternate take of Mass from the extended piece Tarkus. The LP version is newly cut from the 2012 remaster, with original gatefold sleeve and artwork faithfully reproduced. The three Digital versions are also taken from the 2012 remasters.

Disc 1
  • Tarkus
  • Jeremy Bender
  • Bitches Crystal
  • The Only Way (Hymn)
  • Infinite Space (Conclusion)
  • A Time And A Place
  • Are You Ready Eddy?
Disc 2
  • Tarkus (i. Eruption, ii. Stones of Years, iii. Iconoclast, iv. Mass, v. Manticore, vi. Battlefield, vii. Aquatarkus (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Jeremy Bender (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Bitches Crystal (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • The Only Way (Hymn) (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Infinite Space (Conclusion) (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • A Time and a Place (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Are You Ready Eddy? (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Oh, My Father (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Unknown Ballad (2012 Stereo Mix)
  • Mass (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)

Pictures At An Exhibition (1971)

ELP’S third album, Pictures At An Exhibition (1971), has been credited with inspiring many young musicians to embrace and study classical music. Based on the group’s enthusiastic interpretation of the famous work by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky, it was a major hit and reached Number 3 in the U.K. and Number 10 in the U.S. album charts. Pictures was recorded on March 21st, 1971 at Newcastle City Hall, where Emerson made use of the hall’s thunderous pipe organ.

The LP and disc 1 of the CD comprises an excellent new remaster of the Pictures album from the original master tapes. On the 2 CD set, tracks on CD 1 include Promenade, The Gnome, Promenade, The Sage, The Old Castle, Blues Variations, another reprise of Promenade, The Hut of Baba Yaga, The Curse of Baba Yaga, The Hut of Baba Yaga, The Great Gates of Kiev and encore number Nut Rocker a hit by B.Bumble & The Stingers. Bonus tracks are a medley of Pictures recorded ‘live’ at the Mar Y Sol Festival, Puerto Rico, on December 4th, 1972.

Disc 2 has another live performance of the extended work, recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, on December 9th, 1970, complemented by live performances of ELP favourites The Barbarian, Knife Edge, Rondo and Nut Rocker.

Disc 1
  • Promenade (Pt. 1) Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Gnome (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • Promenade (Pt. 2) Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Sage Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Old Castle (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • Blues Variation (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • Promenade (Pt. 3) Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 1) Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Curse of Baba Yaga (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 2) Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • The Great Gates of Kiev (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • Nutrocker (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 - Remaster)
  • Pictures At An Exhibition
Disc 2
  • Promenade (Pt. 1) Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Gnome (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • Promenade (Pt. 2) Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Sage (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Old Castle (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • Blues Variation (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • Promenade (Pt. 3) Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 1) Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Curse of Baba Yaga (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 2) Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Great Gates of Kiev (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • The Barbarian (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • Knife-Edge (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • Rondo (Pt. 3) Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
  • Nut Rocker (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: The Anthology (2016)

Accompanying these three albums is a special 3 CD and download release Emerson, Lake & Palmer - The Anthology. Produced by Greg Lake, this superb, career-spanning set has 39 tracks from the years 1970 to 1998, the choice of material approved by all three band members. It is presented in special ‘casebound’ book packaging with detailed, informative sleeve notes by Chris Welch, illustrated with rare band photographs.

The songs are selected from the albums Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus, Pictures At An Exhibition, Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery, Welcome Back My Friends To the Show That Never Ends, Works Volume 1, Works Volume 2, Works Live, Love Beach, Live At Nassau Coliseum ‘78, Black Moon, In The Hot Seat, Live At The Royal Albert Hall 1993 and Then & Now.

Among the highlights are the band’s performance of Copland’s Hoedown, and their version of Jerusalem by William Blake and Hubert Parry. CD 3 includes the stirring Fanfare For The Common Man, Keith Emerson’s hit rendition of the famed Honky Tonk Train Blues, Greg Lake’s 1975 solo hit I Believe In Father Christmas and the group’s menacing interpretation of the TV theme Peter Gunn. Tiger In A Spotlight is another live track, recorded at the group’s comeback show at the Royal Albert Hall.

Disc 1
  • The Barbarian
  • Take a Pebble
  • Knife-Edge
  • Lucky Man
  • Tank
  • Tarkus
  • Bitches Crystal
  • The Only Way (Hymn)
  • Infinite Space (Conclusion)
  • A Time And A Place
Disc 2
  • The Sage (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 1971)
  • The Great Gates Of Kiev (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 1971)
  • Nutrocker (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 1971)
  • The Endless Enigma, Pt. One
  • From the Beginning
  • The Sheriff 
  • Hoedown
  • Abaddon's Bolero
  • Jerusalem
  • Toccata
  • Still... You Turn Me On
  • Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. I 
  • Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2
  • Toccata (Live In Anaheim, 1974)
Disc 3
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st Movement)
  • Fanfare for the Common Man
  • Brain Salad Surgery
  • I Believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake)
  • Honky Tonk Train Blues (Keith Emerson)
  • Peter Gunn (Live 1977/1978)
  • C'est La Vie (Live At Olympic Stadium, Montreal, 1977)
  • Love Beach
  • Canario
  • Pirates (Live in Nassau, 1978)
  • Affairs Of The Heart
  • Romeo And Juliet
  • Hand Of Truth
  • Paper Blood
  • Tiger in a Spotlight (Live - Now Tour '97/ '98)

Coming up later in 2016, look for Trilogy (1972), Brain Salad Surgery (1973) and Welcome Back Friends to the Show That Never Ends (1974).


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