Label: Manticore - MC 66669 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Avantgarde, Prog Rock, Classic Rock
The main focus, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery to the three-part "Karn Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery 9," is sci-fi rock, approached with a volume and vengeance that stretched the art Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery audience's tolerance to its outer limit, but also managed to appeal to the metal audience in ways that little of Jerusalem - Emerson did. Indeed, "Karn Evil 9" is the piece and the place where Keith Emerson and his keyboards finally matched in both music and flamboyance the larger-than-life guitar sound of Jimi Hendrix.
This also marked the point in the group's history in which they brought in their first outside creative hand, in the Summertime Blues - Robert Gordon - The Best Of of ex- King Crimson lyricist Pete Sinfield. He'd been shopping around his first solo album and was invited onto the trio's new Manticore label, and also asked in to this project as Lake 's abilities as a lyricist didn't seem quite up to the minute "Karn Evil 9" epic that Emerson had created as an instrumental.
Sinfield 's resulting lyrics for "Karn Evil 9: First Impression" and "Karn Evil 9: Third Impression," while not up to the standard of his best Crimson work, were better than anything the group had to work with previously -- he was also responsible for Emerson 's choice of title, persuading the keyboardist that the music he'd come Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery with was more evocative of a carnival and fantasy than the pure science fiction concept that Emerson had started A Tramp Shining - Richard Harris - Love Album. And Greg Lake pulled out all the stops with his heaviest singing voice in handling them, coming off a bit like Peter Gabriel in the process.
And amid Carl Palmer 's prodigious drumming, it was all a showcase for Emersonwho employed more keyboards and more sounds here -- including electronic voices -- than had previously been heard on one of their records. The songs except for the light-hearted throwaway "Benny the Bouncer" are also among their best work -- the group's arrangement One Hour Empire - Broadcast - Pendulum Sir Charles Hubert Parry 's setting of William Blake 's "Jerusalem" manages to be reverent yet rocking a combination that got it banned by the BBC for potential "blasphemy"while Emerson 's adaptation of Alberto Ginastera 's music in "Tocatta" outstrips even "The Barbarian" and "Knife Edge" from the first album as a distinctive and rewarding reinterpretation of a piece of serious music.
Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date November 19, Track Listing. You Turn Me On. Benny the Bouncer. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression. Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression.
Jerusalem [First Mix]. Toccata [Alternate Version]. Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression [Alternate Version]. Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression [Alternate Version]. Brain Salad Surgery. Brain Salad Surgery [Instrumental].
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