My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Tarkus is ELP’s second album. The record was recorded in January of 1971 and released in June of the same year.
Original album was tracks 1-7
What I think:
While this certainly wasn’t the worst album I’ve had to listen to for this project (I still can’t get over the awful music + the awful screeching of Deep Purple), it certainly also wasn’t far from it. The first side of the record it the title track which runs at 20 minutes and shows that these guys can play their instruments. It also shows that twenty minutes of showing off is amazingly boring. There’s also a half baked concept in there somewhere about a mechanical armadillo, but don’t read the Wikipedia page on it or your head might pop for it’s straight up stupidity. The second half of the album consists of more traditional length songs, but the showing off doesn’t change.
What a load of crap, this prog rock is. I can’t believe we are really just getting started with it. On the other hand, if I stumble on something in this genre that is really amazing and changes my opinion of it, I will be reluctantly joyful about it.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Come on, it’s just awful.
Rating (Out of 5): .0
Tarkus Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (185/233)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%