25 years ago - 27 June 1992, Black Moon the eighth studio album, and the first in fourteen years by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, was released. 'Black Moon' did not start off life as the latest ELP record. "We were first approached by Phil Carson, president of Victory Records, about the possiblity of doing a couple of tracks for a film score," recalls Emerson. "So we started playing again, it was so great that we decided to make an album." Palmer agrees that the band's long sabbatical "helped rather than hurt, because we were able to work on outside projects, and then could bring those outside experiences back into ELP. Still, nothing matched the pure excitement of the three musicians back together again and alone in a studio. "There was a thrill, and a genuine feeling that we could make a great record," recalls Lake. "And it turned out to be the easiest record we've ever made, because we all had such tremendous motivation. I think we all heard something none of us had heard for many years, and that is the real power, the sheer dynamism of ELP." According to Emerson, the recording process of 'Black Moon' greatly benefitted from the helping hand of outside producer Mark Mancina. "It really helped to have an objective voice involved, and Mark really brought a lot to this album. For a start he's a good keyboard player and writer himself, and he really understands ELP's background." Before recording 'Black Moon' in London, band members spent some four months writing songs, polishing ideas and working on pre-production. For Lake, who as usual wrote all of the lyrics, apart from 'Burning Bridges' which was wholly contributed by producer Mancina, writing is "a strange process which, oddly enough, is difficult to put into words. My ideas obviously come from different sources. Some are emotionally driven, some of them are just simply intellectually driven, and some of them are stolen," he laughs.