Brain Salad Surgery


  • Keith Emerson: organ, piano, harpsichord, accordion, Moog synthesizer, computer voice on Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression
  • Greg Lake: vocals, bass, electric 6 - and 12 - string guitar
  • Carl Palmer: drums, percussion synthesizer

The 1973 released album Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by British progressive rock band Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and the first, which was released on their own label Manticore. The cover is by H. R. Giger. The title comes from the 1973 published song " Right Place, Wrong Time " by Dr. John.

The most famous song on the album is " Karn Evil 9 - 1st Impression, Part 2 " (Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends ... ). Among other things, this first line of text of the play has since then served to welcome the fans at concerts and became the title of the next live album. Due to its length and the fact that around 25 minutes to fit on a side of the LP, the piece of Karn Evil 9 1 was originally on the record to two LP -page spread (1st Impression, Pt. Onto the A-side, rest on the B- side) and two unofficial title. On later CD releases but these two parts were merged into one title.

The text was written by Greg Lake and his former King Crimson fellow Peter Sinfield. The song Toccata is an adaptation of Ginastera 's 1st Piano Concerto, 4th movement, with the synthesizer effects not by Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer but come, who used a new drum synthesizer here.

Meanwhile, the album was also released as a DVD-Audio in a slightly modified Dolby 5.1 mix.


  • Keith Emerson played on " Karn Evil 9" the prototype of the polyphonic MOOG "Apollo" synthesizer, which was three years later and sold as modified Polymoog.

Title list

  • . " Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt 1" ( Emerson, Lake ) - 8:43
  • " Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Pt 2. " ( Emerson, Lake ) - 4:46
  • " Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression" ( Emerson, Lake ) - 7:07
  • " Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression" ( Emerson, Lake, Sinfield ) - 9:03

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