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My Emerson Lake and Palmer Albums List BAD to GOOD

Emerson, Lake and Palmer are one of the most commercially successful Progressive Rock groups of the 1970's. Formed from the ashes of the original King Crimson lineup, ELP became a staple in the Prog Rock sphere, with their talent, nuance, and composition receiving massive acclaim and commercial success. Here is my list of their albums from Worst to Best.
9Emerson Lake and Palmer
Love Beach


Whatever the Hell this is, I really wish it didn't exist. Made to fulfill contractual obligations to their record company amid growing tensions within the group, Love Beach is one of the most poorly conceived, lazy, and downright awful Prog Rock albums ever made. It is simply a marvel I could listen to it all.
8Emerson Lake and Palmer
In the Hot Seat


ELP's return in the 90's didn't exactly go well, as they had long been forgotten in the new age of 90's music. As such In the Hot Seat was a commercial failure and remains the final album ever made by ELP. Does that mean it was bad? Not really, it was great in fact, but it definitely paled in comparison to their more famous albums.
7Emerson Lake and Palmer
Black Moon


After 14 years, ELP returned to the studio as a trio again to record Black Moon. Despite a considerable amount of attention over the reuniting of this group, the album didn't meet the sales figures warranting a success. Not to mention that Greg Lake's voice had aged considerably since then, and Keith Emerson was slowly losing his touch on the keyboards.
6Emerson Lake and Palmer
Trilogy


Touted as one of the most commercially successful ELP albums, Trilogy increased the popularity of the upstart Prog Rock group and helped kickstart the Prog Rock revolution that would continue throughout the 1970's. Its instrumentation was astute, it's quality phenomenal, and its beauty unquestionable.
5Emerson Lake and Palmer
Works Volume 2


A very controversial album for the band but an excellent one nonetheless, Works Volume 2 showed a much more endearing side of ELP with a focus on Bluegrass, Jazz, and Symphonic Rock influences ranging throughout its tracks. Sure it had an issue of focus, but with a band like ELP, did focus ever really matter?
4Emerson Lake and Palmer
Tarkus


Tarkus remains one of ELP's weirdest records. From its idiosyncratic style, to its more heavy production as Keith Emerson took creative lead during its production; Tarkus is a beautiful mess of ideas merged into one, this surprisingly doesn't result in failure, but rather the opposite of it.
3Emerson Lake and Palmer
Works Volume 1


By far one of the most ambitious albums ever made. A double album with each side having its own style and substance. Keith Emerson's side featured brilliant Orchestration and piano pieces with his Piano Concerto No. 1. Carl Palmer's side features a more heavy take on the usual Prog Rock fare, while Greg Lake's side is more lighthearted and beautifully crafted. A masterpiece in ambition and invention, Works Volume 1 may never be made again, and perhaps it shouldn't.
2Emerson Lake and Palmer
Brain Salad Surgery


Derided by critics of the day as pretentious and tacky; Brain Salad Surgery is nowadays heralded as one of the most masterful Progressive Rock Records of the 1970's. From the collaborative lyrics of Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield, to the pulsating energy of Carl Palmer, to the grandiose talents of Keith Emerson. Brain Salad Surgery is a marvel of invention, creativity, and intelligence, and one of the greatest Prog Rock albums of its time.
1Emerson Lake and Palmer
Emerson, Lake & Palmer


Of course their debut remains their finest work. Unlike albums after it, ELP's debut was a combination of Prog Rock and Hard Rock, and mixed some very heavy riffs with a somber, yet emotional tone. One of the best Prog Rock records of time, ELP's debut remains a masterpiece that established the otherworldly talents of the three band mates, and amassed a massive following that would catapult these men to stardom. Truly, this was their finest hour.
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