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Bridge of Dreams

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The pianist and electric guitarist have transcended new age boundaries to create majestic, rock tinged masterpieces that press the groove button as they enchant the listener's spirit. Their mid-'80s recordings, Natural States and Desert Vision, are widely regarded as benchmarks in the genre, and while the dynamic pair have never stopped working together on each other's solo projects, Bridge of Dreams shows what can happen when they each contribute equally. Lanz' gentle ivory graces and soaring symphonic textures nearly make contemporary classical music from grand and eloquent statements like the title track and its follow-up pieces "She Stands on the Mountain, Still" and "Veil of Tears." Yet Speer's biting electric riffs, which underpin them, turn the Lanz sparks into unquenchable wildfires. Speer wrote the bouncy, guitar driven "Walking with Alfredo" and turbocharged "Out of the Shadows" as great counterpoints to Lanz's whimsical motifs. A cover of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" is given the royal treatment, a many-years-ahead preview of Lanz' all-cover album of the late '90s, Songs From an English Garden. ~ Jonathan Widran
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 A Day in the Life [Cover] David Lanz & Paul Speer 5:28
  3. 2 Into the Dream David Lanz & Paul Speer 4:29
  4. 3 And the World Falls Away David Lanz & Paul Speer 4:36
  5. 4 Whispered in Signs David Lanz & Paul Speer 3:47
  6. 5 Bridge of Dreams David Lanz & Paul Speer 3:19
  7. 6 She Stands on the Mountain, Still David Lanz & Paul Speer 4:2
  8. 7 Veil of Tears David Lanz & Paul Speer 4:25
  9. 8 Reverie David Lanz & Paul Speer 4:22
  10. 9 Walking With Alfredo David Lanz & Paul Speer 3:56
  11. 10 Out of the Shadows David Lanz & Paul Speer 3:57
  12. 11 Ode to a Dark Star David Lanz & Paul Speer 5:24
  13. 12 Song of the East (In This Dream) David Lanz & Paul Speer 4:9

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