Having lost two thirds of ELP and Chris Squire in the past two years, I've spent a great deal of time listening to that era again. The 70's were my second decade, perfectly positioned to hear prog evolve. I was pretty obsessed with it. Most of my friends totally didn't get it. The hell with them anyway ;-) To my ears, some ELP hasn't aged well; I seem to like Yes about as much as I ever did. Squire's sound was a great revelation. Crunch growl rattle clank. Lake's sound is more like "ding ding ding". Nothing wrong with it, but I seldom listened to ELP for the bass parts (although there are some good ones). I always figured that he went to that sound because he was a converted guitar player. I also guess that Emerson wrote some of his parts. I have no proof but I bet a dollar no one EVER told Squire what to play. Knife Edge is an example of where that sound worked really well. There are others, of course. Just to be clear, I'm not knocking the guy or his abilities. I still love some of this stuff. But to my ears his sound is a bit vanilla. Its not a primary reason to listen to the music. YMMV. And as long as I'm pissing people off with my opinions, "Pirates" was the best thing they ever did. Watch the live version from Montreal. I saw that tour but they had misplaced the orchestra by the time they got to Columbia, SC. I saw them three times over the course of a couple of years and I remember really liking Emerson's synth bass sound. Much more full than the bass guitar. Pure sine waves vs complex wave-forms, I suppose. Of course we're talking about the cheap seats in big concrete caves not built for sound. Its hard to make bass sound good in a big concrete cave. Hope nobody dies soon, but unfortunately it'll happen no matter what I want.