Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Emerson, Lake & Palmer Japan LP with Rock Age obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original Japanese pressing of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the first album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, including the original “Rock Age” obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the first album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer, including the rare original “Rock Age” obi.

“Rock Age” was a short-lived series of albums offered in Japan from May-August, 1971 by Warner-Pioneer, featuring artists on Warner Brothers/Atlantic/Reprise and related labels.  All had the unusual die-cut “flower” obi.  These die-cut obi were quite fragile and are usually missing.

About this copy: This copy of Emerson, Lake & Palmer is a 1971 pressing on the Atlantic label.

The cover is VG++ and close to M- with trace corner and edge wear.

The ultra-rare “Rock Age” obi is VG-, with a small missing piece on the right edge and several repaired tears and a few wrinkles.  The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.

The “Rock Age” paper inner sleeve is M-.  The lyric insert is M-.

The disc is M- with a few spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a very rare Emerson, Lake & Palmer LP.

Background: Emerson, Lake & Palmer may have been hated by critics, but their brand of progressive rock certainly pleased the public, and their records sold well throughout the 1970s. Their debut album, featuring the track, Lucky Man, got lots of airplay and introduced a lot of listeners to both classically-tinted progressive rock and the sounds of the Moog synthesizer. Most of their albums are sought out by audiophiles, as well as prog rock fans, because they are quite well recorded as rock albums go.

Allmusic.com gave Emerson, Lake & Palmer a 4 1/2 star review:

Lively, ambitious, almost entirely successful debut album, made up of keyboard-dominated instrumentals (“The Barbarian,” “Three Fates”) and romantic ballads (“Lucky Man”) showcasing all three members’ very daunting talents. This album, which reached the Top 20 in America and got to number four in England, showcased the group at its least pretentious and most musicianly — with the exception of a few moments on “Three Fates” and perhaps “Take a Pebble,” there isn’t much excess, and there is a lot of impressive musicianship here.

A great copy of a record that sounds terrific.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Atlantic
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1972
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in