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Studio Album, released in 1988

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Talkin' Bout (4:00)
2. Lover to Lover (4:12)
3. Chains (3:42)
4. Desde La Vida (7:06)
i) La Vista
ii) Frontera
iii) Sangre de Toro
5. Eight Miles High (4:08)
6. Runaway (4:42)
7. You Do or You Don't (5:02)
8. On My Way Home (4:46)

Total Time 37:59

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Line-up / Musicians

- Keith Emerson / keyboards
- Robert Berry / guitars, vocals, bass
- Carl Palmer / drums

+ Suzie O'List / vocal
- Kim Liatt J. Edwards / vocal
- Lana Williams / vocal

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Geffen (M2G 24181) UK 1988

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2.47
(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
0%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
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Collectors/fans only (31%)
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Review by Fishy
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars In the eighties there was a wave of reunion of seventies progressive rock bands. First of all Robert Fripp showed up with a new King Crimson, then Asia appeared and they managed to release one of the most successful debuts ever. Later on Yes was revamped by the talents of Trevor Rabin and ended up in the charts. In 1985 it was time for a reunion of the famous trio Emerson, Lake and Palmer but at the time, Carl Palmer was playing the drums in Asia. That's why ELP became Emerson, Lake and Powell because Cozy Powell replaced Palmer behind the drum kit. After the disappointing sales of the debut album, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer rejoined forces but now, Greg Lake wasn't around. Keith Emerson was introduced to the talented singer/bassist Robert Berry who just left GTR. Soon they decided to form a band with Sue Shifrin. Although things didn't work out with Shifrin, one of her compositions ended up on the debut album of 3. "Chains" became one of the FM rockers of the album. This isn't a bad rock song but quite similar to the music of many AOR acts of that era. Half of the album consists of enjoyable tunes like that. The other half of the album sounds more or less progressive. The prog tracks are sounding very bombastic and overblown especially "Talkin' bout which was initially written for GTR. "Desde La Vida" is the highlight of the album. It's a splendid complex epic in which the musicians show their amazing skills. The band recorded another epic like that for a second album. Too bad it was never finished and "Last ride into the sun" ended up on a Robert Berry compilation album. This debut album would have benefited from its inclusion. Like it is now, there's too less prog here. The piano based hymn "On my way home" is the only track that's typical for ELP. Even if it's simplified, it's worth of checking out and a must have for ELP fans. There definitely is some good song writing contributed by Berry on radio friendly tracks like "Lover to lover" , "Runaway" and "You do or you don't" but I don't get excited by hearing it. At the time of release this album wasn't promoted and ended up in the sales bin very soon. I don't think a lot of prog fans will regret it...

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Posted Monday, April 05, 2004

Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Emerson, Berry and Palmer

It is interesting that when Carl Palmer missed out on an ELP album, the other two simply replaced the name Palmer with Powell, creating Emerson Lake and Powell. When Greg Lake however had his sabbatical and Robert Berry was brought in, they didn't become Emerson Berry and Palmer, they simply became "3". This was not a particularly smart move in marketing terms for two reasons.

A) because it was far from obvious that Emerson and Palmer were involved in the project and

B) the use of a number for the band name. Don't look for the band on this site under the letter T, it's not there. Retailers too did not know whether to file it under the number 3, the letter T, or indeed under ELP.

The album poses something of a quandary musically too. For the most part, it doesn't sound like an ELP album, or for that matter a prog rock album. Emerson and Palmer are, perhaps surprisingly, given supporting roles as Berry dominates proceedings.

The music is mostly AOR pop rock, along the lines of Journey or Styx. It appears the trio were perhaps trying to "do an Asia", and break into the commercial market with a hit single or two. That market was and is however saturated, and it was going to take something special to set 3 apart from the many other similar bands. Unfortunately, this is where the plan fell down. The music, especially in terms of the song writing, is at best average and often downright weak. Tracks such as "Lover to lover", "You do or you don't", and "Runaway" are pop rock drivel, which could have been recorded by any of thousands of Hairspray Heaven bands. There's also a rather pointless cover of the Byrds classic, "Eight miles high", which manages to sanitise the song into a basic pop number.

There are a couple of redeeming features however. "Desde la Vida" is a decent piece of prog in three parts. Even here though, the impression is that Emerson is playing well within himself. The closing track "On my way home" is a more satisfactory anthemic piece, with a marching rhythm not unlike "Romeo and Juliet" from "Black moon".

While Berry is clearly an accomplished singer, the general weakness of the material render his performance nondescript. Emerson's occasion forays to the front are welcome and recognisable in terms of sound, but there's little here to compare with the prowess he once showed.

A disappointing album, with little to set it apart from the pack, and only a passing nod to prog rock.

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Posted Friday, February 11, 2005

Review by Progbear
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2 stars Perhaps my expectations had been deadened by the appalling LOVE BEACH, but this album is not THAT bad. Hardly good, but not that bad. Sure, there's lots of dull-sounding 80's synth tones and AOR-isms galore. But Emerson's Hammond playing still manages to shine through here and there. And "Desde La Vida" is a relatively enjoyable piece. Robert Berry is a bit of a nonentity; not bad, but never doing anything to leave an impression on the listener.

So, yeah, on the level of "old proggers go AOR", this isn't as good as 90125 or DUKE but is quite a bit better than , BIG GENERATOR, GTR or anything by Asia. Probably on a par with ABACAB. How's that for damning with faint praise?

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Posted Sunday, September 04, 2005

Review by progaardvark
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2 stars After Greg Lake and Keith Emerson had another falling out, Emerson, Lake & Powell was no more. So Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (free from Asia at this time) joined together with Robert Berry (who later became well known for his contributions to Magna Carta's tribute albums), and the three of them formed a band simply called 3. With or without hindsight, this name should have been considered a mistake. Yes, it's easy to remember, but who knows where a record store might file it. At the beginning of everything? At the end? Under T? Why they didn't choose Emerson, Berry, and Palmer, which would have been more marketable and have them filed either in or near other ELP releases, is something many have pondered. Well... not exactly. Very FEW have pondered this question because 3's To the Power of Three is rather disappointing. Maybe that decision was good after all, thus to prevent embarrassing the ELP namesake. No need to worry as the original ELP lineup would do a good job of that with Black Moon and In the Hot Seat in the 1990s.

I guess everybody was doing this in the 1980s. Trading in their prog roots for some good old AOR. If my memory is correct, reviews at the time called this album dismal. Twenty years later, that term still fits. At least Asia and Yes were performing fairly decent AOR at the time. 3's To the Power of Three is just plain bland. And it's not because of any single member. All three of them contribute to this album's blandness and mediocrity.

The opening Talkin' About was, I believe, released as a single and got some radio play. They did a rather modern, but bland cover of The Byrds' Eight Miles High. The rest of the shorter pieces sound similar to the shorter stuff from the 1985 release of Emerson, Lake & Powell's eponymous album and quite similar to material found on ELP's future 1990s releases of Black Moon and In the Hot Seat. The only interesting number is Desde La Vida, which had some semblance of progressiveness to it despite it's use of 1980s instrumentation.

Clearly for collectors and fans of ELP, especially those interested in the twisted sidebars of the group's genealogical tree. Future ELP releases are as dismal as this one. Robert Berry, on the other hand, actually did some nice progressive numbers as a collaborator and on his own in the 1990s. Two stars.

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Posted Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Review by Gooner
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3 stars A generous 3 stars, this one. While it's not ELP...it's not even Emerson, Lake & Powell sounding either. It sounds more in the neo prog. tradition. Very '80s sounding with that '80s production in the vein of later '80s Saga. This '3' LP is certainly not as bad as everyone says it is, but it's not great either. Let's put it this way. If someone were to give me the choice to listen to ELP's _Love Beach_, Emerson Lake & Powell or 3's _To The Power Of Three...I would pick the latter. The best track is the 3 parter _Desde La Vida_ which can be heard on this website. It's really the only thing that hints at prog.rock. The other tracks(no real highlights) are well written AOR rock pieces with very little hit potential. Throw this album in with most inoffensive material coming from the likes of the Alan Parson Project or '80s Camel. Simply put, this is well produced music but nothing too amazing. It's as good as '80s YES or GENESIS, but not quite as good as the first 3 ASIA albums.

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Posted Friday, February 20, 2009

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Palmer is back, Lake is out

After the Emerson Lake & Powell album on which Cozy Powell replaced Carl Palmer because the latter was busy with Asia, Palmer once again came back into the fold. However, this time Lake could not take part so they called themselves 3 this time. Since Lake - being the lead vocalist and writer of many songs - was a more important ingredient of ELP, his absence is more apparent than that of Palmer on the previous album. Robert Barry, who replaces Lake here, is also not particularly similar to Lake in the way Powell was similar to Palmer (musically, not just by having last names beginning with the letter p). In that way it is appropriate that they chose a radically different band name this time.

Barry sings lead vocals and writes as many as three of the album's eight tracks on his own and co-writes a further two with Emerson and Palmer. In addition, there are two cover songs. All this is a pretty clear indicator that Emerson's inspiration was running very dry. Indeed, to be honest, ELP ran out of steam already in 1974 and did not produce a good album until the promising Emerson Lake & Powell album from 1986. The 3 album is back to the quality level of Love Beach and the two Works albums. Needless to say, this is not a very good album.

The voice of Robert Barry reminds me a little bit of that of Trevor Rabin. And his effect on the music is similar to the effect Rabin had on Yes. This album fits nicely into the family of 80's albums by classic Prog bands like Yes' Big Generator. It does not lack progressive content, but several of the songs are pure AOR.

I can recommend this album only to major fans and collectors of everything ELP.

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Posted Monday, December 21, 2009

Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

When I first look at the reviews of this band and album here, I see I was among the few who like this album, also I saw not many positive reviews here aswell, so what we have here??? To me is a good album all the way, two of the most well known musicians from golden era of prog Carl Palmer and Keith Emerson meets an excellent vocalist, bassist and guitarist named Robert Berry and the result was the band 3. Everybody knows who is Plamer and Emerson, but who is this Berry, to tell the truth I never heared of him untill I heared this album. He came from an unknown band named Hush who released some albums in late'70's , and early '80's and aswell has a solo career in the '90's. Now, the chemistry between these 3 guys is perfect, I mean they feel eachoter very well, they are like a single unit here, and the result contrary to many reviwers from here is good all the way. Also even the album has an AOR aura on every pieces melted with progressive moments not far from Yes (Big generator era) some Asia or GTR similarities or even ELP in places, the album is extremely well crafted for that period, when progressive music was not far from almost dead with some exceptions, we talking about 1988. I like a lot the voice of Berry , very solid voice, ok tipical for AOR, hard rock music, but here he fits like a glove, 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. In my opinion this album named To the power of three released in 1988 at Geffen is a total winner, not a single moment is weak, keeping in mind that is impossible to have another Tarkus in 1988, time are changing, and about this relase I will give a solid 3 stars, 3.5 . I was very sure that this album is low rated here, aswell in other places , but to me is a good one and I was enjoying every single piece ofr this unnoticed album.

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Review by Guillermo
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3 stars This is not a bad album but it is not very Progressive Rock in style. Very well produced in the standars for the eighties, with very good arrangements and very typical sounds from the eighties. The predominant musical style in this album is Pop Rock....from the eighties. Anyway, this album, as other albums from other Progressive Rock related musicians released during that decade was much better than much of the music recorded by most of the Pop Rock "stars" of that period of time. So, this album is more in the same style as some albums released by Yes, Genesis, Asia, Kansas and other Progressive Rock bands from the seventies. But the very typical eighties production is so predominant that only 2 songs deserve to be considered in the Prog Rock musical style: "Desde la Vida" and "On My Way Home". Both songs have very good keyboards by Keith Emerson. Robert Berry`s vocals are very related to the Pop Rock / Arena Rock musical style from that period of time, but he is a good musician, singer and songwriter. Some of Carl Palmer`s drums sound very "eighties", sometimes sounding lilke electronic drums or even like programmed drums. Anyway, some of the Pop Rock songs are good, like "Talking About" (from which I watched a video on the TV in 1988) and "Lover to Lover". For Keith Emerson it was his second attempt in that decade to try to form a band from the remains of ELP, but it was until the early nineties with the reunion of ELP that he finally had a more permanent band and a more compatible line-up with his musical style (at least unitl 1998, when ELP split again).In comparison to ELPowell, this band was more focused in the Pop Rock musical market of the eighties, and this, their only studio album, is a more forgotten album in comparison to the only studio album recorded by ELPowell. Maybe Greg Lake`s vocals and inlfuence helped the ELPowell album to sound more related to the musical style of ELP than this album.Even Emerson`s very original style of playing the keyboards is not very recognizable sometimes, sounding a bit "lost" in this new band called "3". It is amazing how a new lead singer and songwriter contributor like Robert Berry changed the "musical identity" of some old bands and the musical styles of some musicians like Emerson and Palmer.

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