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Brain Salad Surgery

Emerson Lake and Palmer Audio CD
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1. Jerusalem
2. Toccata
3. Still...You Turn Me On
4. Benny The Bouncer
5. Karn Evil 9
6. Brain Salad Surgery (Single)
7. When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine (Single)
8. Excerpts From Brain Salad Surgery (Flexi Disc)

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With orchestral swells and symphonic arrangements, Emerson Lake & Palmer put the Prague in 1970s progressive rock. There was something of that dark, European artistry in their compositions that always made their music more grandiose than their stateside counterparts. Brain Salad Surgery was a conductor's wet dream. Works like the "Impression" study in four movements were epic to the nth degree. Influenced by Mussorgsky and Stravinsky, ELP wreaked havoc with the conventions of what rock and classical music could and could not be. In typical fashion, the trio included one highly accessible cut, in this case the haunting "Still... You Turn Me On". The CD also contains the enigmatic favourite, "Karn Evil 9". --Steve Gdula

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Digitally Remastered Edition of ELP'S Fifth Full Length Album that is One of the Most Popular in their Catalog. Includes the Single "Still...you Turn Me On" as Well as Three Bonus Tracks of "Brain Salad Surgery" (Amazingly Left off the Original LP Issue), "When the Apple Blossoms in the Windmills of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine" and an Original Flexi-disc Promotional Distillation of Excerpts from the Album.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inaccessible On So Many Levels July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
Brain Salad Surgery would mark the release of Emerson Lake & Palmer's most glorified album. This is a fan favorite, which is surprising, considering how inaccessible this album is. This is not an easy listen, especially for new comers to the progressive-rock world. Indeed, the only song on this album that is not completely weird and crazy is Still...You Turn Me On. Which brings up a good point - if you are new to progressive-rock don't get this album! Go invest your money in bands like Yes and Pink Floyd, then come back and listen to this amazing piece of art.
For once, I'm going to agree with all the critics: This album is over the top, there are too many notes, and everything is done on a level that will leave most listeners wondering where the hell the music went. Still, Emerson Lake & Palmer has a lot of passion, something that a lot of progressive bands don't have. And, like most progressive albums, there are never too many notes - you just need to listen to the album a few times to grasp the general concept. Naturally, this isn't the album to start with if you're new to Emerson Lake & Palmer, but if you have some patience and love awesome music that's a bit over the top and full of awesome instrument passages, then read the rest of my review.
Jerusalem wastes little time opening up the CD. Emerson comes in with his organ, followed by the percussion, and vocals. Jerusalem isn't that far out of the ordinary compared to early EL&P works, however it is still played with a level of musicianship that was not very common in the 70's.
Toccata is hardcore. That is about all I can offer to this incredible rhythmic masterpiece. Toccata is a piece that many average listeners will fail to appreciate, as the song moves through complex rhythms and time changes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not just an album, but an experiance. Feb. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
Before I start this review, I'd like to express one of my pet peeves about reviews on Amazon. Why must 10 people give a history of the band, when I can find that information (in a more accurate form) on the band's website? I know some of you love to show off your knowledge of a band or artist, but save it for the fan message boards. Write a review here and spare us from scrolling though 500 words of what you think you know.
Now, on with the show. This album is amazing in its composition, production and presentation. The re-master is crisp and powerful. This is a prime example of a band experimenting and taking chances. On this album, the payoff is huge. Karnevil 9 alone is worth the price of the CD. To hear such great musicians pushing their talents to the extreme limits is something that we lack in the music of today. If you have the attention span of a flea, this album will not be your cup of tea. If you must have your music spoon-fed to you with a large dose of "catchy choruses", then move on. But if you are like me, and you enjoy music that breaks boundaries, pick up this CD and Tarkus as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back my friends ... Oct. 3 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of ELP since I first heard Tarkus in the early '70s. Saber rattling, aggressive, over the top rock-n-roll. ELP was at the forefront of progressive rock, blending classical, jazz and rock in a frantic keyboard driven fusion. ELP's music is more complex than any other rock band I am aware of. ELP was not only complex in the scope of the music, but often used complex 5/4 and 7/4 time signatures, which only jazz great Dave Brubeck and classical composers would dare use. They are as dark as Pink Floyd could ever be and just a touch more complex and grand in scope than the best work by Yes. And they manage to make this amazing music, which at times has the scope and feel of a whole symphony, with only three musicians and without any overdubs.
Brain Salad Surgery is, in my opinion, a bit more commercial sounding and formulaic than ELP's first four albums; however, it is arguably their best album. The highlights of the album are the three "impressions" of "Karn Evil 9" and "Tocotta," an adaptation of Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto. The dark influence of Peter Sinfield's is apparent in "Karn Evil 9." (Sinfield was given credit for "words and illumination" on King Chrimson's album "In the Court of the Chrimson King.") "Tocotta" is a tour-de-force both for Emerson and for Karl Palmer, whose lightning fast drum solo is used to key synthesizers.
If you have a DVD player, I highly recommend purchasing this album on the DVD-Audio version, they also throw in Lucky Man from the first ELP album, and the sound quality is incredible.
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Brain Salad Surgery was an incredible album produced at the peak of ELP's creativity and perhaps what could also be considered the peak of the more symphonic episode of prog rock, 1973. Opening with the classic "Jerusalem", the band shifs into high gear with their (very unique) interpretation of Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto, 4th Movement ("Tocatta") to land in the peaceful (and one of ELP's most beautiful songs) "Still... You Turn Me On". After a ragtime-based "Benny the Bouncer", the album finishes you up with the 29+ minute long "Karn Evil 9", a 3-movement suite where the musicians bring out an extravaganza of showmanship. Lake showcases his vocals and exquisite bass/guitar, Emerson displays his skills at the Piano and Keyboards equally impressively, and Palmer is able to rock the house in the quick sections of the piece, and slow down to an almost stand still during the quieter parts. Complementing this reissue of the original are three extra tracks, taken from their album "Works 2", which belong approximately to the same musical period, yet not to the original album.
Contrary to what you may think, and in spite of its sheer length (an entire side of the original vynil album) the album is not ONLY Karn Evil 9. The other pieces complement the suite in a way that is rather unique, since in most cases with similar prog rock bands, one-side pieces normally "made" the album where they appeared. As usual in their work, ELP are able to shift gears and shift styles in a way unique in music, playing equally well (and this production is a very good example of this) rock, ballads, ragtime and classic pieces. If you are new to ELP's music, I don't know if this would be an album I'd recommend to get you started (I'd probably go with 1972's Trilogy), but eventually you will HAVE to own it: you cannot escape one of prog rock's best productions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, only flaw as far as I am concerned ...
Excellent, only flaw as far as I am concerned is the 5.1 dvd audio of Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression, It was mixed terribly and the Bass Guitar over powers everything. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chris J. Noto
5.0 out of 5 stars just buy it
Many reviews knock this release ,but if you are a ELP fan you have to get it .Its the ultimate Brain Salad Surgery album do i have to say any more than that if you are reading this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Monkeycat
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Six Disc Box Set
Brilliant. One of the corner stones of Prog. gets the release it deserves. The 5.1 on this is excellent ( I prefure this to the quad mix that come out on SACD about 15 years ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Bieth
5.0 out of 5 stars Emerson, Lake and Palmers crowning glory.
I am not alone when I state that this album is Emerson, Lake and Palmers crowning glory; the last and greatest of their five masterpieces (including the eponymous first album,... Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2006 by S. Andersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Flashback Heaven
For true ELP followers (you know who you are) I would give this 100 stars out of 100 stars. Now, if they would only give this treatment to the multi record album "Welcome... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars The Notorious ELP Album
1973's "Brain Salad Surgery" is Emerson Lake & Palmer's most notorious album. On one hand, it's a longstanding fan favorite, with many ELP enthusiasts naming it as... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by Alan Caylow
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW IS THE SOUND ON THIS SACD?
None of the previous reviews have mentioned how this version actually sounds. I'm familiar with the album, it's one of my favorites. But is it worth buying on SACD? Read more
Published on May 23 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album but...
Everything here is gen-yoo-wine grade A-1 first class excellence. There's nothing better than to put this album on and read trashy SF or comics. Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by Say Tunne
5.0 out of 5 stars The best prog rock album ever
ELP was at their creative peak during the making of this album. Emerson worked with a prototype moog synthesizer called the Apollo, Lake provided possibly his best ballad, and... Read more
Published on April 12 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Another knockout from ELP
I'll admit I'm not crazy about the opening track, but the remainder of this album is fabulous. Emerson's choice of Moog voices in Toccata is astounding and pure pleasure to listen... Read more
Published on April 11 2004
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