Lana Lane - Queen Of The Ocean (1999)

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The "Queen" of international Symphonic Rock has announced the release of her fourth studio album. QUEEN OF THE OCEAN is a fireworks display of symphonic progressive art rock and metal, combining diversified arrangements with crystal clear hook lines and melodic vocals which leave an indelible impression. Lana Lane's typical trademark is her soaring vocals, which the press describe as "clear" and "expressive", as well as "sad", "dramatic" and "angelic". QUEEN OF THE OCEAN follows in the noble footsteps of Lana Lane's three previous studio albums, LOVE IS AN ILLUSION, CURIOUS GOODS and GARDEN OF THE MOON. After an eventful year in 1998, which included the release of a LIVE IN JAPAN Album, the 33 minute long EP ECHOES FROM THE GARDEN, a BALLAD COLLECTION CD, as well as numerous live activities by the Los Angeles - based band, the new album shows that they are still bursting with energy as 1999 gets underway and that their creativity remains boundless.
A large part of the brilliant result must be credited to producer Erik Norlander, Lana's longtime musical and personal partner. Norlander produced QUEEN OF THE OCEAN in his own Walden West Recorder Studio near Los Angeles, and he also played all the keyboard parts on the album. Norlander explains that this time, he used Mellotron and Minimoog keyboards - cult instruments since the early Seventies - and the inimitable sound of an original Hammond organ - more than ever before. In contrast to the previous albums, for which the tracks of the individual instruments were often recorded in very different studios, Lana Lane decided that this time all of the recording sessions would take place within her own small microcosm. The album's guitar parts were played by a veritable six-string armada. The flagship is Neil Citron, the band's masterful lead guitarist and a musician of breathtaking technique with a definitive feeling for melodic hooks. Female guitarist Danelle Kern was responsible for the heavy rhythm guitar, and Mark McCrite added his own colourful acoustic parts.
However, job allocation wasn't all that strictly adhered to, with Citron playing an excellent rhythm guitar on the tracks "Rainbow's End" and "Frankenstein Unbound". The most renowned Lana Lane band member is certainly bass player Tony Franklin, whom insiders will know from his time with The Firm or Blue Murder (feat. John Sykes). Franklin plays a mean bass on QUEEN OF THE OCEAN, giving the album, in combination with the accentuated drumming of Tommy Amato, a very individual, atmospheric sound.
QUEEN OF THE OCEAN audibly follows an unusual, very demanding concept, in which numerous guitar licks are combined with two or more string instruments, wind instruments or Moog parts. You find contrapuntal passages alongside polyphonic lines. And Franklin's grooving bass enhances the songs with a flowing movement. The crowning point of all the songs is, however, the impressive vocals of Lana Lane. Her style of singing combines technique with passion, resulting in an inimitable voice as every note she sings reflects not only her love of all kinds of melodic rock music, but also her affinitity for the great jazz and big band singers of the world. And Lana is always interested in new sources of inspiration. As a result, on QUEEN OF THE OCEAN -- as she had previously done on GARDEN OF THE MOON -- she worked together with the Chapman Stick musician Don Schiff and his unusual instrument, whose contribution makes "Let Heaven In" an impressive audio experience. In addition, the new album includes an excellent symphonic version of "Without You", a song by Lana's cousin, the glam rocker Davy Vain. The fantastic cover art is again provided by Polish surrealist artist Jacek Yerka, who has painted the incredible covers for all of Lana's six releases to date.
EUROPEAN VERSION: This version appears on the Limb Music Products label in Germany and contains *three* bonus tracks taken from previously released Lana Lane albums: "Through the Rain", from the 1998 Version of the Love is an Illusion album, and live versions of "Escher's Staircase" and "Symphony of Angels" from the Live in Japan album. Total running time is 71:00. This version of Queen of the Ocean was released on March 29, 1999 in Europe and South America.


LANA LANE : Vocals
ERIC NORLANDER : Keyboards, Organ, Piano
NEIL CITRON : Lead & Rhythm Guitar
MARK McCRITE: Acoustic, Lead, & Slide Guitars
TONY FRANKLIN : fretless bass

1. In the Hall of the Ocean Queen
2. Night Falls
3. Queen of the Ocean
4. Let Heaven In
5. Frankenstein Unbound
6. Souls of the Mermaids
7. Rainbow's End
8. Without You
9. Through the Rain - European version bonus track
10. Escher's Staircase (live in Japan 1998) - European version bonus track
11. Symphony of Angels (live in Japan 1998) - European version bonus track
Genre:	Progressive
Subgenre:	Progressive rock / metal
Bitrate:	320 k
01 - In The Hall Of The Ocean Queen.mp3 4.118 MB
02 - Night Falls.mp3 17.478 MB
03 - Queen Of The Ocean.mp3 23.782 MB
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