Remastered for the First Time by Celebrated Rock Studio Engineer Andy Pearce
Emerson, Lake & Palmer were one of the most successful, innovative and ground breaking British groups of the golden age of progressive rock. As well as creating spectacular ‘live' shows that incorporated advanced technology and showmanship, they also recorded a cascade of powerful albums that sold in millions around the world. During 2016 and 2017 the band's musical legacy will be celebrated by BMG with an important and comprehensive re-issue program that will put the spotlight on ELP's nine studio albums as well as their ‘live' recordings and compilations.
The trio's remarkable style, combining original compositions with rock, jazz, folk and classical influences, was performed with passion and integrity by the founding members: keyboard maestro Keith Emerson; singer, guitarist, bass player and producer Greg Lake; and drummer and percussionist Carl Palmer. Their phenomenal mix of melodic songs, dynamic arrangements, brilliant musicianship and electrifying sound broadened the audience for progressive rock and guaranteed ELP massive international appeal, as they headlined stadium tours throughout the '70s and '90s and achieved sales of over 40 million albums.
Produced by Keith Olsen, In The Hot Seat was an appropriate name, given that the trio was under pressure to consider adopting more ‘commercial' material. Emerson had also begun to suffer weakness in his fingers that affected his playing and had to undergo surgery to cure the problem. It was originally released in 1994 following their successful 1992 world tour comeback album Black Moon. The album comprises an interesting mixture of mainstream rock, classic ELP prog, melodic pop and finely crafted ballads. Among the well-produced 10 tracks is the excellent "Hand of Truth" and the deeply moving "Daddy." Expertly remastered for the first time by celebrated rock studio engineer Andy Pearce.