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Planet of Love

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Editorial Reviews

Jim Lauderdale s 1992 debut is an acknowledged country classic, a landmark album in the then-emerging 'Americana' and 'New Country' movements that took country back to its roots. John Leventhal and fellow Americana icon Rodney Crowell co-produced, and that s Emmylou Harris and Shawn Colvin among the backup vocalists. This one goes for big bucks online how the heck did it ever go out of print? An American Beat exclusive!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Heaven's Flame
  2. Maybe
  3. Wake Up Screaming
  4. I Wasn't Fooling Around
  5. Bless Her Heart
  6. Where The Sidewalk Ends
  7. Planet Of Love
  8. The King Of Broken Hearts
  9. What You Don't Know
  10. My Last Request


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: AMERICAN BEAT
  • ASIN: B00284G2MG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on December 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Jim Lauderdale's Planet of Love is one of the most auspicious debuts a singer/songwriter could release. While Lauderdale had been on the scene for quite a while hanging on the West Coast - where his actual first album was recorded by Columbia and never released - he spent most of his time (and still does) writing songs for other acts. Planet of Love is one of the first records of the new country. It has modern adult contemporary sensibilities built into its production by the once and future husbands of Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, and John Leventhal, solid country singing from Lauderdale - who was raised in North Carolina - and country songs that are so mercurial they seem to defy the genre. In many ways, Planet of Love is the '90s version (post-cocaine) of outlaw country. It may not fit any one place stylistically, but Crowell and Leventhal had long been pushing at country radio's boundaries, and Planet of Love is truly the first Americana and adult alternative record to land. Reprise had no idea how to market it, and though it sold acceptably and was reviewed very favorably, it was a blip on the screen. That doesn't mean it's not a classic. Lauderdale's songwriting, especially when paired with Leventhal, is flawless: there's enough rock, enough country, enough striking pop hooks, and killer bridges to make any music fan swoon. (It also doesn't hurt that Lauderdale is an amazing vocalist who has sung with the cream of country's crop.) The hard rural edge in Lauderdale's voice is inescapable, but it was in Elvis' too. The ten songs here are interchangeable in terms of excellence but the slick, rockabilly-tinged "Heaven's Flame," and "Maybe" with its Traveling Wilburys' shuffle, are mind blowers to open a record with.Read more ›
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I'd be hard pressed to confess this is not Jim's best, but certainly it compares for top honours with "Pretty Close to the Truth" as a solid 1-2 punch, right out of the gate.

I own most all of Jim's CDs and collaberations (Ralph Stanley / Donna the Buffalo)and go back this warm debut over and over. His vocal emotion and keen ability to turn a clever phrase, bolstered by convincing melody and guest collaberations throughout, make this an indispensable addition to your alt-country / trad-country collections.

Having the ever-reliable Emmylou Harris on board never hurts (in my opinion, no greater harmony vocalist outthere).

To me Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Dwight Yoakam are the holy trilogy in the C&W section of my extensive CD library.

Not a duff track on the CD and many classic country rockers and ballads.

Spend some time with Jim Lauderdae, you too will want to return to the Planet of Love.
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Not technically a debut (see Point of No Return), this was still Lauderdale's first published album. While later albums were better (see Pretty Close to the Truth and Every Second Counts), this is still a great album. Different from anything else (though with some similarity to producer Rodney Crowell's best work), this album showcased Lauderdale's terrific songwriting skills (well recognized by more successful singers), as well as his own strong vocal ability.

"The King of Broken Hearts" is just a great song (and not at all the schlocky country standard treatment the title suggests), and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a more up-tempo close second.
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I have become a big Jim Lauderdale fan over the past decade, due in great part to his collabortion with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. This is early Lauderdale, though, and not indicative of his more current material. Still, it's worth the price and well worth listening to.
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I had a copy of this little jewel of an album when it first came out in 1991, but only recently re-bought it on CD. Man, this album still shines and packs a kick. A very impressive batch of tunes, all of them played and sing by Jim Lauderdale and an equally impressive supporting cast.

The album was co-produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal (one an ex-husband of Rosanne Cash and the other her current husband!), and many of these songs were co-written by Lauderdale and Leventhal. Among the standout tracks are the title cut, "The King of Broken Hearts", and "Where the Sidewalk Ends." But honestly, there's not a dud in the bunch. The quality of these songs is consistently high, mixing equal parts country twang and rock & roll heart, not unlike some of the solo work of Rodney Crowell.

If you are a fan of this prolific singer-songwriter and somehow missed this major label debut, don't delay any longer. After all these years "Planet of Love" still sounds great. The CD version of this album comes with a booklet that includes lyrics to all of the songs and a full lineup of the musicians and guest singers (including Emmylou Harris, Marc Cohn, and Shawn Colvin).
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