From the Beginning (song)

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"From the Beginning"
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Single by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from the album Trilogy
B-side "Living Sin"
Released August 1972
Format 7"
Genre Art rock, progressive rock
Length 3:48 (single version)
4:14 (album version)
Label Cotillion
Songwriter(s) Greg Lake
Producer(s) Greg Lake
Emerson, Lake & Palmer singles chronology
"Nutrocker"
(1971)
"From the Beginning"
(1972)
"Jerusalem"
(1973)

"Nutrocker"
(1971)
"From the Beginning"
(1972)
"Jerusalem"
(1973)

"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 hit #39 in the United States and was their highest charting single there.[1]

Composition[edit]

The song was written in the key of A minor.[2] It is driven by an acoustic guitar line with layers of electric guitar (both rhythm and lead), electric bass guitar, double bass, and sung by Lake, with some backing on drums (played by Carl Palmer with congas, tympani mallets and without cymbals), and with a distinctive closing synthesizer solo from Keith Emerson, accompanied by overdubbed synthesizer sounds.[3][4]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 39
US Cashbox Top Singles[6] 40

Cover versions[edit]

  • Marsyas (cs) covered the song in Czech under the name "Studená koupel" in their 1982 album, Kousek přízně.[7]
  • Dokken covered the song in their 1995 album, Dysfunctional.[8]
  • The song was sampled by singer Amerie on the track "Got To Be There" from her debut 2002 album, All I Have with Greg Lake receiving a songwriting credit.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Billboard Hot 100". 28 October 1972. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  2. ^ "From the Beginning". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  3. ^ Heller, Jason; Gehr, Richard; Epstein, Dan (11 March 2016). "Emerson, Lake and Palmer: 10 Essential Songs". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  4. ^ Kovarsky, Jerry (17 June 2016). "The Art of Synth Soloing: Welcome Back My Friend (More Emerson)". Keyboard. Archived from the original on 18 June 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 4208." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "Cash Box Top 100". 21 October 1972. Retrieved 1 December 2017. 
  7. ^ Gratias, Petr (22 September 2011). "Hudební echo: Kousek přízně (1982)" (in Czech). Retrieved 2 December 2017. 
  8. ^ Flick, Larry (23 November 1996). "Dokken". Billboard. 108 (47): 84. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Verrico, Lisa (9 August 2002). "Talk of the Clones". The Times. p. 12. Other highlights include the jazzy ballad Nothing Like Loving You and the Emerson Lake and Palmer-sampling Got to be There.