Friday, 15 January 2016

One Of My Favourite Albums Of All Time.

Regular readers will know I love rock music.  Especially sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties heavy rock.  So for an occasional distraction from writing about the smallholding I will feature a few of my favourites tracks from time to time.

Are you still with me?  Thanks!  Today I would like to talk about Emerson Lake and Palmer and their canonical LP:  Brain Salad Surgery.  The title track is Jerusalem.  This is their version of the famous hymn composed and written by Parry and William Blake.  If ever there was a visionary it was William Blake.  Modern day historians dispute that Jesus never actually walked on England's green and pleasant land.  I find this sad.

The song is about Jesus and his uncle  Joseph of Arimathea coming to England and making a new Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land.  It's a classic hymn and I think it should be the national anthem.  I chose this hymn for one of my father's funeral hymns here in Ireland.  It was rather surreal hearing it played in an Irish Anglican church.

Back to ELP.  I managed to get to see them at Manchester Apollo in about 1992.  For me they are probably up there in the top three best English rock bands of all time.  I will never forget Keith Emerson attacking his Hammond organ with a knife while playing it at the same time.

Enjoy the track.





12 comments:

  1. Thanks. Interesting.......normally associate this piece with the last night of the Proms! Looking forward to listening to more of your fav songs.....

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  2. Thanks Vera. Like yourself I love music, especially progressive rock music. Emerson Lake and Palmer are/were really talented musicians and the brought a lot of their versions of classic music to modern audiences. I feel really privileged to have seen them live. Do you get much live music in France Vera?

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  3. Joseph Arimathea is reputed to have sailed to England with 500 companions including Jesus. Thinking about it, there weren't many other options for Jesus to flee to a place safely outside the Roman Empire in those days. Joseph was a rich man with many ships and contacts in the right quarters. Wm. Blake's scenario is perfectly feasible. Much more likely than some other theories I'd have to say.

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    1. Hi Gwil. Didn't know Jesus sailed to England with 500 companions. It does sound very feasible. I love Blake. One of the greatest visionaries.

      Interestingly when I visted Vienna (where you live) I learned of the battle of Vienna. The fleeing Turks left cymbals and coffee behind in their campsites. This is said to be how they became use in European orchestra's/churches and culture. All fascinating stuff! Thanks.

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  4. I have a plastic single somewhere of Brain Salad Surgery that came free with either NME or Melody Maker in the very distant past.

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    1. It's probably worth something to a rock collector Chickpea. I remember The New Music Express and Sounds. What's your most favourite gig you attended?

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    2. Oh that's such a hard question! P.I.L because I'm an old punk, Radiohead even though Thom was a being a bit of a dick, Pixies for the passion of the fans, Sigur Ros at the Eden Project perfect setting for their music, Eminem in Abu Dhabi for the experience.

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    3. Gosh what great gig venues Chickpea! I saw the Pixies at Glastonbury in 1989. All About Eve were also playing that day. I have always wanted to visit the Eden Project. Heligan is one of my favourite gardens .

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  5. I liked Trilogy. I was a great fan of ELP. Amazing band. I just listened to Jerusalem and it was fantastic. Thanks for sharing it.

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  6. Yes Trilogy was very good Rachel. ELP were such a talented band. I am glad you enjoyed Jerusalem again Rachel. Thanks!

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  7. this was the hymn at 2 of the funerals last week. Everyone knows the words. I fear that in years to come many children will not know any hymns.

    When I am particularily stressed or having a hard time, I have been known to hum or softly sing hymns. I didnt know I did it for a long time till my ex-boss pointed it out.

    I like a bit of folk music or country. but I am quite happy with any music really.

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  8. Yes it;s a wonderful hymn Sol. Thin you are right about that children will not know any hymns.

    It's mainly rock music that I listen to but I don't mind folk music.

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