• West Coast Music

    As the name indicates West Coast Music has its origin on the American West Coast. The music emphasizes melody, harmonies and arrangements, and the vocal and instrumental performances are always with great skill and of high quality. The music is often performed by pop/rock artists from the American West Coast, but is in no way limited to any geografical area.

orleans

Classic band with west coast music roots…

The band’s name was inspired by the legendary City of New Orleans as Orleans perfected its recipe of eclectic material, including R&B seasoned with Cajun and second line roots; Alan Toussaint, Neville Brothers and Meters tunes were among the mix. The quartet’s music evolved and refined in a more mainstream direction as they developed their unique rock/pop sound, which led Rolling Stone to christen them “the best unrecorded band in the country.” After signing with Asylum Records they produced chart-topping hits including: Dance With Me, Let There Be Music, Love Takes Time, Reach  and, of course, their American standard Still The One. Three of Orleans’ hits have a certified combined airplay total of over seven million.

Among music fans in America there is a broad consensus that for some time now, music on radio, TV and elsewhere has generally lacked intelligent lyrics and memorable melodies. Many also express concern that the music their kids regularly hear is not suitable for young ears. You might be surprised to know where Orleans stands on those issues, also by some of the broad and deep connections they share, going back to the early 1970s and woven into the fabric of American music.

This group’s music has always been family-friendly, intelligent and melodic, well before those things were issues. One of their big hits was so mainstream and mass appeal that during the 2004 Presidential campaign ‘Still The One’ was used by both the Republican and Democratic parties!

Orleans has been performing live every year since 1972 always with at least half original members. They  do it the old-fashioned way – they sing and play their own  stuff.  Their oldest fans are bewildered and amazed at the fact that they still sound as good as – or better than – ever, especially their vocals. Younger fans are simply impressed.  Everyone agrees – these guys “still have it”.

Songs composed by members (mostly John) have been covered by James Brown, James Taylor, Chet Atkins, Bonnie Raitt, The Fifth Dimension, Bela Fleck, Linda Ronstadt, Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Mandrell, Bobby McFerrin, Ricky Skaggs, Janis Joplin, Steve Wariner and numerous other notable artists.

The members of the group have sung and/or played on records by Michael Franks, Graham Parker, Little Feat, Jackson Browne, Ricky Skaggs, Bonnie Raitt, Planet 9, Robbie Dupree, Blues Traveler and many other artists. They have, in turn, had Michael Brecker, Blue Mitchell, Chet Atkins, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Bernhardt, Bela Fleck, Tony Levin and many others help out  on their albums.

Orleans currently performs around the globe. Larry, Lance and John are now joined be youngest Hoppen brother, Lane, on keyboards and drummer Charlie Morgan, best known for his many years with Elton John.  They’re consistently in demand for performances at fundraisers, private functions and positive cause-based events. Orleans’ newest CD was released in 2005 to fans eager for the band’s first new studio recording in ten years.

Discography

´75 Live Harvard Square

Fuel Label Group 2010

Tracks: Dance With Me, Trenchtown Rock, Please Be There, Cold Spell, Ending Of A Song, If The Rabbit Had A Gun, Two-Faced World, Let There Be Music, Fat Mama Blues, Tongue Tied, Times Passes On & Still The One.

Musicians on the ´75 Live Harvard Square album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen & Wells Kelly.

Obscurities

Friday Music 2008

Tracks: Slippin´Away, You´ve Been Runnin´, You´re Mine, Don´t Break The Code, I Wanna Be In Love, Open Up Your Heart, The Great Divine, Play It By Heart, I Found Somebody, Kelly, UnSettling Down, Start From Were You Are & The Moment.

Musicians on the Obscurities album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

We´re Still Havin´Fun

Friday Music 2008

Tracks: Let There Be Music, Dance With Me, Dancin´ In The Moonlight, Mission Of Mercy, The Walking Wounded, She´s Into Something´, Please Be There, Love Leads Us Home, Love Takes Time & Still The One.

Musicians on the We´re Still Havin´Fun album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen, Fly Amero, Charlie Morgan, Manuel Quintana & Charlie Dechant.

Live

Friday Music 2007

Tracks: Dance With Me, If, Let There Be Music, Time Passes On, Forever, Crazy, Love Takes Time, Power, Reach, Still The One & Tongue Tied.

Musicians on the Live, Volume 1 album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Still The One

Rhino Records 2007

Tracks: Still The One, Fresh Wind, Golden State, Reach, Time Passes On, Dance With Me, Let There Be Music, Sails, Give One Heart & Spring Fever.

Musicians on the Still The One album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Dancin´In The Moonlight

Friday Music 2006

Tracks: Mission of Mercy, Mission of Mercy, Heaven, Yestertime, In My Dream, The Walking Wounded, Get a Life, I Need a Break (From My Vacation), What Was I Thinkin’ & Issues.

Musicians on the Dancin´In The Moonlight album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Still The One

Madacy Entertainment 2004

Tracks: Still The One, Dance With Me, Let There Be Music, Love Takes Time, Time Passes On, Tongue Tied, Crazy, Forever, Half Moon, If, Juliet, Miss Grace, Reach & Power.

Musicians on the Still The One album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Still The One Live

Orleans Records 2002

Tracks: Intro, Trench Town Rock, Jam, Plastic Money, Waking And Dreaming, (My House Is Like A) Zoo, Boogie On Country Woman, Fly Away, Lady Liberty, Miss Grace, You´ve Giving Me Something, Circles, Compared To What, Ending Of A Song, The Bum, Plutonium Is Forever, Still The One & New Star Shining.

Musicians on the Still The One Live album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

The Essentials

Elektra Records 2003

Tracks: Dance With Me, Fresh Wind, Reach, Time Passes On, Still The One, Let There Be Music, Sails, Give One Heart, Spring Fever, Ending Of A Song & Waking And Dreaming.

Musicians on the The Essentials album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Let There Be Music/Still The One

Collectables Records 2002

Tracks: Fresh Wind, Dance With Me, Time Passes On, Your Life My Friend, Let There Be Music, Business As Usual, Cold Spell, Ending Of A Song, Give One Heart, You’ve Given Me Something, Reach, What I Need, If I Don’t Have You, Waking And Dreaming, Sails, Still The One, The Bum, Golden State, The Path & Spring Fever.

Musicians on the Let There Be Music/Still The One album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Dance With Me

Rhino Records 1998

Tracks:  Half Moon, Fresh Wind, Dance With Me, Time Passes On, Let There Be Music, Cold Spell, Ending Of A Song, Give One Heart, Reach, What I Need, If I Don’t Have You, Waking And Dreaming, Sails, Still The One, Golden State, Spring Fever, Siam Sam, Sweet Destiny, Love Takes Time & Forever.

Musicians on the Dance With Me album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Ride

Dinosaur Entertainment 1996

Tracks: If We Never Meet Again, I’m On Your Side, Heaven, OneTribe, The Great Divide, Ride, In My Dream, Yestertime, Earth Out Tonight, Plastic Money, Looking For The Light, Love’s Not Just For Other People & Analog Man.

Musicians on the A Collection Of Songs album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Live, Volume 1

Digital Sound 1995

Tracks: Dance With Me, If, Let There Be Music, Time Passes On, Forever, Crazy, Love Takes Time, Power, Reach, Still The One & Tongue Tied.

Musicians on the Live, Volume 1 album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Analog Men

Pioneer Records 1994

Tracks:  My Idea Of Love, Love’s Not Just For Other People, Fat City, Love 2 Watch, Serenity, Heaven, Analog Man, Dance With Me, Back To Your Arms, One Way Or Another & Keep On Changin’.

Musicians on the Analog Men album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Live, Volume 1

Major Records 1993

Tracks: Dance With Me, If, Let There Be Music, Time Passes On, Forever, Crazy, Love Takes Time, Power, Reach, Still The One & Tongue Tied.

Musicians on the Live, Volume 2 album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Still The One

Asylum Records 1990

Tracks: Dance With Me, Still The One, Reach, Give One Heart, If I Don´t Have You, Sails, What I Need, Spring Fever, Waking And Dreaming, Fresh Winds, Business As Usual, Time Passes On, Your Life My Frien, Cold Spell & Ending Of A Song.

Musicians on the Still The one album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Live

Major Records 1990

Tracks: Dance With Me, Let There Be Music, Time Passes On, Forever, Crazy, Love Takes Time, Power, Reach, Still The One, Tongue Tied, Good Old Daze, I Found Somebody, Poison Rain, Long Ride Home, Juliet, Arms/Half Moon, Miss Grace, Old Timers & Compared To What.

Musicians on the Live album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Grown Up Children

MCA Records 1986

Tracks: Speed Of Love, Grown Up Children, I’ll Go Crazy, You’re Mine, LadyLiberty, Language Of Love, Fly Away, Circles, On Hold & I’ve Got To Hand It To You.

Musicians on the Grown Up Children album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

One Of A Kind

Radio Records 1982

Tracks: One Of A Kind, I Found Someone, Let It Be Me, Beatin´Around The Bush, Save Our Planet, Keep On Shining, Gotta Lotta Money (Big Deal), Give In To It, Circles & Move On.

Musicians on the One Of A Kind album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Orleans

MCA Records 1980

Tracks: No Ordinary Lady, When Are You Coming Home, Bustin´Loose, Dukie´s Tune, You´ve Been Runnin´, Come On Over, Ann Marie, Oughta Daughta (Think I Will), Wind & Change Your Mind.

Musicians on the Orleans album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen, Wells Kelly, Jay Beckenstein, Bill Brown, Phil Collins, Bob Leinbach, Jerry Marotta, Rick Marotta, Ra Martin, Morris Pert, Basil Tyler & Gerado Velez.

Forever

Infinity Records 1979

Tracks: Love Takes Time, Don´t Throw Our Love Away, Keep On Rollin´, I Never Wanted To Love You, Everybody Needs Some Music, Slippin´Away, The Flame And The Moth, Isn´t It Easy & Forever.

Musicians on the Forever album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

The ABC Collection

ABC Records 1976

Tracks: Please Be There, If, Two Faced World, Turn Out the Light, Tongue Tied, Half Moon, Mountain, Wanderlust, Ticonderoga Moon, Stoned & It All Comes Back.

Musicians on the ABC Collection album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Waking And Dreaming

Asylum Records 1976

Tracks: Reach,What I Need, If I Don’t Have You, Waking And Dreaming, Sails, Still The One, The Bum, Golden State, The Path & Spring Fever.

Musicians on the Waking And Dreaming album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Let There Be Music

Asylum Records 1975

Tracks: Fresh Wind, Dance With Me, Time Passes On, Your Life My Friend, Let There Be Music, Business As Usual, Cold Spell, Ending Of A Song, Give One Heart & You’ve Given Me Something.

Musicians on the Let There Be Music album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Dance With Me

MCA Records 1975

Tracks: Let´s Have A Good Time, Dance With Me, Wake Up, Let There Be Music, The Last Song, Sweet Johanna, Sunset, Money & Breakdown.

Musicians on the Dance With Me album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

II

ABC Records 1974

Tracks are: Let’s Have A Good Time, Dance With Me, Wake Up by, Let There Be Music, The Last Song, Sweet Johanna, Sunset & Money Breakdown.

Musicians on the Orleans album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

Orleans

ABC Records 1973

Tracks: Please Be There, If, Two-Faced World, Turn Out The Light, Tongue Tied, Half Moon, Mountain, Wanderlust, Ticonderoga Moon, Stoned & If All Comes Back Again.

Musicians on the Orleans album: John Hall, Larry Hoppen, Lance Hoppen and others.

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