Trilogy (Emerson, Lake & Palmer album)
|Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer|
|Released||6 July 1972|
|Recorded||January 1972, Advision Studios, London, England|
|Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology|
Trilogy is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1972. The front cover designed by Hipgnosis depicts Emerson, Lake, and Palmer attached at the shoulders, while the interior of the original gatefold sleeve features a photomontage showing multiple images of the band in Epping Forest carpeted with autumn leaves.
References to a quad version of this album appeared in 1974 Harrison or Schwann record & tape guides, listing Trilogy in the Quadraphonic 8-track tape cartridge format. Collectors report never seeing a Trilogy Q8 at retail, despite its having a catalog number "Cotillion QT-9903."
Lake has said this is his favourite ELP record.
"The Endless Enigma" consists of three parts: Endless Enigma Part One, Fugue and Endless Enigma Part Two. Endless Enigma Part One has a quiet intro lasting 1 minute and 36 seconds. This intro section consists of the Moog, bass drum and piano. The song Endless Enigma Part One opens with the sound of a beating heart, an effect created by the Ludwig Speed King bass drum pedal of Palmer's Ludwig Octaplus kit. Palmer used the effect before it was used on Jethro Tull's A Passion Play and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, both released in 1973, as well as Queen's Queen II, which was released in 1974.
"From the Beginning" is a soft, acoustic guitar based piece that peaked at #39 on the US charts. More often appearing in ELP compilations than live concerts, the track lent its name to a 1997 retrospective of Greg Lake's work. The song was also covered by Czech folk rock band Marsyas, albeit under a different name (Studená koupel - Cold Bath) and with Czech lyrics.
In the opening drum solo on the track "The Sheriff", Carl Palmer accidentally hit the rim of his tom-tom with a drumstick. He responded with the word "shit" which can be heard when listening carefully. "The Sheriff" ends with a Honky Tonk type piano solo with Palmer playing woodblocks.
The adaptation of "Hoedown" features a rollicking organ theme with synthesizer flourishes. It became the opening song for both the Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery tours.
"Abaddon's Bolero" sounds like a Bolero turned into a march (in 4/4 rhythm rather than the usual 3/4). A single melody containing multiple modulations within itself is repeated over and over in ever more thickly layered arrangements, starting from a quiet Hammond organ making a flute-like sound over a snare drum, and building up to a wall of sound. Maurice Ravel's famous Bolero uses a similar effect. "Abaddon's Bolero" is replete with overdubs. Almost every time an instrument comes in, another overdub follows. "Abaddon's Bolero" was only played live a handful of times, with Greg Lake handling Mellotron and additional Moog synthesizer duties; the song turned out to be a disaster, and was cut from the setlist.
|1.||"The Endless Enigma (Part One)" (Keith Emerson, Greg Lake)||6:41|
|3.||"The Endless Enigma (Part Two)" (Emerson, Lake)||2:03|
|4.||"From the Beginning" (Lake)||4:16|
|5.||"The Sheriff" (Emerson, Lake)||3:22|
|6.||"Hoedown" (Aaron Copland, arranged by Emerson, Lake, Palmer)||3:47|
|7.||"Trilogy" (Emerson, Lake)||8:54|
|8.||"Living Sin" (Emerson, Lake, Carl Palmer)||3:13|
|9.||"Abaddon's Bolero" (Emerson)||8:08|
- Greg Lake: vocals, electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar
- Keith Emerson: Hammond organ C3, Steinway piano, Moog synthesizer III-C, Mini-Moog model D, Zurna (listed as "Zoukra")
- Carl Palmer: drums, percussion
- Eddie Offord: engineer
- Barry Diament: mastering
- From the Beginning / Living Sin
- "Vintage Rock Interview with Greg Lake". vintagerock.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012. "I do like Trilogy. It is my favorite ELP album. It couldn’t be anyone else. It truly is a definitive album. It is the very best of ELP in a way. It’s got flashes of all the best things of what we were."
- "AllMusic From the Beginning". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- "AllMusic From the Beginning: Retrospective". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 8, 2012.
- Youtube Marsyas-Studena koupel
- Couture, François. "Trilogy - Emerson, Lake & Palmer | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Emerson, Lake and Palmer". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
- "Billboard". allmusic.com. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
- "UK chart info Trilogy". www.chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2011.