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Tarkus

Emerson, Lake & Palmer

1971

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Tarkus

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

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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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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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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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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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"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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not my cuppa tea. respect for the skillz tho

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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nice prog snäppet över ambitiös men helt makalös

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

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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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Straight fire

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so good!

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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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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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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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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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tarkão brabo

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Enjoyable

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8

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

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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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Great album through and through

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Prog

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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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diggin the prog

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

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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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progrock chyeah

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Proggy prog

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

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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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8. Biased upward because cool battle Amarillo on the cover

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Never heard this band before but like the progressive nature.

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pretty weird but also pretty good

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

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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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Pretty cool

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Good early prog rock

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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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Good prog.

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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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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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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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prog prog prog prog

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“Tarkus” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer (1971) Musical excellence does not always yield artistic excellence, and this album, while very good overall, is a case in point. For example, the thematic bashing of religious hypocrisy, deceptive symbolism, and the dilemma of theodicy seems to be a hobbyhorse (in “Tarkus [IV. Mass]”, “The Only Way (Hymn)” and elsewhere), and it’s quite understandable in the target-rich Anglican environment. But the obscene “Jeremy Bender” puts sexual deviancy in a categorically Catholic context. I would have liked to hear them explore this in greater depth. As it is, they just skim the surface. For it to be art, Emerson, Lake & Palmer would have to take a deeper dive into the tensions inherent in sex and religion, and drag us along with them. I wouldn’t put up too much of a fight. This is their second studio album. In contrast to their debut album (“Emerson, Lake & Palmer”), these compositions seem to be more rhythmic, relying on drummer Carl Palmer to provide structure, to generally good effect. But the rapid 5/4 (several places in the 20-minute long “Tarkus”) is very taxing on the listener. It takes a lot of energy for two ears to keep up with five beats in every one step. Keith Emerson demonstrates on this album why he is one the two greatest progressive rock keyboardists of all time (the other being Rick Wakeman). His compositional and performing skills, combining classical, jazz, and prog rock, are outstanding. He isolates Hammond organ overtones and harmonics into one channel (e.g., the left channel on “Tarkus [III. Iconoclast]”) for a signature sound. Guitarist/bassist/vocalist Greg Lake is another giant in the genre. On guitar, he has some stellar solos. Marvel at how he utilizes sustain and reverb on “Tarkus [VI. Battlefield]”. Frequently, though, his lead vocals are driven back in the mix, forcing the listener to lean in to the music in order to get to the song. Plus, his struggles with pitch (“A Time and a Place” and elsewhere) require a certain amount of strain for the listener to grab the melody. It’s all very tiring. Regarding the two instances of comic relief on this album, “Jeremy Bender” begs to not be taken seriously. But “Are You Ready Eddie?” is genuine fun—throwback rock and roll on the theme of (of all things!) the work of the studio engineer. This is excellent music, if you’re willing to expend the energy. Now it’s nap time. 4/5

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Title track is great, a jazzy prog epic. By comparison the other tracks feel like b-sides

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Lengthy but full of incredible freestyle solos, riffs and licks. The tightness of the songs diminishes as the album progresses but it’s a great snapshot of the best of the genre

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4

I think this prog rock hit me at the right moment. I put it on and started walking and it was actually pretty nice.

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I have listened to at least three full albums from Emerson, Lake, and Palmer all the way through, maybe more. I could probably find a track on any one of ELP's albums that would get 4 or 5 stars from me (except THAT album - you know the one... yeesh). Somehow I still have mixed feelings about the band. Tarkus is a perfect example of my mixed reaction. The title track (Side A) is something that eventually makes it's way back into my playlist for another listen, but I forget about the rest of the tracks on the album (Side B). Yes, this album is worth a listen, but it feels inconsistent to me. Rounding bumps this album up to 4 stars.

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Great musicianship. Side 2 gets a little goofy.

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4

Bit trippy but good music

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very prog

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ELP was a big part of my high school years. Brain Salad Surgery was a top 10 album for me but other than Lucky Man, their other "hit" C'est la Vie and a live album, I didn't dig any deeper into their catalog. The side long opus is very good not as good as Karn Evil 9 but it had me engaged from first note until the last. Side 2 has its moments but makes no mistake Tarkus is the star. 4 🌟

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This one is interesting, we will see

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Gostei muito do álbum!

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Daklen, album cover je meni među dražima upravo. Baš bi takvu yu gi oh kartu, da se može napraviti. Dosta dobar progresivni rock. Puno organa i sintisajzera. Njihovo razmišljanje za ovaj album: "Alo Palmere, jesmo roknuli pjesmu od 20min.." "Ma slušaj ti mene Lake, mi moramo i B stranu napravit" "Asti gospe, ništa, roknut nekih ovako pjesama nek se ima i to neka bude B strana, ne mora sve valjat skroz." i bi tako. Velikodušan sam, nije čista četvorka, zna se di sam stavio točan rejting.

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It is a solid prog rock album that takes the listener on a musical journey. The title track (with its many parts) was a great listen and the conceptual-ness of it all allowed me to really think about themes such as life, religion, war, death and the fate of the world. Being not as experimental, I felt the second half was lacking in overall feel and sound in comparison. They almost sound like two different albums. Best: Tarkus (all parts) Worst: A Time and a Place

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Awesome early keyboard driven prog. The title track could be mistaken for Super Nintendo era JRPG battle music.

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Pretty interesting prog. Some weird atheist lyrics? But overall just squeaks out a 4-star.

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Well this is certainly an interesting thing. I feel like I should have taken a lot more of something when I listened to this and it might have gotten a 5, but I still enjoyed all the surreal madness. How often do I get to listen to an album themed around the transition to aquatic of a manticore-fighting armored armadillo tank? It’s all a bit fascinating. Not sure this will be a regular listen but it is certainly something I’m glad to have become acquainted with.

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The beauty of the late 60s and early 70s was the ability to unironically try something absolutely "out there" for the sake of Art. "It's gonna be about the de-evolution of a giant armadillo tank!" This is not an album that will be in my casual playlists, but I appreciated what went into creating it. (Mostly. Some of the songs on side 2 were a little WTF.) Low listenability but high creativity and musical skill.

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eh just run of the mill 70s prog rock, i've heard worse but also way better. probably wouldn't listen again but that's just cause i don't care enough about this stuff, altho I would be tempted to add the 20min song to any prog playlist etc.

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Ridiculous and not always in a flattering way. The Bach inclusions are good, and suggest an orientation to composed music which is too rare in popular music. However, as always, I wish that more prog bands would take that inclination further. The opening suite relies on the mythology and packaging around it, I think; In isolation it's rather quotidian. That said, at least it's a 20-minute suite. The B-side opens poorly, with a very silly song, but I felt myself warming to it over time. The ending number was quite endearing, a simple last laugh.

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This sounded a bit calculated, which makes sense for prog rock. I think I liked it?

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Fun

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An album with a lot of great, big instruments, which really gives you that gigantic epic, marching-type prog-rock. Maybe a bit to much at times, but some parts I really liked

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The centerpiece of this album is a 20-minute prog rock anthem/suite about an armadillo fighting a manticore. Civilization might have been a mistake. Best track: The Only Way (Hymn)

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Prog rock. Not as enjoyable as prog metal but I’ll take it.

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asså ganska bra ändå. jag gillade det

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Another concept-y album. First song is 20 min long

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20 min long song was a bit overwhelming

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Prog rock ain't my thing.

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Cool prog stuff

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Pretty cool. I liked some of the themes going through the album. Low end was masterful. Enjoyed it, just not my favourite. Came off a bit pretentious at times but that's prog rock for you. Would have ranked 3.5 if possible.

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Creo que mi acercamiento con el prougreesivoo ha sido escaso. Fue una linda experiencia escuchar toda la amalgama de sonidos y ritmos, sin embargo lo dejaría para moods muy específicos. Las dos últimas me gustaron especialmente, sobre todo "A Time and a Place". 6.5/10

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No lo escuczzzzzzzzzzz

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No conozco la historia detrás de esto y me dio hueva leer la compleja explicación de Wikipedia de lo que en ese momento se llamaba rock progresivo, estoy algo confundido con los cambios de trascendental awestern a vampirico caricaturizado a rock and roll, pero, pues interesante. La primera canción, give me that trippy-ass shit all day: larguísima y llena de altibajos cósmicos que actualmente parecen ser el pan de cada día del post-rock y del metal progresivo. La mayoría del resto de las canciones me parece que tienen la vibra de un videojuego clásico de 8 bit del viejo oeste y el track "The only way" como una versión inocentona del soundtrack del Castlevania. lol. Chido pero creo que no regresaría a este disco.

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Different, but actually good! Was expecting this to be old fashioned.

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nah

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Psychedellic vibe. I enjoyed it, but I think I didn't pay enough attention to the music and the meaning.

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Too indulgent

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OK to zone out too. A bit too wandering for for my taste.

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Ehh. not the worst thing I've ever listened to. Can't imagine really wanting to revisit it though

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Decent prog rock. The title track is an epic kaiju between Tarkus and other monsters. The other tracks felt like incomplete ideas. There were some highlights, like the first minute of "A Time and a Place", but its maturation is a bit underwhelming.

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trippy bro

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Interesting, but could have done with a bit more vocals and guitars

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Reminded me of a poem I once read about Michael Schumacher riding an ostrich into the sun.

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Certainly fun, but not something that I would turn to in a heartbeat (which, I think is where my "5" rating is coming from)

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This was a nice experience. A progressive rock that really looks progressive and sounds erudite. I liked it, but I didn't love it. Good point for not be a long album. 40/50 min for an album in this style is more than enough for me (especially for progressive music where the albums are frequently too much long).

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A rough beginning, but the rest of the album has some great stuff. And of course the album art.

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Fascinating use of the Moog Synthesizer

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I've heard the title track many times in high school but never realized it until now. Twisty strange prog rock that's somehow easy to listen to, even with nonstandard instrumentation and genre-bending riffs. taking off the nostalgia glasses I can't justify giving this beyond 3/5, but I'll be revisiting this title track for sure

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I've always been a little fearful of prog rock, but this is good. For a start, there's one point for the cover art, featuring an armadillo tank. Maybe it's the restraint required by the LP format - two sides of no more than around 23 minutes per side, so no time for an epic fantasy excursion. I think I preferred side one, the proggy masterwork, rather than the individual songs of side two. But all up, the album works as a whole, with a pleasant jazzy afternoon vibe among the ambitious prog.

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I don't care much for 20 minute songs but that's more of a side effect of modern listening habits. Overall I enjoyed it, but not crazy about it

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Tarkus

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Some solid prog rock.

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I suspect the album will not be quite as badass as the album art. Oh yay a 20 minute suite of songs. I mean, I'm ok with prog rock. I like Lucky Man. I saw Yes in concert as a teenager. But there's a line and this is over it. Not offensive just a bit too much. Maybe I would have liked it back in the day, but that day was before my day.

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This kind of kicked ass!

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My wife made me a cake once, she threw all the ingredients into a bowl, mixed and tossed it into oven. 30 mins later we had some bits of really good cake, but most was just a raw flour and egg mess.

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Weiß nicht so recht was ich hiervon halten soll. Erst 20 Minuten Prog Rock gedudel, dann ein Sammelsurium an verschiedenen Stilen. Das musikalische Können muss man aber honorieren, daher 3.

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I like prog rock because you never really know what you're going to get, and that was certainly the case with Tarkus. Unfortunately, things were a bit too all over the place and nothing really clicked for me. Some solid sounds, but for me the finish wasn't there.

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progrock

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I liked this better than I thought I would

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Feel like an interplanetary camel stuck in the desert with two keyboards and one synthesizer

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This album should be 5 stars based on art work alone

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Prefer Brain Salad Surgey

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ELPs TARKUS delivers exactly what it is, an edgy prog-rock album. This list is turning me into a prog-rock fan and while this isn't my fave of what I've been hearing, it was a good listen. 3.5/5.

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Interesting instrumentals. Not bad, but not great.

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Must say I love that album art… Well you can tell it’s prog by just looking ay the length of song one ( tarkus) it’s 20 minutes long. Probably alongside djed by tortoise as the longest song on the generator. I probably wouldn’t go back to it due to its sheer length but Unlike djed this is actually quite cool seamlessly going through different sections, and at least this one has lyrics! Then is Jeremy bender, one of the shortest songs on the generator. It’s okay it’s got some nice piano work but the handclaps feel out of place. Bitches crystal is okay it has it’s moments just really forgettable. Then is the only way ( hymn) it’s cool and works well on the album theres something not quite great about it though and I can’t put my finger on it. Now for an instrumental track infinite space ( conclusion) it’s alright just nothing special. The penultimate track a time and a place is the album’s heaviest moment so nice and dramatic. The album ends on are you ready eddy just an okay little pop rock song to be honest. The album’s alright, I’am not a fan of the sequencing at the end but it’s still a fine work.

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What to make of this? Ambitious, pompous at times, energetic, self indulgent, frequently enjoyable and frequently ignorable. There’s something undeniably absorbing about the music but maybe something a little off putting about the concepts and the lyrics. May require further listening to appreciate.

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Just too weird for me… too many keys playing random notes. It’s shame because there were some tunes hiding in there!

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I don't even remember it

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what is this

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I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. The vocals were cool from time to time, but I hated the piano/organ sound.

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Not a big fan.

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I like lots of prog, but this seemed pretty generic to me

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Bit of a headache

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Not my style

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Pretty weird, fairly entertaining, lots of synth, probably won't ever listen to it again (but I'm glad I did)

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eh

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puh.

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Nope. Made me feel bad and didn't sound all that good

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It was ok, had some interesting parts here and there but largely a bit all over the place for me. 2*

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Kinda liked it

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OK, enough with the classic rock already...

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Prog-slog. BT: Jeremy Bender, Bitches Crystal, A Time and a Place

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2/5 naaaah

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Mal wieder nur drei Lieder gehört und nicht motiviert worden, weiterzumachen.

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Pretty wild. Might have been a day early haha. Not really my style

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Not my kind of thing

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It's majorly just instrumental with the occasional singing here and there that I can't comprehend what they are saying or what's a song's message supposed to be. Plus, there is no reason that a song should be longer than 5 or even 6 minutes. Like why is there a 20-minute song on here. Would Give It: 2/5

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Proggy but disjointed(?). I appreciate the album's merit, but it's not for my ears.

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Tetris music

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Inget fan av prog. Men rätt bra instrumentation. Inget album jag kommer lyssna på igen. Imponerande att lägga in en 20 mins låt.. Bästa låtar: Jeremy Bender Are You Ready Eddy?

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2.5| La verdad la portada me emocionaba mucho, un tanque armadillo. A pesar de que el progresivo está plagado de mezclar ritmos y hacer mucho experimento creo que aquí no hay algo concreto, puedes escuchar claramente como cada género está separado. Y la verdad creo que la mejor canción es la de broma. 2.5 por que instrumental mente son muy buenos pero no todos pueden hacer un álbum conceptual que llegue a trascender.

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I think Stone Cold Steve Austin would beat these three in a handicap match.

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We've had an Emerson, Lake and Palmer record before on this project. I didn't like that, I don't like this.

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bit overblown and whimsical for me

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

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Prog rock dullness

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The second album from this trio released in 1971. It's a progressive rock album that gained success slowly, but was eventually certified gold. The first track is a 20 minute, seven part epic about an armadillo tank in constant war. Following the title track is seven shorter, unrelated songs. This might be the first progressive rock album I've listened to and it's not a favorite genre to me, but that epic title track was a trip.

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A bit to jazzy prog at times but parts are nice

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Prog rock, meets choral, meets rock n roll

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Did not like this at all.

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I'm more rock than prog, I've figured.

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First side is fine. Second half is a sketchy. Album cover gets 5 Stars although I'm puzzled why a British album has an armadillo tank on its cover. Ah, the slow 70s.

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boring

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Listened Before: N 70s British "Prog Rock". Okay. We'll see.... Pros: Not many. I like the format of one long song for the first side, and I like the lead singer's voice a lot. Cons: Keyboards, and more keyboards... oh hey, lets add another layer of KEYBOARDS! Yikes. Not good. I felt like I was at a tent revival. I would call this less "prog rock" and more Experimental. No thanks. I'm willing to give them another shot if there's another album on the list but this is a hard no for me. Added to Library: N Songs added to Playlist: Jeremy Bender (because it's short).

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Well the first song and i had trouble connecting because of its 20 minute length.. then the rest of the songs were not great either. Some of the music was cool sounding but it was just not pleasing to me

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I am not fan of prog. It is often just too clever-clogs for my taste. And this album tends that way. great moments, never repeated, so it assiduously avoids groove or rock (although it could). You could sample almost any bar of this (especially side 1) and turn that into a whole song, but ELP just want to play every idea they ever had. And the lyrics are nonsensical tripe... and yet, I didn't hate this. i could listen to this again. I would buy this from a $2 bin.

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I liked this a whole lot more than I thought I would, mostly just out of respect for some guys who are really, really, REALLY into the music they're making. Like, you can tell if they couldn't make a dime on this, they'd be doing this. So that's cool. And there's very clearly a lot of talent going into this. But I did not connect with this at all.

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Yet another band from back in the day that didn't stand up over time.

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Half, half geluisterd. Werd er niet warm van ondanks dat het prog was.

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ik hou niet van dit soort synthesizer-pop. Beetje te gezocht vaak

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I didn't find this that accessible. My dad was an ELP fan and switched me on to things like Hoedown, but I felt this was lacking a groove for me.

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2 1/2

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a couple of the shorter songs were okay but nothing really special and some of it quite bizarre

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Kind of generic prog rock....which isn't a terrible thing if you're a fan. Overall wasn't super impressed with EL&P vs. Rush, Yes, and other prog staples. 2/5

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Ok znam da bi mi se inače svidjelo ALI, def nije glazba za pun tramvaj sam me smetalo i iritiralo

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not really

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Appreciated what they were trying to do in places, just not how they did it. Too much.

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Look, I try really hard not to think of anyone's music as dumb but I failed at that today. There's just so much noodly organ+percussion paired with a meandering narrative about an armadillo tank and a fucking manticore that I can take, OK? Capital N. Capital O. Capital THANKS.

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When I first started the album I thought, "Okay, I know some EL&P. This should be cool." But holy moly, I wasn't expecting this. This one wasn't for me...at least not today...

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keith emerson should have been tried and imprisoned for his keyboard crimes against humanity. it’s like if black sabbath added a slide whistle player

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I greatly disiked this album and it made me anxious.

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made me feel anxious

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Not my style

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Kennt ihr noch diese ZDF-Sendereihe aus den 80er Jahren, "Der phantastische Film"? Kam irgendwann spätabends, viel zu spät für mich. Aber vor Beginn des eigentlichen Films lief immer dieser Reihen-Vorspann, mit psychedelischen Animationen und - und das ist der Punkt - für mich beängstigender, etwas atonaler Musik. FURCHT-BAR war das für mich! Bin mir gar nicht mehr so sicher ob die so klang wie jetzt die Tarkus - aber die evozierten Bilder und Gefühle sind sehr ähnlich, vermutlich auch wegen diesem Gürteltierpanzer vor surrealistisch blauem Himmel und so. Also für mich ist das nix, da können die Herren noch so virtuos in Komposition und Ausführung sein. Für diese möchte ich auch durchaus Anerkennung zollen - erinnere mich dann aber, wogegen genau Punk ja ursprünglich angetreten war: gegen genau das! Daher heute mal konsequent sein und so bewerten, wie es ist: nichts für mich.

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Irrer Start eines durchdrehenden Gürteltieres, bei dem der Opener die erste Hälfte der gesamten Laufzeit mich aber bei aller Liebe zu ProgRock nicht mal zur Hälfte bannt. Überhaupt nerven mich die Jungs da, wo mich Yes völlig verzauberten. Einzig das jazzige „Infinite Space (Conclusion)“ kriegt den überzeugenden Punkt. Vertrackte 1.3

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Of its time: Too hard to listen to, overwrought and, for me, trying to hard to be “prog”. Maybe I don’t get what they were trying to do. Ended up skipping through the tracks, but nothing caught my imagination.

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Utter shite.

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Awful - pretentious and not enjoyable.

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Wankus

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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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lol no

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Dreadful. I now understand why punk happened.

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After this album, I'm pretty disappointed that something like this made it in while my favorite prog artists aren't on this list of 1001 albums. Avant garde to my taste, seemed mostly like someone wandering around on a keyboard paired with obtuse lyrics.

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I’m sure it’s an important album but I didn’t get it. Parts were cool but others seemed drawn out and aimless.

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Self indulgent organ wank

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Crees que te gusta un poco el progresivo porque escuchas el Metropolis Pt. 2 de Dream y entonces te llega un disco acerca de un armadillo biónico que lucha contra una mantícora. Estaba debatido entre 1 o 2 estrellas, pero la neta es que la rola que rescato del disco es la que viene “de broma” al final del disco y que ellos mismos reconocieron que era un jam no más por festejar que acabaron. No dejo de reconocerte sus habilidades interpretativas, pero muy enfocadas en esa onda de “toca más rápido y más complejo” aunque lo que se transmita sea nada. A ver si nos toca su otro disco famoso y ahí se reivindican.

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1.5 | Primero... No tengo nada contra el progresivo, creo la mayoría de los aquí presentes lo saben. Me gusta mucho Yes, Rush y tantos otros grupos del género incluyendo incluso a King Crimson. Recuerdo haber mencionado que no me gustaban los "super grupos" y aquí tenemos un perfecto ejemplo de por qué no me agradaban en general. Tiene que estar entre los discos más pretenciosos, exagerados y finalmente sin contenido que conozco. Leí que muchos lo consideran el primer disco de progresivo y si es así entonces es el primer disco que engloba todos los puntos malos del género. La canción central nos muestra que son músicos virtuosos. También nos muestra que 20 minutos de presumir lo virtuoso que eres sin llegar a nada es muy muy aburrido. Nos muestra unos de los peores sonidos que se le puede sacar a un sintetizador y lo repite ad nauseam. El concepto del album no es mucho mejor... eso del tanque armadillo... yo se que el progresivo no se conoce por lo profundo de sus letras pero aquí llegan al punto de estupidez plena. Se siente como el tipo de canción y disco que habrá quien te quiere convencer que "es que no lo entiendes" que quiera hablar de lo complejo que es... pero solo es un monton de ser barroco por ser barroco y miren que chingón soy. La segunda mitad con canciones un poco más "estándar" pero que se quedan igual, vamos a presumir por presumir y si el disco no tiene coherencia y si las canciones suenan mal y sin sentido qué más da. Me gusta la música que se aleja de lo convencional, me agrada y defiendo mucha música que suena extraña y sin sentido pero esto simplemente es aburrido e innecesario. Les daría la media estrella extra solo por el punto de ser técnicamente buenos; triste que no hagan nada que valga la pena con eso en este disco.

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i really couldn't be arsed with this shit. absolute tosh.

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I did not jive with this

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Shite!

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Too prog and obtuse, frenetic keyboard noodling.

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Self indulgent rubbish.

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I hate prog

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That escalated quickly.

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Serieus? Dit is iets? Hier luisteren mensen met plezier naar? Wat zijn dat voor mensen? Heel veel vragen!

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I lacked motivation to preserve with this after a 15 minute opener…

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Nope

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My ears couldn’t take a lot of this…

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No, thanks. I had a big lunch.

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