Take a Pebble
The Three Fates (i) Clotho ii) Lachesis iii) Atropos)
Whether your taste is heavy metal, British pop, or Wagnerian symphony, ELP’s debut has hybridized songs for every palate. “The Barbarian” turns Béla Bartók into doom metal, while “Knife-Driven” melds Bach to the volcanic grooves of Jimi Hendrix and the impassioned melodicism of John Lennon. You never know what’s coming next, though ELP navigates every unpredictable turn with razor-sharp precision. With its gently chiming melody, the Bowie-esque “Lucky Man” reveals Greg Lake as the superior songwriter behind the instrumental intensity of Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer.