Since "The Eleventh Hour" I've released many albums but continually received requests to do a sequel. This eclectic collection continues the quest for hope and ultimate creativity. "The Eleventh Hour" is, to this day, probably my favourite record. Its sequel, "11.02" has been a long time in coming, and I want to personally thank all of my fans who supported its creation and release. I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the radio programmers and DJ's who gave "The Eleventh Hour" so much support.
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
Spans Panoramic Dimensions. Lasar's greatest in many years!
By Distant Voyageur (top 500 reviewers)
Although the original Eleventh Hour is without a doubt my favorite release of his to this very day and ways will be, I cannot deny how supervised I was at how great his most recent release "11:04: Panorama" really is. I could arguably say that this is second behind the original outing of this series and is even better than the excellent 11.02 from six years before. Unfortunately as of writing this review, I totally blinked and have missed the third one entitled "When Worlds Collide" as of writing this review. Anyhow back to "Panorama", the music on here is stunningly beautiful yet also powerful and while it has the spirit of the 1993 original, "Panorama" has a totally different sound altogether yet has the magic that turned me to Lasar's music from that point and will to my last days on earth and maybe beyond.
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
An overlooked New Age gem
Reviewer: A music fan from Madison, Wisconsin
Haunting, intoxicating rhythms and energetic grooves, this CD is just excellent! That's all I have to say! :-)
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
Reviewer: Mitchell Carradine from Madison, Wisconsin
After the brilliant, artistic work known as The Eleventh Hour, I had my doubts about him being able to even come close to matching that incredible album but in 1998 I was thankfully proven wrong. This album is the sequel to The Eleventh Hour and it sure comes close to matching it. Although it doesn't topple the 11th Hour, 11:02 was the awesome follow-up that I had waited years for. The only thing this CD lacks is the sort of jazzier songs like Children Of The Night or Why Violate Every Law Of Nature. It's probably this that keeps 11 02 from toppling The Eleventh Hour. Despite that 11:02 is one of my all-time favorite New Age albums.
This tremendous CD begins with a kick with the epic Lords Of Truth. LOT is a dark, haunting song with that has danceable old school hip-hop beats fused with ambient space melodies to create a creative song that actually is very upbeat and gets me up and dancing. No no this is not a dance song. LOT transcends genre boundaries. No Secrets kind of continues the epic sound of Lords Of Truth except that the beat is faster and the music is a bit edgier. I love the space shuttle voice sound effects at the ending. I made no secret about it this song is awesome. Pioneers is a lighter more carefree tune that starts off as a minor and reverts between major-minor note keys. The bridge at the middle from 2:58 to 3:27 is almost funky with jazzy keyboards and a jazzy vibe. The song then reverts back into an electronic song and fades out. What an awesome song. Free Fall is a mellower jazzier song with a breeze sound effect, giving the song a more wintery evening feel. Cyber City is like Cellular City part II only this one, however, surpasses Cellular City. It's a very edgy rock-oriented song with a very futuristic sound, brooding atmosphere, and an upbeat vibe yet this song is also very moody. The song ends with phone sound effects and a laser beam shooting sound effect that ties Cyber City into the next track Deja Vu, which is absolutely haunting, intense, and ominous with a very spacey atmosphere at first and a ticking watch at the beginning. Deja Vu then morphs into a funky yet still haunting song with an awesome beat, haunting voices, creepy vibe and a brooding atmosphere. This song is one of my favorites and makes me feel good. Then the song ends with the ticking watch fading away. Escape To Reality is another haunting song with a very spacey atmosphere. The song begins with dark wobbling keyboards and flat beats. It then morphs into an edgier song with a weird strobe light guitar riff that was sampled from The Smiths 1983 hit 'How Soon Is Now'. One of the best song samplings I've ever heard. House Of Thieves is absolutely creepy. It starts off with a weird cricket sound effect and then morphs into a very ghostly yet funky upbeat song with a very middle of the night sound. This could make good Halloween music. Warpstream 489 is another upbeat song with a haunting atmosphere. This song is probably one of the most upbeat songs on this CD. I often find this song a bit more similar to Live AT The Eleventh Hour although not as jazzy. Wandering Souls is calmer yet another spooky song with a very eerie vibe and thundering beats and wobbly sounding keyboards. The Magician is far less creepy than the previous few tracks and this song is a bit rockier. It's almost very upbeat and brooding. Amys Lullaby III is the third re-recording of the original on the Eleventh Hour. I thought the original was too babyish with the music box being to baby-ish. This one, however, is absolutely haunting, House of Thieves or Wandering Souls, Amys Lullaby III is romantic and soothing. The final track Final Odyssey is a mournful song with military sounding drums' Gregorian Chants and a brighter more somber melody like walking towards a 2000 foot tall cathedral with the red sun shining from behind and finally arriving after a dark brutal journey. This song is absolutely breathtaking.
I didn't Think that Mars Lasar could come even close to The 1993 masterpiece The Eleventh Hour but he almost matched it in brilliance and creativity. The two previous albums Escape and Sapphire Dreams were good but they don't come close to this one and they don't even do Eleventh Hour justice. Escape is a five star so is Sapphire Dreams but The Eleventh Hour and 11:02 are more like five galaxies instead of just five stars.
These two CDs should be more noticed by the public rather than the overrated Kenny G or Yanni. Trust me they aren't bad at all but Mars Lasar, as well as Patrick O'Hearn, are far FAR superior to those two.
My hats off to Mr Lasar for creating one of my favorite New Age albums of all-time. I would go insane if I lost this marvellous CD. It's that good and it's worth the hard search. ...
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
Reviewer: A music fan from Montana
I got this cd two weeks ago and I can't stop listening to it! That's never happened before! In fact, it gets better with age. This music is simply mind-blowing! And to the other review which mentioned "deja vu" not being that good....think again! Haunting! Mars-please do more or else I'll go into withdrawals.
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
excellent sound, I'm impressed all the way...
Reviewer: A music fan from FLORIDA
MARS is incredible. this is almost as good as the eleventh hour. that's a huge compliment because I didn't think that was possible since the eleventh hour gave me goosebumps on the back of my neck. that hasn't happened since Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon. I just wanted to say MARS what took you so long? please do it again and again.
5.0 out of 5 stars *****
More excellent music by Lasar
Reviewer: A music fan from UK
All tracks are excellent to superb. 4.5 Stars. Excellent originality and variation.
Mars Lasar Website Customer Reviews
Subject: You Are The Master of New Age Music
I was in Massachusetts one weekend serving in the Reserves, went to the mall and started looking through the New Age section of the music store I was in and came across your album The Eleventh Hour. Having never heard any of your music prior to that visit, I thought, “the artwork on the album cover looked pretty nice, I think I will give it a try”. As soon as I put the disc into the player of my car, I was forever hooked. I had never heard New Age music played the way you do it. I had goosebumps going up and down my arms listening to this album. I think I left in my player for perhaps 2 months before finally pulling it out. I played this disc so much that I wore out the middle part of the disc and it started skipping. I recently purchased a new copy of the Eleventh Hour and immediately saved it on my Windows Media Player for future storage on an iPod. Your music is so incredible to listen to. It wasn’t long after that I bought Escape and Olympus. Then I learned you made some follow-up albums to the Eleventh Hour that I desperately need to get. I have only heard samples of 11.02, but playing “Cyber City” reminded of “Cellular City”. I LOVE IT! Until I got the link to your website, I did not realize how many albums you have done since the Eleventh Hour. I have been sampling them all and find them to be absolutely incredible to listen to and can’t wait to have your entire collection. I have a LOT of catching up to do. You are, the MASTER OF NEW AGE MUSIC, hands down. I love having discovered this genre of music back in the ’80s. It’s so surreal. There is so much enjoyment in listening to New Age, and no one who is a true fan of this genre should not go without adding the music of Mars Lasar to their collection. It’s like no Rock and Roll collection will ever be complete without having Led Zeppelin. As far as I am concerned, you have most deservingly earned that honor for New Age music.
Pans Panoramic Dimensions. Lasar's greatest in many years!
Although the original Eleventh Hour is without a doubt my favorite release of his to this very day and always will be, I cannot deny how supervised I was at how great his most recent release 11:04: Panorama really is. I could arguably say that this is second behind the original outing of this series and is even better than the excellent 11.02 from six years before. Unfortunately as of writing this review, I totally blinked and have missed the third one entitled When Worlds Collide as of writing this review. Anyhow back to "Panorama", the music on here is stunningly beautiful yet also powerful and while it has the spirit of the 1993 original, "Panorama" has a totally different sound altogether yet has the magic that turned me to Lasar's music from that point and will to my last days on earth and maybe beyond.
The title track is my favorite song on this entire album with a beautiful wavy electronic melody that reverberates between the left and right ears and a beautiful mix of flutes, African voices, and a beautiful trumpet. I don't know how Mars did it but "Panorama" the song is without a doubt the greatest song that he has composed in so many years and would easily stand shoulder to shoulder with anything on the original Eleventh Hour. The part of the song towards the latter half with the walkie-talkie voice saying "we're under oath" during selected holidays as well as saying that "Enron could become code" has forever struck a chord with me and I would say that even without lyrics, this song is one of the best socially-conscious tracks that I've ever listened too. Fabulous job Mars!
Salt Lake City, UT USA
In the early 90's I bought the album "the eleventh hour" at a "brain and mind symposium" in LA, and absolutely loved it. I used it for background music on the bus while driving passengers through the USA as a tour guide. They loved it too. I then bought "Olympic national park" and kept looking for more music like the 1st album I bought but never found it until now more than 10 years later. I will buy "11.02,11.03,11.04" and look forward to being amazed again. As a musician myself I can say that Mars Lasar's music is "Excellent". Thank you for inspiring me!
Saint Vincent de Reins, France - Tuesday
October 19, 2004
Bonjour, Je suis un admirateur de votre musique depuis la sortie de l'album Eleven Hour, un de mes pr?f?r?s ! J'attends toujours avre capacit? ? changer de style tout en gardant votre identit? est ?poustouflante. L'?coute de vos disques est toujours un bonheur, un voyage imaginaire. Mes albums pr?f?r?s sont The eleventh Hour, Karma, Big Box2, Final Fronier et Panorama. Poursuivez dans cette veine tout en sachant innover et nous surprendre pour des fresques sonores magnifiques !
(Translated): Hello, I have been a fan of your music since the release of the Eleven Hour album, one of my favorites! Am I still waiting with capacity? ? change your style while keeping your identity? is breathtaking. Listening to your records is always a joy, an imaginary journey. My favorite albums are The Eleventh Hour, Karma, Big Box2, Final Frontier and Panorama. Continue in this vein while knowing how to innovate and surprise us with magnificent sound frescoes!
Kansas City, Mo. USA
Plateau of the Gods 11.00 and DeJaVu 11.02. Any Mars fan knows what I mean. Just hearing these two tracks alone, and I knew I'd be hooked on this style of music. (BTW: what's Hisham got to do with anything?)