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Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (2016 Vinyl Reissue Mastered from a 2012 High Density Remaster of the Original Album)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus (2016 Vinyl Reissue Mastered from a 2012 High Density Remaster of the Original Album)

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Released on 14 June 1971 Tarkus is the second studio album by progressive rock legends Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

After their debut live gigs in August 1970, the band toured across the UK and Europe for the rest of the year, during which their debut album, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, was released. While on tour, Emerson found that he and Palmer were exploring more complex rhythmic ideas. He took patterns that Palmer was playing on his practise drum pads and found that they complemented runs that he had developed on the piano, and used this as a basis for material on Tarkus. The group approached the album by having a centrepiece track in order to establish a concept, but a definite story or idea for it had not been discussed at this stage.

The group paused touring commitments in December 1970 and set the following month aside to record. As with their debut, the band recorded at Advision Studios in London with Lake handling the production duties and Eddy Offord returning as engineer. Early into the sessions Emerson presented the basis of the title track to Lake and Palmer; Lake was less than enthusiastic with its direction and threatened to leave the group. A subsequent meeting amongst the band and their management convinced Lake to stay, and he went on to contribute to the track and most of the other songs on the album including the lyrics, for which he used the artwork as inspiration. The band could only work out Tarkus during the January 1971 studio sessions, so they booked further time at Adivsion in February to work on side two, for which they had no material prepared.

Tarkus went to No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, peaked at No. 9 in the US, and reached No. 12 in Canada on two occasions totalling four weeks.


Track Listing

Side One

  1. Tarkus
i. Eruption
ii. Stones of Years
iii. Iconoclast
iv. Mass
v. Manticore
vi. Battlefield
vii. Aquatarkus

Side Two

  1. Jeremy Bender
  2. Bitches Crystal
  3. The Only Way (Hymn)
  4. Infinite Space (Conclusion)
  5. A Time and a Place
  6. Are You Ready Eddy?


Format: Vinyl / 12” Album

Label: BMG Rights Management

Barcode: 4050538180053

Release Date: 29 Jul 2016

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