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Emerson, Lake & Powell
"Emerson, Lake And Powell"

© Polydor Records

Year of Release: 1986

track listing
  • The Score
  • Learning To Fly
  • The Miracle
  • Touch And Go
  • Love Blind
  • Step Aside
  • Lay Down Your Guns
  • Mars The Bringer
    Of War
  • The Loco-Motion
  • Vacant Possession

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    By 1986, the rock band Yes had reformed, and in a giant surprise, they would have their only #1 song of their career, "Owner Of A Lonely Heart." Having their revival become popular again, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, another band like Yes, decided to revive their career. Unforunately, drummer Carl Palmer declined to join, as he was just achieving popular success with the band Asia. Palmer wasn't interested in reforming with fellow members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, so the letter "P" was represented by veteran drummer Cozy Powell. The only album with Powell, Emerson, Lake & Powell was released, and it seems that even with a new drummer, the music of ELP never once doubted anyone's mind, that it would not be popular, as with original drummer Carl Palmer.

    Leading off the album is a very powerful and energetic tune, "The Score." It's Progressive Rock, 1980s style for ELP, and it could be great intro music for any event. Pop meets Progressive rock, 1980s style, with "Learning To Fly," likewise another impressive Progressive rocker, "The Miracle."

    "Touch and Go" was a popular hit, getting radio airplay, as it had the same popularity as their song from Brain Salad Surgery, "Karn Evil 9", featured the classic line, "Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. We're so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside..." "Love Blind" is another Pop meets Progressive, as it fitted the updated Progressive sound of the 1980s.

    "Step Aside" has a more jazz flavor, featuring some outstanding keyboard work by Keith Emerson. New Age best defines "Lay Down Your Arms," a very pleasant and relaxing song to listen to, with Greg Lake's soothing vocals. The instrumental "Mars, The Bringer Of War" is mysterious and powerful, and has a Medieval Times sound, compared to the likes of the solo works of Rick Wakeman.

    The last two songs are bonus tracks. The instrumental "The Loco-Motion" is a very powerful Progressive rocker, as it is the remake of the Little Eva and Grand Funk version. ELP's version is very energetic, fast-paced, and for Rick Wakeman fans, they will truly enjoy this one. "Vacant Possesion" has Pop meeting Progressive, as it could be compared in a sense, to the post-Roger Waters Pink Floyd.

    Emerson, Lake and Powell proves that even with a change in personnel, their release is a very impressive and entertaining album. The more repeated listens will even make this album more and more enjoyable. A college student once asked me if I was aware of this album, and obviously I was. He was trying

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