Thursday, 17 October 2013

‘This sounds terribly extravagant’: Greg Lake on beginnings of Emerson Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery

Through Greg Lake has said that 1972′s Trilogy was his favorite Emerson Lake and Palmer album, the project provided a unique obstacle for the group — something ELP looked to overcome with the subsequent Brain Salad Surgery.
Trilogy, home to Emerson Lake and Palmer’s memorable reworking of Aaron Copland’s “Howdown,” had been an of-its-time studio creation — to the point where ELP felt it could never be recreated in a concert setting.
That sparked the idea of a stripped-down approach for the 1973 follow up, as ELP sought to move away from the then-new 24-track recording technology toward something more straight forward.

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