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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.
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.
Yes, regardless of Wakeman's presence, rotated around their amazing bassist, Chris Squire.
Now, it's not that he was a bad player, FAR from it.
It's just that, well, he could be a bit too showoffy.
Some comments below reference that paragraph, but I'm so tired of looking at it that I don't even care about making them anachronistic at this point.
The greatest insult of all, of course, is that even among some prog lovers, they're hated like crazy!