Dare to Dream (Yanni album)
|Dare to Dream|
|Studio album by Yanni|
|Released||March 31, 1992|
Dare to Dream is the eighth studio album by Keyboardist Yanni, released on the Private Music label in 1992. The album peaked at #2 on Billboard's "Top New Age Albums" chart and at #32 on the "Billboard 200" chart in the same year. It went gold within two months of its release and was nominated for a Grammy.
The album was followed by the sell-out, 65-city Dare to Dream concert tour which challenged audiences "not to be afraid to dream".
"Dare to Dream", says Yanni, "comes from a realization that not only people don't go after their dreams, they are often afraid to dream at all. If we don't dare to dream, we can't shape our future".
In a review by Johnny Loftus, "Dare to Dream is Yanni's first new material in three years and finds the new age composer fitting his unflinchingly romantic arrangements into tighter song structures. The surging synth backgrounds, insistent piano lines and general grandiosity that mark Yanni's sound are still intact. But tracks like "A Love for Life" or "Nice to Meet You" harness that famously epic energy in smaller stables. This tactic works especially well on the latter track, which is led by the wail of an electric fiddle. Elsewhere, Yanni plucks the heartstrings with "In the Mirror" and "So Long My Friend" – two weepy ballads that cascade like sheets of rain on a lonely city street. The seven-minute "You Only Live Once" becomes the only really epic piece on Dare to Dream, and it's pleasant enough. However, it illustrates the main drawback to Dream, which is Yanni's reliance on the shifting sands of synthesizers to do his bidding. As his rousing 1990 Live collaboration with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra proved, live instruments only accentuate the humanity of Yanni's music instead of deadening it like his fleets of keyboards have a tendency to do. This is a minor issue, though. Since artificial instrumentation has always been part of Yanni's highly successful sound, fans of the composer likely won't be put off by their prominence here."
|1.||"Once Upon a Time"||3:51|
|2.||"A Love for Life"||5:07|
|3.||"Nice to Meet You"||5:35|
|4.||"So Long My Friend"||3:47|
|5.||"You Only Live Once"||7:19|
|6.||"To the One Who Knows"||5:37|
|7.||"Face in the Photograph"||3:47|
|11.||"A Night to Remember"||5:47|
|12.||"In the Mirror"||4:07|
- All music composed by Yanni except "Aria" [Note: "Aria" is loosely based upon a short part of the 19th century French opera, Lakmé, by Léo Delibes. Concept for "Aria" by Malcolm McLaren and Yanni.]
- Recorded at Yanni's private studios
- Engineered by Yanni
- Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles
- Acoustic, electronic drums and percussion by Charlie Adams
- Acoustic violin on "So Long My Friend" and "Nice to Meet You" by Charlie Bisharat
- Vocals on "Aria" by Mona Lisa
- Produced by Yanni
(Personnel as described in CD liner notes.)
- (G=Gold, P=Platinum, M=Multi-Platinum)
- YANNI DARE TO DREAM 08/06/92 PRIVATE MUSIC G ALBUM SOLO Std
- YANNI DARE TO DREAM 05/05/94 PRIVATE MUSIC P ALBUM SOLO Std
The Dare to Dream concert tour
April 4 – June 20, 1992
This 2 hour and 15 minute concert is performed completely live and showcases the broad range of Yanni's music through a unique marriage of acoustic and electronic sound. Yanni and two additional keyboardists (Bradley Joseph and Julie Homi), are backed by a rhythm section headed by Charlie Adams on drums, with Michael Bruno on percussion and Osama Afifi on bass, and a string section featuring Charlie Bisharat and Karen Briggs on violin, and Sachi McHenry on cello.
- Charlie Adams – drums
- Osama Afifi – bass guitar
- Charlie Bisharat – violin
- Karen Briggs – violin
- Michael Bruno – percussion
- Julie Homi – keyboards
- Bradley Joseph – keyboards
- Sachi McHenry – cello
- Yanni's Manager: Jeff D. Klein
- Booking Agent: Fred Bohlander, Monterey Peninsula Artists
- Tour Manager: Vincent Corry
- Prod. Mgr/Designer: David "Gurn" Kaniski
- House Sound Mixer: Tommy Sterling
- Stage Monitor Mixer: Paul Serault
- Stage Manager: Peter Feldman
- Drum/Bass Tech: Jeff Buswell
- Keyboard Tech: Peter Maher
- Vari-lite Operator: Bryan Faris
- Sound Tech: Tracy Kuntsmann
- Lighting Crew Chief: Gus Thomson
- Lighting Tech: Tod Metz
- Tour Accountant: Diane Kramer, Numbers, Inc.
- Set Construction: George & Goldberg
- Wardrobe: Lynn Bugai
- Yanni's Assistant: Susan Smela
- Tour Publicity: Dione Dirito
- Special Thanks
- Yanni thanks E-mu Systems for providing the state-of-the-art sound generating equipment, including 4 Emulator IIIs, Proteus 1 and 2s, and 2 Procussion units used in the performance.
The music "Once Upon a Time" was adopted by TVB as the background music of world weather from July 28, 1991 to December 31, 2009.
- "Chart history for Dare to Dream". AMG. Retrieved 2015-04-29.
- Yanni Live, The Symphony Concerts 1993, official concert program.
- Dare to Dream – Official concert program. Yanni. 1992.
- Johnny Loftus. "Review of Dare to Dream". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-05-06.
- Dare to Dream (CD liner). Yanni. Private Music. 1992. 01005-82096-2.
- "Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold and Platinum searchable database". Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-01-01.