Dan Reed Releases the Second Lyric Video ‘Spaceship Built For Two’  Trailing his Cosmic New Solo Album


The launch of Dan Reed’s fifth solo album is looming on the horizon. Titled ‘Liftoff’, this sublimely chilled-out collection of 11 tracks (released on Zero One Entertainment’s label and distributed through Townsend Records) will ship and be available on all streaming and download platforms from 4th December, 2020.


Though Dan may be best-known for his funk rock work with Dan Reed Network, he also excels at electronic soul rock. Writing for Metal Planet Music, Paul Sabin rightly observed, “Dan Reed has always been able to dodge the pigeonholing of his music by making every release, innovative, exciting and diverse.” That’s true of Dan’s albums, his songs and his videos. His latest releases, each and all, keep up that creativity, momentum, and track record.


During the countdown to ‘Liftoff’s’ launch, Dan is releasing 4 specially-made lyric videos in order to give a taste of this collection of tracks: a collection that he’s quite deliberately woven together as a full-album listening experience.


The first lyric video — for the title track ‘Liftoff’ has been released. It’s now followed by a lyric video for ‘Spaceship Built For Two’, which builds on the launch video’s cosmic motif and visual richness, but also has a very Earthly significance.


Check out the video for Spaceship Built For Two here


Dan himself explains: ‘Spaceship Built For Two’ features UK vocalists Emily Lynn and Lara Smiles on backing vocals.


“It’s a song that I composed about how nice it would be, some days — when seeing the world tearing itself apart over conspiracies and differing political opinions — to be able to pack up and depart for a new world, for just a day: to regroup and find perspective.


“The lyric video I created is in honor of those fighting to keep democracy alive in Hong Kong, but losing the battle against the Beijing government. Just this week, the last fifteen pro-democracy politicians in the Hong Kong government resigned in protest for their colleagues being fired without going through the courts.


“In my world travels, one of the most favourite memories I have are the two weeks I spent in this beautiful city on my way to India; my second time in 2003. It’s tragic to see this once-vibrant bastion of creativity, commerce and liberty being crushed by those who fear independent thinking, and so I start and end the video with quotes from ‘Joshua Wong’ — the then-teenager who ignited the umbrella protests a few years back — when all of Hong Kong was beginning to see the oppressive writing on the wall.”


Watch the video and you’ll be mesmerised by mind-blowing footage of Hong Kong, lit up at night: scintillating visuals. It’s definitely a video that deserves more than one viewing, not least to lose yourself in the soothing balm of the music and beautifully-textured vocals, nor to be dazzled by those motes of city light, but also to mull on the song’s message and Dan’s support for Hong Kong’s activists, freedom fighters and democracy.


Dan Reed has that unique ability to write meaningful lyrics, add a killer melody to it and to top it off, sing with a vocal tone that is like warm honey.” So says Paul Sabin, writing for Metal Planet Music. He adds, “This album may well be the musical antidote to COVID-19 in that it will warm, relax, reassure and wrap you in a blanket of love and tenderness with no sharp edges. A perfect way to make the world a more bearable place.”


Reviewing ‘Liftoff’, Neil Mach (writing for RAW RAMP) reaches a similar conclusion: “DAN REED has been steadfast in delivering genuine, straightforward, and intuitive antidotes to the bleakest and most grim facets of modern life for some time now… and in these days of heightened anxiety he prepares to release his fifth solo album, entitled ‘Liftoff’ and it’s a trip into assuasive chill space… Soul-calming material, meticulously executed…”


Check out Dan’s mesmeric video for ‘Spaceship Built For Two’ and his website for further details, where you can pre-order this excellent album.




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1 Night Flight Orchestra, The Sometimes the world ain't enough
2 Subsignal La muerta
3 Striker Play to win
4 Young Gun Silver Fox AM waves
5 Spock's Beard Noise floor
6 Maverick Cold star dancer
7 Dukes Of The Orient Dukes Of The Orient
8 FM84 Atlas
9 Perfect Plan All rise
10 Ghost Prequelle
11 Kristine Kristine
12 FM Atomic generation
13 Black Stone Cherry Family tree
14 W.E.T. Earthrage
15 Space Elevator Space Elevator 2
16 First Aid Kit Ruins
17 Glowbox Fossil fuel
18 Say Sue Me Where We Were Together
19 Manic Street Preachers  Resistance Is Futile 
20 Magnum Lost on the Road to Eternity
21 Kayak Seventeen
22 Romeo, Michael War of the Worlds / Pt. 1
23 Snow Patrol Wilderness
24 E.S.T. Live in London
25 Muse Simulation theory
26 Magic Dance New Eyes

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Life brings many new adventures each and every single day, some of them are priceless, but others make you realise that things aren't always going the way you planned it and you experience important lessons in life. Without a doubt, everything you face in life is memorable, good and bad, so looking back each year is always interesting to see your own further development, because you're never too old to learn...

Besides health, family, friends, work, music is one of the important things in my life, because music is the story of my life in the 40 years I am on planet earth now. It all started in the very early 1980s collecting new 45" singles on vinyl (80s music), playing old records from my parents (50s-70s music) and listening to the radio all day (all decades), constantly discovering new music and especially during the 1980s, I was constantly growing in music knowledge.

In the mid 1990s I started my own little fanzine called Strutter'zine, which is in 2018 exactly 24 years ago and many things have changed since writing the first words about starting this fanzine and now after all these years publishing my 2017 playlist of songs I played a lot in 2017. It was and will continue to be a wonderful adventure and nothing in the world would make me change something if I could go back to 1994 when I was just a 17-year old boy who went to meet musicians, promoters, managers, etc.

Every once in a while I look at all those old pictures, letters, tapes, vinyls, cds, promo packages, t-shirts, etc. in my collection, which is all part of this incredible ride and I hope to continue for many years to come, although compared to the 1990s, my time is limited nowadays, so please bare with me for not always frequently updating the website and/or replying to your messages. Believe me, music will always be in my life and whenever you think I need to hear and review something that I might have missed (especially vinyl is welcome!), please feel free to contact me at:

Now... it's time for the list, which unlike other years is now a mixture of 'albums' and (songs)!

  1. Pinnacle Point 'Winds of change'
  2. Scherer Batten (Cuts deep, The harder I try and Space and time)
  3. Threshold (Small dark lines)
  4. Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room (Reason to rhyme)
  5. Cats In Space 'Scarecrow'
  6. Rocha 'Unum'
  7. Blade Runner 2049 'O.S.T.'
  8. Stranger things Season 1 + 2 'O.S.T.'
  9. Pride Of Lions (The light in your eyes)
  10. Boulevard (Life is a beautiful thing and I can’t tell you why)
  11. FM 84 (Running in the night)
  12. Anton Walgrave 'Where oceans meet'
  13. Racoon 'Look ahead and see the distance'
+ a lot of 80s rare AOR/Soundtracks, blues, jazz, singer-songwriter, 70s symphonic rock, some modern pop/rock and much more various music styles. An endless list of course, but from the 'more well-known' 2017 released albums interesting ones are (in no particular order):
    1. Steven Wilson 'To the bone'
    2. The Killers 'Wonderful wonderful'
    3. Foo Fighters 'Concrete and gold'
    4. Lunatic Soul 'Fractured'
    5. Ayreon 'The Source'
    6. Vuur 'The mermaid and the horsemen'
    7. The War On Drugs 'A deeper understanding'
    8. Jake Isaac 'Our lives'
    9. Anubis Gate 'Covered in Black'
    10. Nocturnal Rites 'Phoenix'
    11. Fleet Foxes 'Crack-Up'
    12. Voyager 'Ghost Mile'
    13. The Weather Station 'The Weather Station'
    14. Von Hertzen Brothers 'War is over'
+ other recommended but 'lesser-known' 2017 released albums to check out are (in no particular order):
    1. The Silent Wedding 'Enigma eternal'
    2. Damnations Day 'A world awakens'
    3. Fink 'Sunday night blues club volume 1'
    4. Andrew Joslyn 'Awake at the bottom of the ocean'
    5. The smallest Creature 'Million'
    6. Abacus 'A long way to begin’
    7. Husky 'Punchbuzz'
    8. L'Anima 'Departures’
    9. Paradisia 'Sound of freedom'
    10. Them Vibes 'Electric fever’
    11. Todd Herzog 'Something to believe in’
    12. Silhouette 'The world is flat'
    13. Innuendo 'The road not taken'
    14. Fahran 'Chasing hours'
    15. Caligula's Horse 'In contact'
    16. Sons of Apollo 'Psychotic Symphony'
    17. Renegade 'The story of my life'
    18. Alan Reed 'Honey on the razor's edge'
    19. Anthriel 'Transcendence'
    20. Code Red 'Incendiary'