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Customer Reviews

The Three Become One

ELP’s third studio album showed the now familiar ELP pattern of musical development; Emerson’s organ dominance, Lakes lyrics and Palmer’s rhythms. Howver, the songs show a tighter effort in the scores between Emerson and Lake, than were shown in the previous 3 albums (including Pictures). Emerson’s breakout piece The Endless Enigma Part 1 demonstrated he was not born connected to a Hammond organ. You get a flavor for Emerson’s pure piano work highlighted in the short but lively “Fugue” that provides an interlude between Part’s 1 and 2 of "The Endless Enigma". Lake’s “From the Beginning” is in the style of “Lucky man” however is much more musically developed. Both songs are in inextricably tied together by Emerson’s analog synth solo at the end. “The Sheriff” and “Hoedown”, a catchy reinterpretation of Aaron Copland’s ballet theme are likewise tied together in musical style and reminiscent of “Jeremy Bender” on the group’s previous studio work, Tarkus. Palmer’s slip of the tongue at the beginning of “The Sheriff” also provides a subtle and funny connection to that work as well. ELP fans will make the connection. Of the first three recordings, this is actually the one I like least. I’m not exactly sure why. I think if may be that this was the first ELP record that showed the clear signs of real technical production. The other two still had edginess to them. Yet in some ways this can’t be true since my favorite ELP work is Brain Salad Surgery which is a “highly technical production”. Still it stands as a classic recording and an essential one for any ELP fan. I recommend this for the developing ELP fan. For those new to ELP’s music I would recommend starting with Brain Salad Surgery which showcases ELP in full bloom. See my review there and under all of ELP’s classic works.

Great Album

Great album, the title track was my introduction to prog, followed by Tarkus. The Endless Enigma is one of the most underrated prog suites of all time, the lyrics may seem pretentious, but I think they're great. From the Beginning and Hoedown are two of ELP's most popular songs also. Recommended to prog fans.


This album contrasts significantly from the first three albums (ELP, Tarkus, Pictures) in the song crafting and playing. Where the first album contained what seemed like pieced together ideas and Tarkus created the extensive prog suite standard, Trilogy exhibits true ownership of their songwriting as well as instrumental skill. Their sound is much more refined- yet it loses nothing. Emerson uses his array of keyboards from piano to whatever in a remarkable manner, especially in Trilogy. Greg Lake delivers his best vocal performance this side of In the Court of the Crimson King here. Carl Palmer is remarkable as always- tackling odd time signatures and difficult fills with ease .This album demonstrate a sign of what came before and the polished production of Brain Salad Surgery to come


Formed: 1970 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Emerson, Lake & Palmer were progressive rock's first supergroup. Greeted by the rock press and the public as something akin to conquering heroes, they succeeded in broadening the audience for progressive rock from hundreds of thousands into tens of millions of listeners, creating a major radio phenomenon as well. Their flamboyance on record and in the studio echoed the best work of the heavy metal bands of the era, proving that classical rockers could compete for that arena-scale audience. Over and...
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