Saturday 15 November 2014

The Three Fates (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 1970)

The ELP's debut album is a real gold mine, full of precious musical lodes. "The Three Fates" surely is one of them. The track is divided into three parts, each one describing one of the three Greek goddesses running human destinies: Clotho, Lachesis and Athropos. The first movement is a majestic one, with Emerson's organ at its best and an almost liturgical mood. Then, our keyboard man goes to the piano for the second fate and creates a refined embroidery.

Luckily the most famous "powerful trio" in prog rock history.

Finally, he's joined by a Carl Palmer's splendid drum work during the final section. In this closing segment, moreover, there's a spectacular piano overdubbing enriching the sound. The whole mini-suite is based on a classical frame, but the rythmic pace and some technical solutions are as original as a prog track can be... and that's saying something!

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