AFL1-4320 The Planet Earth Rock And Roll Orchestra
Produced by Scott Mathews & Ron Nagle with Paul Kantner
Released on August 1983
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Y our typical tale of a telepathic rock band that moves to Australia (to hide from the US government) and eventually detaches from the Earth to cruise space. Sure itís convoluted, but if you have the time to read through the lyric sheet and separate story outline, itís no more work than Patrick Moraz or Roger Waters. Paul Kantnerís (so far) final studio album collects various Starship/Airplane alumni on what feels like an extended trip through his input to recent Starship efforts (ďOut of Control,Ē ďConnectionĒ). If thatís not a useful reference point for you, imagine Roger Waters and Hawkwind with a San Francisco hippie mindset. The trouble with The Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra (beside its cumbrous title) is that most listeners arenít living in the cloud of smoke where this sort of stuff would make sense. Itís ambitious (isnít everything Kantner does?) and has some lovely breakaway moments like ďLilithís SongĒ and "Declaration of Independence," but to be appreciated as a single body of work means taking in a whole planet. I have time for this sort of thing, and a state of mind conducive to interstellar fairy tales, so I actually enjoy this album. If the urgency behind the music seems a little forced (after all, the fate of the world doesnít really depend on the Planet Earth Rock & Roll Orchestra), credit Kantner with being a true believer. You may not be on his wavelength, but once you get there itís a fun trip. The instrumental sections in particular are impressive as mind-candy moments that bring you deeper into the story. If youíve grown restless with Jefferson Starshipís commercial course (as Kantner had), a visit to Planet Earth may be in order. If nothing else, it shows a defiant allegiance to an outmoded muse, whose figure eyes turned heavenwards will greet with delight.

AFL1-4320 back cover AFL1-4320 insert AFL1-4320 lyric sleeve
AFL1-4320 back cover AFL1-4320 insert AFL1-4320 lyric sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. THE PLANET EARTH ROCK AND ROLL ORCHESTRA    (Paul Kantner)    4:07
  2. (SHE IS A) TELEPATH    (Paul Kantner)    2:51
  3. CIRCLE OF FIRE    (Paul Kantner)    3:47
  4. MOUNT SHASTA    (Paul Kantner/Scott Mathews/Ron Nagle/Grace Slick)    2:44
  5. LILITH'S SONG    (Paul Kantner/Grace Slick/Pete Sears)    6:42
  6. TRANSUBSTANTIATION
      Part I: ESPERANTO    (Paul Kantner/Ron Nagle/Scott Mathews/Grace Slick)    1:28
      Part II: SCIENCE FRICTION    (Paul Kantner)    2:04
  7. THE MOUNTAIN SONG    (Paul Kantner/Jerry Garcia)    5:02
  8. DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE    (Wolcott Gibbs/Celius Dougherty)    1:38
  9. UNDERGROUND (THE LABORATORIES)    (Paul Kantner/Ron Nagle/Scott Mathews)    2:13
  10. THE SKY IS NO LIMIT    (Paul Kantner/China Kantner)    2:51
  11. LET'S GO    (Paul Kantner)    5:02

CREDITS

PAUL KANTNER -- guitars, synthesizers, banjo, glass hamronica, vocals
JACK CASADY -- bass
CRAIG CHAQUICO -- lead guitar
AYNSLEY DUNBAR -- drums
THE DUROCS -- sound effects
ALEXANDER KANTNER -- vocals
CHINA KANTNER -- vocals
SCOTT MATHEWS -- everything (guitar, vocals, percussion, pedal steel guitars, Linn drums, mandolin, harmonica, glass harmonica, synthesizers, saxophones, vocoderm, organ, bass drum), engineer
RON NAGLE -- vocals, piano, engineer
PETE SEARS -- piano
GRACE SLICK -- vocals, piano
MARK VOLMAN & HOWARD KAYLAN -- vocals
John Blakeley -- 2nd rhythm guitar (11)
David Freiberg -- synthesizer and vocals (3)
Ronnie Montrose -- lead guitar (2)
Mickey Thomas -- vocals (3)
Kevin Beamish and Jefferson Starship -- producer (3)
Pat Ieraci (Maurice) -- production coordinator
Ken Kessie -- mixing
Maureen Droney -- engineer
Steve Fontana -- engineer
David Frazer -- engineer
Wayne Lewis -- engineer
Jim Welch/Artists & Friends, Inc. -- art direction
Bud Thon -- illustration

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US/CAN August 1983 RCA LP AFL1-4320 lyric sleeve, insert
JPN 1984 RCA LP RPL-8225  

 

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