Robert Berry

Pilgrimage to a Point

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Multi-instrumentalist Robert Berry is one of the main forces behind the progressive label Magna Carta, contributing performance and production credits on the label's tribute recordings. Berry also was the bassist and vocalist for Three, with Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer, and the replacement for Steve Hackett in the ultimately unrecorded second version of GTR; this disc includes compositions for both those bands that never saw the light of day. Indeed, the third cut, "Shelter," written with Carl Palmer, sounds like an ELP outtake, while the opening "No One Else to Blame," written with Steve Howe, is unmistakably GTR-like. The almost-concluding "Last Ride Into the Sun" is the album's magnum opus, with its big fat chords, pomp and bluster. Not surprisingly, Berry co-wrote that with Palmer and Emerson as well. But it's the second cut, "You've Changed," that shows Berry at his best, mixing prog sheen with pop smarts.

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