Today’s Cool Album Of the Day (#136 in the Series) is Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Tarkus.
Many different album to chose from here. Trilogy, Pictures at an Exhibition, Works and of course, Brain Salad Surgery. However, Tarkus it is.
This is yet another album that features one song on a full side. How many of those have I had already? I know there was Close to the Edge, Smallcreep’s Day, Terrapin Station and Autobahn. Plus I know Suppers Ready will come sooner or later. Maybe a little In-a-gadda-da-vida?
The title track Tarkus Makes up all of side one. It is broken into seven parts
Stones of Years
Side two features a couple classic ELP songs as well. Jeremy Bender and of course, Bitches Crystal.
I saw the band about four times when they were touring in the late 90s. I was really surprised when they added Bitches Crystal to the show. I don’t remember seeing them do that when I would see them ‘back in the day.’ It really was one of the highlights of the show. It was an excellent live version.
Greg Lake produced Tarkus. It was released in 1971.
The cover art was created by William Neal, He also was responsible for the graphics for ELPs follow up, Pictures at an Exhibition.
It reached #9 on the Billboard Top Album Charts.
Here’s a live video of Tarkus. It’s broken into two parts. It’s followed by Bitches Crystal
Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#119 in the Series) is King Crimson, “In The Court Of The Crimson King.”
A Prog-Rock all-time classic. You can’t say anything less.
It’s hard to believe that this was the debut album from King Crimson, but it was.
“In The Court of the Crimson King” contained only five songs. But a few go down with the all time greats. ‘21st Century Schizoid Man, In The Court of the Crimson King’ and ‘Epitaph.’
I was an Emerson, Lake and Palmer fan before I was a King Crimson fan. I played ELP’s ‘Welcome Back’ live album until the grooves wore out. They included a part of ‘Epitaph’ in their epic song, ‘Tarkus.’ At the time I was unaware of this being a King Crimson song. So one day I finally grab the King Crimson album and I’m giving it a listen and I hear Epitaph and I was stunned to hear, what I thought, was an ELP included.
One of reasons I originally picked up this album was, of course, that Greg Lake from ELP handles the lead vocals.
King Crimson was and is and always will be Robert Fripp’s band. It’s his baby. One of the most talented and original guitarists, Robert has been the only consistent in all their configurations.
Other band members on this disc were Ian McDonald (Before he went onto play with that crap band Foreigner), flute and whatnot, Michael Giles, drums. Another key ‘member’ of the band is Pete Sinfield. Pete was the band’s lyricist. He’s still spitting out some great works to this day. He’s worked with some of the greats. You might know his work from ELP’s classic tune, ‘Pirates.’
This 1969 release peaked at #28 on the Billboard Top 200 sometime in 1970.
They helped define a genre that’s one of my favorites. And they’re still around as well.