1/29 Today in Weird Music History: 1979 – Prog-rock super group Emerson, Lake & Palmer disband and go their separate ways. Although the progressive rock movement started slightly before the band’s run, ELP unquestionably defined and advanced the style in their 9 years together. While the re-imagining of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is their most famous classically-inspired project, the most interesting may be the story of Track 2 from the Brain Salad Surgery album, titled Toccata. When the publisher flatly denied permission to arrange Alberto Ginastera’s First Piano Concerto, the band went directly to the composer who granted them permission. Such was the influence of this group in 1973.
Here’s a link to that innovative track: