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Planet Blue - 1993 Planet Blue



ARTIST: Planet Blue
ALBUM: Planet Blue
LABEL: Majestic Records
SERIAL: MJCD01
YEAR: 1993

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Joe Sofia - lead vocals, fretless bass * Frank D'Angelo - guitar * Kevin Malaney - keyboards, backing vocals * Jon Norwood - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 If You Care * 02 Crop Circles * 03 Every Night * 04 Perfect World * 05 Love to Tell You * 06 Commander Grey * 07 Song Of Winter * 08 Unity * 09 Wisemen * 10 My Life * 11 Far Away From Home


Background
Hailing on all frequencies from Arizona; the epicenter of metaphysical weirdness in particular a large amount of UFO sightings; Planet Blue was led by Joe Sofia who apparently had a reputation on the local Phoenix music scene as a bassist extraordinaire and a first-hand believer in extraterrestrials. This was the band's only release, although Sofia put out a second disc as The Sofia Project in 2008 which I have not heard aside from a clip on You Tube called 'Structures On The Moon'.


The Songs
Sofia and guitarist Frank D'Angelo shared co-writing credits on all eleven tracks and musically it's an outstanding CD, sort of a cross-pollination of 1980's Camel, The Moody Blues and sophisticated pop groups such as Tears For Fears and China Crisis. Sofia's voice is pleasant and his command of the fretless bass is without question while the compositions are catchy and fun, much like the cover art. The new age outlook is telling, similar lyrically to that of UK artist Tim Hunter and songs like the bubbly synthpop of 'Crop Circles' the up-tempo and atmospheric 'Perfect World' and 'Unity' which unashamedly borrows a riff from The Moody Blues effervescent 'The Voice' are impressive. Closing out with what I think is the best track 'Far Away From Home'; an ingenious blend of both power pop and progressive styles in a way rarely heard before lends me to believe despite oodles of potential, Planet Blue would have done much better eight to ten years previous when AOR was king and blockbuster epics like 'E.T. -the Extra-Terrestrial' and 'Cocoon' where all the rage. God, I miss those days.


In Summary
There's not much on Joe Sofia's whereabouts these days and other than Frank D'Angelo, the rest of the band seems to have disappeared into the cosmos. Abducted by grey aliens perhaps?


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Comments
#1 | gdazegod on June 17 2013 03:41:44
Yep, the four corners part of AZ, plus Sedona are absolute meccas for conspiracy theorists and UFO hunters!
#2 | gdazegod on June 17 2013 04:43:41
Seems some other people were interested in tracking this album down. From the old Project Avalon Forum: http://projectava...hp?t=20229
#3 | Eric on June 17 2013 11:47:56
A few of those links on that forum page are dead. Planet Blue and Joe Sofia- an interesting mystery...
 
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