Spin (01/04, p.48) - "...Keith Emerson's Moog histrionics and Carl Palmer's drum barrages are bombastic enough to make Led Zeppelin sound like indie rockers..."
"Toccata" is an adaptation of the 4th Movement of Alberto Ginastera's 1st Piano Concerto. The 1996 reissue of BRAIN SALAD SURGERY includes "The Making Of Brain Salad Surgery," anecdotes about the session recorded in 1996.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Keith Emerson (accordion, piano, harpsichord, organ, Moog synthesizer); Greg Lake (vocals, guitar, bass); Carl Palmer (drums, electronic drums, percussion).
Principally recorded between June and September 1973. Originally released on Manticore/Atlantic (MC-66669). "The Making Of Brain Salad Surgery" recorded in 1996. Includes liner notes by Jerry McCulley.
Much maligned, although it is hard to understand why. They merely took what the Nice did one stage further as Palmer became the songwriter in place of Lee Jackson. The two sides of ELP were adaptations of classical pieces, which usually worked well. On this, 'Jerusalem' and 'Toccata' are given the prog treatment. The longer original suite 'Karn Evil' allows Emerson to let loose on his organ and piano. He is astonishingly fluid and imaginative. A wholly successful album, apart from the dreadful 'Benny The Bouncer'. Somebody, at some stage, must have thought it was a good idea.