Carl Palmer

1:PM

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When Emerson, Lake & Palmer disbanded in 1979, drummer Carl Palmer seized the opportunity to form the band PM. He recruited vocalist Todd Cochran from the band Automatic Man and blues guitarist John Nitzinger, along with Erik Scott and Barry Finnerty. In 1980 the band's only album, 1:PM, was released in Europe only. Issued for the first time on CD in 1998, 1:PM is the same album but remastered, with the band now named Carl Palmer's PM. The recording represents an attempt at Top 40-style music and can't offer much satisfaction to Palmer fans who would most likely buy the disc hoping for the legendary, high-energy percussion predominant on songs by Atomic Rooster or ELP, or even more recent hits like Asia's "Wildest Dreams." Palmer is a brilliant drummer -- one of rock music's best -- but he is virtually invisible on this unremarkable batch of pop tunes. Imagine Clapton standing at the back of the stage providing some simple rhythm guitar, lost in the mix, and that's what you have here. The songs are average at best and the lyrics even have a bit of the flavor of Spinal Tap, but this has long been a collector's item for die-hard ELP and Carl Palmer fans -- so its CD release will no doubt be of interest to those who have followed the career of this brilliant drummer.

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