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Emerson, Lake and Powell

Emerson, Lake & Powell were an English rock band, an offshoot or variant lineup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, thatreleased one official studio album in 1986.

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake had planned to re-form the original ELP in 1985 but drummer Carl Palmer was unavailablebecause of contractual obligations to Asia. After auditioning a series of drummers unwilling to commit to the band, theyapproached Cozy Powell, a longtime friend of Emerson's, to replace him. The band have always insisted that it was acoincidence that his surname also happened to start with a P, t ...read more

Emerson, Lake & Powell were an English rock band, an offshoot or variant lineup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, thatreleased one official studio album in 1986.

Keith Emerson and Greg Lake had planned to re-form the original ELP in 1985 but drummer Carl Palmer was unavailablebecause of contractual obligations to Asia. After auditioning a series of drummers unwilling to commit to the band, theyapproached Cozy Powell, a longtime friend of Emerson's, to replace him. The band have always insisted that it was acoincidence that his surname also happened to start with a P, thus allowing the band to retain its original initials, althoughthey also joked about looking for a "Gene Prupa" and having approached "Phil Pollins" and "Ringo Parr" before Powell agreed tojoin. Shortly into recording, Emerson's barn studio was destroyed by a runaway tractor, requiring some parts of the album bererecorded, leading him to joke, "Perhaps we should have called it 'Emerson, Lake & Plow!'.

The band's self-titled studio album was a return to the familiar ELP style, with long progressive rock suites, mellow ballads anda classical theme (Mars, the Bringer of War by Gustav Holst). One song, The Score, even references the lyric"Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends" from ELP's Karn Evil 9: First Impression (on the albumBrain Salad Surgery).

In live performance the band of course also performed classic ELP and Nice material.

The band's live tour was marred by a dispute which led to the band firing its management, and "ELPowell" disbanded withoutrecording a second album. Emerson rejoined Palmer and with Robert Berry formed the band 3 in 1988, before the original ELPlineup reformed for 1992's album Black Moon, which bears some stylistic similarities to the Emerson, Lake & Powell album. « hide

Similar Bands: Emerson, Lake and Palmer, King Crimson, Three

Emerson, Lake and Powell
1986

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