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Transformation 2012

by Lisa LaRue

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Sven B. Schreiber Why does this album sell so poorly here? Well, I guess one reason is its lack of coherence. It's designed to be a concept album, and the idea underlying it is quite tempting. However, this suite in 13 movements never really gathers pace. It's a pity that some really fantastic ideas are followed regularly by idle boredom, abruptly failing the expectations built up just before. In the end, the album sounds like a patchwork of unrelated recordings, hastily cobbled together under a common denominator. Oh, and the price... $14 definitely isn't adequate for this bumpy hodgepodge. That's probably why it sells so poorly here... Favorite track: Melancholy.
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The disc is themed around the Mayan prophecy of the transition
into a new world age on December 21, 2012.

“Many people speak of the prophecy as ‘doom and gloom’ the end of the world.
But the Mayan elders teach it is a time for transformation.
A time for things to change for the better,” said LaRue.

The CD includes guest appearances from up and coming artists such as electric violinist James Sudakow and Kerri Lake, as well as seasoned veterans such as Tommy Zvoncheck (former Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist) and John Payne (“Asia” – featuring John Payne). Payne provides the vocals on the single from the CD, “Save Me.”

John Payne's (Asia) vocal contribution cannot be ignored and it goes without saying... but I'll say it anyway, what a fantastic voice. Why we're not hearing this particular track on car stereos everywhere is beyond me. I don't say that as if to diminish the progressive nature of this album, but the songwriting on this piece, coupled with John's performance is exquisite - very moving indeed." - The Prog Files

The concept and title are derived from the Mayan calendar, whose ending on December 12, 2012, which many believe to be a herald of the end of the world. The teachings of the Mayan elders, however, believe this event marks the dawn of a new age, and with it the need for increased wisdom, discernment and understanding. Lisa LaRue: Keyboards

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released August 31, 2009

Lisa LaRue: Keyboards

Featuring special guests:
John Payne: Vocals
James Sudakow: Violin
Tommy Zvoncheck: Keyboards
Marc Nelson: Vocals
Andy Livesay and Kerri Lake: Flute
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Not only a fan of progressive music such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, Genesis, and others, the hometown boys Kansas played a big part in her influential years, as well.

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