Black Moon (album)

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Black Moon
ELP - Black Moon.jpg
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released 27 June 1992
Recorded Marcus Studios, Front Page Recorders, mixed at Conway Studios, 1992
Genre Rock, progressive rock
Length 48:28
Label Victory Music
Producer Mark Mancina, Ian Morrow, John Van Tongeren
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
In Concert
(1979)
Black Moon
(1992)
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Classic Rock 2/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C[3]
Q 3/5 stars[4]

Black Moon is the eighth studio album, and the first in fourteen years, by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1992.

The track "Affairs of the Heart" originated in summer 1988 sessions by Lake with Geoff Downes under the project name Ride the Tiger.

The album received mixed reviews. It did not receive the acclaim of Tarkus or Brain Salad Surgery. AllMusic said of the album, "The original trio's first studio album in a dozen years suffers from the inevitable ageing and darkening of Lake's voice, and a lack of real impetus".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Black Moon" (Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, Carl Palmer) 6:56
2. "Paper Blood" (Emerson, Lake, Palmer) 4:26
3. "Affairs of the Heart" (Geoff Downes, Lake) 3:46
4. "Romeo and Juliet" (Sergei Prokofiev, "Dance of the Knights" from the eponymous ballet, Op. 64) 3:43
5. "Farewell to Arms" (Emerson, Lake) 5:08
6. "Changing States" (Emerson) 6:02
7. "Burning Bridges" (Mark Mancina) 4:41
8. "Close to Home" (Emerson) 4:33
9. "Better Days" (Emerson, Lake) 5:33
10. "Footprints in the Snow" (Lake) 3:50

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Mark Mancina
  • Engineers: Steve Kempster, Stephen Marcussen, David Mitchell
  • Assistant engineers: Anthony Danbury, Gil Morales, Marnie Riley, Brett Swain, Charlie Watts
  • Mixing: Steve Kempster, David Mitchell
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Digital editing: Jay Rifkin
  • Programming: Tim Heintz, Gary Hodgson, Ian Morrow, John Van Tongeren
  • Keyboard technician: Willie Alexander
  • Vocal arrangement: Mark Holding

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1992 Billboard 200 78[5]

Singles[edit]

  • Black Moon / A Blade of Grass
  • Affairs of the Heart / Better Days

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011 [last update]). "Black Moon - Emerson, Lake & Palmer | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 July 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Fielder, Hugh (February 2005). "Eight by Three". Classic Rock. 76. London, UK: Future Publishing Ltd. p. 104. 
  3. ^ Altman, Billy (31 July 1992). "Music Review: 'Black Moon' Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Emerson, Lake, and Palmer - Black Moon CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Black Moon Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-12-12.