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Tarkus (Deluxe Edition)

Lake & Palmer Emerson Audio CD
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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

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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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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 100 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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4.0 out of 5 stars ELP is done well, but not breathtakingly so. June 21 2014
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After hearing the first ELP album it was surprising that this was not as exciting to hear in the 5.1 rendition. Good, but not an album I listen too again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album Dec 4 2013
By Marcus Almighty TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was never the biggest ELP fan, but I decided to take a chance on this CD/DVD package. I'm glad I did a great progressive album and makes me want to go out and buy more of their catalogue.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Complex Music June 5 2004
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The first ELP albums I heard were Brain Salad Surgery and Works Volume 1. I was 17 the first time I saw them in 1987, as Emerson Lake and Powell, which from then on I explored and followed the music of this band. It was extremely disappointing that they disbanded after thier 1998 tour. They were absolutely "phenominal." They never sounded better or more in synch with each other. To this day, the only equal to Kieth Emerson is Rick Wakeman. None to Carl Palmer, especially after seeing him play live.
Tarkus....I hated this album when I first bought it. I was expecting to hear something similar to Brain Salad Surgery. The interesting thing with ELP's music is the more you listen to it, the more you discover it, and the more you like it.. Tarkus is now my second favorite ELP album. There is so much going on, different sounds, different structures, different styles, it is really quite an amazing music score. There is no music quite like it. It has very heavy percussion, and if you like keyboard music, you are going to really like this, maybe not your first time listening to it, but you will discover all the different musical complexities that are going on. Lakes' singing is fitting to the music, particularly in Tarkus and Bitches Crystal. This is true progressive music. You have the Tarkus suite which is comprised of 7 pieces of music (the Battlefield was the pinnacle of the suite), An almost "ragtime" tune in Jeremy Bender, A piano and ribbon synth volatile song in Bitches Crystal, church organ in The Only Way... and more. I recommend this to any enthusiast of keyboards, percussion, or progressive rock music. Just be open minded, because this is a different world of music waiting for you to discover.
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