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Greg Lake: Rock Will Go Back To Its Roots

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 3 August 1974

GREG LAKE'S London home is a rare and impressive sight. A light glows outside a town house in a quiet street that takes you back ...

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ELP's Carl Palmer (1980)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1980

The ELP sticksman somewhat testily describes the break-up of the band; talks about how UK press criticism meant other members refused to tour the country, and about his new (and it turns out short-lived) band PM.

File format: mp3; file size: 14.1mb, interview length: 17' 33" sound quality: *****

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'ELP is on the way

Interview by David Hughes, Disc and Music Echo, 6 June 1970

IN THIS age of musical complexity, of musicians caring and playing more for themselves and their personal satisfaction than for their hard-working, hard-paying audiences, 'ELP ...

The Isle of Wight Festival: Five Days That Rocked Britain

Report by Mark Plummer, Michael Watts, Chris Welch, Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 5 September 1970

MM's Richard Williams, Chris Welch, Michael Watts and Mark Plummer present a five-page report on an amazing weekend of music and other scenes... ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Here Comes Another Orgasmic Peak

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, 31 October 1970

KEITH EMERSON is, to say the least, very upset at the release of old Nice tapes currently flooding the market. ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 31 October 1970

IT MUST have been around 10.30 p.m. on Monday night at the Royal Festival Hall, when Keith Emerson proved beyond all fear of contradiction that ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Town Hall, Birmingham

Live Review by Tony Stewart, Sounds, 31 October 1970

AFTER TWO hours of solid music, the 2,000 strong audience, at Birmingham Town Hall were dancing in the aisles, clapping and stamping and try as ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Emerson Lake And Palmer (Island stereo ILPS 9132, 39s 11d)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 November 1970

ANYONE WHO still thinks that Emerson Lake and Palmer are a cheap imitation of the Nice should give this album a spin and be proven ...

ELP in the Alps

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 19 December 1970

Chris Welch reports on a trip to Switzerland with rock's most controversial trio... ...

ELP Is On The Way…

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, 27 March 1971

DESPITE PROTESTATIONS to the contrary, there is no such thing as an instant group – super or otherwise – and ELP are a testimony to ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Review by Loyd Grossman, Rolling Stone, 15 April 1971

WE WERE FOREWARNED by the British music press that Emerson, Lake & Palmer would be a "super-group," and indeed it was hard to see how ...

ELP: Fillmore East, New York NYC

Live Review by Mike Jahn, The New York Times, 2 May 1971


ELP In America

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 8 May 1971

BLOOD streaming from his head, a middle-aged man, white, well-dressed, staggered into the headlights of the battered Yellow Cab. The Puerto Rican driver, grinned and ...

Emerson, Lake And Palmer: Tarkus (Island I LPS 9155; £2.15)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 12 June 1971


Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Humble Pie, Edgar Winter: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 21 July 1971

ELP Group Presents a Mixed Bag at the Bowl ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer Ascending

Profile and Interview by Michael Gray, Crawdaddy!, August 1971

Their first album rides high in the bestseller lists. Their first tour, from the Fillmore East to Carnegie Hall, has been a real and resounding ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Pictures At An Exhibition (Island, HELP. 1; £1.50).

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 4 December 1971

"HANS, IS das cheering on zee stereo gramafunken for zee Furhrer at zee 1937 Nuremburg Rally?" ...

Ready, Eddie? An Interview with Eddie Offord

Interview by Mark Plummer, Melody Maker, 12 February 1972

EDDIE OFFORD SITS in his penthouse flat, way above the traffic that thunders down the Vauxhall Bridge Road past Victoria. ...

Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Mahavishnu Orchestra: Long Beach Auditorium

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 24 March 1972

EMERSON, LAKE and Palmer, at their Wednesday night Long Beach Auditorium concert, made the tactical error of presenting Tarkus as their first long selection. ...

The Top of Pop: A Rock Fan Writes

Column by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 23 April 1972

THAT FINE dividing line between fan and groupie is often razor thin and rather shaky. I used to admire groupies because they at least broke ...

Emerson Lake and Palmer: Why Keith Wants To Become Immortal

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc, 13 May 1972

KEITH EMERSON would like to be remembered as a twentieth century composer – he thinks about it quite a lot and finds it curious that ...

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Pictures at an Exhibition

Film/DVD/TV Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Cream, June 1972

ONCE again, rockanroll culture heroes hit the big screen, and, predictably enough, this week’s lucky winners are Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Like all other rock ...

ELP Plus Tull in Dirty Raincoats, and How Free May Drop the Name

Report by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 5 August 1972

WATCHING EMERSON, LAKE and Palmer play a concert with Free in the middle of a raging typhoon in Tokyo with Carl Palmer performing an incredible ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Super-Group Of The Seventies!

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, Petticoat, 4 November 1972

EMERSON LAKE and Palmer may not be three names which are immediately known to you but to millions of progressive rock music fans across the ...

Lake the Strongman

Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

EVERY SO OFTEN, Greg Lake refers to the music of Emerson, Lake and Palmer as art. He chooses the word quite deliberately. Everything he speaks ...

Carl Palmer 'ELPing Himself

Interview by Caroline Boucher, Disc, 23 June 1973

SO YOU thought Keith Emerson was a flashy organist? You should see Carl Palmer these days. He's got a two-tone Perspex rostrum which revolves when ...

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Why They Won't Bach Around The Clock

Interview by Ian Dove, The New York Times, 16 December 1973

WITH EMERSON, Lake and Palmer,
apparently nothing succeeds
like excess. The successful British rock trio, which is known for its appearances with symphony orchestras, is due at ...

Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That...

Report and Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, 27 April 1974

… requires 40 tons of equipment, 18 humper/loaders, seven personal roadies, six sound crew, five trucker/drivers, four spot manipulators, three heavy musicians two outside coordinators and (we guess) a man to make the ...

Various Artists: California Jam Festival: Ontario Motor Speedway, Ontario CA

Live Review by David Rensin, Zoo World, 23 May 1974

"Bastion Of Ennui" nets record gate. ...

ELP's Carl Palmer Exposes The Secret Drum Synthesizer Behind Brain Salad Surgery

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, June 1974

After years of drumming in a variety of hard rocking bands, Carl Palmer decided there had to be more to playing than simply marking time. ...

Emerson Lake and Palmer: England's Robbing Us!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 27 July 1974

WHEN THE alarm bells ring at "Whyte Eagles," it's not a warning of imminent fire or pestilence, just a reminder to Carl Palmer to turn ...

Greg Lake

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, September 1974

GREG LAKE IS the surrounded L in ELP, the British trio which has brought to the forefront the power of classical music in a rock ...

ELP: The Show That Never Ends?

Report by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 14 August 1976

WHATEVER happened to ELP? One of Britain's most successful and popular bands has been surrounded by a wall of silence as impenetrable as the Kremlin ...

Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Grandest Design

Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, 28 April 1977

Works, Vol.1 Is the First Instalment of a Spectacular Orchestrated Rock Showcase ...

The $2m Show That Never Ends: Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Report and Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 2 July 1977

KEITH EMERSON sits in a Detroit French restaurant wearing traditional black leather trousers and a very large grin. He’s telling a reporter from Rolling Stone ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Journey: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 5 August 1977

Smoke, props and balanced sound ...

Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Love Beach; Mike Oldfield: Incantations

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 25 November 1978

JEAN-PAUL Sartre took mescaline once, to prove to himself that he wasn't necessarily the institution people thought he was, and as a result became convinced ...

The Concise NME Guide To Electronic Music & Synthesised Sound PART TWO — Synthesisers

Overview by Andy Gill, New Musical Express, 12 January 1980

POMP THE trouble with synthesisers is actually playing them, accepting their status as sound-generators and starting from scratch. Mechanical keyboards were included in early synth ...

Carl Palmer

Retrospective by Chris Welch, The History of Rock, 1984

CARL PALMER first came to international prominence with Emerson, Lake and Palmer at the start of the Seventies. His dynamic approach to drumming, which combined ...

Emerson Lake: Rockin' Dudes Or Art-Rock Mofos?

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, October 1986

IT'S A SPACIOUS rehearsal studio, though not the world's classiest. I am in London, behind the man running the soundboard, watching the three musicians facing ...

ELP: Cecile B de Mrs Mills

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1992

They've called them "Progressive dinosaurs", "excessive musos", "self-gratifying bores". They've always called themselves ELP. "Probably one of the most misunderstood bands in the world," they ...

ELP: The Unsung Roadie

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Consider this as a picture at an exhibition. A 10,000-seat arena on the afternoon before an Emerson, Lake & Palmer concert; on stage an orderly ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, March 2001

QUESTION: HOW DO EMERSON, LAKE AND PALMER change A light bulb? A: They don't. Drummer Carl Palmer's personal karate instructor holds the bulb steady while ...

Emerson Lake and Palmer: Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Pete Paphides, The Times, 26 July 2010

"WE'VE ONLY been away for 12 years — you can make more noise than that!" said the drummer Carl Palmer towards the end of this ...

High LOL-tage: Mike Diver's classic rock adventure

Live Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, 3 August 2010

The other day our former overlord Mike Diver phoned up DiS HQ to belligerently demand we implement what he described as "the final phase" of ...

see also Asia

see also Nice, The

see also Carl Palmer

see also Emerson, Lake & Powell

see also Greg Lake


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