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THE PASSING PARADE

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The official newsletter of Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists


Welcome to THE PASSING PARADE
Issue #14: August 5, 2010

Caps are for emphasis only.

No table of contents which means you have to read the entire issue to find out everything that's happening. :-)

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Introduction

Welcome to the latest edition of The Passing Parade, the aperiodical newsletter from Think Tank Media. The big news this time is that the complete studio catalog of Rocket Scientists -- with all bonus tracks and the latest remastering -- is now available for legal download on iTunes and ReverbNation. I'm also pleased to report that I will be playing in Pennsylvania with my solo band, The Galactic Collective, at the Rites of Spring Festival, aka ROSFest, on Saturday, May 21, 2011 (you can't say I didn't give you enough advance notice ;-). And as I mentioned last time, please come see me on my Facebook page. The latest news always seems to show up there first. And if you want to get in touch, you can write to me there on Facebook or simply email thethinker (at) thetank (dot) com anytime.

Best wishes, 
Erik Norlander
El Dorado Hills, California, August 2010


Rocket Scientists complete studio works now on iTunes !!!
Remasters of the first 3 albums + Looking Backward: The 2007 Sessions are UP!


I am delighted to announce that we finally have the complete Rocket Scientists studio catalog up on Apple iTunes and ReverbNation for your legal downloading pleasure! The Revolution Road and original (pre-remastered) version of Oblivion Days have both been available on iTunes for a while, but the the first two albums, Earthbound and Brutal Architecture, have never been available on iTunes ... until now! And of course, we have provided the remastered versions of these albums with all their bonus tracks from the 2007 Looking Backward box set. Even the original version of
Oblivion Days has been replaced with the 2007 remastered version.

Here are the links to the iTunes versions:

Looking Backward - The 2007 Sessions (2007)
Revolution Road (2006)

Oblivion Days (1999, remastered in 2007)
Brutal Architecture (1995, remastered in 2007)
Earthbound (1993, remastered in 2007)


Here are the links to the 320k ReverbNation versions:

Looking Backward - The 2007 Sessions (2007)
Revolution Road [Disc One] (2006)

Revolution Road [Disc Two] (2006)

Oblivion Days (1999, remastered in 2007)
Brutal Architecture (1995, remastered in 2007)
Earthbound (1993, remastered in 2007)
Rocket Scientists rocket ship

Rocket Scientists promo photo

Rocket Scientists studio albums


Erik Norlander and The Galactic Collective at ROSFest 2011

After two amazing visits to The Rites of Spring Festival (with Rocket Scientists in 2007 and GPS in 2008), I am honored to have been invited to play the 2011 festival with my new solo
band, The Galactic Collective. We will be playing the 5:00 - 7:00 PM slot on Saturday, May 21, 2011. Appearing with me will be Freddy DeMarco (g), Mark Matthews (b) and Nick LePar (d) as pictured below.

The Galactic Collective band photo

Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective album cover

(TTMD-1054) Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective
2010 USA CD:  $11.99  Buy Now
Download on iTunes and ReverbNation (indiv. tracks available)

Latest Release: Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective

New audiophile multimedia studio recordings reinterpret the keyboard wizard's best instrumental compositions

In the spirit of his much acclaimed ROCKET SCIENTISTS - LOOKING BACKWARD multimedia box set comes a new CD releases from symphonic rock keyboard master, Erik Norlander. THE GALACTIC COLLECTIVE is a brand new take on the best of Erik’s vast instrumental compositions written for Rocket Scientists, Lana Lane and his own solo albums over the years. Recorded on an amazing arsenal of classic analog synthesizers (including 6 Moog instruments), Hammond organ and an incredible Steinway model B grand piano at Cleveland Ohio’s prestigious Magnetic North Studio with engineer Chris Keffer and executive producer Dena Henry along with bassist Mark Matthews, drummer Nick LePar and choral vocal sections by Lana Lane and John Payne along with a suite of guest guitarists including John Payne, Mitch Perry, Mark McCrite, Ron Redfield and Freddy DeMarco, Liner notes by Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of The Bob Moog Foundation. THE GALACTIC COLLECTIVE is a must have for all fans of keyboard - oriented instrumental progressive rock. 10 audiophile tracks including the epic 20-minute suite, "The Dark Water". Total Running Time - 79:02. Listen to the music and 
view photos and videos.


Videos from The Galactic Collective

We've posted four songs on YouTube so far including the new video for "Trantor Station" just uploaded recently.
Here are the links to the available videos:

Trantor Station
Astrology Prelude
Fanfare for Absent Friends
After the Revolution

More to come!

-- Erik

Still from After the Revolution video


Remodeling at The Tank continues

We have continued our renovation project at www.thetank.com. Since the last newsletter, we have updated all of the album pages for Rocket Scientists, and we've begun updating the Lana Lane album pages with the few most recent albums already complete. We have ReverbNation mp3 players for every updated album page where you can hear every song in its entirety. Please stop by and have a look at what we're doing there. And our new pricing for the
back catalog titles will continue to help you fill any gaps in your Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists collection without breaking the bank.

For the catalog titles, single CDs are $8.99, double CDs and DVDs are $11.99. Imports excluded but still discounted where possible. The behemoth  Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward box set has been discounted as well.

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Lana Lane CD Editions Update

We have sold out of the last 2CD "thick case" Euro version of the Curious Goods Special Edition. The only remaining
title in this Euro series is Lana's debut, the Love is an Illusion Special Edition. We have this one offered at the special price of $9.99. If you want to complete your collection of these 2CD thick case Euro editions, please act fast as our supply is really limited.

We also have some limited stock remaining of the Covers Collection Euro Digipak also priced at $9.99.

There is also a very special price of $6.99 for the Brazilian version of Project Shangri-La which is identical to the much more expensive Japanese version. Same tracks, same booklet (everything except the Obi band, of course).

Please visit the Think Tank Media web shop to find these and all of our titles.

-- Erik

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Downloand Free Bonus Tracks

No purchase required. Just enter your email address on Erik's page at ReverbNation to receive download links to several FREE bonus tracks. Currently there are 5 available: "Garden of the Moon - Long Version", from The Galactic Collective, and then 4 tracks from Live in St. Petersburg that appear on the DVD but not on the included CD (due to space limitations of the CD medium). Note that you will not receive any additional email -- only the light pestering of this same newsletter, The Passing Parade, which is published just a few times per year
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Where to download

I heartily recommend ReverbNation for your primary digital download source. We have uploaded the best quality 320 kbps mp3 tracks for the complete catalogs of Erik Norlander and Rocket Scientists along with most of the Lana Lane catalog (some live and EP titles remain to be uploaded there, but the main albums are all available now). You can also legally download the songs and albums of Lana, Erik and Rocket Scientists on the Apple iTunes, Yahoo Music, Rhapsody and Music Match services. Please do avoid peer-to-peer file sharing services that violate international copyright law and deprive the artists of rightful income.

My new album,
The Galactic Collective, is now available at iTunes. And as I mentioned above, the complete studio catalog of Rocket Scientists is also now availabe on iTunes as individual download titles.

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CD / DVD Availability

You can order Erik's The Galactic Collective, Hommage Symphonique and his Live in St. Petersburg DVD,  Lana's Best of Lana Lane 2000-2008, Red Planet Boulevard and Gemini CDs, 10th Anniversary Concert DVD and the Rocket Scientists Revolution Road CD and Looking Backward box set and all of their available back catalog at http://www.thetank.com. International secure ordering and shipping is available.

Most titles are also available at CDBaby.com. Just added at CDBaby: Rocket Scientists - Looking Backward and Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective! Note that sometimes the international shipping rates at CDBaby.com are better than what we can offer at thetank.com, and so we encourage you to check out their prices if you are in Southern or Eastern Europe, Central and South America, or any other part of the world where our shipping prices seem too high.

In Europe, Think Tank Media titles are distributed by Bertus (Benelux) and Musea (France) and sold through Empire Music in Germany along with many other fine companies throughout Europe. Select Lana Lane titles are released on the Frontiers Records label in Italy. 

In Japan, Think Tank Media titles are nationally released by Marquee, Inc. on their Avalon and Belle Antique labels  http://www.marquee.co.jp

Our CDs and DVDs are also available for sale at Erik and Lana's live shows, so be sure to support independent music and purchase CDs for yourself and all your friends and family! Music is the gift that keeps on giving.

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On the Web

Below is a list of just some of the places to find Erik Norlander, Lana Lane and Rocket Scientists info on the Internet.

Think Tank Media official web site and shop: http://www.thetank.com

Erik Norlander official web site: http://www.eriknorlander.com

Lana Lane official web site: http://www.lanalane.com

Erik Norlander Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Erik-Norlander/173884704355

Erik and Lana's MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/eriknorlanderandlanalane

Erik and Lana's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/ThinkTankMediaMusic

Rocket Scientists MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/rocketscientistsband

Rocket Scientists YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/rocketscientists

Asia featuring John Payne Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ASIA.featuring.John.Payne

Asia featuring John Payne MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/asiafeaturingjohnpayne

Asia featuring John Payne official web site: http://www.theasiaband.com

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See you next time.

Thanks so much for reading The Passing Parade. We appreciate your continued support. If you have any feedback,  please email us at SergeEnt@aol.com. We always enjoy hearing from you. Remember to tell all your friends about the Erik Norlander / Lana Lane / Rocket Scientists newsletter and their music! Please invite them to join this mailing list.

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