When it comes to prog-rock, Emerson, Lake & Palmer - or E.L.P - were titans in their own time. Keith Emerson (The Nice), Greg Lake (King Crimson) and Carl Palmer (ex-Atomic Rooster) made up the outfit. Pursuing a quasi-classical direction they introduced a startling virtuosity into rock music as typified by a startling take on Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition. Helping define prog, they blended rock with jazz and classical music in electrifying stage performances and recordings. Success came quickly: massive albums (Tarkus, Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery, to name three) and huge tours were par for the course. A final hurrah, Love Beach, was followed by one last blowout world tour. The P in E.L.P briefly changed when Cozy Powell replaced Palmer for one album, but the original members came back together in the early 90s for Black Moon. Their live shows remained popular into the 00s although later recordings are nowhere near as good as their initial work.
Followers: Porcupine Tree, Rush, Mars Volta
Influenced By: Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Aaron Copeland...