From the Beginning (song)

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"From the Beginning"
Single by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from the album Trilogy
B-side "Living Sin"
Released August 1972
Genre Folk rock, art rock
Length 3:48 (single version)
4:14 (album version)
Label Cotillion 45-44158
Writer(s) Greg Lake
Producer(s) Greg Lake
Emerson, Lake & Palmer singles chronology
"Nutrocker" "From the Beginning"

"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 synthesizer sounds. It hit #39 in the US and was their highest charting single[1] and has since enjoyed success in several different radio formats. In 2002 the song was sampled by singer Amerie on the track "Got To Be There" from her debut album All I Have with Greg Lake receiving a songwriting credit.

The song was covered by the heavy metal band Dokken[2] and Czech folk rock band Marsyas, albeit under a different name (Studená koupel) with a Czech version of the lyrics.[3]

Chart (1972) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[1][4] 39
US Cashbox Top Singles[5] 40


  1. ^ a b "AllMusic From the Beginning". Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ Flick, Larry (23 November 1996). "Dokken". Billboard. 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. 
  3. ^ "Marsyas - Studená koupel". YouTube. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2016-10-06. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research Inc. p. 288. ISBN 0898201888. 
  5. ^ Hoffmann, Frank (1983). The Cash Box Singles Charts, 1950-1981. Metuchen, NJ & London: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. p. 192.