Brain Salad Surgery

Label
Sony Music UK
Release date
2014
Running length
26 tracks
Running time
150:23

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Jerusalem 2:51 92,422
1 Emerson Lake & Palmer - Jerusalem 2:48 3,411
2 Emerson Lake & Palmer - TOCCATA 7:20 1,744
2 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Toccata 7:20 37,873
3 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Still... You Turn Me On 2:51 32,305
3 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Still...You Turn Me On 2:55 41,621
3 Emerson Lake & Palmer - Still...You Turn Me On 2:55 1,965
4 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Benny The Bouncer 2:18 37,669
5 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part I 8:37 107
5 Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 1 8:37 530
5 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression Part 1 8:37 251
5 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Part I 8:37 2,309
6 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression Part 2 4:50 450
6 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 1st Impression Part 2 4:45 2,218
6 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 1st Impression, Part 2 4:45 3,275
6 Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression - Part 2 4:46 1,127
7 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression 7:07 14,475
7 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 2nd Impression 7:05 3,715
7 Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression 7:07 543
8 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 3rd Impression 9:03 1,488
8 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression 9:05 13,993
9 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery 3:06 17,713
9 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Jerusalem (Instrumental) 2:47 30
10 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - When The Apple Blossoms Bloom In The Windmills Of Your Mind I'll Be Your Valentine 3:55 6,529
10 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Karn Evil 9 (Instrumental) 13:26 31
11 Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Excerpts From Brain Salad Surgery 2:50 1,985

About this album

Brain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records imprint. It features cover art by surreal artist H. R. Giger. According to the 1996 re-release notes, Manticore Records president Mario Medious “nicked the title from a slang lyric in Dr. John’s 1973 hit, “Right Place, Wrong Time” (released January 26, 1973), Just need a little brain salad surgery/Got to cure this insecurity, to replace the working title Whip Some Skull on Yer (both titles are slang expressions for fellatio).

In 2007, Shout Factory Records released remastered versions of Brain Salad Surgery and the entire Emerson, Lake & Palmer catalog.

The album cover is considered one of the most memorable of its time. It features distinctive Giger monochromatic biomechanical artwork, integrating an industrial mechanism with a human skull and the new ELP logo (created by Giger). The lower part of the skull’s face is covered by a circular “screen”, which shows the mouth and lower face in its flesh-covered state. In the original LP release, the front cover was split in half down the center, except for the circular screen section (which was attached to the right half). Opening the halves revealed a painting of the complete face: a human female (modelled after Giger’s wife), with “alien” hair and multiple scars, including the infinity symbol and a scar from a frontal lobotomy.

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  • scrotius

    Some mighty fine pee-any!

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • RainTheLady

    I love this album, but why does no one point out how amazing the cover is? It's on a level with the songs. It's like something you'd put out for Halloween, but it's tasteful. I wanna put that thing near a box of candy with a sign saying, "Yeah, go ahead. Take more than one. You're just dying to be like her." Or hang it by the door, scare off burglars. On a serious note, this album and it's cover are both forces of awesome.

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • tcbp

    How I wish we could edit tracklistings... This one is really messed up

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JamesHippieKid

    Amazing album, great on vinyl.. Toccata and Karn Evil 9 get me every time!

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • richardneal

    40 years later, we still haven't caught up to this one musically.

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Cheeselord12

    Karn Evil 9 is one of Prog's crowning achievements

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bloodclox

    masterpiece

    20 Sep 2012 Reply
  • grandfunk49

    One for the ages....

    5 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BLACKENEDPLAGUE

    When Karn Evil 9 came on I thought I fucked up with tagging and had albums in the wrong folders

    28 May 2012 Reply
  • mellocone

    just wanted to add, when i first got BSS i took the record[ ] to church and played it for the 'youth group' who promptly scowled all thru it, made me love it all the more

    23 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Paiuz

    Their best album! [2] H.R. Giger for the win!!! [2] XD

    5 Sep 2011 Reply
  • shibibbadu

    Pure genius[2]

    3 May 2011 Reply
  • Koxo4

    Their best album!

    20 Nov 2010 Reply
  • cicerometallica

    KARN EVIL 9, best music

    25 Oct 2010 Reply
  • idoxcase

    isnt karn evil 9 supposed to be seperate in to 3 parts?

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • cicerometallica

    epic

    8 Oct 2010 Reply
  • greyscale42

    My personal favorite album. Listened to this a lot in high school.

    12 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Lozal

    This album changed my life.

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    Listen to this on vinyl...... it sounds AMAZING! Just one thing I don't like about the vinyl is that the booklet folds out but isn't a poster, so I can't just sit and read through the lyrics :(

    16 Jul 2010 Reply
  • khambrel13

    this album cover use to freak the fuck out of me as a child. i remember being afraid of seeing the pink 8 track of the album. my dad loves some eclectic music.

    2 Jun 2010 Reply
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