emerson lake and palmer Archive

March Through Time: Emerson Lake & Palmer

This month, I’m hitting pause on coverage of new artists and releases, focusing instead for a bit on the bodies of work from some of my favorite artists. — bk The prog trio people love to hate, ELP were undeniably a polarizing force. At their best they were thrilling, innovative and wonderfully melodic. At their

Album Review: Emerson Lake and Palmer – Once Upon a Time in South America

By the early- to mid-1990s, ELP had seen its share of ups and downs. The band that had created some of the most compelling progressive (and often classical-leaning) rock of the 1970s had fallen victim not only to changing tastes, but – it must be said – to the vicissitudes of a post-creative-peak world. After

A Look Back at ELP with Carl Palmer, Part Three

Continued from Part Two … Bill Kopp: With the benefit of studio technology, bands in the early ’70s could overdub and make really dense, layered albums. Reproducing that sound onstage was another matter, especially for a three-piece, I would imagine … Carl Palmer: Of course we didn’t have MIDI in those days, so we couldn’t

A Look Back at ELP with Carl Palmer, Part Two

Continued from Part One … Bill Kopp: The term “supergroup” was just coming into use around the time ELP got started. And it certainly applied to you three, since each of you had achieved success in previous projects. I would imagine there were expectations placed upon you by the music press and so forth. Did

A Look Back at ELP with Carl Palmer, Part One

Late-breaking Author’s Note: Very shortly after I turned in this feature for publication — it ran in December on BLURT — news broke that Greg Lake had succumbed to cancer at age 69. Carl Palmer and I didn’t spend a lot of time discussing Greg specifically, but Carl did, as you’ll see, make repeated references

Review: Moogfest 2014 (Part One)

Moogfest 2014 was indeed quite a different creature than its immediate predecessors. In both its focus and attitude, the five-day music/arts/technology event in Asheville NC was closer to the spirit of the original Moogfest, a smallish event held in New York City. Of course the festival’s namesake, pioneering innovator Dr. Robert A. Moog – the

Album Review: Greg Lake — Songs of a Lifetime

It’s been about a year since I made the trip to Durham NC to see Greg Lake in concert. In the run-up to that performance, I interviewed Greg, and while in the course of our wide-ranging discussion we spoke a bit about the tour, he wished to keep the details mostly under wraps. I knew

From the Beginning to Now: The Greg Lake Interview, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: To me, one of the most appealing things about Emerson, Lake & Palmer was that each of you brought your own dimension, your own strengths to the trio. This is an oversimplification, but Keith had the virtuosity and showmanship, Carl had the power and precision, and you brought your

From the Beginning to Now: The Greg Lake Interview, Part One

For a band that – for all intents and purposes – ceased operation in 1979, progressive rock giants Emerson, Lake & Palmer still get their share of attention. Save for a few years’ worth of albums and touring in the mid-1990s, the only post-seventies work from ELP was a one-off reunion in 2010 to celebrate