all songs considered


EPISODE 35 of NPR’s on line music show

All Songs Considered reviews The Edge of Heaven.

Guitarist Gary Lucas hears rhythm and blues in traditional Chinese pop tunes from the '20s and '30s.


Listen to the NPR review of EDGE OF HEAVEN at

All Songs Considered



pPBS Special March 25, 2003    3


“The Songstress” from The Edge of Heaven, is featured in the upcoming national PBS 3-part

Bill Moyers special Becoming American:

The Chinese Experience.


BECOMING AMERICAN: The Chinese Experience

Premieres March 25 – 27 from 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.

on PBS (check local listings)



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Foreign Press


4 STARS...LUCAS MAKES SUBLIME CHINESE CONNECTION...his dexterity has never been doubted. ‘The Edge of Heaven’ has him focusing all his attention on China’s gracefully melodic pop tradition of the 1940s and 50s. Lucas lets his respectful acoustic, electric and national steel guitars do the translating on this delightful set.”

                Q (UK)

 “IT IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS...played by a guitarist who learned his chops in Kowloon’s dive bars before unleashing his skills with Beef heart. Lucas grew up as a guitarist in Asia, so this is no dilettante’s stop-gap.”

                Mojo (UK)



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April 6, 2003 - Camber sands, Sussex, U.K.

All Tomorrow's Parties Festival

Magic Band reunion


April 7, 2003  - London , U.K.

Shepard's Bush Empire

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May 7, 2003  - Swarthmore (PA)

Swarthmore University

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May 9,  2003  - Hartford (CT)

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June 9, 2003 - Amsterdam

Holland Festival, Concertgebouw 

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June 22 2003 - Los Angeles (CA)


All Tomorrow's Parties Festival 

The Magic Band reunion


June 27, 2003 - Llubljana, Slovenia

Fast 'n Bulbous


August 7 & 8, 2003 - Honolulu (HI)

Univ. of Hawaii Manoa

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