Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Tarkus – Our Shootout Winner from 2009

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This British Island Sunray pressing has EXCELLENT A++ SOUND on BOTH SIDES. If you prog rock junkies are looking for your next fix, this killer copy is the hot ticket! Both sides have got it going on; you won’t find this kind of energy, transparency, or presence on most copies out there! This one is full of tubey magic on both sides, yet clean, clear, and open throughout. The transparency is OFF THE CHARTS. 

The domestic copies we’ve played aren’t even in the same arena, and the typical Brit copies tend to be a bit turgid.

Side one features some of the more bombastic prog rock sound to hit our table in quite some time. Those of you who are into that kind of crazy stuff are going to be quite pleased with the presentation here.

Like most old Sunray pressings, the surfaces can be a bit noisy at times. Side one starts noisy but quiets down about twenty seconds in. Side two has a noisy edge and quiets down to play between Mint Minus and Mint Minus Minus, with a bit of noise behind the quiet intros and outros.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Tarkus
a. Eruption
b. Stones of Years
c. Iconoclast
d. The Mass
e. Manticore
f. Battlefield
g. Aquatarkus

Side Two

Jeremy Bender
The Only Way (Hymn)
Infinite Space (Conclusion)
A Time And A Place
Are You Ready Eddy?

AMG Review

Tarkus is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history… Tarkus makes a very solid album, especially to the ears of prog rock fans — no Greg Lake acoustic ballads, no lengthy jazz interludes. More accomplished than the trio’s first album, but not quite as polished as Brain Salad Surgery, Tarkus is nevertheless a must-have.