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Planet Passion

Ancient Future 10/15/2002
From romantic sitar on "Socha Socha" to light, delicate vocals on "Ocean of Love," and ranging across multiple continents for musical origins, Ancient Future's Planet Passion album offers a lot to be enthusiastic about. The band is the longest-performing world fusion group, having formed in 1978, yet they retain their inventiveness in developing new sound and style melds. "The Scalloped Fret and Scots Tune Mett" refers to bandleader Matthew Montfort's performance of "I Mett Her in the Medowe," a mysterious Scottish mandora melody from 1615, with "the ornaments and note bends of the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining aspects of the South Indian vina with the steel string guitar." Again, it's an elegant success. "Slavic Seduction" is a traditional Russian folksong and "Ne Po Pogrebu Bochonocheck" is about a young couple's first night together. It features vocals by artist Irina Mikhailova, which combine effectively, if almost eerily, with the band's Eastern sound. Meanwhile, "El Zaffa" brings in the Arabic influence of a lively wedding march, and becomes another of Ancient Future's excellent adaptations. "Forest Frolic (Bamboo Flute Magic)," the band's first release after a six-year hiatus, is a playful, spritely conjunction of bamboo flute work by two Asian flute virtuosos. Chinese multi-instrumentalist Liu Qi-Chao and Nepali bansuri master Manose Singh join efforts, and the result is truly splendid -- joyous and lilting. What a welcome return for Ancient Future. Devotees of the best in world fusion will surely wish to add Planet Passion to their collections. ~ Murrday Fisher
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 Simsimay Panima PT6M4S
  3. 2 Forest Frolic PT4M29S
  4. 3 I Mett Her in the Medowe Pt. A PT5M34S
  5. 4 I Mett Her in the Medowe Pt. B PT4M16S
  6. 5 Ocean of Love PT5M29S
  7. 6 Ochun PT3M34S
  8. 7 Semara PT4M30S
  9. 8 Alap PT1M57S
  10. 9 El Zaffa PT4M27S
  11. 10 Ne Po Pogrebu Bockonochek PT5M10S
  12. 11 Socha Socha Pt. A PT10M35S
  13. 12 Socha Socha Pt. B PT8M33S

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