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Evening With David Lanz
Genres: New Age, Pop
For all its simple pleasures and melodic charms, An Evening with David Lanz is, ultimately, less about artistic expression than about free-market commerce. David Lanz had no input on this project, a 75-minute excerpt from ... more »
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For all its simple pleasures and melodic charms, An Evening with David Lanz is, ultimately, less about artistic expression than about free-market commerce. David Lanz had no input on this project, a 75-minute excerpt from a 1989 concert performance in Houston, Texas. While the CD offers a nice solo piano showcase of some of Lanz's most attractive older melodies, it offers none of the humorous between-song chatter that has turned Lanz into a kind of New Age Victor Borge--a feature you would expect in a comprehensive "live" album. The record includes an 11-minute-plus version of Pachelbel's Canon in D Major, a much-flogged New Age warhorse. Overall, this CD is a decent, though not essential, time capsule of an engaging performer. --Terry Wood
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Great for New Fans
Kathy Parsons | Florence, OR United States | 01/26/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"After doing an extensive interview with David Lanz last fall and exchanging a few emails early this year, it came as a real shock to see a new "live" album in record stores. Narada released it rather than Philips (David's new label), so I was really puzzled. By then, David was in England recording his upcoming "East of the Moon" CD, so I had to wait to ask him about what was going on. In the meantime, I received a copy of the CD for review. Looking at the list of the songs should have been a tip-off, but the current photo on the cover yielded no clues. I read the liner notes, and down on the lower corner of the third page, it said the concert was recorded in Houston in 1989! A 10-year-old concert? When David returned, we exchanged a few more emails, and he said that he, too, was completely surprised by the CD, and had no input on it whatsoever. He is pleased with the recording overall, and since Narada owns the rights to the music, they can legally do whatever they choose.For someone looking for an "early greatest hits" album, this is a really good bet. Many old favorites are included such as "Cristofori's Dream", "Leaves on the Seine", "Dark Horse", and "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (a total of fourteen songs), but those who have most of David's earlier releases might want to wait until the new one comes out later this year. "Evening" is a lot of fun to listen to, but there are no surprises for longtime fans. I've seen David perform many times, and live, his humor and gentle stories are almost as important as the music - at the very least, they add a new dimension to it. There are no spoken words on this CD, so I don't feel it truly represents David's live performance. The selection is great, and the quality of the performance is excellent, but it seems somewhat deceptive to release a concert album ten years after the concert took place without putting a date on the cover."
Classic Lanz, but is lacking the personal side of Lanz.
Kathy Parsons | 10/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Being a big fan of David Lanz, I was eager to hear this CD. I first heard of it through the website, The Romantic Piano, (members.xoom.com/sims_music/piano/). I was not overly impressed with the CD though. It is straight cuts from his concerts. The album does not contain any of the commentary that make his concerts so unique. For anyone looking for classic Lanz this is it."
He's an Angel!
Kathy Parsons | 07/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This man will make your heart dance! He's been blessed
with the ability to heal souls!My favorite CD is "An Evening With David Lanz".
"Skyline Firedance" is also wonderful as is "Nightfall!
I tend to prefer him solo - without other instruments
to distract from his beautiful music!He's had quite a career and I hope he will continue to
share his gift with the world!"