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Blue Planet CorporationBlue Planet

Label:Flying Rhino Records – AFR CD17
Format:
CD, Album, Partially Mixed
Country:UK
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Goa Trance, Progressive Trance

Tracklist

1Apex
Featuring [With]Gus Till
7:30
2Crystal
Featuring [With]Christophe Lebras
8:43
3Alidade
Featuring [With]Sebastien Masurel*
VoicePaulin*
10:48
4Micromega
Featuring [With]DJ Thierry XDR*
6:56
5Atoll
VoiceLaetitia (3)
7:33
6Dialect6:47
7Open Sea9:14
8Roma
VoiceKrystel
6:39
9Arcana10:28
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Notes

All tracks written and produced from December 1996 to February 1999
This album is dedicated to Jo and Catherine who make it possible
Sleeve: Made in Psiberia 1999

Distributed by SRD in the UK
Distributed by Flying Rhino for the rest of the world

℗ & © Flying Rhino Records Ltd 1999.

Total time: 74:44

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 032198 000376
  • Barcode (Scanned): 5032198000376
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): AFRCD 17 MPO 01 @ 4 01
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): AFRCD 17 MPO 01 @@@ 4 01
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI L033
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI 121C

Other Versions (5)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Blue Planet (2×LP, Album)Flying Rhino RecordsAFR LP 17UK1999
New Submission
Blue Planet (2×LP, Album, White Label)Flying Rhino RecordsAFR LP 17UK1999
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Blue Planet (9×File, WAV, Album, Reissue)Northern Exposure RecordingsNEXP006UK2008
Blue Planet (CDr, Album, Reissue, Limited Edition)Northern Exposure RecordingsNEXP006LCDUK2008
Blue Planet (6×File, MP3, Album, 128 kbps)Flying Rhino RecordsAFRLP 017UK2009

Reviews

I'm no expert but this album feels quasi-goa, at least to me it feels very separate and distinguished from a lot of other goa culture at the time, and even as a fan of a lot of goa, I don't mind that. It's goa in a lot of its structure, but more progressive trance in spirit. To me I see it almost as a progressive psytrance album before 'progressive psytrance' was ever considered a thing.
flowirin's avatar
flowirin
micromega is an astoundingly good track, that i still slip in to sets, and the whole album is something i love listening to in its entirety.
SixZeroFour's avatar
SixZeroFour
Stunning quality. Mind-blowing construction. Blissful tunes. Absolutely Essential, no exceptions.

-SixZeroFour
goat999's avatar
goat999
10 minutes 49 seconds, Alidade, it has no equal :-)
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microdelic
A pure trance gem!!! Arcana is the best goa chill track ever!!!
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youri22
Edited 9 years ago
i want this album !!!!
so if you sell it please contact me ! original first realease only.
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dragonfly
"I have come to the unalterable conclusion that Man is unfit as yet; to receive such knowledge--such almost limitless power."

I feel that the above quote--featured in a recurring sample on this album, and taken from one of the best sci-fi's ever made--in which Dr. Morbius refers to the unlimited power prominent in the machinery of the Krell, has somehow managed to become incorporated into this album. Tightly packed, reality-altering bursts of pure energy, which is available for tapping into every time this album spins in your player.
(just keep an eye on those dial levels! ;)

To call this album a psytrance masterpiece would be a gross understatement.

As other reviewers have noted, the energetic buildup that takes place during the first three tracks--'Apex' (which provides a great opening to the album; discreetly portending things to come) & 'Crystal' (which instantly transports you off to some immaculate island formation in the South Pacific), and finally culminating in the spine-chilling 'Alidade'; ensuring instant elevation for both listener and possibly even equipment--when things get pushed up several notches beyond apex; or what would otherwise be deemed safe levels.)

'Open Sea' is also a noteworthy piece which I feel brings you back to the same thematic environment as 'Crystal', but with a more defined--edgier--presence. Undoubtedly the third best track on this release.

The subsequent soft landing provided by 'Atoll', 'Roma' & 'Arcana' brings the album to a perfect conclusion and ensures excellent flow throughout. (and without whose presence I believe the listener would be left suspended in mid-air.)
The reason I have not talked much about 'Micromega' and 'Dialect', is that they do not in my opinion exhibit the same degree of quality as the rest of the material on this album (and seem somewhat out-of-place considering the context and overall flow provided by the others), but are decent tracks nonetheless.

As to the favorite track on the album, I am genuinely torn between 'Crystal' & 'Alidade'. The former is such a luxurious uplifter with its goosebump-inducing seabreeze effects. It truly delivers every time. But as far as true rawness goes, it pales in comparison to 'Alidade', a track which prospective listeners can risk sending their speakers into orbit unless proper restraint on the dial is exercised. Its spine-rippling force is not diminished despite how many times one listens to it.

The only other work from this artist that can compare to the flawless symbiosis of these two is the delicious 'Lubiantia' on the Second ep (and yes, I am including Overbloody Flood in that comparison.)

All in all, a very high quality piece of work that will certainly not be eclipsed in its genre; and probably not in any other for that matter. (Man, do I love declarative statements!) ;)
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bolle88
Edited 16 years ago
Best album ever done in my opinion! It starts off with a standard progressive trance-track, nothing special...
Number 2 though, is so beautiful and smooth and dreamy and well-produced and hypnotic and......More trance than that is pretty imposible...
If #2 was amazing, then check out #3: Alidade...Words can't describe how beautiful this track is...It's like a drug, once you heard it, you want it even more...And a big + that it lasts for almost 11 minutes..=)

Some more great uptempo tracks floats away, before the cd reaches the last climax: Open Sea...Probably the best feel-good track ever, without being cheesy at all...Try to sit still to this awesome masterpiece !

To conclude it all, Gabriel Masurel made an album that really takes you on a journey...Starting off smooth, the intensity gets higher, it reaches a real climax, and then two brilliant downtempo-tracks that calm you down...It's trully a work of a musical genious...Gabriel Masurel is my (and a few others) musical secret...=)
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Whirl
Some of this is genius, most obviously 'Alidade', and some of it is filler material, but generally a very safe 'morning trance' cd to buy, it's very 'stylish' music, and very likeable. A shame some of his early stuff like 'Over Bloody Flood' didn't get onto the cd, but perhaps it wouldn't have fitted in so well with this semi-relaxed, semi-goa collection. I like it. 4/5