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To the Power of Three

Three, 3 Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Gold Line Sp.
  • ASIN: B000009RHT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Talkin' Bout
2. Lover To Lover
3. Chains
4. Desde La Vida: (l) La Vista/(ll) Frontera /(lll) Sangre De Toro
5. Eight Miles High
6. Runaway
7. You Do Or You Don't
8. On My Way Home

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very underrated AOR 13 Jun 2000
Format:Audio CD
Another failed ELP re-union, but this time, the music style was unexpected and, more importantly, guitar laden. Lake's replacement being the California-based Robert Berry - a formidable songwriter/musician in his own right.
The album obviously featured a mass of frantic keyboards from Keith Emerson fused with the powerhouse drumming of Carl Palmer - but the quality of the songs (mostly penned by Berry) and Robert's vocal delivery shine through.
Time has been cruel to this album - it's very underrated and really does show off the talents of the three musicians.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Desde La Vida 21 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a really great album. It has some wonderful songs on, hook laden power pop: "Talin'Bout", "Lover to Lover" "You do or you don't"....all should have ridden high in the charts. But there is the fantastic "Desde la Vide", a stripped down condensed prog meisterwerk for the modern age, which shifts through the gears like an Alpine Mountain Rally driver on acid....wonderful.....and "On My way Home" is a deeply heartfelt tribute by Keith Emerson to the late, great Tony Stratton-Smith.....would that the music industry today had a few more like him now.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 4 April 2007
By Justin G. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Am I the only person who actually liked this album? There certainly aren't a lot of positive reviews here, but that seems to have more to do with people's expectations than anything else. I realize that the band included 2/3 of the celebrated progressive rock act Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Greg Lake is replaced here by former Hush vocalist Robert Berry), but expecting another ELP is just not realistic. I think a lot of that band's success came from the chemistry between the three key players. Removing one changes the whole dynamic. It's also a bit unrealistic to expect a serious progressive rock album in the late 80's. Hell, even Yes was more pop than prog at that point.

I think it helps to look at 3's 1988 debut album To the Power of Three like you would an Asia album. You know the players involved will have the technical chops to pull off progressive rock, but that making a good pop/rock album is the main focus. To that end, I think 3 passed with flying colors. To the Power of Three is a very solid effort, and is the kind of 80's pop-oriented rock album on par with what Asia and GTR were releasing at the time. It should surprise no one that this is a strong album musically. Keith Emerson's keyboard work really carries the album. Robert Berry gives a string vocal performance as well, with a warm and steady voice that is perfectly suited for this kind of music. The album ventures into prog territory at times, such as the three-part "Desde La Vida", and closing track "On My Way Home" sounds a lot like ELP, but for the most part it is a pop-oriented rock/AOR album, and a strong one at that.

Another reviewer recommended that only die-hard ELP fans buy this album. I have to disagree, and in turn recommend this to open-minded ELP fans, not to mention fans of Asia, GTR, and 80's pop/rock/AOR in general. The key is judging the album on its own merits rather than expecting something unrealistic.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, for what it is ... but it ain't ELP! 13 May 2003
By Eric Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Anybody expecting any sort of iteration of ELP from this album should just save their money. There are some glimpses of Emerson's prodigious abilities, but they're glimpses only, and Palmer's work lacks any real distinction here. However, I found most of the tunes quite catchy & memorable. The (brief) Hammond solo in "Lover to Lover" rocks, and some serious power is generated in the first few minutes of "Desde La Vida". But otherwise this is basically throwaway pop music with some occasional nice instrumental flourishes. If you expect anything more, you'll likely be disappointed.
I'll give the CD four stars, because I think the product is essentially what the artists intended it to be, and to that extent it's quite a successful work. And again, some of the songs are catchy, and some of the keyboard work stands out. But the stylistic differences between Berry and Emerson prevent the group from truly jelling. Had the CD been more successful, maybe further efforts would have been more unified. Oh, well.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is! 11 Dec 2004
By Jon Solo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album, while not a Keith Emerson masterpiece, stands out as an incredible pop album! It has typical 80's production and sheen on the surface, but the songs cover nice ground compared to most of the "contemporaries" of that time period. In fact, were it not for Brian Wilson's first solo album being released, I would have called it THE best album of 1988.

If you want artistry, go buy Trilogy. If you want progressive, go buy Brain Salad Surgery. If you want to not have to think about it too much, and just enjoy yourself, by all means, buy THIS album.

And Emerson Lake and Powell makes a nice complement to this.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a 5, for 90% - spectacular performance ... 25 April 2007
By Padraic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Some folks I think didn't 'get' this CD, because they didn't get that it was never meant as a successor to any ELP records ... and I think that that got it an unfair rating from folks around the web ... Kinda like how Last Action Hero was a decent movie, but because some went to it with the impression it was another flat-out Arnold Schwarzenegger action flick they came out of the theater confused and kind of disappointed. This is (and at the time was promoted as) a POP-ROCK record, with moments of progessive ... I like Greg Lake's voice but words can't define how rangey a voice Robert Berry has next to Greg Lake ~ listen to how he goes up 2 higher keys, with ease, on the final refrain of "Talkin' Bout" ... Berry has a serious range, broader than that of other good singers (like Max Bacon, for instance, who he sang with briefly in GTR before joining 3) .. because he has a deceptively low bottom-end to his voice. "Talkin' Bout" is a great tune ... "Chains" is another good one, "You Will Or You Won't" is a kool mellow song, with unique keyboard patches from master Keith Emerson ..... "Des De La Vida" is the prog epic on the CD, "On My Way Home" is a real nice piano/keyboard song. I just think this CD, in it's later life (on the web) hasn't gotten a fair shake because for the last 12+ years it's mainly hardcore progressive rock fans reviewing it. Anyway fans of this CD would do well to also check out Robert Berry's solo CD, "Pilgrimage To a Point".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Expectations... 27 July 2007
By njrobbo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
varied for some folks. I thought the song writing was decent with some over the top choruses & great keyboard work. You Do or You Don't is my favorite tune on the record. Lover to Lover & Chains are a couple other catchy prog-tunes that could have been spawned from the early Asia fever. Too many people expected it to be something that it wasn't. I noticed that most of the reviews here saw it/heard it for what it was... 3 guys looking to put out a record & make a good, solid, progressive-style sound--with a late 80's flavor.
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