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Black Orchid


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Category: AOR

Year: 1992

Label: None

Catalog Number: HAR001

Average Rating: 85 / 100 (7 ratings)


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Lou Kahlenbeck vocals
Chris Schweitzer vocals
Jay Fruet guitars, bass
Jim Harte drums
Jerry Giguere drums
Joe Torra Hammond B3
Tom Konow keyboards, violins
1.  Without Love  
2.  Layla prelude  
3.  Layla main theme    Cover: Eric Clapton
4.  Baby's Got The Blues  
5.  Diana  
6.  Don't Give It Up  
7.  Something Happens  
8.  Tonight  
9.  True Faith  

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Existing comments about this CD

From: j.j.kane Date: August 17, 2005 at 23:06
Wow! What an awesome cd! I've heard some great independent cd's before, but this one is exceptional. "Layla" alone is worth buying this for!(Its the cover of the Dominoes version, not the unplugged version.)The original song "Diana" sounds like a fusion of Asia & Boston- with a bit of Journey thrown in. But thats unfair- this band has a very unique sound, NOT simply just another 80's band. I hear influences like Santana, Harrison, Petty...even Guns & Roses! So do yourself a favor- Get it!

From: Zack Date: September 1, 2005 at 23:47
Well, I don't usually like indys. I prefer more polished and professional recordings. But this cd caught my ear when I first heard it-the recording quality is very high, and the quality of musicianship was excellent. I happen to be a big Boston fan and damn if these guys don't nail their sound exactly! I happen to also like Blues, and this band covers that base pretty well also. The only bad thing about this cd: only 9 tracks! It leaves you wanting more...whats there is great,great stuff.

From: Gina Date: October 2, 2005 at 21:00
This band is so 1980's...but I mean that in a GOOD way. They really take the best styles of that era and come up with some very fresh music. I'm a big Eric Clapton fan, and I can tell you if he's heard the version of "Layla" thats on this CD, his jaw must have hit the floor! Its that good. REALLY. I also like new music. The best original song here is "Diana"- If you never heard it,take Journey, Asia, Boston and Kansas and throw them in a blender. Thats the sound they get & I like it a lot.

From: DEANGEL Date: November 6, 2005 at 20:59
A decent CD, but not worth all the hype. I like some of the songs. There is plenty of good guitar work, some ballsy rock stuff, and some sissy love songs.I can take the good with the bad. I just don't like the love songs. I would recommend this CD to anyone who likes a good dose of sophisticated rock & blues. And to anyone who likes love songs(ick),something here for you too. Now, when can we hear some new stuff? This CD is 15 years old, man. I'd like to hear what these guys are playing now.

From: FRAGMAN55 Date: December 8, 2005 at 23:16

From: Mr Brand Date: December 8, 2005 at 23:52
Its worth noting that no one mentions that the cover artwork for this cd is rather interesting. Has anyone tried to interpret it? I'm guessing that this artwork is actually a symbol of an orgy ( notice the plants and flowers all joined together..) and the Orchid in the middle is the ego or libido symbol of the artist. Song titles that follow each other like "Something Happens"-"Tonight"...coincidence? Oh,and I love the cd. The love songs are the best part Deangel! What were you listening to?

From: ERIC CLAPTON Date: January 8, 2006 at 21:31
Some songs never grow old it seems. I'm not sure why Layla has the longevity it has-But kudos to Black Orchid. The version on this CD is very good, and very faithfull to the original-That said, I prefer the original.(Duane would too I believe..But a nice effort from this group) The song I find most interesting is "Babys got the Blues"..some nice chord changes and a nice solo, very bluesy yet tasteful. I really don't like the hard rock stuff, but I guess thats a nesessary evil in this day & age.

From: Rick Kimble Date: February 22, 2006 at 23:39
Yo Eric, glad you like your own work. I do too. But I kinda like this version of Layla a little better, its a little harder. But you are the man, can't argue with that! I read on their website- http://blackorchid.bravehost.com/ (if you didn't know )that they have some new CD's in the works. Yay! I love Earotica..I been waitin over 10 years for a follow up to one of my favorite CDs of all time. Gee, you'd think they WERE Boston. A New CD every 15 years! Well, its about time. I'll be waitin!

From: ROCKY03 Date: April 22, 2006 at 0:39
You all need to get the NEW Black Orchid CD, "Rarities & Demos"! Its not reviewed here yet but there are some real sweet songs here! The instrumental version of "Ave Maria" is just AMAZINGLY beautiful-very Brian May-ish. But the rockers are kickin too! Check out "Ceti Alpha V" and "One Night Stand". Probably THE most stunning song is the original version of "Something Happens" here. The singer is absolutely incredible and I prefer this version to the Earotica version, (but both are excellent.)

From: DEE DEE Date: November 5, 2006 at 1:57
I recently discovered this band and went to their website and purchased both Earotica & the Rarities CD. What amazing stuff! Why doesn't my generation produce music like that? These songs are so listenable I don't need a video to watch while I'm listening. And thats a new thing for me. These CD's stir emotions in me I didn't know I had."Ave Maria" REALLY chokes me up, and "One Night Stand" ROCKS! Its kinda cool that I like know about these guys are and my friends want to know how I know them.

From: Artmann Date: April 1, 2007 at 1:21
Awesome stuff! Can somebody tell me why this band didn't get WAY bigger than indie status? This stuff is incredible! OK, now for the criticism- the production is pretty good, the songs are well written and recorded, but something is missing. I think I want to hear more than 9 songs! OK, thats a small gripe, but I REALLY like everything on this CD. I WANT MORE! Is that so much to ask? Can someone tell me if they have another CD coming out soon, or ever? And whats with the hats?

From: Hal Jordan Date: March 17, 2008 at 2:59
This CD is very easy to listen to.I discovered it by hearing a cut a friend played for me, "Diana"... and I was blown away by it. I have various types of music that I listen to and this CD covers a lot of musical ground-very well too I might add. Lots of groups dabble in other styles...this group OWNS those styles. Its all here if you like: 80's style hard rock, blues, blues rock, folk-blues...you get the picture. I guess I like the variety, very few songs sound alike. It also sounds as if there

From: Hal Jordan Date: March 17, 2008 at 3:02
(cont)are several different singers here...all very good I might add. And,some killer guitar solos! So this CD gets my thumbs up. Lots of variety, creativity, and good songs. My gut feeling is that this CD will become an urban legend in the underground/self published CD world, its that GOOD. I give it an A+++..great songs! What a version of Layla! I would like to hear the other CD- "rarities and demos" listed at their website (www.blackorchid.bravehost.com)it sounds interesting. Could someone po

From: Hal Jordan Date: March 17, 2008 at 3:03
Could someone post a review of that CD here?

From: lark456 Date: July 7, 2008 at 22:11
Yes, the rarities CD is excellent. Don't even think about it, get it if you can Hal. This band cooks...even the demos are smokin'. But I don't understand why there isn't more music from this group. Surely they must know they have fans, and there is very little news on there website to offer. After all the good reviews they've gotten, in all honesty I must say that I'm not a big fan of a few of their songs. I don't particularly like "Don't give it up", but it does have some nice guitar. I also don't care for the demo of "Dianna" but the Earotica version blows me away. That said, everything else is great. If I sound like I'm not a fan,O am, but, well hey..everyone has a few songs I don't like. The Beatles, the Stones, great stuff...mostly! So it goes with this group. To be fair, I think the Earotica version of "Dianna" is a true rock masterpiece, very much in the mold of great songs like "Hey Jude" "Jane" or "Layla"...no coincidence they have a KILLER version of that too.

From: HOOTCHYMAMA2 Date: August 5, 2008 at 0:59
This CD is so sexy. I love the design on the cover. Maybe I'm just oversexed, but these songs just make me wanna...umm...CUM back and hear them again. Seriously, I really do find some of these songs very arousing. My libido is probably just reacting to all that subliminal stuff they MUST have put in. I listen to the ending of "Dianna" and its multiple O's time for me...especially that last high note the singer hits..oooh, I really get off on that note! You probably think I'm kidding... And "Babys got the blues" has some sweet lyrics and melodys that strike my romance zone. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but that romantic feeling... makes me all tingly and twitchy. Ok, all seriousness aside..Listen up Black Orchid guys: I need some new loving... That means I need a new CD from your band! And put at least 12 songs on this one, please? How can I get your band to my town? I'm in Nebraska, you all can stay at my house if you like. Did I mention you all are sexy? Especially with the hats.

From: hectoronstilletos Date: February 4, 2009 at 23:36
Yo, worth a look. Da sheet. Homeys rockin. They kickin it. badass. Word.

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