By Steve Newton
As you may have already heard, Greg Lake–one-third of the legendary seventies prog-rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer–died of cancer yesterday at the age of 69.
I was a big ELP fan back in the day. Actually, I was mostly a big Brain Salad Surgery fan back in the day, that day being 1973. I didn’t own a lot of other ELP albums, mainly because I was too busy buying albums with electric guitars on them. ELP wasn’t a guitar band. Lake was the singer-bassist and producer, joined by drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Keith Emerson, who passed away last year at 71.
Even without the cranked six-string action I craved–and found on other ’73 discs like Montrose, Tyranny and Mutation, and Tres Hombres–I found a lot to like in the British trio’s classical stylings and advanced musicianship. And I’m pretty sure the…
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