Emerson, Lake and Palmer Brain Salad Surgery
4.0 Ranking: #30 for 1973
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2.5 averageRiver Tam | January 15th 14

Originally had this as a 3, but then I found out that one of the songs that made me bump it up a .5 wasn't actually on the album so taking that off now.rGiger' album art > album

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4.5 superbNightmareCinema16 | June 25th 13

The best you can ever ask of ELP. It has just about every single progressive rock element known, pretentiousness included.

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4.0 excellentdannyboy89 | April 16th 13

It's slightly better than the cartoonish Trilogy, since it has the greatness of the half-hour "Karn Evil 9". However, it doesn't quite achieve the level of the debut or Tarkus.

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4.0 excellentZilla2112 | August 11th 12

Emerson, Lake and Palmer's fourth release is indeed their best. Not only is there the epic "Karn Evil 9" suite, which is the album's highlight, but tracks like "Jerusalem" and "Still... You Turn Me On" are also very well written. A must have for prog fans.

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0.0 Wreath | April 16th 12

To prog wank or not to prog wank, that's the question. Talented guys featured on this album, no doubt about it and though mindless technicality usually ends up in a mess they actually managed to write songs with hooks and substance despite basically just jerking their respective instruments off.

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3.5 greatMotiv3 | July 26th 10

despite having 2 songs which for a lack of a better word, suck. I can't deny the complexity and uniqueness of this album's arrangements and complex structures. Emerson's piano arrangements and skill is nothing short of amazing. Whilst this album is not totally consistent, the karn evil tracks more than make up for the couple of short bad tracks. Thoroughly entertaining album.

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4.5 superbProgmaster85 | January 15th 10

ELP was a successful Progressive band from the 70's, but they aren't as appreciated as they should be. The best part about Brain Salad Surgery is that it never drags. I love Pink Floyd and Camel, but sometimes 70's Prog bands like that tend to have certain parts drag on for no reason. When I listen to ELP, the time changes, the chord changes, the 'everything' changes constantly. Emerson is one of the most intelligent and skilled pianist of the 70's prog scene, and Palmer is a fantastic drummer. The writing capabilities of this band are utterly phenomenal, the arrangements are genius, the ideas work, the disjointed song structures are entertaining and sophisticated. The piano work is out of this world, and every track is interesting and diverse, from Benny the Bouncer's western feel to the classical interpretation track Toccata. The album integrates genres tastefully without mashing ideas that don't work, and the album is a must listen for any piano fan or any fan of Progressive music at all, the arrangements are unreal. I know that lately I've been rating a lot of these Classic Prog albums 4.5's and 5's, but I'm a sucker for good old fashioned prog, and I have not heard many Classic prog bands that I don't like. This record is not given enough credit, and I truly believe it's one of the better 70's prog records. This album is unbelievable in every way, and is now one of my favorite Progressive records ever. Yeah it's pretentious, maybe they don't write "songs" like Neil Young does, but these arrangements sound like they are made by aliens.

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4.0 excellentThe Door Mouse | January 5th 07

If I can describe this album in one word, it would be strange. Great... but still strange. Take Toccata for example, this instrumental, trippy songs is just odd noises and trumpets. The best song on this is definatly Karn Evil 9 Pt. 1 2nd Impression. Carl Palmer is a really great drummer too. Emerson also is one of the best piano players I've heard. In Benny the Bouncer I actually feel like im in a old west bar. In the whole Karn Evil 9 epic he shows amazing talent. Definatly a great pick up

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