Love Beach is the seventh studio album by English progressive rock group Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1978. It was the band's final album of original material until Black Moon (1992) and was produced to satisfy contractual obligations with the group's record company. It was a critical and commercial disappointment, charting at #55 on the Billboard 200, although it did eventually go gold.
In 1978 the band was tired. Emerson's increasing use of drugs in the late 70s was inhibiting his ability to work, or collaborate with others. The band wanted to rest, but their record company had other ideas. ELP was contractually committed to one more album, and the three members were sent to Nassau to record one. Lyricist Peter Sinfield recalls that he was recruited by the record company to go to Nassau and write the lyrics to a timescale. On arrival in Nassau he found that the three members were barely talking to each other. He advised them that the timescale meant that he needed to be left alone to write the nine lyrics, and, "surrounded by various substances", he did so. He spent slightly more time on the lyrics for "Memoirs of an Officer and a Gentleman". Sinfield left first, and Lake and Palmer did the same once they had laid down their contributions.
Original pressings of Love Beach carried no producer's credit, but production and mixing of the album were largely carried out by Keith Emerson. According to Emerson, "everybody but me wanted to get the hell out of Nassau ... in the end I stuck the whole album together ... and sent it off to Atlantic".
Critical and fan appraisal of the album is mainly negative; some consider it the nadir of ELP's output, while others consider Black Moon and/or In the Hot Seat to be worse.
Writing in Rolling Stone magazine at the time of the album's release, reviewer Michael Bloom said that "Love Beach isn't simply bad; it's downright pathetic. Stale and full of ennui, this album makes washing the dishes seem a more creative act by comparison".
The album was not toured or promoted by the band, although they did play "Canario" on the Old Grey Whistle Test TV show.