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Lana Lane has rightly been dubbed The Queen of Symphonic Rock, but her music indicates a wider range of influences including progressive Metal, (Neo-) Progressive Rock, melodic Hard Rock, and even Pop Rock, sometimes with a light touch of Folk, Jazz, or Electronica. Lana's powerful yet gorgeous voice often drives the music, but the instrumental aspects are equally important elements of the band's sound.

The story of Lana Lane goes back to the late 1980's when Lana moved to Los Angeles where she met her husband Erik Norlander. This eventually gave rise to Lana Lane - the band. But before this, Norlander had Lana contributing backing vocals to his own Symphonic Prog band, Rocket Scientists. In Lana Lane, Norlander is not only the keyboard player, but also the producer, as well as writing much of the band?s material. All Lana Lane albums are released by Think Tank Media, a production company owned by Norlander and Lane themselves.

The first release under the Lana Lane name came in 1995 with Love Is An Illusion. This album, as well as the next one, 1996's Curious Goods, made a significant impact in Japan, but it was not until with their third album, 1998's Garden Of The Moon, that they also found a potent European audience. They began touring Japan in 1998 and Europe in 2001 to support Secrets Of Astrology. Live releases followed. At the time of writing, nine original, full-length studio albums have been released, plus several special albums containing only ballads or only covers, plus several live albums, EP's, and compilations. Lana Lane has recorded cover versions of songs originally performed by Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Kansas, Marillion, and many more.

In addition to her own illustrious output, Lana has also contributed vocals to albums by other artists including Ayreon, Ambeon, Gary Hughes, and Roswell Six.

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LANA LANE top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.82 | 9 ratings
Love Is An Illusion
1995
3.08 | 5 ratings
Curious Goods
1996
3.86 | 9 ratings
Garden Of The Moon
1998
3.98 | 8 ratings
Queen Of The Ocean
1999
3.98 | 8 ratings
Secrets Of Astrology
2000
3.08 | 7 ratings
Project Shangri-La
2002
2.14 | 3 ratings
Winter Sessions
2003
4.73 | 7 ratings
Lady Macbeth
2005
4.04 | 7 ratings
Red Planet Boulevard
2007
3.22 | 8 ratings
El Dorado Hotel
2012

LANA LANE Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Live In Japan
1998
3.00 | 3 ratings
Return To Japan
2004

LANA LANE Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.29 | 3 ratings
10th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005

LANA LANE Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.05 | 2 ratings
Ballad Collection, Volume 1
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Of Lana Lane 1995 - 1999
1999
3.05 | 3 ratings
Ballad Collection, Volume 2
2000
3.05 | 2 ratings
Covers Collection
2003
3.00 | 4 ratings
Gemini
2006
2.05 | 3 ratings
Best Of Lana Lane 2000 - 2008
2008

LANA LANE Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

2.00 | 3 ratings
Echoes From The Garden (EP)
1998
2.00 | 3 ratings
Echoes From The Ocean (EP)
1999
3.05 | 2 ratings
European Tour 2001 Souvenir CD (Lana Lane and Erik Norlander)
2001
2.10 | 2 ratings
European Tour 2003 Souvenir CD (Lana Lane and Erik Norlander)
2003

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 Secrets Of Astrology by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 8 ratings

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Review by kev rowland
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3 stars This is the first I have heard of Lana since she released her live album in 1998, although she has released more material in the intervening time. The first things that I noticed was that first of all she was not using Jacek Yerka to provide her artwork, and secondly that apart from Erik Norlander, The Rocket Scientists are no longer the core of her backing band. Lana has made a definite break with her past, and the music reflects this.

A lot of the music is much more rock based, with Lana taking a step away from the prog camp and much more into the mainstream AOR market. That is not to say that this is an overly commercial release, just that the edge has changed. In some ways it is a much more polished release than I have heard from him before, with favourite "Raining" proving yet again what a superb voice she has. It is a very complete album, and kicks off in a fine manner with a powering rock instrumental.

If you have never heard Lana before then this is a very good album to begin with, although to hear her at her best I would still point to the superb 'Live In Japan' with the awesome "Symphony Of Angels".

Originally appeared in Feedback #58

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 Secrets Of Astrology by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.98 | 8 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Secrets of astrology is fifth studio album of this excellent female singer Lana Lane, released in 2000 and is by far my fav album from her and one of my fav albums in general. Here almost went perfect, she improve her song writting with more catchy arrangements and what is more important she gives a far more consistency to up tempo passages. Again a excellent cover art and the music is far more superior then on Queen of the ocean. Some spectacular moments like on Secrets of Astrology , great piece where her voice combined with great keyboards skills of her husband Erik Norlander and with nice crunchy guitars of David Victor gives a very special atmosphere. Another highlight for me is The Bell , this tune is freaking amazing, really, her voice shines like on no other pieces, is mellow but damn consistent and catchy and aswell the lyrics are very very good, I'm impressed. Under the Sun and more up tempo Speed of Sound are aswell solid as hell. Aswell not to forget the both Astrology Suites are very fine intresting progressive rock pieces with a touch of metal. Very fine musicianship here, featuring on keyboards the omnipresent Erik Norlander, we have Arjen Anthony Lucassen on Tarot on keyboards and guitar and the drumer from dutch death metal band Gorefest - Ed Warby who done a very serious job here integrating perfect in the sound and all. So, a very fine album to my ears, always listen with pleasure since I've got it more then 10 years ago, really love it from beggining to end, 4 stars easy, recommended for fans of symphonic prog metal with some rockeir moments here and there.

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 Queen Of The Ocean by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.98 | 8 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Lana Lane is one of my fav. female singer ever, he has a very powerful voice but yet can be very gentle and touching. She has a prolific career for more then 20 years, many albums released and many collaborations with other artists such as with her husband Erik Norlander or with Ayreon and a devoting fan base around the world. I'm one of her fans since this forth album was released in 1999 named Queen of the ocean. From the evocative cover art to the music this album is a winner to me. Alternating more melow passges in baladesque form to more up tempo moments Lana Lane manage to capture my attention. The music Lana Lane offers is a cross between Rainbow in her most rockier phase combined with very nice symphonic passages and aswell some progressive touches here and there, the result is always quite intresting like on 9 plus min title track Queen of the Ocean, where her voice shine. As a whole the album is more then ok, but is little to mellow in many parts, only sporadicaly the band gives more balls to the music. Anyway I like her voice and her album and for that 3 solid stars rounded to 3.5 in places. The next album is much better and is my fav Lana Lane album ever - Secrets of astrology.

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 10th Anniversary Concert (DVD) by LANE, LANA album cover DVD/Video, 2005
4.29 | 3 ratings

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Review by BORA

3 stars Prog-Related? Yes, related by association.

I am reasonably familiar with Erik Norlander's works. his often bombastic, yet generally pleasing approach. Having read a number of recent reviews of Lana Lane's works, my curiosity got the better of me and I decided on this DVD to check out Mrs Norlander.

Firstly, it's hard to tell if it's Norlander's band featuring Lana Lane, or the other way around? The band seem to dominate the act, performing well arranged, Rock pieces. Speckled with blistering guitar solos, quite nice work that remains inoffensive and entertaining - again - Rock. One could be satisfied with the band alone.

When Lane takes the microphone, the style changes to ballad-like Pop-Rock, somewhat reminiscent of the '70s band HEART with Ann and Nancy Wilson. Nothing really wrong with that, provided that you have no expectations for a Prog masterpiece. Her voice is certainly good and pleasant, but I find little trace of anything there that would be exceptional, or otherwise particularly noteworthy. One could listen to her while driving and not be left with a memorable experience, or the urge to find out who the artist was.

The reality is that there are probably thousands of Pop singers with equally good voice and it's the band that assists Lane to greater prominence.

Would I watch this DVD again? Probably not as I couldn't justify the time when there are plenty of alternatives of more interest and closer to Prog.

Good entertainment with a slightly harder edge at times, deserving a solid rating of 3, but in Prog terms it's hardly an excellent addition.

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 Live In Japan by LANE, LANA album cover Live, 1998
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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4 stars "Hear them singing arias and fables"

Live In Japan was Lana Lane's first live album, recorded at a time when the band had released only three studio albums; Love Is An Illusion, Curious Goods, and Garden Of The Moon. Still, there was certainly no shortage of great material, and they could easily have made this a double album. The live energy of the band was bursting at the seams just like the dam on the front cover. The Japanese audience is very enthusiastic and this, of course, feeds the band with positive enthusiasm.

Admittedly, some of the band's greatest musical achievements were still ahead of them at this relatively early stage in their illustrious career, but they already had such classics as Through The Fire, Love Is An Illusion, Escher's Staircase, Under The Olive Tree, Symphony Of Angels, and the instrumental Garden Of The Moon, to name a few that made in onto this disc.

The best Lana Lane live release is the 10th Anniversary Concert DVD and CD which constitutes a much broader representation of the band's output. But Live In Japan is a nice complement.

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 European Tour 2003 Souvenir CD (Lana Lane and Erik Norlander) by LANE, LANA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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2 stars Return to Europe

Like the previous "souvenir" CD from the 2001 European tour, this second one is from the subsequent European tour in 2003. Again like the previous one, this promotional disc functions like a label sampler, bringing together live and studio recordings from Lana Lane, Erik Norlander, Rocket Scientists, and Don Schiff (a Rocket Scientists member alongside Norlander), all of whom have released their albums through the Think Tank Media label (Norlander's and Lane's own record company).

In 2003 Lana Lane released Project Shangri-La and Erik Norlander released his conceptual double album Music Machine. The title track from Project Shangri-La is featured here, as well as two tracks from Music Machine; the heavy Beware The Vampires, and the Rick Wakeman-esque instrumental Metamorphosis.

The first six tracks of this disc seem to be identical to the first six tracks of the Return To Japan live album released in 2004. I'm not certain if it is the very same recordings, but it certainly are the very same songs. Autumn Leaves too is a live recording, that also later appeared on the Return To Japan album.

Phantom's Theme is a studio recording that appeared here for the first time, but was later included on the Best Of Lana Lane 2000 - 2008 album. I Believe In You is a song written by John Wetton and was included also as a bonus track on the Japanese CD version of Project Shangri-La. Both of these are piano-dominated ballads. No Quarter is a Led Zeppelin song, performed here by Lana Lane and Arjen Lucassen (with whom both Lane and Norlander have worked as members of Ayreon's cast of musicians).

The Eighth Wonder is a Don Schiff instrumental in a somewhat similar style to the one that was featured on the 2001 tour souvenir CD. The disc closes with a Rocket Scientists live recording consisting of Dark Water part 1 and Earthbound.

Almost by its very nature, a disc like this is primarily for fans and collectors. Many fans will probably already have most or all of the various releases mentioned above from which the majority of these songs were taken (or appeared later). Newcomers should, of course, begin with the regular studio and live output by Lana Lane, Erik Norlander, and Rocket Scientists.

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 European Tour 2001 Souvenir CD (Lana Lane and Erik Norlander) by LANE, LANA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2001
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Review by SouthSideoftheSky
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3 stars Alchemy and astronomy

The year 2000 was a simply incredible year for Lana Lane and Erik Norlander, giving rise to both the masterpiece album that is Secrets Of Astrology and Norlander's own best solo album Into The Sunset (the two respective sleeve pictures of which have been combined for the present one). This "souvenir" CD was made to promote the subsequent tour in support of these two great albums, and has later been made available for download on iTunes.

This promotional disc samples tracks from other releases from Think Tank Media (the Norlander/Lane couple's own record company). The first track here is the otherworldly Astrology Suite, which here is a merger of three tracks from the Secrets Of Astrology album (Astrology Prelude + Secrets Of Astrology + Astrology Postlude) into one massive, 16 minute track. Norlander's solo album Into The Sunset is here represented by Rome Is Burning, Fanfare For The Dragon Isle, and Fly (with the latter two merged into a single track). Two live recordings are included: Lana Lane's covers of Marillion's Seasons End and King Crimson's In The Court Of The Crimson King (the latter featuring excerpts from In The Hall Of The Mountain King!). Norlander's Symphonic Prog band Rocket Scientists (also on the Think Tank label) is also represented here with a live recording consisting of Pink Floyd's In The Flesh? introducing Rocket Scientists' own Oblivion Days (a track that Norlander originally wrote for ELP, but instead became the the title track from the third Rocket Scientists album!). Inspiration On Life is a track by Don Schiff (another member of Rocket Scientists). It is an instrumental dominated by the so-called "stick" and reminding of the style adopted by King Crimson in the 80's and 90's.

The disc closes with Alchemy And Astronomy, a 17+ minute Erik Norlander piece that alone makes this souvenir CD worthwhile. This massive, spacey ballad, was included as a bonus track on the Japanese CD version of Into The Sunset (and can now be streamed, divided into two parts, from Norlander's official website). Obviously, the place to start is with the Secrets Of Astrology and Into The Sunset albums. But if you don't happen to have the Japanese CD version of the latter, this special disc is a good addition to your collection.

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 Gemini by LANE, LANA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2006
3.00 | 4 ratings

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Gemini
Lana Lane Prog Related

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Covers Collection II

According to Lana Lane's official website, it became a tradition for the band to release a "specialty" album every two years. This tradition began with Ballad Collection in 1998, continued with Ballad Collection II in 2000, Covers Collection in 2002, Winter Sessions in 2004, and finally, Gemini in 2006. Gemini is another covers album, and could very well have been called simply "Covers Collection II". All of these "specialty" albums are good, and worthwhile for the fans, but they are consistently less interesting than the band's regular studio output. Out of these five, Ballad Collection II is the best.

The present covers album is in my view somewhat less interesting than the first Covers Collection. The bands covered this time are Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Foreigner, The Moody Blues, Heart, and Pink Floyd. Several songs from latter's classic Dark Side Of The Moon album, together with one song by Heart, here make up what is here called "The Pink Moon Suite". Johnny Moon by Heart fits surprisingly well among Breathe, On The Run, Time, and Breathe Reprise. Still, for me, the Pink Moon Suite is actually the least interesting part of the album. I know it counts as blasphemy here, but I've never been a big fan of Dark Side Of The Moon!

There are two songs by The Moody Blues, including (the dull!) Nights In White Satin. I much prefer the other Moody Blues number, You Can Never Go Home (from the Every Good Boy Deserves Favour album) which features some nice keyboard exercises by Norlander.

Good, but primarily for fans this one

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 Covers Collection by LANE, LANA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
3.05 | 2 ratings

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Covers Collection
Lana Lane Prog Related

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Don't try so hard

In 2003, Lana Lane released this covers album featuring strong versions of songs originally recorded by Kansas, Uriah Heep, Rainbow, Queen, and several others. I was previously familiar with seven out of the 11 songs covered here, but the rest were new to me. Overall, it is a very nice collection of covers, and it is clear that Lana and I have some favourites in common (especially the four bands mentioned above). It must however be said that the selections focus on the Classic Rock side of Lana Lane's influences, rather than the Prog side. The disc opens with an excellent version of the Kansas classic The Wall. Next up is Kashmir, one of Led Zeppelin's best numbers, again a very good rendition here by Lana Lane. Soaring, originally by a band called Aviary, was a new discovery for me, but it is a good song. Argent's Hold Your Head Up is, however, a song that I never much liked, and the present version is not better that the original (or Uriah Heep's version, for that matter). Innocence, originally by Enuff Znuff; I'll See You In My Dream, originally by Giant; and Northern Lights, originally by TNT, were also all new to my ears. I was pleasantly surprised by the choice of Queen's Don't Try So Hard, a song that originally appeared on the Innuendo album. Certainly not among Queen's better songs, but a good one. Still Loving You by The Scorpions is the one song here that I would say is better than its original version. Uriah Heep's Weep In Silence is another non-obvious choice. Finally, the album closes with Rainbow's epic Stargazer.

Covers Collection is an enjoyable listen, but by no means essential

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 Echoes From The Ocean (EP) by LANE, LANA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.00 | 3 ratings

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Echoes From The Ocean (EP)
Lana Lane Prog Related

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

2 stars Further echoes

Following the full-length album Garden Of The Moon, Lana Lane released an EP called Echoes From The Garden. This pattern was followed again after the next full-length album Queen Of The Ocean, which was followed by a similar EP; entitled, of course, Echoes From The Ocean. Both of these EP's are dominated by remixes and alternative versions of previously released material, but they also feature a few previously unreleased tracks. Or, I should say, previously unreleased at that point in time. In the case of Echoes From The Ocean, there was one previuosly unreleased track, called Rhapsody. This track has, however, later been included as a bonus track on (some versions of) the Secrets Of Astrology album. Rhapsody is a catchy, melodic hard rocker, with rather simplistic lyrics. The song is clearly below the high standards of excellent full-length albums like Queen Of The Ocean, Garden Of The Moon, and Secrets Of Astrology, but is worthwhile for serious fans like myself. The long version of Frankenstein Unbound is also interesting to hear. Indeed, it is all very good, but after the previously unreleased tracks have been made available elsewhere, clearly only collectors will want to invest in these rare "echoes" EPs. In short, these EPs are nice collectors items.

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