Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Trilogy [Cotillion Records SD 9903] (6 July 1972)

Released: 6 July 1972
Country: US
Label: Cotillion Records
Catalog: SD 9903
Genre: Progressive Rock

Item# SR-COSD9903
Ratings: C=VG+; LP=VG+


T R A C K L I S T:
01 The Endless Enigma (Part 1)
02 Fugue
03 The Endless Enigma (Part 2)
04 From The Beginning
05 The Sheriff
06 Hoedown
07 Trilogy
08 Living Sin
09 Abaddon's Bolero




Trilogy
Emerson, Lake & Palmer


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Album Review

Francois Couture [allmusic.com]

After the heavily distorted bass and doomsday church organ of Emerson, Lake & Palmer's debut album, the exhilarating prog rock of epic proportions on Tarkus, and the violent removal of the sacred aura of classical tunes on Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy, ELP's fourth album, features the trio settling down in more crowd-pleasing pastures. Actually, the group was gaining in maturity what they lost in raw energy. Every track on this album has been carefully thought, arranged, and performed to perfection, a process that also included some form of sterilization. Greg Lake's acoustic ballad ''From the Beginning'' put the group on the charts for a second time. The adaptation of Aaron Copland's ''Hoedown'' also yielded a crowd-pleaser. Prog rock fans had to satisfy themselves with the three-part ''The Endless Enigma'' and ''Trilogy,'' both very strong but paced compositions. By 1972, Eddie Offord's recording and producing techniques had reached a peak. He provided a lush, comfy finish to the album that made it particularly suited for living-room listening and the FM airwaves. Yet the material lacks a bit of excitement. Trilogy still belongs to ELP's classic period and should not be overlooked. For newcomers to prog rock it can even make a less-menacing point of entry.