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Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus on Vinyl LP - direct audio

Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Tarkus on Vinyl LP

BMG Records

  • $ 2798

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus on Vinyl LP

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 solidified the group's success but established 'progressive rock' an important facet of '70s music.

Tarkus, originally released in 1971, is one of only two ELP records to reach the Top 10 in the U.S., making it to #9, while in Britain it was their only number one album.

The cover artwork was commissioned to the artist painter and graphic designer William Neal. Keith Emerson said, "To everyone, it represented what we were doing in that studio. The next day on my drive up from Sussex the imagery of the armadillo kept hitting me. It had to have a name. Something guttural. It had to begin with the letter 'T' and end with a flourish. "Tarka the Otter" may have come into it, but this armadillo needed a science fiction kind of name that represented Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in reverse. Some mutilation of the species caused by radiation..."Tarkus"!"

"Side one of the original LP is occupied by the 21-minute title epic track, beating both Genesis' 'Supper's Ready' and Yes' 'Close to the Edge' by a year. Unlike the latter group's cut-and-paste technique to obtain long suites, 'Tarkus' is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history." - Francois Couture, allmusic.com


Keith Emerson
Greg Lake
Carl Palmer

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Tarkus Track Listing:

1. Tarkus
i. Eruption
ii. Stones of Years
iii. Iconoclast
iv. Mass
v. Manticore
vi. The Battlefield
vii. Aquatarkus
2. Jeremy Bender
3. B*tches Crystal
4. The Only Way (Hymn)
5. Infinite Space (Conclusion)
6. A Time and a Place
7. Are You Ready Eddy?

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