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listen10. System Seven (Acoustic Version) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Cheeseballs In Cowtown (Acoustic Version) 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 11, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002MWU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Bela Fleck has completely transcended any and all expectations we have for the banjo. Having spent the better part of five previous years exploring a variety of formal and improvised designs with his virtuoso ensemble, Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, this banjo innovator chose to celebrate a variety of musical friends and influences on this homey, elegant, immaculately recorded aural novella--one that clearly links him to such progressive jazz/fusion forebears as Return to Forever and Oregon (not to mention Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys). While a manic hoe-down like "Cheeseballs in Cowtown" illustrates his command of post-modern bluegrass, his freeform duet "Bicyclops" (with mentor Chick Corea) is indicative of this great musician's astonishing technical and emotional range. Elsewhere tunes such as "Up and Running," "The Great Circle Route," and "System Seven" seem to reconcile his complex rhythmic inclinations with stately folkish themes, mixing traditional bluegrass instrumentation with the likes of electric bass, drums, piano, and oboe. And on extended forms such as "Circus of Regrets" and "Jayme Lynn," Fleck showcases his ever-expanding breadth and range as a modern composer. --Chip Stern

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The recording itself is excellent too.
booboo bear
Many fusions of genres take place throughout this album with brilliant dynamics, emotion, and superb musicianship.
Thomas Stanton
It's a tasteful blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz, acoustic, blues and classical music.
X. Libris

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By X. Libris on January 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Many years ago, I discovered Bela Fleck through his participation in "The Telluride Sessions," by Strength in Numbers, which is among my top 5 all-time favorite recordings. I try to look for recordings where two or more members of Strength in Numbers appear together, which are invariably satisfying listening experiences for me.
That is the case here, where Fleck is joined on various tracks by Strength members members Jerry Douglas (dobro), Edgar Meyer (string bass), and Sam Bush (mandolin). Fiddler/violinist Mark O'Conner is the only missing on this album, and the fiddling is beatifully covered here by Stuart Duncan. His other prominent guests, Tony Rice (guitar), Bruce Hornsby (piano), Chick Corea (piano), Branford Marsalis (sax), Victor Wooten (bass) and Future Man (percussion) need no further mention here.
Given the 1995 recording date of "Acoustic Planet," one gets a taste of where Fleck has been, with and without the Flecktones, but more importantly, in hindsight, one can see glimpses of where he was headed, most notably in his Flecktone recordings with Paul McCandless on reeds.
This type of recording would be any musician's dream, to be able to play some tunes with your friends and heroes. Fleck is one of those virtuosos who has been afforded that luxury. And he pulls it off beautifully here. It's a tasteful blend of folk, bluegrass, jazz, acoustic, blues and classical music. I agree that this album comes off as a complete work, and not just a collection of individual instrumentals. Highly recommended!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Stanton on January 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
As a banjoist, this is my favorite Bela Fleck album that I own and frequently listen to. The music on this album is so unique that it cannot be classified within a single genre, but the most appropriate would probably be the umbrella genre of "jazz." My favorite tracks on this album are "Up and Running," "Three Bridges Home," "System Seven," and "Jayme Lynn." Many fusions of genres take place throughout this album with brilliant dynamics, emotion, and superb musicianship. The guests on this album are great, including Victor Wooten, Future Man, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, and Sam Bush. I also really enjoyed mandolinist Matt Mundy's playing on several tracks, whom I had never heard before. Bela takes all of his bluegrass buds and a couple of Flecktones along for this musical voyage. I think that these recordings capture some precious few moments of enlightened music and a significant event in the evolution of the banjo.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1998
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Tales From the Acoustic Planet is not only a great album musically but the songs in themselves are great as well. At times great musicians loose touch with the music and play a piece for the sake of the difficulty involved. Not so with Bela, he definitely hasn't lost touch with what makes a great song himself. He plays superbly and has fabolous musicians playing with him as well. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys acoustic music. There is everything from Bluegrass to Jazz to Classical. Unbelievable album.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zach Powers on January 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bela recruits an all-star cast (including Flecktones Vic Wooten and Future Man) for this album. The technical virtuosity of all the players is often overshadowed by the musicality of the compositions. Each track compliments the surrounding tracks, and instead of an album of individual songs, it comes across as a bigger work, a suite or symphony if you will.
It is easy to delve deeply into the music, studying its intracacies and nuances, but it is just as easy to use the album as light listening or background music.
With guest appearance (often on a number of tracks) by Chick Corea, Branford Marsalis, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and Bruce Hornsby among others, 'Tales from the Acoustic Planet' is sure to become a mainstay of your listening repertoire.
Be forwarned, though; don't expect the same attitude as a Flecktones album, but do expect the same high level of music.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John Decker on March 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A simpler approach to a review.
I am not a musician and perhaps these long reviews have valid points. I could care less.
This is one of the most amazing Albums I've heard in years. In fact though there may be some "heady" way in which this album is missing elements that dissapoint those expecting something in particular. Well, take it from an ametuer who recognizes intricate talent when he sees it. Quit expecting. I've never heard an album like this before and I find it unmatched for it's purpose even among Bela's other works. I want more "Tales from the Acoustic Planet". Bluegrass is nice, this is something else. And it's at the top of my list.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album features some true instrumental monsters, namley Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten. But let us not forget the stellar contributions of Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas, Bruce Hornsby, Tony Rice, Mat Mundy, Sam Bush, Chick Corea, Future Man, Branford Marsalis....the list goes on. This is an extremley tasteful album, the songs are like classical arrangements with heavy infusions of jazz and bluegrass. It is a tantilizing combination that keeps you interested through out the entire album, from start to finish. I highly recomend this album along with Vol. 2 (which is much more bluegrassy, but still very good).
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