Emerson, Lake & Palmer / Trilogy / LP / 1972 / Island / UK // I got one, @onefrom96 ! About two days after your recommendation - I think my response was "I'm waiting for a decent copy at a low price" - this was in the 50p bin! I'm afraid to say I am still feeling confused about ELP. My favourite part of this record was the first two minutes; I shut my eyes and felt I could be listening to the soundtrack to 'Planet of the Apes' or something. It was sparse, dramatic, tense, bewildering, intriguing and then... the keyboards. I don't know if it's the sound or the over-abundance or the fact they are so busy and twiddly, but they kind of make me wince. There wasn't anything I really hated, but the only song I really enjoyed was the title track, starting out as a more traditionally classical piece, before locking into a driving and repetitious hard rock riff, beating it over and over. Overall though, this record feels more po-faced and pompous than 'Tarkus', despite some tomfoolery with tracks like 'The Sheriff' and 'Hoedown'. And then that album cover... god, that cover is awful and cheesy and pretentious. I was shocked, genuinely shocked, to discover it's a #Hipgnosis cover! Is there a worse piece of work in Storm Thorgerson's portfolio? Despite this reaction, I still can't figure out how I feel about this band, and until I do, I will probably keep listening to them like a mathematician working on a particularly tricky equation! To me, they're a bit like pickled onion Monster Munch - something created in the 70s that's weird and naff, yet quintessentially British and that really shouldn't work and that you know is bad, yet you want to just keep consuming out of some strange compulsion.