You can't say enough good things about this album. "Tarkus" is one of the greatest epics of the prog rock era, clocking in at over 20 exhilarating minutes. While "Tarkus" is a bit intimidating at first, it gets better and better with every listen, "Tarkus" alone is worth this purchase, but wait, there's more! "Jeremy Bender" is a delightful tongue-in-cheek honky tonk piano piece, while "!itches Crystal" features some great piano work for the Maestro himself, Keith Emerson. While I'm not a fan of "The Only Way", "Infinite Space" is a fantastic piano track which will have you wanting more. "A Time and a Place" features some of Greg Lake's most aggressive vocals, and "Are You Ready Eddy?" is a 50's rock and roll tribute to sound engineer Eddy Offord with a surprise at the end, bringing some more levity to the album. The second CD, which features a Steven Wilson remix, has several great bonus tracks: "Oh, My Father", a very sensitive song Greg Lake wrote about his deceased father, "Unknown Ballad", another touching song, and "Mass", an instrumental take of the "Mass" section from "Tarkus". Overall, this is one of ELP's best albums, and one of the best progressive rock albums ever made. You won't regret purchasing this!
I would recommend this to a friend