LANA LANE ANNOUNCES "GEMINI"
(Los Angeles, 20 October 2006) Symphonic rock vocalist Lana Lane has just completed a new, stylized covers albums for release this winter entitled Gemini. It has been a tradition in Japan for Lana to release a "specialty album" every two years. Lana, along with producer / keyboardist / husband Erik Norlander, started with the Lana Lane Ballad Collection in 1998, then continued with Ballad Collection 2 (2000), Covers Collection (2002) and Winter Sessions (2004). Now for 2006, Lana continues this excellent tradition for the winter season with Gemini.
Gemini is an album of classic rock covers from the 60s and 70s featuring the backing musicians Vinny Appice (d), Tony Franklin (b), George Lynch (g), Mark McCrite (g, v) and Erik Norlander (k) along with Kelly Keeling providing additional duet and harmony vocals. Gemini is the astrological symbol for twins, and since this is Lana's second album of all covers, the album carries the theme of "two" throughout. Lana recorded two songs by each classic rock artist for this release: a pair of songs each originally recorded by Cream, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Heart, Jefferson Airplane and Foreigner. Of particular note is Lana's "Pink Moon Suite" that combines the song "Johnny Moon" -- originally recorded by Heart -- with songs from most of "side one" of Pink Floyd's landmark "Dark Side of the Moon" album.
And continuing the theme of twos ... this album is being released simultaneously with Erik Norlander - Hommage Symphonique, a collection of progressive rock and jazz - fusion songs.
Lana Lane - Gemini Track Listing - click on names for mp3 previews (cool!)
Long Way From Home
Can Never Go Home
"Pink Moon Suite" :
of the Archer
Of Your Love
in White Satin
total running time . . . 56:45
Lana Lane - Gemini
LANE - lead and harmony
Produced by Erik Norlander for Think Tank Media, USA
Japan: November 23, 2006 on
USA / Europe: January 30, 2007
on the Think Tank Media label distributed by ProgRock
All releases contain the identical track listing -- there are no bonus tracks on any edition. Don't overpay for imports! :-)
By Rev. Keith A Gordon
...Lane and crew reinvent these songs, from the ground up, discovering the grain of truth at the core of each and building a new, different, and sometimes better version of the song....Gemini is a sparkling example of the talents of this incredible husband and wife team, and a fine introduction to one of the best vocalists that you'll ever experience...
By Andy Garibaldi
The album ends with the Moody Blues' "Nights In White Satin", performed just as you'd imagine, and bringing things to a predictably proggy conclusion, but, it has to be said, sounding a whole lot stronger than the original ever did, in the capable hands of Lana Lane's richly textured, soaring beauty of a vocal and, for a song I've always disliked with a passion, the first time I've ever heard a version of it that I'd want to hear a few times more ... one stone cold stunner of an album and a thing to be treasured.
By Paul Jerome Smith
This new release by the extremely versatile Lana Lane is an album of classic rock covers from the 1960s and 1970s all familiar songs to me and in some cases held so dear that I could not imagine anybody managing to impress me with their interpretations. So how has Lana Lane fared? My conclusion is to say very successfully on the whole. This is another classy album for aficionados of Lana Lane to add to their collections.
It takes a lot of moxie and talent to cover bands like Pink Floyd, Cream, The Moody Blues, Jefferson Airplane; and that's exactly what Lana Lane has, plenty of both. Her new album, Gemini, is resplendent; sizzling with new life breathed into fourteen of rock's most classic compositions....
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All performed very well and surely a must-hear for any LANA LANE fan, whom are spoiled with so many releases of one of the greatest female singers of the past 2 decades!
By Mark Waterbury
This wonderful cover collection of mostly classic rock staples shines a bright spotlight on the melodic, subtly powerful vocal stylings of prog diva Lana Lane.
This is a great tribute to some wonderful bands, played by one of the best female vocalists in the rockscene today.
By Marcel Haster
If you are a fan of Lana Lane, you simply must add this album to your collection. If you are not familiar with her music, Gemini is a good place to start and then you can discover what a wonderful singer Lana Lane is.
By Pete Pardo
Gemini is a fun listen, and it's nice to hear musicians recording a covers album simply for the love of the music, without the premise of big dollar signs attached to it.
By Kim Shockley
...Lana Lane has brought us great alternative to the same old, same old. This album works, complete with rocking guitars, an exquisite symphonic sound, and the mystically provocative voice of the queen of covers, Lana Lane.
By Jerry Lucky
...With such a huge following in Japan and Europe Lana Lane's Gemini hardly needs any kind of sales pitch. Suffice to say Gemini will find pride-of-place on the CD shelves of Lana Lane fans everywhere while they wait for her next release of new material..
By George Dionne
...all of Lana's beautiful melodies have followed her to this colorful venture. Sit back, put your feet up, and breathe in the serenity.
By Louis Koot
....Whatever you think of cover albums the overall musical quality here stands without dispute...I don't really have a problem with the 'tradition' of the American couple when it results in this kind of quality!
By Andy Laudano
Highlights include Foreigner's "Starrider," Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love," The Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin" and the amazing "Pink Moon Suite," which combines Heart's Johnny Moon with side one of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.
By The Doorway Master
This a great Cover album by Lana Lane with numbers from Cream, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Heart, Jefferson Airplane and Foreigner.
By Tommy Hash
Like her 2002 release, the Covers Collection ,Lana Lane continues to pay homage to rock and roll classics, but this time, the tracks are in a more tight knit group of bands...From Foreigner to Heart, from Pink Floyd to Jefferson Airplane ("White Rabbit" & "Wooden Ships"), from the Moody Blues to Cream; Lana Lane again brings her own voice to rock staples.
By Gary Hill
Lane and Norlander fans should certainly enjoy this CD. I'd have to say that fans of classic hard rock and prog should also find plenty to like.
By Ken Pierce
This CD is a recommendation for any fan of female fronted Metal and Hard Rock, as Lane does NOT sing in the growling style or super operatic fashion on this album. It allows her to stand apart from the bands that have that type of musician fronting their band. Lana's voice is pure, melodic and excellent. This is a fun recording to listen to and while I plan on digging into her back catalog some more, I cannot wait for the next round of covers she brings to the table.
by Gabor Fabian
...All performed very well and surely a must-hear for any LANA LANE fan, whom are spoiled with so many releases of one of the greatest female singers of the past 2 decades!
By Mark O'Neill
Talk about a voice, this girl can outsing Grace Slick while doing an arrangement of "White Rabbit" in a way that Evanescence would attempt to do it. This is a cd of covers, but it's not the run of the mill, tacky covers album.