Planet P returns at last
John E. Poulin | 05/24/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"24 years after the even-then kind of odd "Pink World" release Planet P Project is back with a 3 part Trilogy (Go Out Dancing) Pt.1 is entitled 1931. Part 2 is called Levitown and is currently available, Pt.3 should be out next year according to Tony Carey. Tony Carey IS Planet P Project having been signed to MCA as TC he was signed to Geffen back in the early 80's as Planet P. The second PlanetP album was issued on MCA and afer that Tony has had a varied output of work, but all under the Tony Carey name.
This sounds like Planet P make no mistake. Tracks 1-4 are classic PP sound, while the rest of the disc tends to head in a more political direction, Tony explains more about this and the trilogy in the liner notes. As always, Tony pretty much plays all the instruments and wrote all of the lyrics except for 2 songs which he co-wrote. I have heard "work will set you free" before but just can't figure which TC album?
All in all I am happy to get this and I am allready expecting the second disc to arrive early next week. This was previously issued on a German? label but apparently Tony has worked out a deal thru Renessaince and Koch to distribute the titles in the USA. Welcome back to Tranquility Base, Mr. Carey it's been far too long.
A musical emasculation of the demos
jaman57 | Toms River, NJ USA | 03/07/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"A few years before this came out, Tony Carey (who is Planet P) posted up on his website what he called "demos" of many of the songs on this album, as an album ("Go Out Dancing") and an E.P. ("Waiting For The Winter"). He called them demos, but they were totally complete. They were two of the best collections of concept/message/protest songs I've ever heard - think the sentimentalities of Roger Waters meets the progressive pop of David Bowie at his best. The music and lyrics were hard-hitting, uncompromising, and catchy. When "1931" was officially released I immediately ordered it. What a horrendous disappointment. The lyrics are the same; the message is the same. But the music has totally lost it's b**lls. Searing guitar has been replaced by bland keyboards, and the rawness of the vocals smoothed out far too much. One need look no further than the song "The Other Side Of The Mountain", which has gone from blistering (and the best song on the original) to pure pop (and utterly forgettable). Maybe you can find the demos still floating around the internet - if so download it, then send Mr. Carey the price of the album. He deserves to be paid for that; this deserves only to be buried. The follow-up, "Levittown" has now been released - the one song I have heard from it continues the sad trend. Mr. Carey, please release (officially) the originals. Maybe for someone who never heard the originals this might satisfy; but Mr. Carey should not be rewarded for undercutting his own credibility."