…”Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends”….. Emerson, Lake & Palme…

Written by on November 19, 2017


…”Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends”…..

Emerson, Lake & Palmer released their 4th studio LP “Brain Salad Surgery” on Nov. 19, 1973. It was their first album under their Manticore Records imprint. It fuses rock and classical themes. Greg Lake wrote the lyrics for the album with the assistance (on two tracks, “Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression” and “Benny the Bouncer”) of former King Crimson bandmate (and, beginning with this album, frequent ELP collaborator) Peter Sinfield. This was the first Emerson, Lake & Palmer album to have no songwriting contributions from Carl Palmer.

The album’s longest composition, “Karn Evil 9”, nearly 30 minutes in length, consists of three movements or “impressions”, the first and third separated by an extended instrumental passage. The most well-known section is “Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2” (“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…”). The first movement originally had to be split between sides 1 and 2 of the album. The original U.S. CD release also divided the piece, but subsequent releases have presented it in an uninterrupted version.

“Karn Evil 9” includes vocal credit for KEITH EMERSON, and is Emerson’s only vocal credit on an ELP record.[citation needed] The only vocals he contributed to the song were the voice of the muse in the Second Impression, which was sped up, and the computer voice in the Third Impression. Emerson ran his voice through the ring modulator on his Moog Modular to achieve this sound.

About the title. According to the 1996 re-release notes, the title came from a lyric in Dr. John’s 1973 hit, “Right Place, Wrong Time” from his “In the Right Place” album which was released in Jan. of 1973. The words were “Just need a little brain salad surgery/Got to cure this insecurity.” It replaced the working title Whip Some Skull on Yer; both titles are slang expressions for fellatio.

When is the last time you listened to this records in its entirety?

Happy 44th Birthday to “Brain Salad Surgery”!!! RIP Keith and Greg.




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