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East of the Moon

David Lanz 21//2000
Setting the standard for instrumental piano music since the mid-'80s, when the term "new age" was the fashionable way to label it, David Lanz has worked ambitiously with orchestra before, most notably on 1990's Skyline Firedance. On his Phillips debut East of the Moon, however, he creates a majestic, dual-themed recording unlike any in his bestselling Narada Records catalog. First, he delves into a spirited intertwining of Greek mythology and rock & roll, then formulates a classically-influenced, six-movement suite declaring his hope for a "World at Peace." Initially, Hugh Padgham seems to be an odd production choice on Lanz's part, but the producer -- best known for his pop classics with Sting, Melissa Etheridge, and Phil Collins -- builds a lively, rocking environment around the first tunes: the Irish-scented "The Green Man" (which begins with a Collins-esque drum fill and finds Lanz dancing over uilleann pipes and pennywhistle) and the symphonic, hard-blues, organ-based "Dancing With Dionysus." While Lanz enjoys jamming more than ever before, his feathery ivory intertwining with Dave Heath's flute on "Chasing Aphrodite" reminds us of his command with graceful piano ballads. Though the "World at Peace" has its booming orchestral swells, this same sort of gentle sway and sparse, acoustic piano melody approach (with touches of flute and violin) are the dominant sounds driving Lanz's soaring millennial vision from "Declaration" and "Prayer of Peace" through "Renaissance" and "Transformation." ~ Jonathan Widran
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 The Green Man PT5M16S
  3. 2 Dancing With Dionysos PT3M48S
  4. 3 Chasing Aphrodite PT3M52S
  5. 4 East of the Moon PT4M54S
  6. 5 On the Edge of a Dream PT3M14S
  7. 6 And Time Stood Still PT4M3S
  8. 7 Tara PT3M12S
  9. 8 I. Declaration Overture PT3M40S
  10. 9 II. Prayer for Peace PT1M56S
  11. 10 III. Gaia: Goddess Reborn PT3M30S
  12. 11 IV. New World Turning PT3M51S
  13. 12 V. Renaissance PT3M28S
  14. 13 VI. Transformation: Finale PT5M59S
  15. 14 The Visitor PT4M31S

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