ELP's Brain Salad Surgery Gets Ultimate Expansion
... (Prog) Emerson, Lake & Palmer
classic album Brain Salad Surgery will be re-released as an extended Super Deluxe edition on April 7 next year, it's been confirmed. The "ultimate expansion" treatment has been announced on the 40th anniversary of its original appearance in November 1973. Packaged in the famous artwork by HR Giger, the new edition will include 5.1 mixes, previously unreleased material and more. ELP
say: "We are amazed that after 40 years, so much of the original recordings, photos and artwork are still usable. Some of it has never been released before, but it's fascinating to hear how the recordings progressed. We are delighted that this new version will reveal some of these transitions." more on this story Prog Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Prog Magazine - Excerpted here with permission. ELP
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ELP's Carl Palmer: "Black Sabbath wanted me to replace Bill Ward"
... been in a true out-and-out guitar band like Black Sabbath, where it's just big riffs - very simple but very dynamic. It would be extremely invigorating. The older I get the more I appreciate that music. I was late to come to heavy metal. Asia had a bit of that but we were a little bit more corporate rock and melodic." Visit our dedicated features section, with plenty of our best long pieces archived there. You can find it here. Uncut is now available as a digital edition! Download here on your iPad/iPhone and here on your Kindle Fire or Nook. ELP
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Lake Believes Jimi Hendrix and ELP Collaboration Wouldn't Have Worked
... (Classic Rock) The proposed collaboration between ELP
and Jimi Hendrix would never have worked, Greg Lake believes. The guitar icon was set to join the prog rock giants in 1970, but died before it happened. And while frontman Lake regrets that tragedy, he doesn't think Hendrix and Keith Emerson could have operated together in the same band. Lake recalls the speculation over the band calling itself 'HELP', telling BackstageAxxess: "It didn't escape the notice of the press at the time." He continues: "I never believed it would have worked in the long run. It would have been great for a couple of days. Jimi was fantastic, and Keith also - but two virtuoso players in one band? It would have soon melted down. "It was very sad that when Jimi came back to England he was found dead in his flat. It was a big loss. It was a strange time for us. We'd come close to playing with him, and all of a sudden he was dead." More from Lake including other topics. Classic Rock Magazine is an official news provider for antiMusic.com. Copyright Classic Rock Magazine- Excerpted here with permission. Lake Believes Jimi Hendrix and ELP
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Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1970-1992)
Keith Emerson (keyboards)
Greg Lake (guitar, bass, vocals)
Carl Palmer (drums)
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The drum kit Carl Palmer played in concert cost $25,000 to make. It had a xylophone, tympani, and gong.
The kit was a one of a kind custom set made out of the best quality stainless steel. Palmer innovated rock drumming when he hired synth inventor Robert Moog to create and install a custom synthesizer module for each one of his drums. Each drum also was hand engraved by a highly skilled artisan with custom designs and set with real gem stones. Always a perfectionist, Palmer furthered his classical training in percussion studies at the London Conservatory after joining ELP. His goal was to always continue to improve his proven technical skills of speed, precision, range and expression. Palmer drove himself relentlessly to keep pace with the nearly impossible demands of the group's endless quest to fuse rock music spectacle with classical music's timeless chic. (thanks, Shar - Hilliard, OH)
They took a break for 2 years in 1975-1977.
Palmer joined Asia in 1981.
There were 63 roadies on their 1977 tour, including a karate instructor for Palmer and their own doctor. It was also rumored they had a "carpet roadie," whose job was to transport and sweep the Persian rug Lake stood on during the concerts. They also used a 70 piece orchestra.
Lake was previously in King Crimson, Emerson was in The Nice. They met in 1969 when both bands played a show at The Fillmore West in San Francisco.
In 1986, Emerson and Lake reformed the group with Cozy Powell on drums. Since Powell's last name starts with P, they kept the name ELP.
The artwork for the 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery was done by HR Geiger, who created the sets for the movie Alien.
Their 1974 album, Welcome Back My Friends... was the first triple-LP to sell 1 million copies.
Several years in a row, ELP won top honors from Rock magazine Melody Maker. In 1972, they won for Top Group, British and International; Emerson as the top keyboard man; Palmer's trophy as top drummer; Lake's as the world's most accomplished producer; ELP as the top pop arrangers; and finally the shared award, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake taking honors as the world's top composers. (thanks, Linda - NYC, NY)
Before forming Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake were considering Mitch Mitchell as their drummer, and with the suggestion of Mitchell adding Jimi Hendrix to their lineup. But they later settled on drummer Carl Palmer to form E.L.P. Shortly afterwards, British tabloids began publishing rumors that Hendrix, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer had formed to become H.E.L.P. But before the band was able to collaborate with Hendrix, he had passed away. (thanks, Randy - Colerain Twp., OH)
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