From The Beginning

Album: Trilogy (1972)
Charted: 39
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  • ELP's formula for successful albums seemed to be a concept covering several songs - a beautiful acoustic number by Greg Lake, and one comedy song per album. For Trilogy, "From the Beginning" was Greg Lake's beautiful acoustic number that showed his acoustic guitar skills were right up there with his bass talents. >>
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    Linda - NYC, NY
  • A heartfelt song of devotion, Lake claims that the inspiration for the song has left his memory. Says Lake: "Very often lyrics simply come about simply because of the way one feels at a moment in time. There is no earth moving moment of divine inspiration or grand plan and I'm sure that was the case with this song. Although very young at the time I sometimes had moments of reflection and maybe also perhaps a feeling that I could be a better person, I think this was just one of those."

Comments: 17

  • Cori from Middle Tennessee This is one of those rare songs that, when it came on the radio, no matter what was going on or who else was around, I cranked it.

    I LOVE this song, always have, and always will.
  • Anne from New OrleansSong goes through me like a knife. It's All Clear, you were meant to be here. From the beginning. Wow. Very heavy. Music is heavy too. Filled with mystery and meaning of life to me. And all that you said throughout your life, how you could've done better but in the end it was said and done.
  • Randy from Houghton Lake, MiWhen I was in the Air Force stationed at Travis AFB, CA I used to hang out with a guy named Brian Birch who loved ELP. We would sit in his car out in the parking lot by the barracks, get high (yes you could get away with it back then) and listen to this and just about everything else that ELP did. I knew about Lucky Man but thanks to Brian I became a huge ELP fan.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyGreg Lake died Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 of cancer at the age of 69... May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyPer:
    Keith Emerson, pianist with the Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, died Thursday (March 10th, 2016) in Santa Monica, California, he was 71...
    Born in Todmorden, Yorkshire, England, he grew up in Worthing, West Sussex. Trained in classical music, he played in four local groups before co-founding The Nice in 1967. In 1969, Keith joined King Crimson's Greg Lake in forming ELP with Carl Palmer of Atomic Rooster. Signed to Atlantic Records, they achieved ten gold albums from 1970 to 1992. Though primarily an album-oriented band, they charted four times on the singles charts, as well, with staples like "Lucky Man" (#48-1971 and #51-1972) and "From The Beginning" (#39-1972). The group broke up in 1979 but Keith and Greg re-formed with Cozy Powell. In 2002 Keith toured with a re-formed Nice. His autobiography, "Pictures of an Exhibitionist" (a take-off on the group's album, "Pictures At An Exhibition") was published in 2004...
    May he R.I.P.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn August 20th 1972, "From the Beginning" by Emerson, Lake, & Palmer entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89; and on October 8th, 1972 it peaked at #39 {for 1 week} and spent 11 weeks on the Top 100.
  • Michael from Santa Cruz, CaThis song,"Hoedown" & the entirety of "Brain Salad Surgery" are completely insane.Kieth Emerson's keyboards...well,you get the picture.
  • Brad from Topeka, KsFor some reason, this song brings a tear to my eye when I hear it. A beautiful song, beautiful lyrics...and I love the synth near the end. Thanks fyodor of Denver for your insight into the meaning.
  • Cem from Istanbul, TurkeyWhen I was 21 , what a great song and lyrics...
    Still fresh for me
  • Erica from Barrington , IlSexy song just like 'Still you turn me on'
  • Wes from Sherwood, Argreg lakes voice and acoustics are definately what appealed to me about elp.songs like still,you turn me on,and of course,from the beginning.and i believe in father christmas is still my favorite christmas song despite the controversy and misunderstanding that surrrounds it.
  • Jeff from Bethesda, MdI'm a big fan of this song, but I've always thought the intro sounded a lot like the intro to "Roundabout" by Yes. I wonder if there is any connection between the two groups or between the two songs.
  • Phill from San Anselmo, CaThis is a great song, also one that I feel anyone can relate to. "I shouldn't have said..... but there it is". ELP is definitely underrated
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoThese lyrics seem to be musings about a difficult relationship which are soothed with the resigned notion that if we're still together after all this, it must have been meant to be! :-) Does anyone know if Carl Palmer actually played on Arthur Brown's "Fire"? From the dates given on, it's perfectly feasible, yet they never come out and say he was there for that one....
  • Francisco from Cudahy, Caone amazing song!
  • Bryony from Near BrightonCarl Palmer was also a part of Atomic Rooster, another prog rock band, as well as a part of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
  • Phil from San Jose, CaGreg Lake's ballads are what got ELP much of their commerical success. ELP was more "Prog Rock" and very progressive.
    Greg Lake came from King Crimson
    Keith Emerson came from The Nice
    and Carl Palmer came from Authur Brown (Fire, remember, I am the God of hell fire, and i bring you, fire!)
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