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Planet 3 - 1990 Music From The Planet

ARTIST: Planet 3
ALBUM: Music From The Planet (Swedish)
SERIAL: COL 471227 2
YEAR: 1990
CD REISSUE: 2011, AOR Heaven, CLASSIX 0012


LINEUP: Jay Graydon - guitars, keyboards, programming * Clif Magness - vocals, keyboards, programming * Glen Ballard - keyboards, programming

TRACK LISTING: 01 Born To Love * 02 From The Beginning * 03 Insincere * 04 Criminal * 05 I Don't Want To Say Goodnight * 06 Welcome To Love * 07 The Day The Earth Stood Still * 08 Only Your Eyes * 09 Modern Girl * 10 Ever After Love

If you are looking for an example or reference point for West Coast AOR music, then stop right off here at Planet 3. For the most part an overly technical album from a programming perspective, but the mixture of keyboard and drum programming, combined with the great vocals of Magness and that magic guitar of Graydon pushes this album into the stratosphere. 'Music For the Planet' is the Swedish release of Planet 3's album, while the Japanese version is called 'Heart from The Big Machine'. It has a different cover too, and also the last track on each is different.

The Songs
What we get here is classy stuff, as evidenced by the opener 'Born To Love'. Gee whiz you wanna strut your stuff to this one. I don't know whether I want to dance or break out my air guitars or air keyboards, so infectious is the chorus. 'From The Beginning' has lots of stabbing keyboards and some lusty guitar playing from Graydon on the solo's. The albums piece de resistance has to be the track 'Insincere' recorded live. This is as heartfelt a ballad your likely to hear. Exquisite is the word that comes to mind. The tracks 'Criminal' and 'Welcome To Love' both have elements of those other West Coast acts a la Airplay and What If. Another ballad 'I Don't Want To Say Goodnight' is great too, and is a deadringer for some of Chicago's best moments. The lyrically thought provoking 'The Day The Earth Stood Still' is an understated piece of brilliance, due in part to it's simple arrangement and it's haunting keyboard driven melodies. The funk attack returns on 'Modern Girl' where you hear all those tight drum hits and that Graydon guitar is running rampant again. The last track 'Ever After Love' is a West Coast workout similar to stuff churned out by Al Jarreau or De Barge.

In Summary
For me, so good is this album I just wish these boys would get out and do it all again. Still very much involved with musical projects, Messrs Graydon, Magness and Ballard can be heard on all sorts of albums right up until present day. Lets hope Planet 3 makes a welcome return.

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#1 | ROBERT on February 16 2006 17:26:16
Mi disco Favorito d todos los tiempos d WEST/COAST!SmileWink
#2 | richardb on June 19 2008 20:52:50
A fantastic album. I'm no a big fan of hi-tech AOR as a whole especially the programming which tends to give it a 'processed' feel (as it does on the Cliff Magness solo lp). But due to stellar performances from Messrs Graydon and Magness this makes it an essential purchase. Great playing from Graydon on 'From the beginning' would love to hear a live version of this song..

Richard B
#3 | jeffduran on June 20 2008 18:37:45
agree. great songs. may take a listen or two to get into this.
#4 | code4 on October 23 2015 16:39:27
Sounds exactly the same as Clif Magness - Solo (1994). In fact Jay even cheekily stuck the track 'Jenny's Still in Love' (from Clif magness- solo) on the Planet 3 -'Gems Unearthed' cd he released back in the early 2000's...something i wouldn't really bother with (Just get Clif Magness Solo instead if you like this once off Planet 3 album)
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