Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music
One thing is quite certain: ou can love this album to death or loathe it with every fiber of your being, but you can’t really ignore it. From the gorgeusly disturbing gatefold sleeve, displaying a masterpiece of Gothic artwork by Swiss cult artist R.H. Giger (of “Alien” fame), down to the unabashed self-indulgence of its musical content, “Brain Salad Surgery” is a compendium of everything progressive rock is all about, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is loud, metallic, and harsh, undeniably bombastic, though it can also be melodic and soothing – a true rollercoaster ride of an album, swinging from the beautiful, English choirboy vocals of “Jerusalem” (with wonderful lyrics courtesy of one Mr William Blake) to the all-out progressive orgy that is “Karn Evil 9”.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer's most successful and well-realized album (after their first), and their most ambitious as a group, as well as their loudest, Brain Salad Surgery was also the most steeped in electronic sounds of any of their records…
Sony Music / Legacy Recordings have today, unveiled the full extent of the ultimate expansion of ‘Brain Salad Surgery’, the definitive and indispensible album by British rock giants Emerson Lake And Palmer (ELP). The Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ will be released on 12 May 2014, and will contain a massive 6 discs, including previously unreleased versions, alternate takes, DVDA with Hi-Res original, stereo MLP lossless surround mix and 5.1 versions as well as a documentary and 180gm Vinyl. The ultimate ELP collectors dream. Originally announced on the 40th Anniversary of its original release, the Super Deluxe Edition of Brain Salad Surgery is the result of months of work delving into the archive with the full co-operation of Greg Lake, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer. Packaged in a stunning hardcover 12” slipcase with inner gatefold and the original HR Giger artwork digitally restored and enhanced.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer's most successful and well-realized album (after their first), and their most ambitious as a group, as well as their loudest, Brain Salad Surgery was also the most steeped in electronic sounds of any of their records. The main focus, thanks to the three-part "Karn Evil 9," is sci-fi rock, approached with a volume and vengeance that stretched the art rock audience's tolerance to its outer limit, but also managed to appeal to the metal audience in ways that little of Trilogy did…
"Brain Salad Surgery" is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records imprint. It features cover art by H. R. Giger.
The album fuses rock and classical themes. Lyrics were co-written by Greg Lake with fellow ex-King Crimson member (and frequent ELP collaborator) Peter Sinfield.