Emerson Lake & Palmer / The Anthology (1970-1998) coloured vinyl box set

4LP set • Half-speed-mastered • Coloured vinyl

BMG will issue a new Emerson Lake & Palmer anthology across four coloured vinyl records in May.

The Anthology (1970-1998) is a 4LP box set pressed on ‘galaxy effect’ coloured vinyl that features tracks from all the original albums.

This is based on the 2016 three-CD set, although while it shares the same design, the track listing isn’t identical. The coloured vinyl is half-speed mastered and this box comes with an insert with band photos and sleeve notes by Chris Welch.

The Anthology (1970-1998) is released on 31 May 2019. It can be pre-ordered now only via the official Emerson Lake & Palmer shop and comes with an exclusive ELP slipmat.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Anthology 1970 - 1998 (4LP Boxset) [VINYL]


The Anthology (1970-1998) 4LP coloured vinyl box set

1. The Barbarian
2. Take A Pebble
3. Knife-Edge
4. Lucky Man

Tracks taken from the album Emerson, Lake &Palmer (1970)

Side Two

1. Tarkus:
i. Eruption
ii. Stones Of Years
iii. Iconoclast
iv. Mass
v. Manticore
vi. Battlefield
vii. Aquatarkus
2. Bitches Crystal
3. A Time And A Place.

Tracks taken from the album Tarkus (1971)

Side Three

1. Promenade (Part 1
2. The Gnome
3. Promenade (Part 2)
4. The Hut Of Baba Yaga (Part 1)
5. The Curse Of Baba Yaga
6. The Hut Of Baba Yaga (Part 2)
7. The Great Gates Of Kiev
8. Nutrocker

Tracks taken from the album Pictures At An Exhibition (1971)

Side Four

1. The Endless Enigma (Part 1)
2. From The Beginning
3. Living Sin
4. Hoedown
5. Abaddon’s Bolero.

Tracks taken from the album Trilogy (1972)

Side Five

1. Jerusalem
2. Still …. You Turn Me On
3. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression – Part 1
4. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression – Part 2
5. Toccata.

Tracks 1-4 taken from the album Brain Salad Surgery (1973), 5 from Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends – Ladies and Gentlemen (1974)

Side Six

1. Fanfare For The Common Man
2. Pirates
3. Tank

Tracks taken from the album Works Volume 1 (1977)

Side Seven

1. Peter Gunn Theme
2. C’est La Vie
3. Watching Over You
4. I Believe In Father Christmas
5. Honky Tonk Train Blues
6. For You
7. Canario.

Tracks 1-3 taken from the album Works Live (1993), 4 & 5 from Works Volume 2 (1977), 5 & 6 from Love Beach (1978)

Side Eight

1. Farewell To Arms
2. Affairs Of The Heart
3. Romeo And Juliet
4. Daddy
5. Hand Of Truth
6. Tiger In A Spotlight

Tracks 1-3 taken from the album Black Moon (1992), 4 & 5 from In The Hot Seat (1994), 6 from Then & Now (1998)

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Rob mentioned do 5.1 mixes for the rest of the catalog. They’ve already done the core studio albums so in reality there’s really nothing left unless you want Love Beach.


They never mixed either of the Works albums in to 5.1 surround sound. Jakko Jakszyk once mentioned that there were plans to do all of the Works stuff in 5.1 but the record company balked when they realized how many multitrack session tapes had to be transferred to digital. And while Love Beach is certainly far from being the band’s best work, it does have some nice moments. The long Suite on the second side is quite good. I would happily take a surround mix of it. Black Moon also has some nice stuff on it and the album would be a good candidate for a 5.1 mix. And then of course there is always the Emerson Lake and Powell album which I have always loved.

Andy Haines

I’d rather have the original albums as they were, no extra tracks or silly add ons, but quality pressings with deluxe protective sleeves and top notch artwork. I’ve got Brain Salad deluxe CD with surrounded sound which is fab so the other route would be like a Floyd immersion type box with the vinyl, CD/blueray options no marbles, coasters, scarves etc, just attention to detail and quality. THAT I would look at. This isn’t for me. It’s probably great for those who wish to dip their for into the ELP pool, but there are more cost effective ways to do so. Except the album that dare not be named!

andrew R

Shocking looks like a woolworths compilation
The box set yhat came out a few years ago (and now commands eyewatering prices)
was quality ,this is not and why half speed mastered vinyl for hi fi purists then colour it
to put stop to them buying it?


Could have called it ‘Extended Long Player’.


I’m all for high quality, half speed mastered vinyl, but is there any point in doing it when you’re cramming 27 or 28 minutes of music on each side?

ELP has been anthologized enough times for one lifetime. I’d much rather see 5.1 mixes of the albums that haven’t been done yet.

Francisco Roldán

Oh Man! Just release the 5.1 mixes on Blu-Ray and leave all this vinyl nonsense behind!

Chris Squires

If you are going on pure numbers it could be said that the blu-ray and 5.1 are the nonsense.

I couldn’t possibly comment.


Who’s the re-release winner ELP or The Doors?


Neither, it’s ABBA.

Chris Squires

Conversely, there is a place for releases like this.

Until I bought Sparks – The Island Years I had heard no Sparks, since bought Hippopotamus and I love these guys.
Until I bought Lovely Creatures I had heard no Nick Cave – I have since bought as much back catalogue as I can and The Boatman’s Call is up there in my Top 10 of albums I only discovered since the 1990s. It might even dislodge a few all time favourites from the 70s and 80s with the right wind behind it.
Until I bought Can – Singles I had heard no Can
Until I bought When Slade Ruled the World I had heard no Slade

and so on. I guess not everyone can have everything released by everyone and there will be gaps that some might wish to explore and what better way than a nice pristine new release. Tom Petty, Lindsey Buckingham, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins have all released something similar and have found a nice place in my collection. Nice items even if you have everything already and sometimes you find a side of music released years (decades?) apart that just hits the spot like Side E on Collins’ The Singles.

So? “Same old Shit”? Maybe to some, but other’s will hopefully discover someone new to delve into as new / current music does nothing for me.

I am not sure I will buy it and will wait and see what price amazon come up with as initial pricing can be the one to jump in on until they get it right. It’s in a holding pattern….. but if it comes in at £40 or gets there eventually I will buy it.

Glen Buchanan

I agree- A lot of fans reaction might be “Meh…” But if you want a representative sample of ELP this is not bad. I have a large vinyl collection, (all of which I play), and some bands I have a lot of or even extensive amounts of albums. Others I just want a taste so a compilation or live album does nicely.

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Its a shame that what once was a really class act is now being recycled down to truck-stop cassette standards.


Half speed works for me but I hope the Chris Welch commentary is better than the box set a couple of years ago. He really just dialed that in.


The 1990’s called. They want their cover artwork back.


I agree, what is with the repeating pattern in the sand down at the bottom of the art?


Haha I didn’t notice that. Personally I can’t stop staring at the logo and it’s shadow and wondering how anyone could have thought that the alignment and dimensions looked good. Doesn’t exactly scream “Quality Product”.



It looks like the picture is a scan of the full box lid artwork, the repeating pattern at the bottom and down the sides seem to match where it would be folded over to cover the edges of the box.


Sorry but I don’t get it. What is this release?? Songs from albums or full length albums??


No obvious mention of whether they are using the original stereo mixes or the more recent remixes, but I would guess it’s the former. The Yes “Wilson” remixes on vinyl were clearly marketed to make it clear which mix was used.

Tom M

“Mastered digitally from HD sources and half-speed for superior audio quality.”
So maybe something newer.


Oh great another ELP comp.


U got that right; no comps than albums!

Emerson Late and Paramsen

Same old shit being rechurned through the same old musical washing machine, rinse repeat.