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3.88 | 122 ratings | 5 reviews | 13% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2018

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One By One (7:12)
2. Powerful Man (5:02)
3. The Rules Have Changed (6:48)
4. Our Bond (4:35)
5. What You're Dreaming Now (4:32)
6. Somebody's Watching (5:33)
7. This Letter (6:42)
8. Your Mark On The World (5:24)

Total time 45:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Robert Berry / composer & arranger, performer & producer
- Keith Emerson / composer & arranger

Releases information

Some past '3' writing from 1988, some newly written last efforts from Keith, and some songs written exclusively by Berry after Keith's death.

Artwork: The Cream Group

CD Frontiers Music SRL ‎- FR CD 883 (2018, Italy)

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(122 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(48%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (10%)
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Review by kev rowland
5 stars Some thirty years ago, Keith Emerson, Carl Palmer and Robert Berry formed the band 3, and released the album 'To The Power of Three'. I always felt that it was a sadly maligned album, and far superior to what many ELP fans said about it, and there was certainly quite a lot of criticism. It was the only release by the band, with ELP reforming, and Robert moved onto other things. Fast forward to 2016, and a record label approached Keith as they wanted to release a live album of a performance recorded in 1988. Keith agreed and then forgot about it until one day the CD arrived in the mail, and one evening he listened to it while drinking a glass of wine. I asked Robert what happened, "He listened to the whole thing and immediately called me. His voice sounded so excited. He said "Robert, we were really a good band. No really a good band." I couldn't believe me ears. I had always thought that but never thought he'd give it another chance, and there it was. The open door to my 28 year dream. After we spoke about how much fun we had had and how the spark on stage with the jamming was just the best time ever I broke the question. I said that a record company had been bugging me for years to do a follow up album but I knew he wasn't interested. I said "What about now Keith? Any chance you'd consider working with me to do one more really great album?" He gave it a mild "yes" and that was enough for me. I called the record company and asked if they were still interested, they were. I called Keith back, we discussed the ideal parameters for such an album and the record company agreed to every detail. Keith was amazed at their deal, the advance involved, and the interest being so high. He was ready to start so we did."

Only one song was used that was written during the original period, with the rest of the material being put together as Keith and Robert swapped ideas, and collaborated together while they were on the phone to each other. They also approached Carl to see if he wanted to be involved, but he was committed to his own band, so they decided that they would approach Simon Phillips once they had all the basic parts of the songs recorded properly. Sadly that wasn't to be, as Keith passed away before it got that far. This left Robert with the songs, the ideas, structures and sounds, and he felt the only thing to do was to record everything himself. Those who have followed his career will know that Robert is a multi-instrumentalist, but I have always thought of him far more as a guitarist and singer, but his parents were not only performers but also owned a piano store, and he had many years of piano lessons so also really knows his way around a keyboard (and was also drumming from a young age as well!).

The result is an album that is very much the sequel to the original, the album that is a follow-up to 'The Power of Three' in so many ways. It's not quite as bombastic, but it is hard to realise that the keyboards are from Robert and not Keith, as he has captured his style in so many ways, and there are certain sounds employed that one immediately recognises as having played their part on the original. Just 8 songs, 46 minutes long, there is no way that his sounds like the solo effort of a musician in 2018, but as if this is a band recording from the late Eighties full of power, passion, melody and dynamics. I defy anyone to listen to the change in style 3:20 into "Our Bond" and say that Robert hasn't captured what the original band and Keith was all about. As a tribute, this album is incredible. As a collection of music, this is simply superb. Absolutely essential, I can play this album all day and never tire of it. Wonderful.

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars Berry's mark on the world

Before the death of Keith Emerson in 2016, he was working once again with Robert Berry on what was to become a follow-up to the 1988 "3" album. Sadly the two never got to finish their work together, but Berry took what they had written and soldiered in honour of Keith to record the album on his own. The result is really impressive given that Berry plays all the instruments himself, including the excellent and very Emerson-like keyboards. As such, 3.2. The Rules Have Changed is more of a Berry solo album than it is a "3" album, and it is quite different from and a whole lot better than ...To The Power Of Three. To me it is more similar in style and quality to the 2008 Keith Emerson Band featuring Marc Bonilla album. Fans of Keith Emerson and ELP really ought to have a listen to this.

The back story begins in 1987 when Berry was asked to join Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer in a new band that was to carry on where the Emerson, Lake & Powell project had left off. After one album and a tour, work was started on a second album but it never was completed. A couple of songs from those writing sessions later appeared on Berry's solo album Pilgrimage To A Point in 1993. Much later, in 2015, Berry and Emerson had started working together again and some of that writing now appears on the present album. How close it is to what would have been had Emerson been involved in the actual recording of the album is impossible to say, but 3.2. The Rules Have Changed is certainly a fitting tribute to Keith and a strong album in its own right.

Latest members reviews

4 stars An exceptional album, and fitting tribute to the late Keith Emerson by his friend and fellow musician Robert Berry. Back in 2016 Keith and Robert were working together writing towards a possible new "3" project, but sadly Keith passed away before serious recording had begun. Finally Robert resum ... (read more)

Report this review (#2138257) | Posted by Progfan1958 | Thursday, February 21, 2019 | Review Permanlink

4 stars 'About keyboard pyrotechnics and song oriented melodic rock' The working relationship between multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and producer Robert Berry (who played with Sammy Hagar, Ambrosia, 3, GTR, Alliance and The Greg Kihn Band) and th ... (read more)

Report this review (#2046881) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Monday, October 22, 2018 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I'm not going to get into a history lesson, you know the band 3 (much maligned by hardcore ELP fans, but with a bit of a cult following, etc). It may have taken 30 years, but here is the follow up 3.2 project spearheaded by multi instrumentalist, musician, producer, Robert Berry. With interest fro ... (read more)

Report this review (#1954531) | Posted by OldSchoolProg | Friday, August 3, 2018 | Review Permanlink

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