Re: Carl Palmer
I'll third the notion that Second Impression was a band highlight, as long as we can throw the Third Impression in there too :-)
I went through a Carl Palmer phase for a year or so where all I listed to was ELP, and to this day I can still hear how Carl has influnced my playing (mostly in fill concepts). However, I have trouble listening to him now because his time is (was) all over the place, with the pocket nowhere to be found. Having now absorbed the likes of Groovemasters Gadd, Colaiuta, Purdie, Porcaro ect I find it remarkable just how bad Carl could be at times.
Still, I can't touch him in the speed OR endurance department!