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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)

3.83 | 11 ratings
Love Is An Illusion
1995
3.16 | 6 ratings
Curious Goods
1996
3.87 | 11 ratings
Garden Of The Moon
1998
3.99 | 11 ratings
Queen Of The Ocean
1999
3.73 | 14 ratings
Secrets Of Astrology
2000
2.65 | 13 ratings
Project Shangri-La
2002
2.61 | 6 ratings
Winter Sessions
2003
4.36 | 12 ratings
Lady Macbeth
2005
4.00 | 10 ratings
Red Planet Boulevard
2007
3.23 | 11 ratings
El Dorado Hotel
2012

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

4.05 | 3 ratings
Live In Japan
1998
3.08 | 5 ratings
Return To Japan
2004

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

4.28 | 4 ratings
10th Anniversary Concert (DVD)
2005

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

2.14 | 3 ratings
Ballad Collection, Volume 1
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Best Of Lana Lane 1995 - 1999
1999
3.95 | 3 ratings
Ballad Collection Special Edition
2000
3.05 | 3 ratings
Ballad Collection, Volume 2
2000
3.07 | 6 ratings
Covers Collection
2003
3.02 | 6 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
2.14 | 3 ratings
European Tour 2003 Souvenir CD (Lana Lane and Erik Norlander)
2003

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 Lady Macbeth by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.36 | 12 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars After the disappointing Project Shangri-La, Lana Lane came with a CD based on William Shakespeareīs play Lady MacBeth. I still remember how surprised I was by its energy and coherence (unlike some of their previous works). She and her musicians seems to have found the right balance between the symphonic rock of her earlier stuff with the heavier tunes of later ones. With Mark McCrite back in the fold (and Neil Citron also appearing on some tracks) the band was now on the right track and this CD is definitely one of her most successful. While much of her past sound is still around, it is a different approach (the inclusion of some Celtic tones on some tracks is a novelty). And a very nice one, I should add.

So we have back Norlanderīs vintage symphonic keys along with some blistering guitar riffs and solos. There are also several calmer moments too, plus a very beautiful instrumental (The Vision, one of Norlanderīs best). As one can only expect from such gifted musician/engineer/producer, Laneīs husband and partner gives the record a crystal clear sound and balance with all the instruments and vocals appearing loud and clear and at the right moments. There are no real highlights here, except maybe for the aforementioned The Vision. Itīs the kind of album you hear from start to finish with no weak moments.

Lady MacBeth may not reach the heights of some of her best works like Queen Of The Ocean, but it is a solid and inspired album. It restore my faith in her talent and good taste. Iīm looking forward to hear her two follow ups. Rating: 4 strong stars.

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 Secrets Of Astrology by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.73 | 14 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Well, after the highly successful Queen Of The Ocean, I guess Lana Lane faced the same problem of everyone who finally releases a masterpiece: what to do next? Instead of risking repeat the formula, Lane and her husband, keyboardist/arranger/engineer/producer Erik Norlander, decided to try something new. Norlander and Lane had already guested on Arjen Anthony LuccasenÂīs Ayreon project, so they decided to say goodbye to the musicians they have worked so well thus far and go to Holland. Not surprisingly several musicians featured here are LucassenÂīs sidemen (only bassist Tony Frankim went along with them).

As one can expect, the resulting material is considerable heavier than on LaneÂīs previous albums. ThereÂīs a subtle but strong Ayeron influence all over the CD. Even if the progressive elements are right there, especially on NorlanderÂīs part, the classic rock/hard rock is not, replaced by heavy metal riffing and arrangements. if the new formula is better or worse, itÂīs a matter of your personal taste. Generally speaking I liked the album, although Secrets Of Astrology never reaches the beauty and elegance of Queen Of The Ocean, and much of her previous stuff for that matter. There are several fine moments like the title track (a real classic) and Long Winter Dreams (the closest they got here to their former sound. It is no surprise that itÂīs also the albumÂīs best track). As usual, no sing is really bad or weak. The production and engineering are also terrific: Erik Norlander is definitely a Jack Of All Trades!

Conclusion: an interesting move and a nice album. If you like LaneÂīs more prog metal leanings youÂīll certainly love it. My rating keeps shifting from3 to 4 stars, but 3.5 would be more precise.

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 Project Shangri-La by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.65 | 13 ratings

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2 stars 2.5 stars, really. On the liner notes of the CD, Lane explains how much the events of September 11th (world Trade Center attacks, remember?) shocked her and her husband. And I wonder how much that fateful day affected the music as well. For everything here seems rushed: rushed compositions, rushed arrangements, rushed performances. Coming at the heels of a string of excellent and varied albums, Project Shangri-La sounds half finished and poorly conceived. Even if Lane and Norlander had assembled most of the same winning line up of their early albums (plus newcomer drummer Vinny Appice), the general feeling I get is that they didnīt dedicate that much attention to the album as they used to.

To be fair the CD starts very well: the short instrumental Redemption Part I is one exquisite piece of neo prog that you only wish it would be longer, leading to the title track, one of their best and most powerful songs ever, with Laneīs soaring vocals, Norlanderīs thundering array of keyboards and general brilliant performances of all involved. And suddenly, somehow things get stalled from then on: not bad stuff, but the tracks are not par with what we were familiar with, specially concerning the usual high standards of Lane albums. They are ok songs, with ok arrangements and few surprises or memorable solos. Nice, but nothing more than that.

The real letdown is the final track, the italian song Con Te Partiró (Time To Say Goodbye):sung in both english and italian and featuring a duet with ex Yngwie Malmsteenīs singer Mark Boals, this is the cheesiest thing Lane ever recorded and itīs really lame. My CD finishes not with Romeo And Juliet as it is credit here but, a least with the south american release, it has that track deleted and replaced by a version of John Wettonīs I Believe In You, which is credited as a bonus track for japan only). It is also the only tune that has a different line up (Lane, Norlander plus drummer Gregg Bissonette).

Compared to all Lana Laneīs records that came before, Project Shangri-La is her least satisfying work. And my rating reflects that comparison. Fortunately her next CD, the brilliant Lady McBeth would put her back on track. So if youīre new to her output, this is not the best one to start with. But itīs still good and worth listening. Judge for yourself.

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 Ballad Collection Special Edition by LANE, LANA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2000
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars The two volumes of Lana Laneīs Ballad Collection were never released in Brazil. However, the double special edition reuniting both were. And for a reasonable low price. Lucky me! But donīt be fooled by the albumīs title. Although Lana Lane always recorded ballads on her albums, this is not a collection of them. In fact, most of the tracks here could hardly be ever labeled as "ballads". Collection of slow songs? Whatever! Even the collection word may be misleading, since more than half of the entire double albumīs repertoire consists of songs that are not available in any of Laneīs official studio output. Even the ones that are, are re-recordings or have alternative mixes. So Ballad Collection stands very well as an album (or albums, if you have them both separately) of its own.

As usual, what you get here is Lana Laneīs gorgeous vocal interpretations and Erik Norlanderīs tasteful arrangements and crystal clear production. Ok, some progheads will balk at the too "perfect" performances and lack of long instrumental passages, but, hey!, this is a singerīs album! And fortunately Lana Lane is much more a teamīs player than a diva. The musicians have lots of room to express. And what fantastic musicians they are! As is his wont, Norlander is a very 70īs influenced musician, he provides the recording with many vintage keyboards and a very organic production. He is a master player and mellotron fanatics will find lots of it over the tracks (albeit in a little more subtle and less dramatic way). Also of notice are the fine guitar lines and solos of axemen Neil Citron and Mark MacCrite. Bassist Tony Franklin also brings his fretless bass to several tunes.

I guess that Disc 2 is more progressive and interesting than disc 1 for this site, but both have many highlights and actually almost any lows.The double CDīs best track is also the only song that was recorded exclusively for this Special Edition: a poignant and minimalistic version of Marillionīs Seasons End. Lane and Norlanderīs arrangement and delivering is much better than the original and thsi is easily their best ever cover of all times. But there are lots of other good moments, both original and other peopleīs songs. Among the latter I can point out the powerful delivering of Crosby and Nashsīs To The Last Whale.... (impressive a Capella vocal on the first segment), the beautiful When Time Stood Still (ELO) and Supertrampīs If Everyone Was Listening. On the former the superior version of Norlanderīs Avalon (recorded by his band The rocket Scientists), the haunting Ghost Beside My Bed and the excellent acoustic studio rendition of Through The Fire.

Conclusion: a very fine double album that is far more than just a compilation of slow songs. Although not all the tracks will please everybody (the palette is quite wide), there are no fillers and the delivering is superb on every one of them. If melodic songs with terrific interpretations is your thing, you cannot miss this Special Edition.

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 Covers Collection by LANE, LANA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2003
3.07 | 6 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars Anyone who is familiar with the work of Lana Lane knows that she and her band, lead by her husband, keyboardist extraordinaire Erick Norlander, always recorded one or two covers on each of her albums. Most of the time those covers were so good it was only a matter of time before they decided to record a whole CD of them. And why not? They are one of few artists who seem to tackle any song, even overplayed classic stuff, and do a respectful, almost note by note version and still give it a fresh and exciting extra,something really hard to find.

So expectations were quite high when this CD was finally released in 2003. And did it live up to those expectations? The answer is both yes and no. The problem here seems to be the fact that those guys are maybe too talented for their own good. And as much gifted and sharp as they are, not everything they touch becomes gold. Cover Collectionīs main fault is the choice of material: while covers of such classics like Led Zeppelinīs Kashnir, Kansas The Wall and Rainbowīs Stargazer seem pretentious, they are actually the best cuts, proving once and for all that these musicians may aim very high and get away with it. On the other side, Lana Lane and company also chose some obscure, lesser known songs from bands like Enuff Znuff, Aviary, Giant and TNT, plus some not very good stuff from Queen, Scorpions and Uriah Heep.

It is clear that no song here is bad. Norlanderīs tasteful arrangements and Laneīs incredible voice give at least a "good" rating for every single track, even the weakest ones (Argentīs Hold Your Head Up is definitely not a good song for her voice) . However, there are too many ballads and too few rockers, something that spoils the balance of the tracklist. In all, the album starts great and ends great, but the middle section is definitely below par, something that even the crystal clear production and engineering (again done by Norlander himself) could not help.

In the end I must say I like this album. After all, itīs all very well done and clearly they love and respect everything they recorded. What is a letdown is realizing the fact that, with a little more care for the best tunes to cover, they could have come up with an excellent CD.They can handle even the most intricate challenges and should have been bolder. As it is, however, Cover Collection turned out to be "only" very good.

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 Winter Sessions by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2003
2.61 | 6 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars 3.5 stars, really. Despite what the title may suggest, this is not one of those "Christmas" or "holidays" albums that plague so many artists career one time or another. Itīs a rather "quieter" CD from great singer lane Lane. And a very underrated and maligned work. I guess lots of people - me, included - were disappointed at the time of its release by the lack of the usual powerful mix of classic/hard rock/symphonic prog mix she became famous for. But nowadays I can say I appreciate this record very much. Much of the problem here seems to lay on the poor tracklist sequence and a couple of bad song choices. Other than that this is a fine record.

The CD opens with two rather slow and slightly bland numbers: What a World and Spirit Of The Gypsy. Not bad songs in any way, but, really, you should start an album with something powerful to win the listener over and the fourth track (December Moon) would do that with flying colors. I really donīt understand why she and her husband producer Erik Norlander did not pick this one up as the opener. There are also four covers here. As usual they chose some challenging material, since both A Whiter Shade Of Pale and California Dreaminīare very well known (and overplayed) classics. And, again as usual, they handle them with such respect and power youīll enjoy them even if you heard them a million times already. However, the two other covers, the jazz standards Iīll Be Seeing You and Ill Wind, are out of place here and although very well performed, are not Laneīs best style and break the CDīs continuity. Twice.

Other than those missteps, the remaining stuff is excellent, with the cover of Rocket Scientists (Norlanderīs previous band) Carry Me Home being a highlight. Also they produce one of their best and most poignant ballads in the form of Winter Song, a track Iīve cherish since the very time I heard it. NOt surprisingly youīll hear terrific, tasteful arrangements and the high quality production values of Mr. Norlander, one of the best keyboard players nowadays. He never overplays and knows how to handle those vintage instruments like few people can do.

Conclusion: personally Iīd like to give Winter Sessions a four star rating, but really the two jazz covers and the poor track list sequence spoils the potential greatness of this work. But still it is still a very good record and if you like melodic, well arranged and impeccable performed stuff, you should try this one.

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 Secrets Of Astrology by LANE, LANA album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.73 | 14 ratings

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Lana Lane Prog Related

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
3.73 | 14 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
3.99 | 11 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
4.28 | 4 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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