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Tokyo Belle

by Lane Thaw

A unique blend of country swing with a touch of Cajun spice. This is Lane's first release with 5 time Grammy Winner, Bruce Swedien.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. I'll Do All the Rest
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2. Tokyo Belle
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3. Old School Funk
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4. Patina
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5. Honeymoon Song
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6. Fiddy Dollar Bill
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7. Blush Wine
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8. Far Away from this Room
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Album Notes
The Music - This record is important. It marks a return to imaginative songwriting that takes the listener on an unforgettable musical journey. It’s fresh, and, yet, it takes you back to a time when people danced together and when an album was played from start to finish.

The CD opens with “I’ll Do All the Rest”, which is a fun song in the tradition of country swing with a touch of Andrews Sisters’s charm. This song and the Cajun flavored “Fiddy Dollar Bill” would be quite a refreshing change for today’s country radio. They both have a wonderful two-step bounce with charismatic vocals by Lane.

“Tokyo Belle” is my favorite song on the album. It captures with clarity and detail all the pathos of the story, which is rare these days. The horn arrangements are tight, and the flavor of Dixieland swing gives the sonics a captivating time stamp, which you can’t help but love.

“Old School Funk” takes me back to the great times Bea and I had in Chicago, so I put a real R&B Chicago flavored mix on it. Tower of Power vocalist, Brent Carter, performs the vocals. Brent also performs on “Blush Wine”, which is a throwback to classic summertime songs. Lane‘s quest for this song was to write the perfect “Shag” song for his friends back in the Carolinas.

“Honeymoon Song” combines Dixieland flavor with Lane crooning on all six vocal tracks. It’s about an impatient groom with a modern twist. “Patina”, on the other hand, is a dramatic instrumental painted with broad strokes of Latin romance and passion.

The record ends with a real treat as Randie Paul sings “Far Away from this Room”. The song also features Cuban Born percussionist Orlando Sanchez, bassist Charlie Silva, and trumpeter Stephen Walters, who bring it all together with a dash of Latin spice. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Bruce Swedien


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Pavol Brezina

I dont believe to sound of this one. Its possible???? I bought it already, one of the best sounding recording of all time!!!!!!

Erica Campanella

One of the Best CD's This Year
Finally something you can listen to from start to finish. I heard one song on NPR radio and the entire CD is wonderful. If you're fed up with the usual recycled and tired radio "Hits", you will absolutly love this CD. Great Variety also.

Bruce Swedien

Tokyo Belle
Of course I have produced, recorded and mixed many albums. I must say that "TOKYO BELLE" is one of my absolute favorites. It dosen't ake much urging for me to play it for friends and visitors....

Try it.... You'll like it!!! I promise....

Bruce Swedien

Micha Peereboom

Great Album
I love this album.
The music is quite diverse, not one song is the same. It's all played by good musicians, which makes it easy to listen to it more than just once.
The lyrics are fun. Some songs really tell a story, like "Fiddy Dollar Bill" and "Tokyo Bell", which aren't just catchy songs.
And last but not least, it sounds great. It's really worth it to sit down and just listen.

Betty Partin

Tokyo Belle
Loved the whole cd. Just need a short space between each song. Would love to hear a Christmas CD by Lane.