Sunday, April 12, 2020

Prog-Rock Community Pays Tribute To The Late, Great Keith Emerson & Greg Lake With New Release

Back in 2016, the prog-rock world lost two of its biggest pillars in the community, Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Lake was a founding member of King Crimson and formed the progressive rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer, along with Keith Emerson back in 1970. For nearly a decade, Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) dominated the rock scene with albums like "Tarkus," "Trilogy" and "Brain Salad Surgery." Now to members of the prog-rock community have joined together to pay tribute to these two artists with the newly release album "A Tribute To Keith Emerson & Greg Lake."

The new eleven-song set was produced by Billy Sherwood and starts off with guitarist/singer Todd Rundgren and keyboardist Brian Auger giving their all to the King Crimson original "21st Century Schizoid Man." Leslie Hunt's vocals on the ELP original "A Time And A Place" is pure magic, along with keyboardist extraordinaire giving the song the amazing solo it deserves. The quietness of "C'est La Vie" allows Yes vocalist/guitarist Jon Davison to showcase his skills, along side the synthesizer work of Larry Fast. Keyboardist Patrick Moraz does an outstanding job paying tribute to the late Keith Emerson with his rendition of the instrumental "Hoedown," before Sonja Kristina (Curved Air) adds her own special touch of emotion to "Still...You Turn Me On." One of ELP's biggest hits in the U.S. was "Lucky Man," which Martin Turner & Geoff Downes deliver on this new release with grace and respect. The album closes with Arthur Brown's special vocal style and keyboardist Jordan Rudess' wizardry on the magical ELP track "Karn Evil #9: 1st Impression Part 2." The CD also contains a bonus track of the "ELP Suite: Tarkus/From The Beginning/Tarkus (reprise)" performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. To find out more about this newly released "Tribute To Keith Emerson And Greg Lake," please visit

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