Newly cut from the 24-bit/96kHz master files
2012 remaster of the original 1971 LP
Original gatefold sleeve & artwork
Foreword on the LP audio by Greg Lake
Emerson, Lake and Palmer's entire catalog will be reissued over the course of the next year. The first batch of three albums — E.L.P, Tarkus and Pictures At An Exhibition — arrives July 29, 2016. 1971's Tarkus is a concept album about a creature that was part-armadillo, part-tank.
Side one of the original LP is occupied by the 21-minute title epic track, beating both Genesis' "Supper's Ready" and Yes' "Close to the Edge" by a year, writes AllMusic. Unlike Yes' cut-and-paste technique to obtain long suites, Tarkus is a thoroughly written, focused piece of music. It remains among the Top Ten classic tracks in progressive rock history.