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Tarkus

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

1971

Tarkus
Album Summary

Tarkus is the second studio album by English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in June 1971 on Island Records. Following their 1970 European tour, the group returned to Advision Studios in London, in January 1971, to prepare material for a follow-up. Side one has the seven-part "Tarkus", with a collection of shorter tracks on side two. Tarkus went to number one in the UK Albums Chart, peaked at number 9 in the US, and reached number 12 in Canada on two occasions totalling 4 weeks.

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2.81

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Hard Rock

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Tue Sep 22 2020
2

this album was an experience, but was not an experience i enjoyed.

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Fri May 21 2021
1

Dreadful. I now understand why punk happened.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
4

Gotta say, I'm a little surprised to see this here on this list. There is a thoroughgoing prejudice against prog in the critical community, probably because it forces critics to engage with the music instead of discussing influences, lyrics and personalities. ELP was unique for a number of reasons. They were a keyboard-based progressive rock group, with nary a guitar in sight. And Keith Emerson's interests, in addition to blues and rock, ranged from "serious" classical composers like Mussgorsky and Bartok, all the way up to contemporary composers like Alberto Ginastera. When you throw in covers of Aaron Copeland and Emerson's interest in martial themes and Americana, it's a potent brew, obviously not to everyone's taste. Surprisingly, this kind of thing was popular at the time. Hard to imagine, I know. But how good is Tarkus? For better or worse, the epic title track may be the purest expression of Emerson's obsessions. Here are the martial rhythms and themes, the nods to contemporary classical music, copious rock and blues, and so on. Emerson effectively utilizes his arsenal of keyboards, such as piano, organ, and early synthesizers to create an intense, claustrophobic vibe. Carl Palmer reinforces the martial feel of the track with his patented fills and overall busyness. If the rest of the album had been up to this level, it would be a stone classic. Alas, there are some downright stinkers, like Are You Ready, Eddy?, in which Emerson indulges in a dubious sense of a humor and a rancid take on 50s rock 'n roll. There are other weaknesses. Some of the lyrics are awful: Sleep in a dream Of butter milk cream You dance on a beam Dancing on a beam And occasionally, vocalist/bassist Greg Lake reaches for notes he can't handle. On the other hand, we have Infinite Space, which has similar virtues to the title track, in miniature. And Bitches Crystal and A Time And A Place ain't bad either, if you're willing to overlook the occasional maladroit lyric or off key vocal. On Tarkus, the highs are Olympian and the lows are Stygian. How to rate? I can't in good conscience give this any less than a 4/5. Proceed at your own risk. And fair warning: if you don't share Emerson's musical interests, you will likely hate, hate, hate, this album with an all consuming passion.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
1

If you drink seven shots of tequila while soaking in a hot tub, you begin to think this is Yacht Rock at some point during the first song. It's a 20 minute song, but you'll need those 20 minutes for the giant armadillo morph into a yacht. The yacht will include Robert Wagner, Christopher Walken and Natalie Wood as passengers, so you'll have the chance to rewrite history and save the beloved screen legend. You'll still wake up with a hangover, Natalie Wood will still be dead, but the upshot is you'll put what common folk call Prog Rock in your rearview mirror for the rest of your life. I bet Vincent Gallo loves this album but secretly wishes it was all instrumental.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

It’s not ELP’s best record, but it is undoubtedly their best album cover.

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Fri Apr 16 2021
1

I don't think I can get with ELP and their prog ilk, it just feels really dated and musically staid compared to other music of the era (e.g. originally released the same year as Tago Mago which still sounds fresh). The lyrics are dreadful too: Can you believe / God makes you breathe Why did he lose / six million Jews

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

eh. I don't know about this. ok ok these guys could play complex music. But could they write a song? Not on this one at least. Even a 20 minute song ("Supper's Ready" - Genesis) can be fascinating and well-crafted with distinct parts, a beginning/theme/ending. This just seems like a mash of Carl Palmer staccato-snare fills, Keith Emerson's organ dancing in 5/4 time, and then oh here's Greg Lake with his smooth double-tracked vocals to put a nice sheen on it. But it doesn't work. Second half (side) of the album was supposed to be more "traditional" short songs but even there nothing works very well. I used to think prog was my favourite style of rock when I was a kid but as the years go on I'm pretty sure that wasn't/isn't true at all. I loved - and still do - the best of the genre but this ain't it. This is prog-for-prog's-sake complete with the hilarious album cover. It's just dull. 3/10 2 stars.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

I would have thought that I would be *totally into* an album with a 20-minute long song about a giant armadillo that got transformed into a tank. But it just doesn't work. Parts of the title track are good, but the random prog-rock interludes feel like filler. Emerson noodles up and down the same scales, showing off how fast he can play on 3 different keyboards at the same time, but there's no actual musical value to it and it doesn't go anywhere. Also, frankly, it's not even that great of a technical showcase as the band falls slightly out of sync at various points especially in the first couple of movements of the song. The tonal difference and contrast between the a side and the b side is almost unbelievable. The b side starts with a jaunty almost ragtime-y piano melody in a song that's like 2 minutes long compared to Tarkus' 20. I want so badly to like this but honestly the whole thing feels hollow, like a monument to excess without meaning.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

One of the best prog rock albums. 11/10 would listen more. RIP Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. Also, a great album cover.

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Thu May 06 2021
3

I'm not a huge ELP fan, mainly due to Keith Emerson's keys playing. I love their song writing in some parts, but I find myself growing tired of listening to what feels like minutes of aimless, purposeless keyboard wandering. It's like they are asking questions that they never answer.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
5

First know that I'm not a proghead so I had no idea who these dudes were, nor did i understand wtf was going on for the entire duration of this album. Usually i have zero patience for these meandering, self indulgent 20 min tracks. But unlike the allman bros, this was actually fun and entertaining to listen to. so, based on my enjoyment of the experience rather than my actual knowledge of the music, i'm giving this a 5. deal with it

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

"Tarkus" is a suite in seven parts—one of the earliest multipart progressive-rock suites. The recorded version lasts nearly 21 minutes and takes up a full side of the album. The odd-numbered sections are instrumentals, and the even-numbered ones vocal tracks. It is a concept piece the idea for which is gleaned not from the music and lyrics alone, but also from the album artwork and the section titles; nevertheless the concept and narrative remain ambiguous and open to interpretation. The second side of the album is made up of short songs unrelated to "Tarkus" or to each other. The name "Tarkus" refers to the armadillo-tank from the William Neal paintings on the album cover. The artist has explained that the name is an amalgamation between 'Tartarus' and 'carcass' (hence the name being written in bones on the album cover). Consequently, the name refers to the "futility of war, a man made mess with symbols of mutated destruction."[2] The song "Tarkus" itself supposedly follows the adventures of Tarkus from his birth, through a fight with a manticore, which he loses and concludes with an aquatic version of Tarkus named "Aquatarkus". The parts supposedly follow Tarkus' birth in a volcanic eruption centuries before known history. The exact nature of Tarkus' origin and actions are unknown, and left ambiguous by its creator, Keith Emerson. "Eruption" itself presents a musical impression of cascading eruption on the keyboards in a 10 8 time signature, backed by Carl Palmer on drums. This segues into the "Stones of Years", the first of three vocal sections. The second, third, fourth and fifth are supposedly the movements that represent the enemies he meets: The interlude of the aforementioned "Stones of Years", the second movement, represents the travel of Tarkus and the enemy he meets first. The "Stones of Years" are thought to resemble a mixture of a "stone" version of a cybernetic spider-like creature with spikes like a stegosaurus; a shield embedded in its side; two antennae, each with its own set of eyes; and what looks like a set of two poison gas tanks on the back, sort of resembling a futuristic station. As the interlude is reaching its end, the enemy is overpowered and then finished off by Tarkus' turrets before the song returns to vocal. "Iconoclast" is the third movement and the movement which represents the enemy Tarkus meets second. The "Iconoclast", according to the inner gatefold, is a mixture of a pterodactyl and a war airplane, and is rapidly overpowered by guitar for "Mass". "Mass" is the name of Tarkus' third enemy and the fourth movement, which is filled with numerous religious references; it often had its lyrics dropped in tours by the Keith Emerson Band, as does Stones of Years. The "Mass" is often thought to be a mixture of a lizard, grasshopper and a rocket launcher. This is followed by "Manticore" in which the final enemy of Tarkus appears and a battle ensues between variations on the "Tarkus" theme and the Manticore's. Ultimately, Tarkus is defeated and "Battlefield" follows. The movement "Battlefield" is the only part written entirely by Greg Lake. "Aquatarkus" closes the track, centering mostly on a march based on the "Battlefield" theme and then returning to the original "Eruption" theme as a farewell to Tarkus and a greeting to the aquatic Aquatarkus.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

2.5 it sounds like a mix of video game music and boston

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Fri May 12 2023
2

I guess I’ve never listened to an Emerson, Lake, & Palmer album before. And while having a listen as I made salads in the kitchen wasn’t the worst, it also wasn’t my jam. Guess I thought E, L, P had a similar sound as C,S, Y. And why no Oxford comma!!?

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

8. Biased upward because cool battle Amarillo on the cover

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Thu May 20 2021
3

not my cuppa tea. respect for the skillz tho

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Thu Feb 25 2021
1

It's all so disjointed it makes me feel uncomfortable. I don't listen to music for that. I get what they're trying to do here, I know they're doing it on purpose, it's the point of the thing to take you out of your comfort zone, it just really doesn't work for me at all. Some of the sounds could be quite pleasant if it weren't for all that dissonance.

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Mon Oct 12 2020
5

Very enjoyable listen. Love the atmospheric transitions of the first song (lasting for 20 minutes) while the other shorter songs made memorable hooks.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

The opening track being so long threw me but it really got my ears jumping at about 8 minutes in. Fun listen!

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

nice prog snäppet över ambitiös men helt makalös

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

Hilariously over the top and ridiculous keyboard work throughout. The idea of a mecha-armadillo named Tarkus is just amazing. 9

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Fri May 21 2021
5

song lengths look fun. i like the start! could be the soundtrack to an action scene in a weird trippy horror movie. tbh the only movie like that that i know is suspiria (1977) haha. makes me feel a little paranoid lol. i suppose with the slow down we enter the second part? REALLYYYY NICE VOCALS thank god! wow if it continues to be this fun it might be my second 5/5 (first one being an album i already knew and loved). okay, new guitar, change up, third part. yeah this is going to be the longest song in my playlist for songs over 7 minutes long. lyrics are really cool too im digging everything. UGH THIS IS SO FUN. so good. there's some sounds that remind me of pink floyd which is pretty much the only band ive listened to from the 70s so. this is from before their hits though. ugh im kinda sad the 20 minute song ended :( OH second song is quite different but still has the same flair. so funny that the follow up to the 20 minute song is 1:50 min long. im obsessed with the piano here. a lil unsettling. do you guys think these guys are just atheists or are they anarchists too. honestly i cant imagine this was very popular so shout out to whoever decided to include this, it was worth it to sit through 20 or so albums that felt absolutely pointless just to get to listen to this one. hopefully theres more like this in their discography :))

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Now this is some good shit. One of prog rock classics. Not perfect, but really fucking good. Debut album is a bit better IMO, so a 4.5 (also insert JoJo reference here)

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Excellent on all accounts. A bold musical experiment that was very successful! The first song being 20min long surprised me but I didn't even mind because it was so intricate and clearly told a story. Interesting song titles and good lyrics :)

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Thu Sep 23 2021
5

Pretty sure Motoi Sakuraba ripped off this album for Star Ocean: Til the End of Time's OST.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
5

Cool prog rock album! The organ is on point. I love me a 20 min. opening track. I may have become a fan of ELP.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Although being one of the more pretentious progressive rock albums of the seventies, I believe this one still holds up as one of the best with a fresh take on the genre that was greatly picking up speed. Tarkus can stand up there with most of the Pink Floyd and King Crimson's discography as well as being one of the longer pieces in that catalogue. While other ELP projects were more successful, Tarkus remains my favorite. Simplistic in nature, complex in execution (which is where I think a lot of modern progressive bands, The Mars Volta, Airbag, Porcupine Tree, and Tool go wrong). Highlights: 1, 3, and 4.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

It doesn't make the strongest first impression, but the first song (epic?) gets way better as you listen along. It's the main "song" of the album, and most of the B-Sides feel tacked onto it. All in all, though, it was an enjoyable experience. I really enjoyed the keyboard, but I think the bass lines could be better. Favorite track: Tarkus (last quarter)

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Fri Apr 29 2022
5

Classic alert! Although I've never actually heard this one before.. The best kind of prog rock: great chord progressions, creative songwriting, nice melodies. Also my mum likes it which is a plus

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Какой же это офигенный альбом! Просто супер. Главное, он практически на едином дыхании слушается, песни неразрывны, несмотря на наличие полотна в виде самой композиции Tarkus.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

Absolutely perfect. The title epic-length track holds up, I could listen to it forever despite its length. Some of my favorite instrumentation on a prog song!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

really fun, super listenable, this is my new favorite album to listen to while working.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

A very fun early prog album that packs a lot of depth into its short runtime ((the opposite of many other prog works). I like space jazz

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Another album I have in different media from different eras.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Really excellent. Great bass tone. Some iffy singing.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

I'm really surprised that this album is part of the challenge, I find it very "proghead only". In any case, it remains a great, complex, but somehow catchy record. Carl Palmer's drumming has always impressed me on Tarkus. He created a percussive musicality full of creativity. Keith Emerson's organ is full of virtuosity, as usual, but there is also good research in the sounds. Some have aged badly, but it gives a charm. On the side of Greg Lake, we find his more tragic singing, which comes to him from his previous group King Crimson. And it feels good. It brings the more personal and emotional aspect through all this musical complexity. Ok, to me, it's a masterpiece.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

One of my favorite Prog album of all time. Huge ELP fan. Album cover - Wow. Story - Awesome. Drum - Incredible. Keyboard - Amazing. Everything is there - MASTERPIECE.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

Prog masterpiece! Not very accessible, but very rewarding!

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Another very positive surprise on the list. I have listened to the album twice already and it looks like I'm going to spend next weeks discovering Emerson, Lake and Palmer playlist. In few words, I would call Tarkus a much more progressive "Echoes" by Pink Floyd, with a very climactic vocal by Lake, on par with Gilmour, with prominent Hammond organs by Emerson and excellent drumming virtuoso - how come I didn't hear too much about Palmer before? I can blame only my ignorance. Side A of the album is filled with an epic 20-minutes song "Tarkus". Unlike the aforementioned "Echoes", the composition is less linear - it looks like ELP were experimenting with different styles and moods on this song, jumping from a very progressive and chaotic "Eruption", to much more chilled and atmospheric "Stones Of Years", for example. The song keeps you interested for the whole duration of the track and the multiple changes of tempo allow you to rediscover it once again. Surprisingly, I like the B side even better. Six short songs, by comparison, with instrumental "Infinite Space" and entertaining "A Time And Place" make it a great successor to the artful Tarkus. I really liked the album, even though it might be a little too "proggy" at times for my liking. But because it was my first experience with ELP, I will give it a round five bags of popcorn.

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Mon Dec 12 2022
5

Brilliant from very early seventies. The cover art was pretty amazing too.

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Sun Feb 05 2023
5

this album is UNHINGED beautifully chaotic prog rock 10/10

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Sun Apr 02 2023
5

I think this is the first album on this list that I’ve genuinely been amazed by, to think this came out in 1971 is insane considering how complex and futuristic some of these songs sound. The only way I can describe the sound of this album is a mix of Black Midi and Tame Impala with some old western piano and some classic guitar rock thrown in, it is such a mix of genres that even this vague idea of sounds doesn’t do it justice. I’ll start with the opening title track ‘Tarkus’ which is a 20 minute, 7 part mash of sounds and energy that’ll leave you stunned. It is equally chaotic and yet so well put together it almost feels like a journey when listening to it, the more chaotic parts of this track help you really appreciate when it slows down and the lyrics come in patterned with a smooth instrumental in the background. The next 2 tracks, ‘Jeremy Bender’ and ‘Bitches Crystal’ are just filled with this mesmerising western style piano as if you’d just entered an old Texas bar in the middle of a fight in a movie, but the accompanying guitar and drum work in both songs bring it down a notch to a more classic rock style at points. The following track ‘The Only Way (Hymn)’ takes a completely different turn with some beautiful vocals accompanied with what I can only guess is a church organ bellowing in the background. The final 3 tracks definitely don’t disappoint either with more of the same sounds, some hard guitar on “Time and a Place’ and some fast paced rock n roll on the final track ‘Are You Ready Eddy?’ to close off the album. Not only is this album incredibly enjoyable but it ticks both boxes for creating great songs but also being unique enough that the listener can’t forget the sound when they finish listening. One of my favourite first listens so far, would highly recommend. 5/5

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Fri Jun 23 2023
5

great old recording they invented prog rock

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Fri Jun 30 2023
5

A true prog rock classic. Though not as well-known as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is one of the best albums of the prog rock era. It has everything the prog rocker wants - sweeping and grand, album-half compositions (Tarkus), long-form storytelling, incredible synthesizer work, and serious musicianship. Even the smaller pieces such as Bitches Crystal, The Only Way (Hymn), Infinite Place (Conclusion), and A Time and a Place, suggest a story arc rather than just a bunch of songs. The album even holds together better than Brain Salad Surgery which starts with a bunch of smaller pieces that do not relate to each other or Karn Evil 9. The only songs that don't match the rest of the album are Jeremy Bender, story about a western outlaw driven by a barroom piano, and Are You Ready, Eddy? The latter especially seems out of place, given its prosaic theme of 50s rock and roll. It's not a bad song; It just doesn't belong on this album. Tarkus is a masterpiece of prog rock and one of the highlights of the ELP catalog. While Brain Salad Surgery is the natural starting point for the ELP newcomer, this should be the next waypoint on the ELP journey.

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Sun Jul 16 2023
5

I love Emerson, Lake & Palmer!!!!

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Mon Aug 07 2023
5

rockzao progressivo, muito criativo, agradável de curtir

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

Great album. First song of 20+ mins. I loved it

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Fri Dec 08 2023
5

Good vibes, vraiment bien aimé

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

I have no idea what this is. Great music though.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

Two words: Armadillo tank. Lavish, virtuous and complex. Emerson, Lake & Palmer are pillars of 70’s prog.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
5

From the odd time signatures, to the 20+ minutes opening track, to the armadillo-tank hybrid on the cover, this is everything that is wrong with 70's prog rock. "The "Tarkus" on the front cover is made from whitened bones from the skeleton of a devoured lizard".

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Thu Jan 11 2024
5

The perfect marriage of complexity and appeal.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

Definitely love the synth and the vocals. The lyrics remind me of certain Iron Maiden songs in a way that sounds like a legend is being told. Also reminds of of King Crimson in the structure of the whole album. This is a strong strong 4.5 that I was really looking for something to push it into the 5 star realm. Then I saw the album cover again after finishing.

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Tue Jan 16 2024
5

holy fitta, det först låter är så fucking amazingsk. jag dansar på manisk, manik fitta dansarna. infathomable lyriken ''scattered on the ashes of disgrace'' jag fucking gråta bror... uppa när med bästa låtar jag aldrig höra. annan 1971 magnifikisk experimentalisk album. tack.. oföränderlig = muuttumaton (du verta från mitavittua o-prefix...) (translate if dont förstå) tarkus

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Wed Apr 03 2024
5

One of my favorite albums from the 70's! Love listening to this on vinyl. Glad it made it on the list.

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Sun Apr 07 2024
5

Every time I get a prog rock album on here I'm reminded that there's a whole genre of cool music that I've yet to explore. This album was awesome

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Thu May 16 2024
5

Perfect music to read Guardians of the Galaxy with.

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Fri May 17 2024
5

i feel like such a pretentious hipster for saying all the time "I LOVE PROG ROCK I LOVE PROG ROCK" but it's so true. when the first track is a gigantic 20 minute rock symphony you already know it's going to be the album of the year.

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Wed Jun 12 2024
5

Twenty minute title track. It sounds like demented boss battle music in the best possible way. You could drop parts of this into Chrono Trigger and it would work. I think it's the organs and the bass. The Moog synths do a lot of work too. Super fucking cool. Eventually, we fade out, and then back for a dramatic finale. On side two, Bitches Crystal is more of the same from the title track with aggression and delicate keys. Sounds like ragtime piano. The Only Way and Infinite Space is a interesting two parter with a moody instrumental. The last two tracks don't hit the heights but it doesn't matter.

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Sun Jun 23 2024
5

Um dos sons mais malucos que já ouvi aqui. A começar pela duração das músicas, a primeira é um opera rock, com mais de 20 minutos de duração e várias secções com títulos/subtítulos; enquanto todo o restante das músicas não chega a 4 minutos. Outra coisa que contribuí para maluquice é que apesar de ser progressivo até o talo, tem 2 músicas que fogem completamente da temática principal: a que vem logo depois do opera rock, com um piano meio ragtime (tipo aqueles de filmes de velho-oeste) e a última, um rock and roll completamente caricato dos anos 50. Eu não sei se foi para afirmar algo como "nós também sabemos tocar músicas sem polirritmos e escalas esquisitas" ou se funciona como uma espécie de "limpador de paladar" para te trazer de volta à realidade. O que eu sei é que achei genial. 5 estrelas e foda-se, não sei se voltarei a ouvir mas definitivamente foi uma experiência.

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Fri Jun 28 2024
5

I like ELP very much. This is one of my favorite albums. Masterpiece. Thanks for listening it again.

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Thu Dec 03 2020
4

Very "funky". Really enjoyed the energy and the vibe. Didnt realize the first track was so long!

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Mostly solid prog rock. Extensive use of piano/organ is interesting. Title track (really suite of 7 songs) is very good and similar to Dark Side. “The only way (hymn)” is weird.

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

Great album through and through

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Tue May 25 2021
4

The titular song is a 20 minute prog rock epic and it's very interesting. The rest is good but doesn't really compare to the first track.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

yeeeee. 20 min song > rest of the album. hell yeah king crimson dude. sick ass supergroup.

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Much better than some of the progressive rock that came later that was just trying to be different and daring just for the sake of it, posturing with complex time signatures and random key changes. This was just pretty solid. And the keys on Bitches Crystal were actually pretty awesome. Should be 3.5, but I’m feeling generous today.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Tarkus was great. Forgot how much I like this silly group.

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

A really interesting prog-rock album. The first side is a seven-part suite, and by far the strongest on the album, whilst the second side is a weaker collection of 'unrelated' songs. 8/10

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Never heard this band before but like the progressive nature.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

pretty weird but also pretty good

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

The opening track threw me off a little, mainly due to how long it is. I'm not really used to listening to such long songs. But it wasn't bad. This album wasn't bad, but I didn't like some of the songs. 3.5-4/5 stars.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Great first song and not so great other songs. It still deserves a 4 because of the first song.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

the title track takes its time to accelerate but it comes together very well, I love it sometimes, it overdoes things, though, like with voice modulation other tracks are mixed

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

22. Há um tempo e há um lugar, mas há muito não os visito. A única coisa útil para me dar alento é saber, todos os dias, de uma sirene aguda às onze e quinze, e com ela uma visita aos pátios de arame e betão. Não me recordo do sol brilhar tanto no tempo e no lugar. Também a memória me atraiçoou e delatou os meus crimes à Natureza. Tenham vergonha de alucinar um pobre homem! Que vos encha o decoro se da miséria alheia se aproveitam! A condição é minha e minha apenas. E dela me livrarei num dia de silêncio da sirene. MotA: "Tarkus" "Has the dawn ever seen your eyes? Have the days made you so unwise?"

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Very interesting jazz inspired prog rock. I enjoyed reading about the Tarkus storyline behind the title track. I wish more mainstream artists today wrote songs with this sort of imagination.

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

To byl dobry dzien na taki material, bo zeby w pelni docenic progresywnego rocka, poza odpowiednim sprzetem potrzeba takze chwili spokoju i przemyslenia sluchanego albumu, moze dlatego tak niewiele progresywnego rocka jest na tej liscie, bo nie liczac floydow, to ciezko by szukac wsrod prawie dwustu pickow przedstawicieli tego jakze intelektualnie absorbujacego gatunku, a jeszcze dziwniejsze, ze nie natrafilem na taka ultrabande, dlaczego takie okreslenie, bo kazdy z trzech czlonkow przed powstaniem zespolu byl juz kims w muzycznym biznesie, zaskoczenie juz na pierwszym traku, tytulowym tarkusie, ktorego 21 minut stanowi pierwsza strone tego long pleja, jak przystalo na progresiva tarkus to siedmio czesciowy suit opowiadajacy epicka historie blizej nieokreslonego futurystycznego pancernikowatego zwanego tarkusem, kazda z czesci kawalka opowiada epizod epicki tarkusa, ktory mozna zlurkowac na materialach zawartych na sleevie, cale szczescie, ze jest bo historia 7 czesciowa, a tylko 3 zawieraja kontekst liryczny, reszta to instrumentale o bardzo atonalnym brzmieni i charakterystycznymi klawiszami, wrecz perkusyjnymi, pierwszym skojarzeniem po tej polowie, toz to przeciez crimson king, daleki od prawy nie bylem, bo jak nazwa zespolu glosi, znajduje sie w nim pewien lake, dokladnie ten sam greg lake, ktory byl odpowiedzialny za wokal i gitare basowa na dwoch pierwszych albumach crimsonow, a jako ze jestem fangejem dworku karmazynowego krola, to crimsony brzmia wlasnie jak ich debiutancki album, wiec tutaj jestem kupiony wokalami lakeowymi i kontentem lirycznym, bo jest on za niego odpowiedzialny, wiec zarowno pierwsza strona przypowiesci o pancerfaustowym pancerniku majacym propagowac wartosci pacyfistyczne pokazujac okrucienstwo i bezsens wojen prowadzonych przez ludzi, druga strona troche zmienia nastroj plyty kawalkami jeremy bender i crystal bitches, tylko po to zeby zaraz wrocic do klimatu pierwszej strony z utworem rozbitym na dwa traki, to znaczy the only way i infinite space, zglebiajacym sie w to jaki sens czlowieczenstwo i progresja czlowieka przez pryzmat zbrodni wojennych XX wieku, to jakze mocne odniesienie do zydow, pierwsza czesc pod wzgledem instrumentalnym wyroznia sie wykorzystaniem organow koscielnych, zeby stoponiowo przejsc w bardziej bogata instrumentalnie infinite space, gdzie obok klawiszy fortepanowych mozna uslyszec perkusje i bas, nadal jest atonalnie, ale tym razem bardziej jazzowo, to wlasnie tam skojarzylem skad znam te drumsy, bo o ile nazwisko palmera nie mowilo mi zbyt wiele, ale tak to jest jak sie jest laikiem progowym, lecz oryginalny atomic rooster jest juz mi znany i bardzo dobrze oceniany, do czego z pewnoscia przylozyly sie te drumy, kompozycje tych dwoch trakow sa oparte na bachowej tworczosci, choc takich niuansow juz nie bylem w stanie wylapac, zakonczenie plyty wraca do bardziej klasycznego rocka, zwlaszcza kawalek are you ready eddy, bedacy dosc luznym zwrotem do pana plyty z ekipy producenckiej, slabe jest wstawianie 20 minutowych kawalkow na plejki, wiec tym razem daruje sobie te przyjemnosc i caly albumik leci na miejsce do biblioteczki, zasiadzie w lozych progresowych dzikow, zaraz obok crimsonowych kingow

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Mon Jul 26 2021
4

Sé que es un disco raro, pero me pareció bastante agradable. Es algo así como una mezcla de Santana con The Who y Pink Floyd, bastante experimental, pero nada pretencioso.

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