Live in St. Petersburg

by Erik Norlander

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Master keyboardist and prolific composer Erik Norlander is proud to announce the release of this digital album documenting his 2004 landmark concert in St. Petersburg, Russia, the pinnacle conclusion to a lengthy tour that began in California, moved east across the US and Europe and concluded in the Russian northern capitol. The digital album contains 2 bonus live tracks recorded in Hamburg, Germany earlier on the tour plus 2 bonus studio tracks including a soaring cover of "From Russia With Love" with the iconic vocals of Norlander's wife, Lana Lane.

"Erik Norlander and Friends - Live in St. Petersburg" features the vocals of Lana Lane along with the now familiar voice of Kelly Keeling who appeared previously on Norlander's "Music Machine" (2003) and "Stars Rain Down" (2004) CDs. Keeling also plays bass in the concert ably switching between fretless and fretted basses throughout the show. Joining Norlander, Lana and Keeling on stage are the Dutch musicians Peer Verschuren on guitar and Ernst Van Ee on drums who toured together with Norlander and Lane for several years from Europe to Japan. Verschuren and Van Ee have been previously featured on Norlander's "Stars Rain Down" album and also appear on the recent Lana Lane titles, "Lady Macbeth" and "10th Anniversary Concert" (both 2005). Like Kelly Keeling, Peer Verschuren was also a prominent contributor to Norlander's 2003 rock opera, "Music Machine", so it is no surprise that many tracks from this masterwork have found their way into the St. Petersburg concert. The stomping rocker "Beware the Vampires", the anthemic ballad "Fallen", the sprawling space jam "Sky Full of Stars" and the unforgettably melodic "One of the Machines" are standout pieces in the concert.

"Erik Norlander and Friends - Live in St. Petersburg" also showcases Norlander's uncanny ability for re-interpreting cover songs by his favorite artists. Norlander's version of the Procol Harum classic, "A Salty Dog" moved audiences around the world with the soulful voice of Kelly Keeling delivering the lyrics with power and substance. "A Salty Dog" was brought into the set to follow Norlander's Rocket Scientists standard, "Mariner", which Keeling also takes to new heights with his soaring vocals and fluid fretless bass.

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released July 26, 2006

Erik Norlander - keyboards
Kelly Keeling - vocals, bass
Lana Lane - vocals
Peer Verschuren - guitar
Ernst Van Ee - drums

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ERIK NORLANDER is a progressive rock keyboardist, composer, producer and active live performer based in Northern California. In addition to his many solo albums, Erik works with vocalist Lana Lane (his wife), his band, Rocket Scientists, and The Bob Moog Foundation. Erik has worked extensively with ASIA Featuring John Payne, Last in Line, Big Noize (with Joe Lynn Turner) and many other artists. ... more

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Track Name: Mariner - live in St Petersburg 2004
I travel deep blue oceans
Far from fields of green
I long for lack of motion
I dream for a change of scene

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

I leave from ports familiar
Set sail to points unknown
To pierce the heart of darkness
Where the seeds of nightmares are sown

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song
Track Name: A Salty Dog - live 2004
All hands on deck, we've run afloat
I heard the captain cry
Explore the ship, replace the cook
Let no one leave alive
Across the straits, around the horn
How far can sailors fly
A twisted path, our tortured course
And no one left alive

We sailed for parts unknown to man
Where ships come home to die
No lofty peak, nor fortress bold
Could match our captain's eye
Upon the seventh seasick day
We made our port of call
A sand so white, and sea so blue
No mortal place at all

We fired the guns, and burned the mast
And rowed from ship to shore
The captain cried, we sailors wept
Our tears were tears of joy
Now many moons and many Junes
Have passed since we made land
A Salty Dog, the seaman's log
Your witness, my own hand
Track Name: Alexandria - live 2004
I just read your letter and fell down to my knees
My tears stain the paper and inside I found your keys
You're leaving for somewhere to find yourself again
You hope I forget you, like an echo in the wind

What now my heart cried
How am I to survive?

On the ship of Cleopatra
With silver oars and flowing purple sails
I long for Alexandria
The land of fairytales

I walk to the bedroom and turn off all the lights
I'm hiding from sorrow and the fire of our nights
I lay on your pillow and breathe your memory
And dream of the city far beyond the deep blue see

What now my heart cried
How am I to survive?

On the ship of Cleopatra
With silver oars and flowing purple sails
I long for Alexandria
The land of fairytales
Track Name: Guardian Angel - live 2004
Tell me a story of stars in the sky
A vision to cover my eyes
Change all the players as seasons go by
Then close up the book with a last kiss goodnight

And now we're walking where no others will go
We still believe in all the promises broken
The lights go down and now it's on with the show
The life we live is not our own

Your guardian angel flies
From white cliffs of Dover
A tear from the dragon's eye
Your last four leaf clover

I see a rainbow of flowers and stars
They shine on the sun and the moon
Colors will sing as petals fall from the sky
Their song is forever a sad lullaby

And now we're walking where no others will go
We're holding onto all the dreams ever broken
The lights go down and now it's on with the show
The life we live is not our own

Your guardian angel flies
From white cliffs of Dover
A tear from the dragon's eye
Your last four leaf clover
Track Name: Oblivion Days - live 2004
This time next year we’ll be looking at our yesterdays
See how far we’ve come from here
All of our fears are the history of future days

Climb the mountain
Touch the skyline

If you know that change is constant
You’ll find it’s nothing new
Don’t be surprised when you realize it’s happened to you
There’s a storm on the horizon
It’s coming here to stay
It’s a one-way ride through the silicon sky
Oblivion days

The road is clear down the neverending motorway
From the brink of fleeting time
Along the banks of the river turning night to day

Climb the mountain
Touch the skyline

When you know that change is constant
You’ll find it’s nothing new
Don’t be surprised when the compromise is all about you
You can read it in the headlines
It’s close in every way
When the holes in the sky just multiply
Oblivion days

You’re standing at the crossroads
So far from hallowed ground
Where the high road ends just ‘round the bend in a flash of sight and sound
There’s a storm on the horizon
It’s coming here to stay
It’s a one-way ride through the silicon sky
Oblivion days
Track Name: Beware the Vampires - live 2004
I let evil
Into my house
I let evil
Turn me to stone
Ancient evil
Talking backwards
Ancient evil
Should’ve been left alone

Came from nowhere
Out of shadow
Came from nowhere
Time cannot tell
Trapped in darkness
Blood of angels
Prince of darkness
No soul to sell

They seem so glamorous
Beautiful and vain
But once they have your trust
They’ll leave you out in the rain

Beware the Vampires
They feed on the power of the good that you do
Beware the Vampires
They darken the light of the life within you

Nether regions
Is its homeworld
Nether regions
Sun never shines
Neverending
Star of darkness
Out of Eden
Serpent on the vine

They rise out of the dust
Driven by the vein
Beware the succubus
Doesn’t feel the pain

Beware the Vampires
They feed on the power of the good that you do
Beware the Vampires
They darken the light of the life within you
Beware the Vampires
They feed on the blood of the good that’s in you
Beware the Vampires
Their evil is greater than we ever knew

They seem so glamorous
Beautiful and vain
But once they have your trust
They’ll leave you out in the rain

Beware the Vampires
They feed on the power of the good that you do
Beware the Vampires
They darken the light of the life within you
Beware the Vampires
They feed on the blood of the good that’s in you
Beware the Vampires
Their evil is greater than we ever knew
Track Name: Secrets of Astrology - live 2004
In the canopy of stars
Are secrets of the nine centuries
Between Venus, Earth and Mars
Symbols of the ancient fantasies

Signs of life
Cross the starry the sky

Moonlight dances on the water
Rivers flow into the sea
Stars align in perfect order
Secrets of Astrology

In an age of metaphor
The search for epiphones
Between here and evermore
From Atlantis to the Pleiades

Signs of life
Cross the starry the sky

Moonlight dances on the water
Rivers flow into the sea
Stars align in perfect order
Secrets of Astrology
Fire burns across heavens
Time will flow like mystery
Find the source of holy water
Secrets of Astrology
Track Name: Fallen - live 2004
I woke this morning
Lost and lonely
Someone get me out of here
My senses fail me
Memories haunt me
It’s all becoming very clear

When I went back to my home town
The roads had changed, rearranged
And everyone I knew was gone

So let’s fly
Like fallen angels
Through the sky
On broken wings
Tonight
We fallen angels
Hear us cry
Hear us sing

I drank the best wine
With all the big stars
Ordered Russian caviar
But now they tell me
I’m underwater
Money won’t go very far

Somewhere down the yellow brick road
The signs had changed, rearranged
And everything I knew was gone

So let’s fly
Like fallen angels
Through the sky
On mended wings
Tonight
We fallen angels
Hear us cry
Hear us sing

When I went back to my new world
The clocks had changed, rearranged
And all the old regrets were gone

So let’s fly
Like fallen angels
Through the sky
On silver wings
Tonight
We fallen angels
Hear us cry
Hear us sing
Track Name: One of the Machines - live 2004
I couldn’t wait for it to be
Finally over
They’re gonna turn me back to stone
It doesn’t mean that much to me
It’s an illusion
I’ll be on board the train for home

I can tell you what it means to be
Just one of the machines
But I can’t tell you what it means to me
I’m just one of the machines

This is the new theology
The building of empires
It’s gonna turn your heart to stone
They brought me to the factory
The silicon bonfire
So out of date this flesh and bone

I can tell you what it means to be
Just one of the machines
But I can’t tell you what it means to me
I’m just one of the machines

Oh I can tell you what it means to be
Just one of the machines
But I can’t tell you what it means to me
I’m just one of the machines
Track Name: From Russia with Love - studio 2006
From Russia with love
I fly to you
Much wiser since my goodbye to you
I've travelled the world to learn
I must return from Russia with love

I've seen places, faces
And smiled for a moment
But oh, you haunted me so
Still my tongue tied young pride
Would not let my love for you show
In case you'd say no

To Russia I flew
But there and then
I suddenly knew you'd care again
My running around is through
I fly to you
From Russia with love
Track Name: Mariner - live in Hamburg 2004
I travel deep blue oceans
Far from fields of green
I long for lack of motion
I dream for a change of scene

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

I leave from ports familiar
Set sail to points unknown
To pierce the heart of darkness
Where the seeds of nightmares are sown

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song

Dark are the days
Cold are the nights
Deep are the oceans below
But strong are the winds
That carry me home
I sing you the mariner’s song