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A Brief History of Manticore Records: Mythological Beast

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Masterminded by Emerson Lake & Palmer bassist and vocalist Greg Lake, and inspired by the boutique labels of the day, Manticore Records was founded in early 1973. Named after the lion-with-human-head-and-bat-wings character from Persian mythology that defeated Tarkus on ELP’s 1971 concept album, the label was run by Lake, Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer and their manager Stewart Young.


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