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  • SKU: ROC-3449
  • Format: LP
  • UPC: 089353344924
  • Street Date: 12/08/23
  • PreBook Date: 10/13/23
  • Label: RockBeat Records »
  • Genre: Progressive Rock
  • Run Time: 78:34 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1988
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English


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3: Emerson, Palmer & Berry - Rockin' The Ritz NYC 1988

Short lived but powerful progressive rock group formed after Emerson, Lake and Palmer disbanded in the late 70s.

3: Emerson, Palmer & Berry - Rockin
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"I am happy these rare 3 recordings have finally seen the light of day. This group was a transition for Keith, and myself that eventually got us back to Emerson, Lake & Palmer. We had formed "3" with Robert Berry, at the suggestion of Geffen Records and I think we made some pretty innovative music. This live concert proves the energy behind our music was very much alive and it still sounds relevant today. Some might say this was a left turn in our musical journey; but, in the end, the scenery was still enjoyable." Carl Palmer, September 2017 How many times in a lifetime do you get a chance to realize your wildest dreams? For Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer that dream was realized many times. Both Keith and Carl wanted to get back to their roots and tour smaller venues, as Carl had said, "I can connect with more people in a 2500 seat club than I can in an arena. You only see the first 10 rows in an arena." For me, the tour was a continuation of that dream. I remember our show at the Ritz quite vividly; we had played many venues where the ELP fans were checking out their hero's and of course 'the new guy'. But the Ritz was different. Half the audience was the die-hard ELP fan wanting to hear their favorites. The other half was new fans that had heard Talkin' Bout' on the radio and there to see this new hit band. The audience ranged from 16 to 60 years old, it was definitely energizing, and the power of "3" was in full force. I believe you can feel it when you listen to the energy in this great live recording from The Ritz in New York City. We were a true rock and roll band playing our hearts out, hitting it hard and heavy. As Keith told me about a month after our "Live Boston '88", came out a few years ago "Robert I just listened to the new live release and.......we were really a good band. Played our hearts out we did". That phone call will be one of my fondest memories forever. See if you agree with Keith. Robert Berry, September 2017


Track Listing

Disc 1:
  • Fanfare For the Common Man
  • Desde La Vida
  • Band Intro
  • Hoedown
  • You Do Or You Don't
  • Talkin' 'Bout
  • Dream Runner
  • Disc 2:
    • Creole Dance
    • On My Way Home
    • Standing In the Shadows Of Love
    • America/Blue Rondo A La Turk/Palmer Drum Solo/Fugue In D Minor
    • Eight Miles High/Peter Gunn

Sales Points

  • Release will be supported in a publicity campaign with interviews from Carl Palmer & Robert Berry
  • Carl Palmer will be on tour in the US from November 3-19 as part of the ELP50 tour
  • Robert Berry has relesaed 7 of his own albums besides recordings with Hush, December People and Alliance
  • Robert Berry was a member of the Greg Kihn Band, Ambrosia and the Sammy Hagar Band
  • Features versions of The Byrds, 'Eight Miles High' and The 4 Tops 'Standing In The Shadows of Love'
  • Performed at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary party, aired on HBO
  • 11 tracks from their 1988 show at the Ritz in NYC making its debut on double vinyl

Press Quotes

It is with time that it is to be hoped that this release will shed even greater light on what should have been, a supergroup progression, one that perhaps was found to suffer in comparison by history's romantic longing. No matter the brief the time, 3 left an indelible mark on rock, and Rockin' The Ritz: NYC 1988 sums it up honourably.

     —Ian D. Hall, Liverpool Sound and Vision

The late '80s weren't peak prog, but as a live document of an effort to bridge the gap between progressive rock and mainstream pop, Rockin' the Ritz does a solid job.

     —Bill Kopp, Musoscribe

I am sure any ELP/3/Berry fans will be pleased to add this to their collection

     —Prog Archives

Fans of Emerson, Lake & Palmer will find Rockin' the Ritz to be a fine addition to their ELP collections


Originally broadcast on FM radio, this double disc set presents the band in all their pomp and glory, and gets a long overdue vinyl issue.

     —The Midlands Rock


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