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Atlantic , WEA. Manticore , Manticore , Manticore. Manticore , Atlantic. Gamma 4. Atlantic , Manticore. Suzy , Manticore. The main focus, thanks to the three-part "Karn Evil 9," is sci-fi rock, approached with a volume and vengeance that stretched the art rock audience's tolerance to its outer limit, but also managed to appeal to the metal audience in ways that little of Trilogy did.
Indeed, "Karn Evil 9" is the piece and the place where Keith Emerson and his keyboards finally matched in both music and flamboyance the larger-than-life guitar sound of Jimi Hendrix. This also marked the point in the group's history in which they brought in their first outside creative hand, in the guise of ex- King Crimson lyricist Pete Sinfield.
He'd been shopping around his first solo album and was invited onto the trio's new Manticore label, and also asked in to this project as Lake 's abilities as a lyricist didn't seem quite up to the minute "Karn Evil 9" epic that Emerson had created as an instrumental. Sinfield 's resulting lyrics for "Karn Evil 9: First Impression" and "Karn Evil 9: Third Impression," while not up to the standard of his best Crimson work, were better than anything the group had to work with previously -- he was also responsible for Emerson 's choice of title, persuading the keyboardist that the music he'd come up with was more evocative of a carnival and fantasy than the pure science fiction concept that Emerson had started with.
And Greg Lake pulled out all the stops with his heaviest singing voice in handling them, coming off a bit like Peter Gabriel in the process. And amid Carl Palmer 's prodigious drumming, it was all a showcase for Emerson , who employed more keyboards and more sounds here -- including electronic voices -- than had previously been heard on one of their records. The songs except for the light-hearted throwaway "Benny the Bouncer" are also among their best work -- the group's arrangement of Sir Charles Hubert Parry 's setting of William Blake 's "Jerusalem" manages to be reverent yet rocking a combination that got it banned by the BBC for potential "blasphemy" , while Emerson 's adaptation of Alberto Ginastera 's music in "Tocatta" outstrips even "The Barbarian" and "Knife Edge" from the first album as a distinctive and rewarding reinterpretation of a piece of serious music.
Lake's "Still On 1 March , the album was certified Gold by British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of , copies. In spite of the feeling that Lake's acoustic song "Still The single [nb 7] was released on 30 November , but its success was inhibited by the BBC , which banned the song from airplay. In the United States, Brain Salad Surgery was released in December by Manticore on vinyl record, [nb 8] cassette, and 8-track cartridge, and distributed by Atlantic.
The album was released for the first time on CD [nb 3] , which was mastered by Barry Diament, in The earliest copies for the U. In , the album was remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio [nb 9]. Because of its length, "Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression" had originally been split into two parts for vinyl, with a fade-out at the end of side 1 and a fade-in at the beginning of side 2. Some early CD editions continued to split the track, but since then it has been presented as a single, uninterrupted piece.
In , a remastered and expanded three-disc 35th-anniversary deluxe edition [nb 11] was released by Sanctuary Records , a subsidiary label of Universal Music Group at that time. Disc 1 CD contained the original album, remastered by Paschal Byrne. Disc 3 was a hybrid SACD containing the original album in stereo and surround sound.
For the 5. Disc 1 CD contained the original album, remastered by Andy Pearce. Disc 3 CD contained a new stereo version of the album. The original and new stereo versions in high resolution along with a brand new 5.
Finally, Disc 6 was a gm vinyl record with the original album. A cut-down three-disc edition, [nb 12] which consisted of the Discs 1, 2, and 4 but without the 5. In Japan, the 40th anniversary 3 disc edition, on the Victor Entertainment label, contains the new stereo and 5.
Upon its initial release, the album was met with a remarkably polarized critical reception. In particular, he counted the lyrics of "Still You Turn Me On" to be somewhat overblown and dismissed "Benny the Bouncer" as "a needless nonsensical whimsey". Retrospective response has been predominantly favourable. He summarized that it represents "a high point that the trio would never again achieve, or even aspire to".
Soon after the recording sessions ended and the tracks were mixed in October , the group rehearsed for their upcoming world tour to promote the album. Spanning from 14 November to 21 August , and including live performances, it comprised four parts: Leg 1—North America from 14 November to 18 December , 28 shows , Leg 2—North America from 24 January to 6 April , 29 shows , Leg 3—Europe from 18 April to 1 June , 26 shows , and Leg 4—North America from 26 July to 21 August , 17 shows.
These included Emerson playing a grand piano while it revolved in mid-air, and abusing the Hammond organ by sticking knives in the manuals, throwing it around the stage and letting it feed back, while Palmer played on a revolving drum kit. The group carried almost 40 tons of equipment, which took five hours to unpack and set up, including a channel board discrete quadraphonic public address sound system provided by International Entertainers Service, and a state-of-the-art lighting system, designed by Judy Rasmussen, which consisted of large ladders at each corner of the stage and two arches installed above the performance area.
Much of the performance was also used for broadcasting on the American rock music radio show King Biscuit Flower Hour. In , the group reunited to work on their next album, Works Volume 1 Some CD editions have the entire suite "Karn Evil 9" as a one track, giving the album a total of five tracks. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Progressive rock. On paper, it appears as insane as it ever did. It kicks off with a hymn, goes into a section of piano concerto rewritten to feature the first recorded appearance of 'electronic percussion', then a pretty acoustic ballad, then a barroom piano knees-up, all topped off with a half-hour science fiction suite.
Keith Emerson has beautifully caught the mood of my piece. It was dark and very foreboding, and for me it represented ELP's music. The BBC was very conservative in its outlook in those days. I think they felt our version of "Jerusalem" was a bit of an affront to Britishness. Entertainment Weekly. New York: Time. Retrieved 8 February Retrieved 19 January All About Jazz. Retrieved 3 February Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 January British Phonographic Industry. Bad selection.
Save Cancel. Really delete this comment? Yes No. Benny The Bouncer. Karn Evil 9 First Impression. Karn Evil 9 Third Impression. Still You Turn Me On. More Albums. Take a Pebble Live. Tarkus Live.Emerson, Lake & Palmer's most successful and well-realized album (after their first), and their most ambitious as a group, as well as their loudest, Brain Salad Surgery was also the most steeped in electronic sounds of any of their records.9/