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Tarkus
Tarkus cover
Studio album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Released June 14, 1971 (UK)
August, 1971 (US)
Recorded January 1971, Advision Studios
Genre Progressive rock
Length 38:40
Label Island (UK)
Cotillion, Rhino Records (U.S.)
Producer Greg Lake
Professional reviews
Emerson, Lake & Palmer chronology
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
(1970)
Tarkus
(1971)
Pictures at an Exhibition
(1972)

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The chief feature of the album is the "Tarkus" suite on side one.


Greg Lake stated in an early interview that he viewed Tarkus as a representation of the military-industrial complex, and that his lyrics were about that, and about the futility of war and strife.


On the LP album cover (made after the music was created and recorded), Tarkus was represented as a half armadillo/half tank creature, born from an egg erupted from a volcano.


The inner gatefold sleeve features a sequence of pictures depicting battles between Tarkus and other half-mechanical creatures, until its eventual defeat by a manticore. "Tarkus" then becomes "Aquatarkus", an aquatic version of the land-bound original. The band later chose the name Manticore Records for their self-owned record label. Manticore illustration from The History of Four-footed Beasts (1607) For other uses, see Manticore (disambiguation). ... Manticore Records was the record label launched by Emerson, Lake and Palmers production company Manticore in the early 1970s. ...


Carl Palmer later stated that he thought that the inner gatefold sleeve of pictures depicting battles between Tarkus and other half-mechanical creatures was a mistake to have been used, and that only the outer cover painting of Tarkus should have been used. Greg Lake also made some similar statements.


Therefore, the lyrics to the "Tarkus" suite relate only very abstractly to the story as delineated in the LP gatefold pictures: "Mass" is musings on organised religion (as is "The Only Way" on the albums second side), while "Battlefield" is a general statement about war and what war causes (such as: "You talk of freedom? Staving children fall...").


Since the album got its name from the side-long suite on side one, many fans think of it as a concept album, but technically only the first half is, as the songs on the second side are not connected to the suite on the first side. Keith Emerson later said in his autobiography that he presented most of the piece fully formed to the rest of the band and as such Greg Lake was initially not pleased about the band's new direction. Keith Noel Emerson (born 2 November 1944 in Todmorden, Yorkshire) is a British keyboard player and composer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The track "Battlefield" features one of the rare electric guitar solos from Greg Lake. Some live versions also featured an excerpt from a King Crimson-song called "Epitaph", originally co-authored and sung by Lake on Crimson's first album. This article is about the musical group. ...


The final track, Are You Ready Eddy?, was written for their engineer Eddie Offord. The track ends with Carl Palmer exclaiming "Ham or Cheese?!", apparently the only sandwiches on offer in the Advision canteen. Eddie Offord is a noted record producer and engineer, who worked in his ADVISION Studio in London on some of the most famous albums in the 1970s. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In 1993 the album was digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio. The remastered version was released by Victory Records in the UK and Rhino Records in the United States. Remaster (and its derivations, frequently found in the phrases digitally remastered or digital remastering) is a word and concept ushered into the mass consciousness via the digital age, although it had existed before then. ... Joseph M. Palmaccio (b. ... Victory Records is a Chicago-based independent record label founded by Tony Brummel. ... Rhino Entertainment Company is an American specialty record label. ...

Contents

Track listing

  1. "Tarkus" – 20:35
    • "Eruption" (Emerson) – 2:43
    • "Stones of Years" (Emerson, Lake) – 3:44
    • "Iconoclast" (Emerson) – 1:15
    • "Mass" (Emerson, Lake) – 3:11
    • "Manticore" (Emerson) – 1:52
    • "Battlefield" (Lake) – 3:51
    • "Aquatarkus" (Emerson) – 3:59
  2. "Jeremy Bender" (Emerson, Lake) – 1:46
  3. "Bitches Crystal" (Emerson, Lake) – 3:55
  4. "The Only Way" [hymn] (Emerson, Lake) – 3:48
  5. "Infinite Space" [conclusion] (Emerson, Palmer) – 3:18
  6. "A Time and a Place" (Emerson, Lake, Palmer) – 2:57
  7. "Are You Ready Eddy?" (Emerson, Lake, Palmer) – 2:10

Tarkus is the title track of Emerson, Lake and Palmers second album (Tarkus). ...

Personnel

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Production

  • Producer: Greg Lake
  • Engineer: Eddie Offord
  • Mastering: Zal Schreiber
  • Arranger: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Director: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • Paintings: William Neal

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America) Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ...

Year Chart Position
1971 Pop Albums 9

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