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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002570
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Hindburn on August 8, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In his first two albums, Dan Fogelberg was finding his feet and developing his style, although on his third he seemed rather to have lost his way. This was rectified in 1977, with 'Nether Lands' being the album in which he really seemed to find his niche artistically. From then on, he moved forward confidently and met with considerable commercial success.
However, this album does not make any concessions in order to be commercial and contains no hit singles - it is an uncompromising artistic effort and merits sustained listening in order to fully appreciate its deep qualities. This was the first Dan Fogelberg album which I heard, and initially I did not particularly enjoy it. However, that soon changed, and it became the much-loved 'soundtrack' for an important time in my life. It remains my favourite Fogelberg album, sounding as good as ever after more than 20 years.
Whilst all the musical styles used here appear in some form or another in Dan's other albums, this one perhaps contains the broadest range of styles, as he experiments with intricate arrangements ranging from dramatically orchestrated ballads (the title track and 'Sketches') to rolling country-rock ('Once upon a time' and 'Lessons learned'), gentle acoustic guitar picking ('Scarecrow's dream'), light jazz ('Give me some time'), and slow, moody rock ('Loose ends'). And throughout, Fogelberg's tasteful guitar and keyboard work, and his soaring vocal harmonies, demonstrate his maturing musical talent.
Whilst not a concept album in the accepted sense, the mood and lyrical content of the album has a consistency throughout, the themes being the search for direction in life, issues of conscience and idealism, and the transitory nature of many relationships.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Power Pop! on September 26, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although it peaked at a respectable #13 on Billboard's album charts in June of 1977, this album is still unknown to many that have only listened for Dan's chart hits. Two singles ("Love Gone By" and the promo "Nether Lands") failed to achieve any true commercial success, but that statistic belies the greatness of content. "Nether Lands" contains some of Dan's finest compositions and flows beautifully, stirring many dimensions and genres of musical styles. For those attuned to the pure lyrical and melodic trademark folk style of Dan's, there are generous helpings here. For those with an ear for commercial pop, listen to the aforementioned tunes, as well as "Once Upon A Time" and "False Faces". Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and John David Souther are among the fine talents that lend a hand in crafting the sounds heard on this disc, and the compostitions are introspective and bold. This was a harbinger of great things to follow, and those who did buy this when it was a fresh 12-inch piece of wax knew it. Great from start to finish, and severly overlooked. Even more sad is that the CD is in great need of remastering, as the direct analog transfers are much too "tinny" without the lower registers and midrange represented well. Still a five-star event due to the artistry.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lysa Burleson VINE VOICE on August 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is my favorite - ever! I have worn out so many copies that I can't even tell you how many there were.
Dan goes from Symphonic to Country Twang, to soft Ballad in that harmonious way only he can do. Songs like Once Upon A Time remince to Home Free. Dancing Shoes is a fan favorite ballad. And Nether Lands a full orchestral experience unlike any you've probably ever experienced before.
Dan Fogelberge shines on this album.. it's no wonder so many think he's a musical genius.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By matt pavkovic on October 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I have always maintained that few solo artists have singlehandedly pulled off what Dan Fogelberg accomplished in 1977- a perfect album. And I think what goes to substantiate that more than anything is how Nether Lands failed commercially, slipping through the cracks of the studio floor, into the land of lost album classics. That is to say one stumbles upon a treasure like this buried in their sister's strewn record collection, dusts it off, plays it and is never really quite the same again. Such was exactly the case for me in '82.
I remember being drawn to this L.P. like the preverbial moth to a flame, back in my college days, well after it's initial release. Interestingly enough, it wasn't a particular song that attracted me, but the album itself. On the cover is Mr. Fogelberg himself, face etched in comptemplation, sullen, a bit weathered and with full beard looking well beyond its twenty-six years like long haired Dan had seen it all. The back cover seems to beckon you with its image of sunlight fractured among the trees of some great North woods. The inside sleeve, however, is what did it, with an owl-like stare of the artist against a mural of pastel colors, where printed were what I thought to be the greatest lyrics ever written.
Beyond all that is the glorious music which should leave you speechless.(If you're a baby boomer and it doesn't, you're dead.) The majestic title piece, an ode to freewill, is as compelling a song you're ever likely to hear. The lyrics are impeccable and the complex arrangement, courtesy of a full orchestra, is refreshing. Fogelberg gives his vocal cords a workout here and succeeds.
His numerous references to nature on Nether lands tell much about the man and his love of the outdoors, his prose akin to that of Thoreau or John Muir.
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