Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Trilogy


4.0
excellent

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
September 30th, 2011 | 62 replies | 8,951 views


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist


7 of 7 thought this review was well written

While all ELP albums are hit-and-miss to a certain extent, the one that has the most good songs on it is 1972's Trilogy. One obvious thing about this album is that while it lacks a true epic standout, it has a strong group of tunes to please the listener. Whereas albums like Brain Salad Surgery and Tarkus had a strong centerpiece surrounded by a lot of filler, Trilogy is different in that there aren't really that many ***ty throwaway tunes. In fact, the whole album is strong.

"The Endless Enigma" is a composition divided into two seperate parts and it stands as one the group's best moments. It has a somewhat medieval vibe, and you can really tell that these guys are British. The organs are mellow and pretty subdued, with the emphasis being on Greg's great vocals and Carl's impressive drumming. There isn't any wankery at all until the second part of the song, which follows "Fugue", and even then it is still tasteful and enjoyable. "From The Beginning" is a very pretty acoustic tune, once again showcasing Greg's skills as a singer. The album gets off to a good start.

"The Sheriff" is the song where ELP try to be silly on purpose (as opposed to how they normally sound silly on their so-called serious songs) and whereas other times the band failed at making this trademark track enjoyable ("Jeremy Bender" and "Benny the Bouncer" come to mind) on this one the band comes together to make a fun and catchy tune. It sounds like it came straight from the 19th century, and while the critics of the time could not relate because they were busy with Lou Reed solo albums, it's some fun stuff. It's still a filler track and could have been left off, but it could've been worse.

After that we have the trademark "we take a classical tune and change it a bit" song, "Hoedown". It's catchy at first and it shows Emerson's keyboard prowess especially, but eventually it just gets annoying and it sounds like something that would be playing on a blooper/funniest home videos television show in the background with footage of people slipping on banana peels.

Luckily, side two picks up a bit with the title track, "Trilogy", which begins acoustic and gets into a section that is almost, dare I say, rocking. While rocking wasn't something ELP was known for, they get into a bit of a groove on this track, and the rock stays with them on "Living Sin", which is probably the closest thing to proper rock 'n roll the band ever did. This leads into "Abaddon's Bolero", which is enjoyable for about two minutes before turning into a boring Keith Emerson solo seemingly on loop, because there's no way he stood there playing the same goddamn notes for eight whole minutes.

While the album may end on a bit of a bland note, Trilogy serves as the group's most enjoyable release as a whole. None of the songs are too ***ty and the good songs are really ***ing good this time. While there may not be a huge twenty-minute epic, it has some good 'ol prog jams that any progster or dad will be sure to enjoy.



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TheNotrap
September 30th 2011



8038 Comments


I need to recheck this asap.
Last time I've heard it was probably in the 80's....I had the vinyl


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KILL
September 30th 2011



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha bro you got balls reviewing this shit knowing it will get 2 comments

you gota review presto man just talk about the pass superconductors thrash influence

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TheNotrap
September 30th 2011



8038 Comments


I'm too tired to read the review Sonic.
Tomorrow it will be one of my coffee readings...ELP and morning coffee is a great mix...I guess

porch
September 30th 2011



8453 Comments


eventually it just gets annoying and it sounds like something that would be playing on a blooper/funniest home videos television show in the background with footage of people slipping on banana peels.


lol

BigHans
September 30th 2011



26455 Comments


pos

Jethro42
September 30th 2011



12391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review sonictheentertainer. I really need to relisten to this. Most of sputnikers were even not born last time I've heard it in its entirety.
Both Endless Enigma and From the Beginning are very enjoyable , that I remember very well.

sideburndude
September 30th 2011



2782 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Cool, somebody reviewed this. The Endless Enigma and Trilogy are the highlights on this album for sure. And for some reason Keith Emerson's playing always makes me laugh especially on Hoedown.

Activista anti-MTV
September 30th 2011



3139 Comments


Nice review!

vanderb0b
September 30th 2011



3473 Comments


Album is awesome, but I prefer Tarkus, even if it is a bit more inconsistent. I can't help feeling, though, that while these guys put out quite a few good albums, they were never able to make a completely consistent release...every album I've heard from them has a rather large amount of filler.

Ire
September 30th 2011



41754 Comments


pos pos pos pos

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2011



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album rules.

Pos'd.

TheNotrap
October 1st 2011



8038 Comments


"it has some good 'ol prog jams that any progster or dad will be sure to enjoy"
Hahaha (dad laughing)

Good review Sonic



Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 1st 2011



23806 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im liking these reviews man. From the Beginning is my fucking jam. Super fun to play on the gee-tar

KILL
March 5th 2012



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hard

tarkus
March 25th 2012



5560 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

truth

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2012



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rules.

KILL
April 13th 2012



71454 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 13th 2012



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The Endless Enigma is so good.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2012



20403 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed.

Chortles
October 27th 2012



17944 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

4'd this and the rating went up

feel good about life now



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