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Tarkus (Deluxe Edition)

Lake & Palmer Emerson Audio CD
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Digitally remastered and expanded three disc (two CDs + DVD) edition. Behold Tarkus, the mighty mythical beast! Rarely has such a powerful image come to define both a band and a genre of rock music with such forthright aggression. But Tarkus, the second album released by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, not only consolidated the group's success but established progressive rock' an important facet of Seventies' music. This superb album has now been restored to its full glory on this Deluxe Edition set that presents the music in new stereo mixes and 5.1 surround sound. There are also bonus tracks that will delight fans of the original vinyl album. It's all thanks to the skills of producer and engineer Steven Wilson, who worked with the approval of the album's original producer, Greg Lake on refurbishing Tarkus


King Crimson, Atomic Rooster, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake et Carl Palmer incarnent l'une des premières fusions réussies entre les langages du rock et de la musique classique. Ce mariage, qui chez d'autres formations avait souvent prêté à sourire, éclatait dans toute son originalité avec le deuxième album du trio. Paru en 1971, Tarkus est constitué d'une suite et de plusieurs morceaux liés par une même démarche : un maelström de sons nés de la rencontre entre l'héritage classique d'Emerson (dont le jeu flamboyant à l'orgue et au synthétiseur devait faire école), la polyrythmie de Palmer et le jeu de basse inventif de Lake ainsi que sa voix d'une rare expressivité. --Philippe Margotin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The title cut from this album is arguably the piece that defined Emerson, Lake And Palmers sound (the song Luckyman notwithstanding). It is interesting to note that the band almost split up over it, Greg Lake having suggested to Keith Emerson that he should save it for his (Keith's) solo album. Nevertheless, this twenty minute conceptual piece was par for the progressive rock course when it came out, putting itself in a class with Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, Pink Floyds Echoes and Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick. The songs that follow pale somewhat in comparison although most maintain a quality that stands up well against any other works of the genre. The five star rating is based on the title track.
Steve Andersen - Keyboards
Seven Virgins & A Mule
Canada's Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tribute
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3.0 out of 5 stars ELP's finest moments ... May 5 2004
By Pete
Format:Audio CD
Back in the 70's as a kid buying vinyl "Lucky Man" was definitely a cool little song.. it was released as a single...and "Take A Pebble" was another fine moment (both tunes are from ELP's self-titled debut LP) but "TARKUS" (side 1) was ELP's best effort... and to my ears they "jumped the shark" as the saying goes shortly after releasing this record.
I don't recall the bad press that another reviewer here mentions.. ELP were one of the first so-called "super-groups" who according to the press at the time could do no wrong it seemed and they really really didn't deserve all the good press that they did get..especially for anything after "Pictures At An Exhibition" - not as original as "Tarkus" but worth noting for introducing classical music to a lot of rock fans.
I never particularly liked any ELP live recordings but seeing ELP live at Maple Leaf Gardens was a trip! Sure they had megalights and a supergoofy prog rock stage set (think Spinal Tap) but all that stuff paled in comparison to just seeing Keith get crazy and kick his organ around and stick knives in it... and that special custom MOOG he had (Moog built it especially for Keith) with all it's snaking cables looked like LILY TOMLIN's telephone operating system from Laugh-In.
Then and now -- as much as I totally loved ELP and strained to teach myself to play those excessively flashy yet monotonous Keith Emerson keyboard runs--and heck I was only 13 or 14 when this came out -- the Tarkus vs. Manticore "concept" struck me pretty stupid and despite Greg's lovely voice the lyrics extremely stupid!!!
...but sheesh those analog synth sounds YOW! they were like nothing anyone was doing and they'll always sound great ... those synth sounds were heaven!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fully Deserving of 5 Big Stars. June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album is like nothing I have ever heard before. It twists music in ways never thought possible.
It starts off with the 20Minute+ "Tarkus" which is the obvious highlight of the album. It keeps the same feeling throughout the song, and just as you are asking for more of it, you get it! I find often in the newer Progressive Rock that they don't like to come back to their starting tune. But this is not that way, they are willing to come back to it often, to remind you that you are still listening to the same song! But don't get me wrong, it is very detailed and changes up much often.
The other songs arn't too special. But they are good quality and fit the album well. This was the first full album by ELP that I have heard. And I reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Progressive Rock or anyone who likes ELP!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comme au bon vieux temps! Sept. 13 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
J'ai vu un autre commentaires similaire pour ce disque : c'est le disque que mes frères écoutaient lorsque j'étais plus jeune et j'ai grandi en écoutant cette musique mais sans même en comprendre les paroles (je suis francophone comme vous pouvez le voir). Récemment, je suis allé sur un site de paroles (lyric) afin d'en comprendre le sens.... awesome!!! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Mastering Works for "Tarkus" June 3 2011
By Breadmanwalking TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Got this one for a dime less elsewhere....that's competition!
This is a good deal from Amazon too. The sound is very good as
this album is 40 years old and Sony remastered it this year.
Greg Lake's voice is cool and the band is a talented bunch. I
own three ELP discs and I think "Trilogy" is my fave. It's
not everyone's cup of tea but if you want to get into this
sound, try out the the first cut on this. It's 20 minutes long
and once again "it's worth it".....
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5.0 out of 5 stars here we go Jan. 19 2004
By brendan
Format:Audio CD
This is ELP becoming who they were and what they would eventually progress toward on Brain Salad Surgery. Many people don't like the second side, but I actually get a lot out of them. The Tarkus Suite is the main focus though. As a new ELP fan, I'd say start with Trilogy or self-titled, but this should not be overlooked.
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