1972 (LP 1972, 1st Press)
Label: Island Records (UK), ILPS 9186
Style: Symphonic Rock
Country: Croydon, London
Format: Flac Tracks 16/44,1 kHz
Size: 257 Mb
Trilogy increased ELP's worldwide popularity, and included "Hoedown",
an arrangement of the Aaron Copland composition, which was one of their
most popular songs when performing live.
Greg Lake said this was his favourite ELP record.
September 1971, the band took a break in their summer North American
tour promoting Tarkus (1971) and Pictures at an Exhibition (1971) to
record new material for their next studio album. In a May 1972 magazine
report, the album had yet to have a title. Emerson was pleased with the
album after it was completed, noting its varied and difference in style
The artwork was designed by Hipgnosis. It depicts a
combined bust of the three members, while the interior of the original
gatefold sleeve features a photomontage of the three in Epping Forest.
Spanish artist Salvador Dali was approached to design it, but he
requested $50,000 to do it and was subsequently turned down. The front
cover depicts each of the band members' faces; Emerson said this was so
as their previous albums had not featured them.
References to a quad
version of this album appeared in 1974 Harrison or Schwann record and
tape guides, listing Trilogy in the Quadraphonic 8-track tape cartridge
format. Collectors report never seeing a Trilogy Q8 at retail, despite
its having a catalogue number "Cotillion QT-9903."
The album reached #5 on the Billboard 200 and peaked at #2 on the UK album charts.
Matrix Side A: ILPS 9186 A-2U, Side B: ILPS 9186 B-2U.
01. A1 The Endless Enigma (Part One) (06:49)
02. A2 Fugue (01:55)
03. A3 The Endless Enigma (Part Two) (02:03)
04. A4 From The Beginning (04:17)
05. A5 The Sheriff (03:25)
06. A6 Hoedown (03:45)
07. B1 Trilogy (09:00)
08. B2 Living Sin (03:13)
09. B3 Abaddon's Bolero (08:13)