|Early Broadcast From A Newly Formed ELP In 1971
Format: CD / Cat No: LFMCD617 / Released: 16/08/2019
Track Listing: 1. Take a Pebble (16:11) / 2. Knife Edge (7:16) / 3. Blues Jam (4:48) / 4. The Barbarian (5:31) / 5. Rondo (19:19) / 6. Nutrocker (5:07) / 7. Knife Edge (Beat Club) (4:35)
More information: Keith Emerson and Greg Lake first met in December 1969 when Emerson's band, The Nice, and Lake's band, King Crimson, were billed together for a series of concerts at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Emerson was looking to form a new group, and Lake wanted to leave King Crimson. During a sound check before one of the shows, Emerson described the first time he and Lake played together: "Greg was moving a bass line and I played the piano behind, and Zap! It was there.”
Auditions for a drummer led to the inclusion of former Atomic Rooster and Crazy World Of Arthur Brown sticks-man Carl Palmer, following which the new group settled on Emerson, Lake & Palmer or ELP as their moniker.
ELP’s debut album, recorded in 1970 with Lake producing, was issued in November the same year in the UK, and in January 1971 in the US. From September 1970 to June 1971, the band completed their first concert tour with shows across the UK, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
On 3rd June, the group performed an extraordinary show at Dusseldorf’s Philipshalle, which was recorded for live radio and TV transmission. Concentrating largely on their debut (despite their sophomore album having already been released by this time) alongside a few choice rarities and some superb classical interpretations.
Available here on CD for the first time, this superb concert illustrates just how fully formed ELP were, even at this early stage in their illustrious career.