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Planet P Project: 1931 (Go Out Dancing Part 1)

Somebody, somewhere, is going to write that the Planet P Project is what Pink Floyd would sound like if Roger Waters was still in the band. But that really does not give enough credit to Tony Carey. Yes the theme of 1931 is World War II, and the music interfuses sound clips and side story telling in the best light of The Final Cut, but 1931 musically is it's own entity. From the driving drumming to the use of intricate keyboards, this is a CD that stands on its own.

1931 is the first in a trilogy of CDs that will chronicle the last 100 years of world society. It starts with the amazing "My Radio Talks To Me" about 1931 Nazi propaganda. It jumps to Japan with "Join the Parade". We take a tour of Italy and so on and so forth until Carey touches on all the feelings and people that participated in the turning point of the world.

As a concept CD, this works amazingly well. You won't find any of the preaching of some Waters output. Instead, you have diverse, intricate, and entertaining songs that paint pictures. This CD doesn't tell you what to feel, it lets you feel it naturally on each and every listen.

Planet P Project is highly recommended to any fans of progressive rock. You won't find that 5 minute guitar solo or the 8th time change in the last 10 measures, but if you like your rock intelligent, entertaining, and driving, then 1931 is for you.

Track Listing
My Radio Talks To Me 6:41
Join The Parade 4:29
Good Little Soldiers 5:12
Work (will make you free) 4:49
The Judge and The Jury 5:02
The Other Side Of The Mountain 5:48
Waiting For The Winter 4:55
Believe It 4:04
The Things They Never Told Me 4:35
Where Does It Go? 5:03

Added: February 1st 2005
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Related Link: Purchase at ProgRock Records
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Language: english

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Planet P Project: 1931 (Go Out Dancing Part 1)
Posted by Duncan Glenday, SoT Staff Writer on 2005-02-01 12:36:50
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Tony Carey is a multi-instrumentalist, multi-talented, and multi-faceted individual. And he taps deeply into that multitude of facets on 1931, which is to be part one of the Go Out Dancing trilogy.

In 1978 Carey left Rainbow and he left California and he settled in Germany. Besides his career as a successful producer and a small-part actor (Full Metal Jacket), he has released over 30 CDs. Three of these were under the Planet P Project, and the eponymous Planet P record hit the top-10 in the album charts in the early '80s. In 2003, some two decades later, Carey released 1931, subtitled Go Out Dancing Part 1. Record 2 will be Levittown, focusing on the 1950s, and Out In The Rain will examine the state of unfortunates around the world. The CD reviewed here is ProgRock records's re-release of the 2003 piece.

1931 Examines America's first radio evangelist who supported pre-Hitler Germany and the radicalism of that era; and it explores Hirohito's Japan, the McVeigh-set in modern day America. Ten songs run 4 to 6 radio-friendly minutes and each vignettes a troubled time in recent history - usually viewed from the personal perspective of a victim or participant, and always told with a biting cynicism that defines the tone of this whole CD. This satire is expressed through the prose, over-dubbed spoken voices or snippets of the historical speeches delivered to adoring masses by charismatic dictators.

Musically - the sound is very full. It is dominated to some extent by a prominent drum machine which lends it a 1980s vibe, but the rest of the instruments and the sampled overlays and particularly the vocals give it a modern hard-rock meets progressive rock feel. Carey plays most instruments in most songs and no major credits are given to any other artist - only a brief acknowledgement of 3 guest artists. This is very much a one-man project.

The hard-hitting lyrics are descriptive and easily heard and are dripping with cynicism. But don't let that turn you off. The rich progressive rock yields a great listen, and the you have to admire Carey's ambition and courage in producing a challenging, intelligent piece of music that comments at once on contemporary values, and on the darkest events in our recent history.

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Planet P Project: 1931 (Go Out Dancing Part 1)
Posted by Timm Phelen on 2004-12-25 15:59:07
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Thank you for reviewing Tony Carey/ Planet P Project :G.O.D.-1931. Anyone who would like to hear more of Tony's music can check him out at there he has the original artwork for 1931 and tracks from his other new cd "Islands and Deserts" . Also check out Tony's website or hook up with his fans on the messageboard at thanks again for reviewing my favorite artist! timm

Planet P Project: 1931 (Go Out Dancing Part 1)
Posted by KSM on 2004-12-20 12:07:28
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Believe It, or not... the review, as glowing as it is, only scratches the surface. There is so much depth to the music and the lyrics that repeated listenings will only start the process of reavealing all. The scope of the CD is much broader than just WWII, it spans the 20th Century, right up to modern times. The lyrics demand your attention and the music commands close scrutiny; I recommend earphones and turn it up.

The multiple characters and points of view in the CD skewer the -isms that have plagued recent history.

Be careful, you just might learn something...

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