Emerson, Lake and Palmer – Bitches Crystal

• “Bitches Crystal” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to HDTrueMusic.

7.5 “Great Prog from England”

From their second album “Tarkus” (Island Records ILPS-9155) released in 1971.

John Peel once famously described them as “a waste of electricity” which was probably true more often than not.

However, I have an open mind to every song that I hear from every artist; each one starts with a clean-slate. And I have to say that “Bitches Crystal” emerged as a surprise hit with me.

All three play their part brilliantly here.

Keith Emerson’s cultured then hammered piano recalls John Cale and Jerry Lee Lewis at once.

Greg Lake’s lyrics and delivery sound suitably nasty: “Evil learning, People burning, Savage casting, No one lasting.”

Carl Palmer’s drumming is restless, imaginative and drives the piece superbly.

I’d have to say that the album doesn’t do it for me – but this track positively shines.

Who knew Prog Rock could be so bad-ass?

You can check out my favoured album reviews for the year here.

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