From the beginning – Emerson Lake & Palmer

From the Beginning is a song written by Greg Lake and performed by the progressive rock trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer. It was released on their 1972 album Trilogy. It is driven by an acoustic guitar line with layers of electric guitar (both rhythm and lead), electric bass guitar, and sung by Lake, with some backing on drums (played by Carl Palmer with tympani mallets and without cymbals), and with a distinctive closing synthesizer solo from Keith Emerson, accompanied by overdubbed random synthesizer-generated effects. It hit #39 in the US and was their highest charting single. In 2002 the song was sampled by singer Amerie on the track “Got To Be There” from her debut album All I Have with Greg Lake receiving a songwriting credit.

Trilogy is the third studio album by the English progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, released in 1972. The front cover designed by Hipgnosis depicts Emerson, Lake, and Palmer attached at the shoulders, while the interior of the original gatefold sleeve features a photomontage showing multiple images of the band in Epping Forest carpeted with autumn leaves. 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. Lake has said this is his favourite ELP record.

“From the Beginning”
Single by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
from the album Trilogy
B-side“Living Sin”
ReleasedAugust 1972
GenreFolk rock, art rock
Length3:48 (single version)
4:14 (album version)
LabelCotillion 45-44158
Writer(s)Greg Lake
Producer(s)Greg Lake
Emerson, Lake & Palmer singles chronology
Nutrocker“From the Beginning”

From the beginning - Emerson Lake & Palmer