Loved the 3 album when it came out back in 1988 and it looked like we would never see a follow-up until now…
Singer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Robert Berry’s new album, “The Rules Have Changed,” will be released under the name 3.2 on Frontiers Music Srl on August 10, 2018.
The full-length album will feature musical contributions by the late KEITH EMERSON, whom Berry was a bandmate with in the band 3.
This is the last musical project in which Emerson was involved prior to his untimely passing in 2016.
A preview of the album, the track, “Somebody’s Watching” has been released. It is available on all streaming services as well as an instant download with digital pre-orders.
Pre-order the album & stream the single here: http://radi.al/TheRulesHaveChanged
The working relationship between Emerson and Berry began in 1987 when former Yes manager Brian Lane and Carl Palmer arranged a meeting between the two prolific musicians. The plan was to form a more melodic, song oriented band, compared to the complex symphonic rock compositions for which Emerson, Lake & Palmer was known, which would allow Emerson, Berry and Palmer to follow in the footsteps of the success that Asia and GTR were enjoying during that period.
The result of that collaboration between Emerson, Berry and Palmer was the band 3 and the album “… To The Power of Three,” was released worldwide by Geffen Records in 1988. The first single, “Talkin’ ‘Bout” reached #9 on the Billboard charts and the band successfully toured the U.S. to support the album.
With the success of the first release, Geffen urged the band to go back into the studio to begin work on a second album, but Emerson felt uncomfortable with Geffen’s momentum stifling, inconsistent strategy that ultimately cut the first album’s success short, consequently prompting the band to call it quits. At the time of the band’s dissolution, several songs were already written for the band’s second release with some of the songs later being released on Robert Berry’s solo album, “Pilgrimage To A Point”.
In October 2015, conversations about a new 3 album started between Robert Berry and Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino as Robert had been speaking to Emerson about releasing the band’s long delayed follow-up album. Berry relayed those conversations to Emerson and in turn sparked revived enthusiasm from him for pursuing the project. The exchange of musical ideas ultimately paved the groundwork for “The Rules Have Changed.”
After Emerson’s death in 2016, Berry was left with Emerson’s final musical ideas for the project. From old cassette tapes, keyboard parts written over the phone and long discussions between the two friends about style, the framework of the album was set and ready to be brought to life.
After several months of grieving and contemplation about what to do with these co-written songs and musical fragments from Emerson, Robert decided to resume work on the material that was created and craft a record that would ultimately be a fitting tribute to Keith Emerson’s musical legacy and at the same time re-energize and update the musical style started with 3 some 30 years ago.
“Keith and I developed together a vision of what the new album would be like, explains Berry. “There were many times over the past 30 years since 3 had come out that Keith either played on a session for me or we just talked on the phone. 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. “
The final result is “The Rules Have Changed,” a reboot of the original 3 project, centered on Robert Berry’s amazing musical talents.
This is a record that deserves to be heard by every fan of the great Keith Emerson and includes many exquisite musical adventures, which every progressive music fan will be delighted to experience and enjoy.
“Every second I worked on writing, recording, and performing those songs I had one thing on my mind,” says Berry. “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. I believe Keith worked through me. I especially felt him with me when I did the solos. The songs we had worked on together but the solos were to be improvised while recording. You will hear his flare coming through on the solos. The solos are played by me, but, at the same time, also by him. I would never say I was even close to being the player Keith was. But I believe you can hear his spirit in the sound and in my playing. I am so proud of this album. I can’t help but think somehow he is proud of the results too.”
- One by One
- Powerful Man
- The Rules Have Changed
- Our Bond
- What You’re Dreaming Now
- Somebody’s Watching
- This Letter
- Your Mark on The World
PRODUCED BY: Robert Berry
SONGWRITERS: Keith Emerson, Robert Berry
ARRANGEMENTS: Keith Emerson, Robert Berry
RECORDED and MIXED BY: Robert Berry at Soundtek Studios, Campbell, CA
MASTERED BY: George Horn Mastering, Berkeley, CA
INSTRUMENTATION: Robert Berry
Frontiers record label have a free twelve song sampler of bands they class as the New Breed of rock and metal. Decent compilation that features the likes of Toseland, Inglorious, Mason Hill, Bigfoot and Shiraz Lane.
These are a few albums passed to Get Ready To Rock! for review which won’t make the site as a review, however seems a shame they don’t get a mention given the work put in by the artists and labels. So in the first of a regular series of round-ups here we go…
Judith Owen releases ‘redisCOVERed’ an album of covers [released 25th May], mainly rock ones from the likes of Deep Purple and Soundgarden, done in her own style – a mix of piano and jazz. It will doubtless appeal to those familiar with her music, plus the novelty factor of doing rock covers. She has a strong vocal and the version of ‘Black Hole Sun’ is well worth a listen. However, it is just a little bit to jazz for this listener. One for trivia buffs…she is married to Harry Shearer aka Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap fame.
Gretchen Peters releases ‘Dancing With The Beast’ on May 18th. She has a classic country vocal and the songs to match, with heartfelt tales sung masterfully by her. The lead track below is a good example of what is offer on the album –
Angel Air release two albums on June 8th. First up Nick Hooper’s ‘6 Strings’, which he self-released in 2015 and now gets a wider release. It is an album of gentle acoustic tunes, some based on traditional folk tunes, from a talented guitarist. Perfect musical backdrop for chilling out to. He made his name in film and TV soundtracks including ‘Harry Potter’.
Edwin Starr’s recording output between 1985 and 1986 is released as ‘Soul Singer’. In 1984 he signed with the newly launched Hippodrome Records (formed by club owner Peter Stringfellow and singer songwriter David Martin). Released for the first time on CD this is one for lovers of Edwin Starr and early 80’s disco. Those ‘parpy’ synths on some songs really do sound annoying all these years later though!
Issa released her latest album ‘Run With The Pack’ via Frontiers. This time Issa has hooked-up with songwriter and producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, who knows how to pen and produce a good tune. If you liked Issa’s previous albums chances are you will like this one, however I personally am not a fan of her singing – sorry Issa! ‘Sacrifice Me’, a duet with Deen Castronova, is an album highlight – like Journey singing with Heart.
Frontiers Music srl is proud to present the next generation of rock legends. The first edition of ‘Frontiers – New Breed Night’ features three of the label’s recent UK signings and takes place at The Black Heart in Camden, North London on 26th April. An eclectic triple bill is co-headlined by DOOMSDAY OUTLAW and DIRTY THRILLS, with support from THE BRINK.
DOOMSDAY OUTLAW is a ten-legged hard rock, blues tinged juggernaut based in darkest Derbyshire. Coupling huge riffs and killer grooves with soaring, soulful vocals to deliver timeless tales of heartbreak and redemption, the group is set to show off its distinctive sound to the legions of hard rock faithful around the globe via a new album, ‘Hard Times’, which is set for worldwide release via Frontiers in May 2018. A song from the album entitled ‘Spirit That Made Me’ can be heard here : bit.ly/2nAXuSu
Dirty Thrills are a young, exciting and charismatic London based hard rock quartet who play bluesy rock ‘n’ roll with an appealing filthy edge, churning out endless crowd pleasers that make guitar music sound sexy again. Each member’s influences combine to produce a sound reminiscent of Queens Of The Stone Age, The Black Keys and Rival Sons. Their acclaimed second album, ‘Heavy Living’, was released in October 2017, subsequent to which they have toured extensively.
Producing a vibrant new 21st Century form of balls-to-the-wall Rock n’ Roll, and with a reputation as one of the hardest working young bands around, The Brink will release their debut album in late Weaving delicate vocal and instrumental harmonies around hard, driving riffs, they have created a fresh new style and already enticed fans of several rock sub-genres. Armed with fist-pumping anthems and solid ballads befitting of early Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, backed up with an exciting live show full of youthful vivacity, The Brink surely belong on the stadium stage.
A video for a song from early 2017 entitled ’Never Again’ can be seen here : bit.ly/2EICAM2
Mr. Big play six UK dates in November to promote their new album, ‘Defying Gravity’, which was released in July. The concluding shows of a headlining European tour on which The Answer and Faster Pussycat will also appear, they take place as follows –
16.11.17 NOTTINGHAM Rock City
17.11.17 NEWCASTLE Northumbria Institute
19.11.17 LONDON O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
21.11.17 MANCHESTER Academy
22.11.17 GLASGOW O2 ABC
23.11.17 WOLVERHAMPTON Civic Hall
Defying Gravity’ is out on CD, deluxe CD/DVD, LP and digital formats, with a limited deluxe Collector’s Edition box also made available by the band’s label Frontiers Music srl
BIGFOOT ‘Karma’ video for new single included on self-titled debut album out 13.10.17 on Frontiers
Bigfoot are releasing another single from their upcoming self-titled debut album, which is released via Frontiers Music srl on 13th October. ‘Karma’ follows ‘The Fear’, ’Tell Me A Lie’ and ‘Forever Alone’ as the fourth song to be lifted from the record. The band begin a UK tour with a special album launch event in Manchester on 14th October. The full itinerary is as follows :
14.10.17 MANCHESTER Sound Control (album launch event)
19.10.17 WITNEY Fat Lils
26.10.17 LONDON Underworld
28.10.17 GRIMSBY Yardbirds
02.11.17 STOKE Eleven
03.11.17 CARDIFF Fuel
04.11.17 CANNOCK The Station
05.11.17 SOUTH SHIELDS Queen Vic
09.11.17 GLASGOW Hard Rock Cafe
11.11.17 SHEFFIELD Corporation (with Tyketto)
24.11.17 TROON Winterstorm Festival
25.11.17 EDINBURGH La Belle Angele (with Tyketto)
Bigfoot is a hard rock band from Wigan who burst onto the scene in the spring of 2014. With a wide range of influences from The Eagles through to Pantera, the group boasts the powerful vocals of Antony Ellis, dual lead guitars from Sam Millar and Mick McCullagh, plus the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Matt Avery and drummer Tom Aspinall.
Having toured constantly around the UK and performed at festivals including Breakout, Bloodstock, Hard Rock Hell, Steelhouse and more, the quintet have built themselves a loyal grassroots following in their home territory. Two successful self-released EP’s also drew the attention of the Naples based rock powerhouse Frontiers Music Srl, who signed them to their roster as fast as they could.
‘The Fear’ was written shortly after the release of the second EP. Sam Millar describes it as “a song about the fear in our heads and how it can consume your whole life and take over”, while musically Mick McCullagh states that “it is a Jekyll and Hyde type affair. There’s the gnarly, in your face heavy rock guitar side of it, then the melodic, anthemic side with big uplifting vocals. It’s very dynamic, which adds to the tension we were aiming for.”
The video for ‘The Fear’ was shot by Shane Green at The Giffard in Wolverhampton. Tom Aspinall says “we had played there a month or so before and thought the stage would be perfect for the shots we wanted with the idea of it being quite dark and frantic. We’ve worked with Shane in the past and knew he would deliver a fast paced and exciting video.”
The self-titled debut album by Bigfoot is out on 13th October via Frontiers. Co-produced by the band with Justin Richards (who also mixed the record), it consists of eleven songs. The artwork and tracklisting are as follows :
2 The Fear
3 Tell Me A Lie
4 Forever Alone
5 Eat Your Words
6 Prisoner Of War
7 Freak Show
8 I Dare You
9 The Devil In Me
This Bigfoot is no myth, but they are about to become legends.
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