* AwardSnub: To some, anyway, the fact that they are not in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame ''bites''. Perhaps they don't have quite the popularity or staying power as other bands, but there's no doubting they produced some excellent work and made quite the splash in the early seventies.
** The fact that even if they do get in, at least two-thirds of the band will already be gone makes this extra painful. Lake himself was aware of this, as an interview from October 2016 showed.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic:
** Despite all the accusations of pretentiousness by critics, 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.
* 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.
* CriticalBacklash: Even though they're not as popular today there is still some criticism aimed at them. Thankfully ELP has maintained some of their fanbase from their highlight years and has even drawn in some fans in the newer generations who are very appreciative of their contributions to progressive rock at the time and think very highly of their first four studio albums.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: Several of Lake's ballads. "From the Beginning" and "Watching Over You" are the quickest that jump to mind.
** Emerson and Lake had occasionally turbulent periods in their partnership, dating back as early as ''Tarkus'' according to some sources. How, though, did they finish out their last concert? By embracing one another onstage.
* CoveredUp: Most people who aren't classical music listeners are most likely to identify ''Music/PicturesAtAnExhibition'' with ELP than with Music/ModestMussorgsky. The same ''may'' be true of their version of Music/AaronCopland's "Fanfare for the Common Man".
* 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.''
* FauxSymbolism: Peter Sinfeld's lyrics have been accused of running on this trope.
--> And not content with that
--> With our hands behind our backs
--> We pull Jesus from a hat
--> Get into that! Get into that!
:: Overall, the metaphors arguably make sense in the context of the song's depiction of the human race's decadence, but they're still pretty confusing.
* 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.
* HarsherInHindsight: Emerson's suicide makes the end of "Lucky Man" that much more haunting, particularly because he shot himself.
** Even worse after Lake died later that same year (although at least firearms weren't involved in his death).
* 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.
* LoveItOrHateIt: There's two extremes when it comes to this band, either you see them as everything wrong with both progressive '''AND''' classic rock in the 70's, or they're one of the most remarkable bands on the progressive-era with their first four studio albums being prog classics.
* MorePopularSpinoff: ELP were much more popular than the bands its members came from, save maybe for Music/KingCrimson.[[note]]ELP were a good deal more popular than King Crimson ''at the time'', partly because Crimson first disbanded in 1974 when ELP was at the peak of its fame and success. Crimson didn't suffer as much from the punk-inspired backlash against prog, again partly because they just weren't well-remembered enough, whereas ELP became prog's whipping boy, if only because they were such a big target.[[/note]]
* 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 overindulgent 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".
* SignatureSong: Probably either "Lucky Man", "Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression, Part 2", or maybe "From the Beginning".
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Many songs by Lake that don't have lyrics by Peter Sinfield, though some of his lyrics, such as "Tarkus", are {{Tear Jerker}}s instead. (Emerson wrote or co-wrote most of the music for "Tarkus", but Lake wrote all of the lyrics.)
* TearJerker: [[TearJerker/EmersonLakeAndPalmer Have their own page]].
* VindicatedByHistory: Not to the same extreme as Music/LedZeppelin, Music/BlackSabbath, Music/PinkFloyd, and {{Music/Queen}} as they still get criticism to this day but more and more people have become appreciative of their work in the recent years. Many retroactive reviews rate their first albums (especially their debut and ''Brain Salad Surgery'', the latter of which is also an example of this as well) very highly and there are some newer fans who put them up there with Music/KingCrimson, {{Music/Yes}}, and {{Music/Genesis}} as one of the greats of progressive rock.
* 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.
** A large portion of the fandom also wants to hug Carl Palmer in the wake of both his bandmates' deaths within a ten-month period. The passing of Music/Asia bandmate John Wetton has not helped matters.
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