Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of progressive rock. As well as creating spectacular live shows that incorporated advanced technology and showmanship, they also recorded a cascade of powerful albums that sold in millions around the world.
During 2016 and 2017 the band’s musical legacy will be celebrated by BMG with an important and comprehensive re-issue program that will put the spotlight on ELP’s nine studio albums as well as their live recordings and compilations. The trio’s remarkable style, combining original compositions with rock, jazz, folk and classical influences.
Their phenomenal mix of melodic songs, dynamic arrangements, brilliant musicianship and electrifying sound broadened the audience for progressive rock and guaranteed ELP massive international appeal, as they headlined stadium tours throughout the 1970s and 1990s and achieved sales of over 40 million albums.
ELP also enjoyed two major hit singles with "Lucky Man" and "Fanfare For The Common Man," and their 21-minute epic track "Tarkus" is hailed as a milestone in prog rock history.
The group’s first three albums -- Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Tarkus and Pictures At An Exhibition -- are scheduled for re-release on Friday, July 29.
Accompanying these three albums is a special triple CD and download release The Anthology. Produced by Greg Lake, this 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.
New and old generations of fans will now be able to enjoy ELP’s music afresh, as their albums are released in a range of different formats, from CD and freshly cut vinyl LP to digital download, high definition digital and mastered for iTunes.
Vinyl connoisseurs will be pleased that following a special request from Greg Lake, the LPs will be presented on 140 gsm vinyl to ensure a superior high quality sound. LP inner bag features an explanation of this by Lake.
All these albums now serve as a fitting memorial to Keith Emerson, who died aged 71 on March 10, 2016. When speaking about ELP’s career and achievements for the re-issue project he said: “Emerson, Lake and Palmer are very proud to have brought this great music to a new generation of musicians and fans.”