"We got critical of ourselves. We’d record something, mix it, take it home, listen and say we don’t like it after all. So we’d go back to the studio, do another version of it, and decide maybe the first was the best after all. We have toyed with the idea of getting our own studio, but it would cost such a vast amount of money and the maintenance responsibilities would be so tremendous that, for us, I think it's maybe not more profitable but definitely easier to go in a studio that's already existing and professionally maintained."
"We usually rehearse quite extensively for about three weeks before we go in to record, and by the time we get in the studio we've got a fair idea of what we're going to do. I won't make many changes, but what can happen is that when I've heard the tape played back a few times, there'll be something in my head that goes on and says to me, 'This line should really be in there. I can improve on that. This is how it should sound.' And I'll overdub that line. Occasionally I've gotten carried away and put down overdubs that are just impossible to do when I play it live. But I don't get in the habit of doing too many overdubs. Sometimes they're done just to enhance a particular sound, like with the organ being double-tracked on Jerusalem. When you work in a studio you can put endless overdubs on it. The one thing that stops me doing it is whether I can do it on stage or not. Whatever I put on record, whether it requires an overdub or not, I still have to be able to reproduce it on stage even if I do it in a different way."
"Every engineer has a palette and it's amazing how different a group can sound in different studios. Brain Salad Surgery ist almost a live recording done in a studio. The sound was quite raw and quite ambient."
"I spent a whole month writing lyrics for 'Brain Salad.' It was bloody hard work, I might say. How do I write with Gregory (Greg)? - we just sit down and throw ideas at each other. Usually the music is done, ELP always do everything at the last minute, especially their words."
One of the highlights of this DVD-set is a 17-minute lasting mixture of black-and-white and colour footage of the band's rehearsal sessions. This unique insight into ELP's creative developing process was filmed by Nick Hague and John Rosenberg in July 1973 at the Manticore studio. It opens very slowly indeed, with Emerson Lake and Palmer only tinkering before they get to an actual performance of Karn Evil 9. A smaller clip, even Carl's lessons at Guildhall School, can be found on 'The Manticore Special' video.
Top of this page