Tarkus (Deluxe Edition)
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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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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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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!
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".....
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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Steven Wilson did an amazing job with the 5.1 mix.
The only complaint I have is why the 5.1 mix doesn't include all album tracks.
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.Published on June 21 2014 by This is not a review it is a comment on Amazon setting ates. Before rendering a review read the book
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... Read morePublished on Dec 4 2013 by Marcus Almighty