Pleiadians ‎– I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object)

Dragonfly Records ‎– bflcd24
CD, Album


1 Maia 11:17
2 Taygeta 8:41
3 Merope 9:20
4 Alcyone 8:26
5 Electra 9:13
6 Asterope 11:39
7 Celaeno 11:46

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Recorded at Pleiadians Studios in Milan.

In loving memory of Fabio De Feo and Delfino Palumbo. We will never forget.

Total time: 70:24

The track lengths as printed on the CD sleeve are all more or less wrong (for example: track 1 is printed as 8:42 long, on the CD its 11:17). It was corrected (and slightly re-designed as well) on the german release, distributed by Nova Tekk. The track listing above contains the correct lengths as found on the CD.

℗ & © Dragonfly records 1997.

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  • Barcode: 5 025055 800240
  • Matrix / Runout: BFLCD24 | MADE IN THE U.K. BY CD-SYSTEMS | 10362
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 5003

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Pleiadians I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object)(7xFile, AAC, Album) Dragonfly Records none UK & US 2006
DATCD007 Pleiadians I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject](CD, Album, P/Mixed + CD, Album, RE, RM + CD, Comp) DAT Records, EtnicaNet DATCD007 Italy 2015 Sell This Version
NTD 90304-22 Pleiadians I.F.O. (Identified Flying Object)(CD, Album) Dragonfly Records NTD 90304-22 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
DATCD007 Pleiadians I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject](23xFile, WAV, Album, RE, RM) DAT Records DATCD007 Italy 2015
DATDG007 Pleiadians I.F.O. [I.dentified F.lying O.bject](23xFile, FLAC, Album, RE, RM + 23xFile, MP3, Album) DAT Records DATDG007 Italy 2015


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July 11, 2016
It`s the best of the best album ever! It`s all about music! Big Thanks, Pleadians!


March 27, 2016
edited over 4 years ago

Well this is one of those albums, at least for some it takes multi plays to get it completely. One might ponder on... what are all these high praises and reviews about, until the discovery is made. A creation many people just stopped shot of rating as the greatest ever, at that time (1997) as Master pieces were raining down during the golden age of Goa. Now it has not only stood the test of time but strengthened itself and highlights the standards kept during the golden age of Goa.
You may hear many things, some very positive / great and some not very positive, about this album. That's because the album is so complex, vivid and intelligent yet so highly mature that, grasping it completely is a kind of a discovery. In case you don't "get it" right away, Never Mind just hold on, you will be grateful you put in the effort if you are into trance and especially GOA .

IMHO, this is one of those creations, which might prove very difficult to better. After all its the highest rated release on Discogs on the entire psy genre.
3 CD's inside the 4 fold pack, with a cover sleeve on the Project showcasing some promotional posters and party photos of the golden days of the band.
Its all about cosmic Journey and there are 7 tracks in total to drive you, with 6 of them on higher bpm's and the last down-tempo track Celaeno rightly placed to help us come down after the amazing high energy cosmic travel awaiting.

Maia- The gem which starts it after all, awesome acid line synths to begin with and the keyboard melodies starts to rock after few moments, directing us to the cosmos. Its pretty soon very evident the myriad melodic layers and mixing is mesmerizing. That roaring vocal chorus towards the end is just amazing and something special. The restart at 9.15 wow. In terms of the journey speed, the sound barrier has just been broken and 'that feeling', that a high velocity travel is awaiting us starts to sink in.

Taygeta- Layers and Layers which are so melodic, wild and intense! High energy base lines with all the complex multi layers, melodies and mixing this is a total masterpiece. Not to miss the quality of arrangment put across. The visual representations and interpretations it develops on the mind propelling us into deep cosmos combined with high energy melodies, is so pleasurable and is a rare combination. That out of earth melody introduced at 4.03 pushes us more and more, we are practically now at speeds more than Mach 4.

Merope- Very deep and powerful bass lines with powerful melodies and energy tailored to perfection. The intricately layered lower bpm phase in middle of the track leads to magical places before the take off at 6.00. Another crushing melody from 7.10, getting into prominence from 8.07. Cruising now at Supersonic speeds greater than Mach 20's. :-). We can realize this journey is something which we always knew about, but never experienced, unraveling itself from the hidden deep troves of the mind. Craftiness in arrangement is to that level to evoke such responses from the mind.

Aclyone- Well just while we start summarizing up that it couldn't be any better, Aclyone steps in with a screaming acid line and that boiling up beat effects. Not much time is required to comprehend on where this is taking us now. It is game on. The accelerator is stepped on at 1.30 and we keep to gain on speed. Sonic Layers and its complex orchestration starts at 2.10. Moving on we have now officially passed over the heliopause and that 'Shock center crossing' experience at 3.55, simply amazing. By around 5.13, its all clear and we start to actualize that this entire album is on a totally different level. From 7.13 it just super sonic cruising in some space craft, at Mach 40+ speeds... Asteroids, comets and planets seems to fly past in micro seconds.

Electra- The Emperor & The Heavy weight champ of the entire genre. Audacious Intense Beautiful Powerful Awesome. No drop in speed or intricacy here, just pushes and pushes to unimaginable fastness. Layers are intelligently and beautifully woven over and over, setting us up for the fantastic climax. High energy bass kick set in immediately & The gears are shifted at 1.30. We slowly realize we are approaching Light speeds at 2.04. What follows has to be just experienced.

At 5.32 we are traversing the cosmos at light speeds and preparing ourselves for that unprecedented climax. But then just when you think you can’t take more of this intense energy, standby for classical climax Mayhem which starts at 7.35. Oh! What an energy. Ears are burning. I have seen people unable to move by now, on dance floor for the sheer intensity.

Asterope- While we all try to figure out where we have reached after that high energy travel, 'Asterope' is just the track to guide us, by slowing us down just a little. Post that Alien breaths at the beginning and the picture starts to clear before us, revealing the amazing place we have been taken to. Beautiful melodies build and build over one another, and guide us deeper and deeper and at 9.25 its pure bliss. Long track.

Celaeno - Just one beautiful musical piece of blissful melodies carefully detailed and rightly placed into the end, to help us to someway reach back and touch down on to ground. Amazing level of intricately composed down-tempo layers. But most of us by now would be pondering what has just happened before this & trying hard to get ourselves grounded somewhere to make a sense of it all.

The complex layers, melodies, synths, energy and more importantly the intelligence and ideas embedded is just on the different level in this epic piece of musical history. It does so in an extremely audacious, provocative, classy and highly intelligent way.
Something must have got into Carlo's mind while he begun writing these songs, while one of his hand was broken in 96. Well he was unassumingly writing in golden letters on to the History of Music. That unusual X factor under the guidance of Max and combined with effort from Maurizio & Rizzo is what has ultimately paved the way to this "Undisputed Heavyweight Champion" of Goa Trance to emerge.
20+ years of its release, it just continues to stand and deliver.
Just praying if they could regroup together somehow and create more.


June 24, 2015

... the magic in this music will be found when you hear these tracks as a journey - live on a real pa ... it blows you away - just my opinion - experienced this way


November 21, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
For me this album certainly became way too overrated. It undoubtedly is excellent but praising it as the best Goa trance album ever is over-exaggeration. In my personal humble opinion, this is not even the best Etnica/ Pleiadians album, losing to Alien Protein and Live in Athens 1st CD which are a lot more diverse and well-produced. This one is just so much psychedelia that at some point it starts to feel a bit over the top. As other reviewers pointed out, the tracks here sound samey and, Alcyone apart, they are not even the best the group, let alone the genre, has offered to us. I believe that the remix of BPC's Antidote, Time Dilation, Meter and Zeta Reticuli, for example, are better tracks than 80% of the ones here. I think it is certainly not worth spending ridiculous amount of money on this album.


November 3, 2014

For me thats the best Album Ever!!! idn how many times i listen this one!!i think max get help from outa spaceee!!!


January 26, 2014
edited over 6 years ago

Probably the best trance album ever made!!! still haven't decided yet which track more powerful and mind-cosmic "Electra" or "Alcyone"?...each track with a space story behind, music for ages and light years of life.


April 6, 2013

Does anyone else have a label misprint copy? Mine has all four labels on the wrong sides.


November 20, 2012
This album is great and yes some are not that great but as Skeleton man says Alycone at 3.55 is excellent and the best track that Pleiadians ever made !!


December 17, 2008
While this album has a couple really amazing tracks, it also has a couple bad tracks. It's known mainly for it's complexity. This is some of the most layered goa trance music you'll find, especially from 1997. Does that necessarily make it good? No, but it is a desirable quality in my estimation and Pleiadians pull it off reasonably well here.

Alycone is the best track. Not only on this album -- it's also the best track ever made by Pleiadians and I personally don't think any of their Etnica tracks beat it either. It builds up over 5 minutes and then the last 3 minutes are pure bliss. :)

Maia is the next best track following closely after Alycone. It has a different style though and a different sound too. You're in for a treat as this track is really long and interesting the whole way through.

Electra and Celaeno are the two other good tracks on this album. Electra is the most complex track on the album but it lacks something that Alycone and Maia had: interesting structure. It essentially just adds melodies over and over until the track is a big mess, then ends. Forgive the harsh words, it's still one of my favorite tracks!

Celaeno is a downtempo/ambient closing track as is typical. It's quite a decent track though nothing too special. It's sound fits well with this album and it's a nice power down track.

Unfortunately none of the other tracks -- Taygeta, Merope and Asterope -- manage to pull all their layers together to make interesting music. I usually skip over them. Asterope is especially bad.

In conclusion this is definitely a defining album in goa trance and a "must have", but it could have been better. I give it a 4/5.


May 7, 2008
edited over 10 years ago
Although it is not mentioned anywhere on the artwork, most (if not all) of these tracks were actually made exactly one year earlier, around the summer of 1996. I remember listening to the bulk of this album for the first time in September 1996, at a party where Max Lafranconi had the main set. The setting was in some Greek mountain, the weather was quite chilly for September, and noone of us was expecting such a blast!
Max's sets in the early years (James Monro's as well, albeit for different reasons) served as an indication to me as to where this style of music was heading. And the “I. F. O. sound” definitely marks a turn towards a heavier, “bigger than life” trance, which was to become the dominant style in the years that followed. The melodies are still here, thank God!, but the density of the sound leaves no room to wander around anymore, you either get yourself hooked, or sooner or later you're out for a much-needed break. For trance purists this may not be a problem; but for music fans like me who'd like to think they are aware of the evolution of both “heavy” and “psychedelic” music through the decades (from the 1960's onwards) regardless of genres and styles, it's just history repeating itself. The way I see it, this “the heavier the merrier” and “bigger than life” approach, apart from always pushing the boundaries forward, also defines the turnpoint for going back.