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Plus the fact that he often employed some extremely bizarre and occasionally annoying synth tones that few others would even touch.And since most people would rather hear guitar wanking than synth wanking, it's only natural that there would be a huge turn-away from this group.For starters, each of them was a highly talented and extremely professional musician, and even haters of the band have to give them that.Keith Emerson, let's face it, was almost indisputably the greatest keyboardist on earth, hands down (I think he was officially given the title by some renowned magazine twenty five times in a period of thirty years).Rush focused on the blistering chops of their guitar and bass players.Yes, regardless of Wakeman's presence, rotated around their amazing bassist, Chris Squire.Now, this normally wouldn't be such a bad thing, since after all hatred of art-rock and prog-rock was one of the most important principles upon which the punk movement was founded.No, what distinguished ELP was the amount of venom spewed upon them by other "high-brow" artists and their various followers.
Yes started as a jazzy, psychedelic rock band, and it wasn't until their third LP that they really became Yes as we know them.
ELP, however, was "pretentious" and progressive from the very beginning, which makes sense.
Both Keith Emerson (The Nice) and Greg Lake (King Crimson) were former key members of groups that had pretty much created the genre, and as such one could only expect them to continue what they seemed to have a knack for.
Now, it's not as if that was the only type of music they did, not at all, but among their discography you can find covers of Copland, Holst, Bartok, and they even did a full album rendition of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition.
Their self-penned material would also sometimes have a pure 'orchestral' feel as well, and they even managed to help create a new and totally bizarre genre, the 'rock-symphony.' The band's classical leanings, however, are not the only significant difference between ELP and the others on the list.
The first, and the most obvious, was the group's relatively heavy emphasis on classical music in their sound.