* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Despite all the pretentiousness, there's still some good stuff that can be found on the band's first five albums, such as "The Barbarian", "Tarkus", "The Curse of Baba Yaga", "The Endless Enigma" and, most [[EpicRocking definitely]], "First Impression, Part 2" of Karn Evil 9 ("Welcome Back, My Friends to the Show that never ends!")
** Excerpts from "First Impression, Part 2" have even been used for the theme song and incidental music of [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]] Television's prime-time show "The Generation Game" -- though not the bit about "seven virgins and a mule", obviously.
** Let's not forget songs like "Take a Pebble", "From the Beginning", "Trilogy"... really, ELP had quite a few classics on their first five albums, and even the often reviled ''Works'' had their great arrangement of Music/AaronCopland's "Fanfare for the Common Man". Their ''King Biscuit Flour Hour'' live appearance, later issued on compact disc, also has quite a few great performances in it.
* BlackSheepHit: "Lucky Man" was their first hit, but very atypical of the band. It is a straightforward acoustic-guitar ballad, as opposed to their long winded, keyboard-heavy style. As a result, most following albums had at least one ballad penned by Lake, such as "The Sage", "From The Beginning", "Still... You Turn Me On" and "C'est La Vie", some of which became black sheep hits in their own right.
* CriticProof: Like [[Music/LedZeppelin a lot ]] [[Music/BlackSabbath of '70s]] [[Music/PinkFloyd rock bands]], ELP received scathing reviews but sold millions of albums and filled arenas anyway.
* CoveredUp: Most people who aren't classical music listeners are most likely to identify ''Music/PicturesAtAnExhibition'' with ELP than with Music/ModestMussorgsky.
* DeaderThanDisco: Some claim ELP was the final nail on ProgressiveRock's coffin. While huge in the '70s, they're not nearly as fondly regarded these days as their contemporaries like Music/PinkFloyd, Music/{{Yes}} or Music/{{Rush}}. Most critics see them as embodying the worst aspects of prog and everything wrong with rock in the '70s.
* EndingFatigue: "Memoirs of an Officer and Gentleman", a 20-minute song that has a five-minute coda consisting of marching music with no vocals.
* FanonDiscontinuity: ''Love Beach.''
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: From "Karn Evil 9": "Come inside, the show's about to start/Guaranteed to blow your head apart..." In light of Keith Emerson's [[DrivenToSuicide doing just that]], this line has suddenly become much more uncomfortable.
* SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}}: Emerson's antics with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv5f5P5VbIc&feature=related Moog ribbon controller]], as seen from 0:41 - 0:51 and 1:33 - 1:51.
* HarsherInHindsight: Emerson's suicide makes the end of "Lucky Man" that much more haunting, particularly because he shot himself.
* HellIsThatNoise: "Toccata," most definitely. A prog version of a twentieth century composition that features strong discontinuity, dissonance, and SensoryAbuse. One of ELP's more frightening recordings. It's also so very much CreepyAwesome.
** Emerson actually played an early version of the "Toccata" to composer Alberto Ginastera, who praised it as "diabolical" and commended its creepiness, largely since the "Toccata" had been written to be terrifying in the first place.
* MorePopularSpinoff: ELP was much more popular than the bands its members came from.
* NarmCharm:
** "Lucky Man". Yes, the lyrics are simplistic and naive (it was written by a ''twelve-year-old'' Greg Lake). Yes, the guitar and vocals are pretty. And yes, [[TearJerker it's pretty sad]] [[DownerEnding nonetheless]].
** The band's music itself. Sure, it's pretentious and bombastic, but their early albums are awesome.
* NightmareFuel: On the one hand, a lot of [=ELP=]'s attempts at this come across as NightmareRetardant. On the other, they could pull it off when they tried, as seen with "The Barbarian", "Toccata", possibly "Knife Edge" and ''maybe'' Keith Emerson's distorted, [[Series/DoctorWho Dalek]]-like computer voice at the end of "Karn Evil 9".
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Pretty much every song by Lake that doesn't have lyrics by Peter Sinfield.
* TheWoobie: Keith Emerson has become this to a lot of fans since the extent of his health problems and depression were revealed after his suicide.
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