Progressive rock was meant to take rock music to a “higher level,” to make it more “artsy,” right?  It was an attempt to bring rock music closer to the feel of classical music.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1973
Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1973 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There were few, if any, progressive rock groups that made that attempt more obviously than the supergroup Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

The trio consisted of keyboardist Keith Emerson from The Nice; bassist, guitarist, and vocalist Greg Lake from King Crimson; and Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer.

It was Emerson who gave ELP its pomp and circumstance, that symphonic feel, plus an approach to the keys that redefined the word “aggressive.”  It was Lake who gave the group a simpler sound when the pomp became … extreme.

Depending on which critic you listen to, ELP either provided some of the best that progressive rock had to offer, or some of its worst and most pretentious.  They’ve disbanded and reformed in various ways and means through the years.

One thing has always been certain about ELP:  They could never be called boring.

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