Love Beach Cover Ruined ELP Album Says Keith Emerson
Keith Emerson says the cheesy cover of 1978 Emerson Lake and Palmer album Love Beach “kind of ruined” the release.
The three members are seen standing on a sand dune with a backdrop of palm trees and sunset, clad in shirts that reveal hairy chests.
And the keyboardist accepts that the terrible image overshadowed the music contained within.
He tells Something Else: “Let’s tell you the truth – it’s not a bad album. It’s just the cover; the cover kind of ruins it. I think it was unfortunate to have the picture of us on the front looking like the Bee Gees.”
Emerson says the tragedy came about when the aims of the band and their record label were put together towards a single purpose. “The idea was, okay, the Beatles had done Abbey Road and we said, ‘Alright, we’ll call it Love Beach.’” he says. “I wasn’t favourable about that; I really wasn’t.
“The record company said, ‘It’s about time to show your own faces on the album cover, looking happy and smiling.’”
ELP’s 1973 classic Brain Salad Surgery will be released in an “Ultimate Expension Edition” on April 7.