Emerson, Lake & Palmer will reissue their first two albums – 1970’s self-titled debut and 1971’s Tarkus – later this year. Both will be available as three-disc deluxe editions with new 5.1 stereo sound mixes, and both will have previously unreleased out-takes. One of the first supergroups, ELP featured former members of The Nice (Keith Emerson), King Crimson (Greg Lake) and Atomic Rooster (Carl Palmer) and became one of the biggest bands of the progressive rock movement.

Their debut album featured the hit “Lucky Man,” along with remakes of classical music pieces form J.S. Bach to Bela Bartok. At the time, it was a very innovative and different take on rock and roll.  Eventually though, progressive rock was blamed for everything bad in music, and it became hip to mock the genre.   Greg Lake tells CBS Local that, regardless of any backlashes from the era, prog rock’s influence is still felt in today’s music.

Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Tarkus are scheduled to be reissued on September 11 with Pictures At An Exhibition, Brain Salad Surgery, Trilogy and Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends, to follow.

Brian Ives, CBS Local


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