Monday, 17 September 2012


It's time. After The Galactic Collective Definitive Edition has been put under the microscope, the entire package is now in the live version in your own four walls. That here on two CDs and one DVD to adoring concert was recorded at the Rites Of Spring Festival 2011 in Gettysburg. Only "Garden Of The Moon" is from a performance in Cleveland.

The aforementioned studio output was very convincing. With "The Galactic Collective Live At Gettysburg" of the protagonist and his excellent accompanist definitely exceed the threshold of the tip.The two carriers have exhilarating sound. In the live versions of the numbers are even more pressure, have a greater degree of freedom for improvisation, and if one adds the impression of taking the DVD, this three-pack is a treat for the senses.

Compiling the tracklist reflects Norlanders personally selected compositions from his creative period as a solo artist, with his band Rocket Scientists and Lana Lane .
This album also gets a tip so graphic, because one of the DVD's menu to select the gig as a full concert. According to the list of numbers was to be feared that the presence of the "Introducing ..." parts had been constantly interrupted. Such is the pleasure to serve on some announcements of the protagonist, but that do not interfere, but the information to experience pure. Of course, the DVD also the opportunity to all to what is listed in the tracklist to see. However, the first concert will be selected.

The music is very diverse and symphonic rock as more than enough as the top category. Of course, the band also indulges the progressive rock. As a cross reference there in phases with classical, jazz or (less likely) bluesy excursions. The group plays like a close-knit community, and Erik Norlander see in his work on the fingers, is simply a delicacy. Not only when the singer Lana Laneand Debrissa McKinney with their magnificent voices of the party, fascination is announced.

Whether on CD or DVD including "The Dark Water" is one of my absolute highlights, because this almost twenty-one minute track all the attributes of the music of Erik Norlander coalesce into a giant epic.

With the activated visual channel is necessary to establish beyond doubt that the stage performance was camera work, image editing and light show set top official in the limelight. Even when there are no sound gripe. As a retrospective, "The Galactic Collective Live At Gettysburg" the perfect package.

Who's a fan of this kind of music can not help but, here to express his full enthusiasm. Initially with reluctance to the zoom thing going, has "The Galactic Collective Live At Gettysburg" fully convinced, step by step, or better track by track. The music is not just Norlanders keys wizardry designed so complex that every listener will find his favorites. Guitarist Freddy DeMarco is a real-wisp on the acoustic or its various electric guitars, which he also uses the bottleneck or a violin bow.

To the three pieces of silver you get even a booklet, what its name justice. It's all fourteen pages thick and contains magnificent images concert also a text by August Worley , among other earlier keyboard technician at Emerson, Lake & Palmer was. Erik Norlanders retrospective as a studio version is very good. However surpasses "The Galactic Collective Live At Gettysburg" this issue and becomes a must-buy for fans of genre.

And check out the dedicated Gonzo artist page for Asia featuring John Payne, and for Erik solo

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