Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus

Remastered Vinyl Replicating Gatefold Sleeve & Artwork

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Tarkus is the second studio album by English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, originally released in June 1971 via Island Records.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer's 1970 debut LP was only a rehearsal. It hit hard because of the novelty of the act (allegedly the first supergroup in rock history), but felt more like a collection of individual efforts and ideas than a collective work. All doubts were dissipated by the release of Tarkus in 1971.

Side one of the LP is occupied by the 21-minute title epic track. “Tarkus" is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history. It is structured as a number of sequential sections, but in reality, it is the whole which far exceeds the sum of the parts. From the inaudible, gradually swelling intro, to the final bursts of the synthesiser over 20 minutes later, "Tarkus" stands as a composition to match any classical piece. It also represents prog rock at it's finest and indeed purest.

Greg Lake's voice never sounded better, Palmer's drumming is inspired (only the briefest of solos!), and Emerson's keyboards create stunning landscapes of sound. Rest assured, "Tarkus" will be performed live in future times in the way classical music is performed now. A true masterpiece.

The second side seeks to defuse the pomposity of the previous saga with the irreverent "Jeremy Bender", to be savored as a cherished oddity. "Bitches Crystal" returns to the haunting grounds of side one, and remains a favorite among fans. What follows next is a miniature epic: "The Only Way" (which questions God) and the instrumental "Infinite Space", which follows a more structured and restrained path than the explosive moments around it. The wonderful "A Time And A Place" (file under epic) and "Are You Ready Eddy?" (which immortalises engineer Eddy Offord) close the album, every ounce of energy drained.

By turns funny, profound and profane, Tarkus marks the arrival of greatness in the annals of ELP. Tarkus is a reminder that ELP walked tall at a time when censorious hands had yet to stick a knife in their back.

Check out the tracks: Tarkus (Edit)”; "Bitches Crystal" and “A Time And A Place”.

This remastered LP on black vinyl featuring the new 24 bit 2012 remaster from original tapes with the original artwork and gatefold sleeve faithfully replicated with a foreword by Greg Lake is pressed in the UK by BMG.

(4050538180053)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Tarkus

Eruption

Stones Of Years

Iconoclast

Mass

Manticore

Battlefield

Aquatarkus

20:40

2:43

3:43

1:16

3:09

1:49

3:57

3:54

B1

Jeremy Bender

1:41

B2

Bitches Crystal

3:54

B3

The Only Way (Hymn)

3:50

B4

Infinite Space (Conclusion)

3:18

B5

A Time And A Place

3:00

B6

Are You Ready Eddy?

2:09

SKU 4050538180053
Record Label BMG
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number BMGCATLP2
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 29 July 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 14 June 1971
Barcode # 4050538180053
Shipping Weight 0.2900kg
Shipping Width 0.007m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000690m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Reissue, Featuring 2012 Remaster, Newly Cut from the 24 Bit Master Files, Original Gatefold Sleeve & Artwork, Foreward by Greg Lake
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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