Now, it's not as if that was the only type of music they did, not at all, but among their discography you can find covers of Copland, Holst, Bartok, and they even did a full album rendition of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.Their self-penned material would also sometimes have a pure 'orchestral' feel as well, and they even managed to help create a new and totally bizarre genre, the 'rock-symphony.' The band's classical leanings, however, are not the only significant difference between ELP and the others on the list.For starters, each of them was a highly talented and extremely professional musician, and even haters of the band have to give them that.
Fans of classical music absolutely despised them (sometimes) for "butchering" various well-known pieces in their attempts to interpret these standards in a rock idiom.
There is a nugget of truth to this, of course (Pictures at an Exhibition is often quite a stretch from the original Mussorgsky piece, to put it mildly), but ... I'm sure that a good number of the band's fans became fans of classical music due to their efforts, so that should be worth something.
I think I have made it sufficiently clear that ELP is not for everyone.
The thing is, for the longest time I refused to give them even the slightest chance, and that's a shame, because they're really quite good!
merson, Lake and Palmer are quite possibly the world's most reviled band.
Now, they were extremely popular in the early 70's among those who 'took themselves seriously' (especially college students), and even today they maintain a sizable cult following, so it would be unfair to say that absolutely nobody likes them.Plus the fact that he often employed some extremely bizarre and occasionally annoying synth tones that few others would even touch.And since most people would rather hear guitar wanking than synth wanking, it's only natural that there would be a huge turn-away from this group.Now, it's not that he was a bad player, FAR from it.It's just that, well, he could be a bit too showoffy.Among the list of widely acknowledged "classic" prog rock groups (note that "widely acknowledged" ends up excluding a lot of the major players in prog rock, such as Gentle Giant and Van Der Graaf Generator; by widely acknowledged I basically mean bands that somebody who knows older music solely through classic rock radio or games like Rock Band or Guitar Hero might be familiar with) they often tend to be rated near the bottom, even below some bands that I despise (like Styx or Kansas).