Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer/ Tarkus (deluxe editions)
Razor & Tie ***
Think Muse are bombastic? They’re a stripped-down skiffle trio compared to these guys, who took prog-rock to the power of three. As if we haven’t already had enough boxsets and reissues of ELP’s back catalogue, here’s their first two albums, each remixed by Steven Wilson from the original tapes and released as deluxe three-CD sets, complete with 5.1 surround sound, bonus tracks and unreleased outtakes.
ELP’s 1970 debut is a confident calling-card, showcasing Emerson’s classical chops (The Three Fates), Palmer’s demolition drumming (Tank) and Lake’s way with a whimsical ballad (Lucky Man). Tarkus is a strange beast, an extended jazz-rock odyssey featuring an armadillo- armoured vehicle chimera that ends with the tongue-in-cheek rocker, Are You Ready Eddy? emersonlakepalmer.com
Download tracks:Knife Edge, Lucky Man, Stones of Years