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Best known for their hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me," Orleans were founded in New York in 1972 by John Hall, Larry Hoppen, and Wells Kelly. Hoppen's brother Lance joined before the group signed with ABC Records in 1973; working with producers Barry Beckett and Roger Hawkins at Muscle Shoals Studios, they released their self-titled debut later that year. In 1974 Orleans recorded a self-produced album in New York's Bearsville Studio, but ABC didn't like it and dropped the group from the label, leaving Asylum to release the album Let There Be Music in 1974, spurring the group's first big hit, 1975's "Dance with Me." Their album Waking and Dreaming contained the hit "Still the One," which ABC-TV used as a theme song for that year. In 1977, Hall, who wrote many of the group's hits with his wife Johanna, left the group to pursue a solo career. He recorded two solo albums after signing with Elektra Records, and became something of a spokesman for the antinuclear power movement, helping to organize a group called MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy). Hall eventually worked with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, and Bonnie Raitt to organize the No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979. Without Hall, Orleans went through several other personnel changes before they had a number 11 hit with "Love Takes Time," from the album Forever. Though MCA's Infinity label went bankrupt in 1980, the group persevered, performing together in clubs and releasing the album One of a Kind in 1982. In 1984 Kelly died in London of a heroin overdose, and by the early '90s Hall ditched his solo career and returned to performing with Orleans. After the group released 1994's Orleans Live, Vol. 1, and 1995's Analog Men on its own Major record label, Hall and the Hoppen brothers toured on and off during the rest of the '90s and 2000s. Hall later left the band to pursue a seat in the U.S. Congress, which he won in 2006 and was re-elected to in 2008 before losing it in 2010. Amidst plans to integrate Hall back into the band, Larry Hoppen died in the summer of 2012. ~ Richard Skelly
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  2.   Still the One
  3.   Dance With Me
  4.   Dancin' in the Moonlight
  5.   Love Takes Time
  6.   Let There Be Music
  7.   Plutonium Is Forever
  8.   Grown up Children
  9.   My House Is Like a Zoo
  10.   I Found Somebody
  11.   Miss Grace
  12.   Power
  13.   Don't Throw Our Love Away
  14.   It All Comes Back Again
  15.   If
  16.   Time Passes On
  17.   Stuck in the Middle with You (From the Film 'Reservoir Dogs')
  18.   Keep On Changin'
  19.   Serenity
  20.   Fat City
  21.   My Idea of Love
  22.   Language of Love
  23.   I'll Go Crazy
  24.   Speed of Love
  25.   If the Rabbit Had a Gun
  26.   You're Mine
  27.   Unsettling Down
  28.   I Wanna Be in Love
  29.   Don't Break the Code
  30.   Siam Siam
  31.   What Was I Thinkin'
  32.   I Need a Break (From My Vacation)
  33.   The Walking Wounded
  34.   Mission of Mercy
  35.   New Star Shining
  36.   Lady Liberty
  37.   Fly Away
  38.   Boogie on Country Woman
  39.   Jam
  40.   Compared to What
  41.   Juliet
  42.   Crazy
  43.   Siam Sam
  44.   Analog Man
  45.   Love's Not Just for Other People
  46.   Plastic Money
  47.   In My Dream
  48.   Ride
  49.   The Great Divide
  50.   Heaven
  51.   Forever
  52.   Isn't It Easy
  53.   Slippin' Away
  54.   I Never Wanted to Love You
  55.   Keep on Rollin'
  56.   Circles
  57.   Give in to It
  58.   I Found Someone
  59.   The Bum
  60.   Sails
  61.   Waking and Dreaming
  62.   Reach
  63.   Wanderlust
  64.   Half Moon
  65.   Tongue Tied
  66.   Two Faced World
  67.   Please Be There
  68.   You've Given Me Something
  69.   Ending of a Song
  70.   Cold Spell
  71.   Business as Usual
  72.   Your Life My Friend
  73.   Fresh Wind
  74.   Golden Slumbers
  75.   Mountain
  76.   On Hold
  77.   Golden State
  78.   Back to Your Arms
  79.   Love 2 Watch
  80.   I Am on Your Side
  81.   Fat Mama Blues
  82.   The Moment
  83.   Trench Town Rock
  84.   Earth Out Tonight
  85.   Yestertime
  86.   The Flame and the Moth
  87.   Everybody Needs Some Music
  88.   Save Our Planet
  89.   Beatin' Around the Bush
  90.   Let It Be Me
  91.   One of a Kind
  92.   Asking Too Much
  93.   One Way or Another
  94.   If I Don't Have You
  95.   Play It by Heart
  96.   Sweet Destiny
  97.   Open Up Your Heart
  98.   Get a Life
  99.   Give One Heart
  100.   No More Than You Can Handle
  101.   Move On
  102.   Gotta Lotta Money (Big Deal)
  103.   Keep on Shinging
  104.   Spring Fever
  105.   What I Need
  106.   Ticonderoga Moon
  107.   Stoned
  108.   Issues
  109.   Kelly
  110.   The Path
  111.   I've Got to Hand It to You
  112.   Turn Out the Light
  113.   You've Been Runnin'
  114.   Intro by Chuck Plotkin
  115.   Start from Where You Are
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