Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2

Any band that attracts the attention of Hans Giger can’t be all bad. Giger’s artwork graced the cover of this album, and the sleeve. What is featured here is a small part of a song that covered more than an entire side of an LP. I think this was the bit that got some radio time, but maybe I just heard a lot of it back-in-the-day.

This song is Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2 by Emerson, Lake and Palmer from their 1973 album Brain Salad Surgery. (Though this is actually the 2014 remastered edition.) It features some spectacular keyboard work by Emerson. If YouTube trips over the privacy settings in your browser, and tells you the video is “unavailable,” you should use the link provided. (If YT doesn’t complain, you might want to crank your privacy settings up to 11.)

‡ So how does a group publish an album with a title that’s a euphemism for oral sex? Either it was just the whole “Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll” era, or the suits that run the music industry are even more clueless than I give them credit for. Maybe they thought that if the “older generation” didn’t know what they were talking about, it would be OK.

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From the Beginning

By 1972, Progressive Rock was firmly established, and it was even making inroads in the culture in the US. No thanks to the big Top 40 Stations really, but thanks to the new kid on the block, FM radio.

This song is “From the Beginning” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, from their 1972 album Trilogy. When YouTube trips over the privacy extensions in your browser, and says that the embedded video is unavailable, use that link.

Fanfare for the Common Man

“Fanfare for the Common Man” was written in 1942 by American composer Aaron Copland. Originally it was written for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

This version is from 1977 by the British group Emerson, Lake and Palmer, from their Works I album. This version was used as the theme song to CBS Sports Spectacular as well as used in other places and times.

If you’re interested in how the symphonic version sounds, you can find it after the break.

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