As keyboardist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Keith Emerson was a cornerstone of the progressive rock era of the 1970s. Emerson, who suffered from depression, took his own life in 2016 after nerve damage restricted his playing.
In 1988, Emerson and Palmer joined multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry to form 3 in the wake of ELP’s disbanding in ’79. 3’s one album, To the Power of 3, was released in 1988.
Fast forward to 2016. Berry and Emerson began to trade musical ideas for a follow-up 3 album, but the keyboardist’s tragic end left Berry with only cassette tapes, keyboard parts written over the phone and recollections of their conversations. Berry used those elements as the framework for a new album, The Rules Have Changed.
The LP reunites the two musicians’ work under the band name 3.2. The album was released on Aug. 10 and can be purchased at this link.
“Keith and I developed together a vision of what the new album would be like,” says Berry. “The new album consists of some past 3 writing from 1988, some newly written last efforts from Keith, and some songs written exclusively by me after Keith’s death.
“Every second I worked on writing, recording and performing those songs I had one thing on my mind: The phrase ‘What would Keith do?’ drove me, it guided me, it consumed my creativity. It was so important to me to fulfill our vision for this album.”
Stream The Rules Have Changed below, via Spotify or Apple Music:
And may Emerson rest in peace.