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Erik Norlander - The Galactic Collective - Live In Gettysbur
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Progressive metal/rock from USA, music DVD released in 2012.

Erik Norlander has created some of the most enchanting rock music in recent years appearing on over 25
albums since 1993 with his diva spouse Lana Lane, his band Rocket
Scientists, his own solo albums and guest appearances on CDs by many
artists. Erik's evocative synthesizer technique is reminiscent of the
legendary Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson and Jon Lord while still very
unique and forward-moving in its own right. Erik takes many of the
classic riffs and phrases of his hero masters and reinvents them with
highly emotional pitch bending, vibrato and authoritative phrasing. This
technique combines brilliantly with Erik's mastery of sound and
production. Erik has personally led sound design efforts on several
major brand synthesizers, and his knowledge of synthesis and audio
engineering are second to none. Erik's perpetual live use of vintage
instruments such as Hammond organ and Moog synthesizer give his concerts
a depth and authenticity of sound seldom seen in modern stage

Erik Norlander was born in 1967 in Hollywood, California. He grew up in
Los Angeles studying both jazz and classical music on several
instruments from a young age through his years at the university where
he also graduated with a degree in English Literature. Erik lists his
keyboard influences as Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, Mike Pinder, Geoff
Downes, and even Geddy Lee! Erik lists his production influences as Alan
Parsons, Jeff Lynne and Bob Ezrin. His favorite bands are Yes, ELP,
ELO, King Crimson, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple,
Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Blue Öyster Cult. While clearly a prog
rocker, Erik is surprisingly quite adamant that he prefers melody over
flashy playing and strong songwriting over artsy meandering.

Erik Norlander's releases span several music genres. In 2004 he released
an electronic album, Seas of Orion, commissioned by and debuted at the
Dutch Alfa Centauri Electronic Music Festival. Also in 2004 Norlander
released Stars Rain Down, a live album from his tours in Europe recorded
between 2001 and 2003 with a full rock band featuring vocalists Kelly
Keeling and Lana Lane. In 2003 Norlander recorded a grandiose 2CD rock
opera concept album called Music Machine about the dramatic rise and
fall of a genetically engineered rock star. Previous solo albums are
Threshold (1997, re-released as the 2CD Threshold Special Edition in
2004), an instrumental progressive effort with a decidedly
electronically bent, and Intro the Sunset (2000), a prog metal vocal
album with a more traditional rock band sound.

Erik Norlander is also the producer, keyboardist and leading songwriter
for his wife, Lana Lane. Norlander's keyboard and production work can be
heard on every Lana Lane album and seen on both of Lana's DVDs
including her 10th Anniversary Concert from 2005.

Erik Norlander Official Site

2012 The Galactic Collective: Live In Gettysburg DVD


1. Main Titles/Arrival
2. Neurosaur
3. Introductory Interview
4. Interview: Neurosaur
5. Interview: Fanfare for Absent Friends
6. Fanfare for Absent Friends
7. Interview: Sky Full of Stars
8. Sky Full of Stars
9. Interview: Astrology Prelude
10. Astrology Prelude
11. Interview: Trantor Station
12. Trantor Station
13. Interview: After the Revolution
14. After the Revolution
15. Interview: Garden of the Moon
16. Garden of the Moon
17. Interview: Dreamcurrents
18. Dreamcurrents
19. Interview: The Dark Water
20. Dark Water/End Credits, The
21. Behind the Wall of Doom: The Synthesizers of The Galactic Collective

Label: Think Tank Media

Erik Norlander’s biography on his website starts by saying he is a progressive rock keyboardist, composer
and producer from California that has written and produced over 30
albums since 1993 with his chanteuse spouse Lana Lane and his band
Rocket Scientists. Is that enough to impress? I would think so if you
have never heard of the artist or any of his work. Erik’s band consists
of Freddy DeMarco (guitars), Mark Matthews (bass), Nick LePar (drums)
and his lovely spouse Lana Lane (vocals).

I can you tell you he does back up that initial statement with a solid
back log of recordings and most recently this 2CD/1 DVD collection Live
In Gettysburg distributed by the folks at Gonzo Multimedia.

This is a beautiful set that gives you the option of popping the CDs in
your stereo or iTunes or kicking back and watching the entire concert
and listening in surround sound. I enjoyed both experiences completely.
The thing about a guy like Norlander is that he does not stand out in
the hall of legendary ivory ticklers such as a Wakeman, Emerson or
Rudess. After listening to all of his music I think it may be time to
look a little harder at this great musician and all of the tremendous
contributions made to the development of keyboard advancements and the
great progressive rock he has produced.

It takes a set like this for it all to sink in entirely. I found
Norlander’s music moving, majestic and powerful. It makes you feel like
you are getting ready to go into battle with King Arthur and his court
at times or at the other end of the spectrum with the thought of the
“Galactic Collective” term in mind, you have visions of deep space
exploration or floating amongst the stars via the spacey notes emanating
from his very large keyboard set. He has that monstrous wall of
equipment similar to what Keith Emerson used when he was with ELP.

I find it difficult to single out any one track as being a stand out
from the rest as the entire collection is outstanding. Visually there is
not a lot going on with the DVD, it is just the band and Erik talking
about the songs, the equipment and how the band came together. Things
like that can be of interest to a listener. If you looking for a visual
presentation you will not find it here, however if your only concern is
what you are hearing then it takes no more than shutting your eyes and
letting Erik and his band take you wherever you please. I also enjoyed
the vocals of Lana Lane. She has very powerful set of pipes and a good
stage presence.

By the time this entire experience was complete I found myself looking
at all the releases Norlander and Lane have available. Everything is
listed right on his website so it is worth exploring if you are

Live In Gettysburg is a must have collection if you enjoy keyboard music
and or progressive rock. Don’t miss out on this release.

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