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New ELP deluxe editions and vinyl

BMG will kick off an Emerson Lake & Palmer re-issue programme next month, which spotlights ELP’s nine studio albums, as well as their live recordings and compilations.

Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Carl Palmer enjoyed massive ‘prog’ success throughout the 1970s and have sold over 40 million albums worldwide. The albums will be reissued across different formats, including CD and newly cut vinyl LPs and HD digital downloads.

The group’s first three albums, Emerson Lake & Palmer (1970), Tarkus (1971 and Pictures At An Exhibition (1971) are scheduled for re-release first, alongside a new 39-track, three-CD Anthology with material approved by all three band members. The Anthology is presented in special ‘casebound’ book packaging with detailed sleeve notes by Chris Welch, illustrated with rare band photographs.

The two-CD deluxe of the 1970 debut comprises the original album and the 2012 Steven Wilson stereo mix, with bonus tracks. This is the same as the 2012 reissue without the surround sound DVD. However, according to BMG, the vinyl LP edition is newly cut for the first time from 24 bit/HD 2012 remasters. Similarly, Tarkus mirrors the 2012 deluxe (original and SW remix+bonus tracks) and the vinyl LP version is newly cut from the 2012 remaster, with original gatefold sleeve and artwork faithfully reproduced.

CD 1 (and the LP) of Pictures… is a new remaster from the original master tapes, with bonus tracks. CD 2 has another live performance of the  work, recorded at the Lyceum Ballroom, London, on December 9th, 1970, complemented by live performances of ELP favourites The Barbarian, Knife Edge,  Rondo and Nut Rocker.

Interestingly, following a ‘special request’ from Greg Lake, the LPs will be presented on 140g vinyl to ensure a superior high quality sound. Apparently, Mr Lake doesn’t buy into the 180g-means-it-must-sound-better school of thought. His reasoning is explained on the LP inner bag!

These are all released on 29 July 2016. Later in the year BMG will reissue Trilogy (1972), Brain Salad Surgery (1973) and the live album Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends (1974).



Emerson Lake & Palmer 2CD deluxe

Disc: 1
1. The Barbarian
2. Take a Pebble
3. Knife-Edge
4. The Three Fates
5. Tank
6. Lucky Man

Disc: 2
1. The Barbarian (2012 Stereo Mix)
2. Take a Pebble (2012 Stereo Mix)
3. Knife-Edge (With Extended Outro; 2012 Stereo Mix)
4. Promenade (2012 Stereo Mix)
5. The Three Fates: Atropos (2012 Stereo Mix)
6. Rave Up (2012 Stereo Mix)
7. Drum Solo (2012 Stereo Mix)
8. Lucky Man (2012 Stereo Mix)
9. Take a Pebble (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)
10. Knife-Edge (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)
11. Lucky Man (First Greg Lake Solo Version; 2012 Stereo Mix)
12. Lucky Man (Alternate Version; 2012 Stereo Mix)



Tarkus 2CD deluxe

Disc: 1
1. Tarkus
2. Jeremy Bender
3. Bitches Crystal
4. The Only Way (Hymn)
5. Infinite Space (Conclusion)
6. A Time And A Place
7. Are You Ready Eddy?

Disc: 2
1. Tarkus (i. Eruption, ii. Stones of Years, iii. Iconoclast, iv. Mass, v. Manticore, vi. Battlefield,
2. Jeremy Bender (2012 Stereo Mix)
3. Bitches Crystal (2012 Stereo Mix)
4. The Only Way (Hymn) [2012 Stereo Mix]
5. Infinite Space (Conclusion) [2012 Stereo Mix]
6. A Time and a Place (2012 Stereo Mix)
7. Are You Ready Eddy? (2012 Stereo Mix)
8. Oh, My Father (2012 Stereo Mix)
9. Unknown Ballad (2012 Stereo Mix)
10. Mass (Alternate Take; 2012 Stereo Mix)



Pictures at an Exhibition 2CD deluxe

Disc: 1
1. Promenade (Pt. 1;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
2. The Gnome (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
3. Promenade (Pt. 2;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
4. The Sage (Pt. 3;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
5. The Old Castle (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
6. Blues Variation (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
7. Promenade (Pt. 3;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
8. The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 1;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
9. The Curse of Baba Yaga (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
10. The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 2;Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
11. The Great Gates of Kiev (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
12. Nutrocker (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 26.3.71; 2016 – Remaster)
13. Pictures At An Exhibition

Disc: 2
1. Promenade (Pt. 1;Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
2. The Gnome (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
3. Promenade (Pt. 2;Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
4. The Sage (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
5. The Old Castle (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
6. Blues Variation (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
7. Promenade (Pt. 3;Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
8. The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 1;Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
9. The Curse of Baba Yaga (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
10. The Hut of Baba Yaga (Pt. 2;Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
11. The Great Gates of Kiev (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
12. The Barbarian (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
13. Knife-Edge (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
14. Rondo (Pt. 3;Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)
15. Nut Rocker (Live At The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK, 09/12/70)


The Anthology

Disc: 1
1. The Barbarian
2. Take a Pebble
3. Knife-Edge
4. Lucky Man
5. Tank
6. Tarkus
7. Bitches Crystal
8. The Only Way (Hymn)
9. Infinite Space (Conclusion)
10. A Time And A Place

Disc: 2
1. The Sage (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 1971)
2. The Great Gates Of Kiev (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 1971)
3. Nutrocker (Live At Newcastle City Hall, 1971)
4. The Endless Enigma, Pt. One (Remastered)
5. From the Beginning (Remastered)
6. The Sheriff (Remastered)
7. Hoedown (Remastered)
8. Abaddon’s Bolero (Remastered)
9. Jerusalem (Remastered Version)
10. Toccata (Remastered Version)
11. Still… You Turn Me On (Remastered Version)
12. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. I (Remastered Version)
13. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Pt. 2 (Remastered Version)
14. Toccata (Live In Anaheim, 1974)

Disc: 3
1. Piano Concerto No. 1 (1st Movement)
2. Fanfare for the Common Man
3. Brain Salad Surgery
4. I Believe in Father Christmas (Greg Lake)
5. Honky Tonk Train Blues (Keith Emerson)
6. Peter Gunn (Live 1977/1978)
7. C’est La Vie (Live At Olympic Stadium, Montreal, 1977)
8. Love Beach
9. Canario
10. Pirates (Live in Nassau, 1978)
11. Affairs Of The Heart
12. Romeo And Juliet
13. Hand Of Truth
14. Paper Blood
15. Tiger in a Spotlight (Live – Now Tour ’97/ ’98)

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Jeremy Bender

@Philip Birtwistle – they DId record the pictures encore in 1974. I read an interview a while back with one of their sound guys and he said that he was involved in mixing “welcome back my friends” and that they mixed the whole show, inc. the encore, then edited it down to what was released on vinyl in 1974.

I suspect that either the original tapes are lost, or they just can’t be bothered going back to the tapes and remixing from scratch to give us the full show. It is easier to just keep reissuing with a tweak of the EQ to call it a new remaster.

The holy grail dream would be the full “Welcome back” show, with the pictures encore and with the songs in the correct order as they were performed on the night/tour, AND with the missing “Benny The Bouncer”. C’mon Greg and associates, make us old hippies happy before we die, do the right thing :)

Chris Hampton

But then those fuckers wouldn’t keep making money now would they. It’s like when will they finally release a box set of the Beatles Pepper Era with ‘
Everything from 1966 to 67. Let’s face it nothing else musically matters.


I prefer : new remix in triple CD and exelent art WELCOME BACK MY FREINDS TO THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS.
Works 2
In concert.
EMERSON LAKE & POWELL 5.1 whit the HD touch and go video MTV .
3…to the power of the three ( Emerson berry & Palmer ).
And :
A new REMIX complete IN THE HOT SEAT ,,,,,,,, the real ELP ,,,,

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Unknown Ballad isn’t even ELP. It is widely known that this was a balls up first time round, yet here it is again. There is nothing new here at all that we haven’t seen before, and tragically it looks like we will never see the rest of the Newcastle concert at which Pictures was recorded. It’s never been known whether the whole show was recorded, but it now looks certain that it wasn’t. As for the Lyceum material, how many more times ???


Available at pledgemusic too.


Tha Anthology one… such a ugly, generic cover… remind me those compliation albums of Earth, Wind & Fire…


Right ……… No art for ELP,,,,,,,,,,, Sad .


Hi Paul, as stated above the ‘widget’ is showing vinyl pricing against the CD versions. Both CD versions currently showing £10.65 on Amazon UK. Needs to drop lower than that in my opinion.

andrew R

Iam sorry to say this looks like an attempt to shift product on the back of Keith
Emerson’s death. Plus as others have stated there are plenty of earlier versions to be picked up at reasonable cost.
Even the originals can be obtained fairly cheaply!

Julian H

Take that back please. The announcement was out months before Keith’s death. I know it because I read about it in the eclipsed magazine.

andrew R

“looks like an attempt” if you read it clearly, nothing to take back
imho and its a very mild criticism to get huffy about. Most of these endless re-re-
releases are merely cash grabs and yes i was a massive fan of the band in my youth
and was very saddened to hear of his death and the manner of it .Ok?

Simon F

Hmm. I would of preferred a complete anthology box set along the lines of what Rhino did with the Yes catalogue a couple of years ago. These days I simply can’t be bothered to go picking up each album individually! Good remastered sound with plenty of bonus material on each disc and (almost) complete original sleeve art work. It’s only down side was the non inclusion of the two live albums. Looking forward to the Free vinyl set, Bowie box 2 and the Man live albums set.

peter chrisp

As what Zeppelin would say How Many More Times? Reissues,best of’s deluxe, super deluxe, vinyl sets, i guess the best one for me when it first came out their debut album is a minor classic and the 42 anniversary edition is the one to have a 3disc selection the original album, the alternative, the 5.1 mix and the high res stereo mix all in all you get an extra 30 tracks excellent stuff & from what i have heard “Brain Salad Surgery” again, after it’s initial 6disc box set. Talk about overkill. Oh well i guess we all have to milk a cow every so often.


I just noticed it’s the vinyl that’s £16.39 for the self titled album not the 2CD deluxe also those two the debut and tarkus with the DVD’s are going for really silly money now on amazon.

Nicholas Love

So Manticore CD issues about 94 or so, Rhino around 96 or 97, Castle around 2002, Shout Factory in 2008 I think, Sony in 2011 and Razor and Tie Remix/Remasters from about 2012-2015. This has to be the most used and abused catalog in the CD era. 7 series of remasters in about 22 years.

Nicholas Love

Also, did everyone notice that Unknown Ballad, which is now pretty much universally agreed upon that it’s not actually ELP performing, is back in the Tarkus track listing?

Jay Kranz

disappointed that it means we will have to wait even longer for deluxe versions of the post BSS stuff. this one will probably stall after BSS too before they start over again in 4 years.


I have the previous ‘deluxe’ versions of ‘ELP’, ‘TARKUS’ & ‘BRAIN SALAD SURGERY’ (the very decent 2008 release, not the 2014 dog’s breakfast) & am at a loss as to why ANY more variants of these albums are needed.

Yes ‘Welcome Back…’ with improved sound & running order would be er welcome, but other than that (& possibly ‘Works’ upgrades) ENOUGH ALREADY !


Wasn’t Welcome Back My Friends 2007 Shout! remaster the correct order?



Before I get to that though – on the 180g Vinyl issue, Lake is perfectly correct. This has been known for some time, and has been reported in various places. Sound wise, there is no difference between 140g and 180g. The 180g weight is purely a marketing exercise. As I say, this has been known for some time, so not sure why this is a surprise, other than the fact that Lake is being more honest about it.

As for the releases, talk about crazy. The Tarkus set from a couple years back is available very cheaply new, with the surround. The deluxe editions are all excellent, the last thing they need is a reissue.

The one complaint ELP fans would like to see rectified is for the surround sound mix of Brain Salad Surgery to be available in a two or three disc set. However, given what they’re doing here, it’s safe to assume that won’t be happening.

So…. easy to skip these. I’ll check out Pictures… but other wise there’s nothing they could do to tempt me to side-grade (?!) or down-grade to these versions,


…can’t believe Love Beach was included on any compilation.

Julian H

Wrt surround mixes, perhaps they will get a separate bluray release? Would sound reasonable to me, but what do I know…


The mind boggles as to who on earth is going to buy those first two albums again without the DVD’s and looking back when i bought these originally in 2012 from amazon they were both £9.99 each. Just shows how much a joke amazon are now with their pricing asking £16.39 for these and that’s without the DVD’s.


That’s great and all, but I was really holding out for a continuation of the multi-media (cd and dvd-a) edition series we’ve been treated to over the last 3 0r 4 years. I really wanted Pictures, Works I & II and Welcome in Hi-RES, just like the reissues of ELP, Tarkus Trilogy and Brain of late. Seems like Pictures is just a repackage of 2008’s 2 cd Deluxe edition, with 2016 remastering?! I can only hope that these 2016 remasters of the albums that haven’t already been released in HD in recent years, will find there way to a site like PONO or HD Tracks in 24/96 or higher. I’m just saying!


Agreed on the WORKS albums; they would benefit for a good remastering (and I mean a good one)

Philip Birtwistle

How many more times can these be reissued?? I hope that they finally “do” Welcome Back My Friends….. properly by reinstating the correct running order (and putting the Take A Pebble suite on one disc whilst they’re at it) and adding a Pictures…. encore. they must have one recorded!!!


I hope they are better then some of the vinyl pressings released to date. I have BSS which reproduces the cover very well however the vinyl sounds and looks like crap!
ELP must be going for a reissue world record these were for the most part all just reissued a few years ago and a few years before that. Steven Wilson did a great job on the first few but seemed to want to separate himself from ELP remixing moving forward. Not sure what happened but I believe that he was not inspired enough to do more of them and passed the torch to Jakko from King Crimson and plays who also played with Steven Wilson.