Robert Berry: Third Impression



BIG BLEND RADIO: This episode features Robert Berry, a multi-talented Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter/vocalist/instrumentalist who discusses his new album “Third Impression,” under the name 3.2. Out now on Frontiers Records, the album features the last track “Never” that Berry and his friend and mentor Keith Emerson worked on together before Emerson’s tragic passing. “Third Impression” is the follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 release, “The Rules Have Changed,” also released under the 3.2 name. Listen to his interview here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on PodBean or SoundCloud.

While he’s best known for his time as the vocalist/bassist in the Emerson, Lake & Palmer offshoot, 3, that featured Emerson and Palmer, he’s also served a stint as the frontman in Ambrosia, along with current long-running relationships performing and recording with the band Alliance (which features members from Sammy Hagar, Boston and Night Ranger) and currently as a writing partner and bass player with Greg Kihn’s band.


He is also the leader of December People, which has produced four albums of Christmas music arranged in the style of various classic rock artists and performs these arrangements around the holidays.  The band includes members of Boston, the Sammy Hagar Band, The Tubes, Y&T, the Greg Kihn Band, amongst others. 


This busy guy has also released five solo albums since  1985 and also has contributed songs to a number of film soundtracks, including the Anthony Michael Hall film Out of Bounds.


After garnering critical acclaim in his native Northern California at a young age, Berry eventually moved to the UK, where he met Yes guitarist Steve Howe and joined Howe in a revamped version of the renowned British rock band, GTR.  Before disbanding, the band recorded a new album to which Berry contributed heavily on vocals and guitar, but the album was never released. 


While in the UK, he met Keith Emerson, who invited him to join the new line-up of 3.  They released on Geffen Records in 1988 the album, To the Power of 3, which also resulted in a successful tour and the release of several live 3 concert recordings.  The first single released from the album, Talkin’ Bout, penned by Berry, reached #9 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.


Since their initial meeting, Berry and Emerson remained friends for over 30 years, meeting again in Los Angeles in 2016 to discuss the long-awaited follow-up release to 3.  After Emerson’s death in 2016, Berry was left with his and Emerson’s final musical ideas for the project.


“The Rules Have Changed” (a collaboration with Emerson under the band name 3.2.), was Berry’s triumphant result with the Billboard-charting album serving as both a tribute to his friendship and musical partnership with Emerson and to Berry’s impressive musical skills.



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