Emerson, Lake & Powell, sometimes abbreviated as ELPowell, were an English rock band, an offshoot or variant lineup of Emerson, Lake & Palmer that released 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 unavailable because of contractual obligations to Asia and so they approached Cozy Powell to replace him. The band have always insisted that it was a coincidence that his surname also happened to start with a P, thus allowing the band to retain its original initials, although they also joked about having approached "Phil Pollins" and "Ringo Parr" before Powell agreed to join.
The band's self-titled studio album was a return to the familiar ELP style, with long progressive rock suites, mellow ballads and a 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 album Brain 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 without recording a second album. Emerson rejoined Palmer and with Robert Berry formed the band 3 in 1988, before the original ELP lineup reformed for 1992's album Black Moon, which bears some stylistic similarities to the Emerson, Lake & Powell album.
Emerson, Lake & Powell is the only studio album recorded by the ELP off shoot band of the same name. It was recorded in 1985 and released in 1986 on Polydor Records. However, two further albums comprising rehearsals and live material were subsequently issued in 2003.
- Greg Lake / vocals, guitar, bass
- Keith Emerson / keyboards
- Cozy Powell / drums, percussion
1. The Score (9:07)
2. Learning To Fly (3:50)
3. The Miracle (7:01)
4. Touch And Go (3:39)
5. Love Blind (3:11)
6. Step Aside (3:47)
7. Lay Down Your Guns (4:23)
8. Mars, Bringer Of War (7:55)
9. The Loco-motion (bonus Track) (4:36)
10. Vacant Posession (bonus Track) (4:42)
Total Time: 52:11
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