From the Beginning is a song written by Greg Lake and performed by the progressive rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It was released on their 1972 album Trilogy. It is driven by an acoustic guitar line with layers of electric guitar (both rhythm and lead), electric bass guitar, and sung by Lake, with some backing on drums (played by Carl Palmer with tympani mallets and without cymbals), and with a distinctive closing synthesizer solo from Keith Emerson, accompanied by overdubbed random synthesizer-generated effects. It hit #39 in the US and was their highest charting single.
^Flick, Larry (23 November 1996), Billboard|accessdate= requires |url= (help) "This can't be Dokken! There's no metallic pose, nor is there any macho swagger. But it actually is the once-headbangin' Dokken, digging up a 1972 Emerson, Lake & Palmer classic and delivering it with beatnik restraint. Don Dokken comes across as if he's having the time of his life here, shining over a strumming acoustic guitar/bongo arrangement. Can this be the start of a comeback? If the Beavis and Butt-head generation has its say, it very well might. "