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Carl Palmer remembers ELP: "I can't believe we called a prog album Love Beach"

The latest batch of Emerson, Lake & Palmer reissues drops this month, so we spoke to the band’s sole surviving member, Carl Palmer, to discover the stories behind the releases...

Both the six-legged embodiment of progressive rock’s restless creative spirit and the ultimate benchmark for the genre’s most preposterous excesses, Emerson Lake & Palmer have been in our thoughts more than ever over the last 12 months. On the one hand, the band’s illustrious catalogue has been steadily repackaged and remastered anew, with deluxe versions of Trilogy, Brain Salad Surgery and Tarkus (the latter given a new stereo mix by Steven Wilson) emerging in 2016. On the flipside, of course, we have mourned the deaths of two thirds of ELP: both colossal losses to the prog world that bring extra poignancy to any fulsome reassessment of the music the trio made together.

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