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PLANET DRUM, the voice to Hart's book of the same name, represents a musical atlas of the World Beat. Hart and company extend the sonic territory traversed in his album AT THE EDGE for a powerful and passionate journey.
"It had long been a dream of mine to bring together great drummers from around the world to make a recording based entirely on percussion," says Hart. " In 1991, that dream became reality." For the companion recording to his second book, Mickey Hart drew upon the stellar musical friendships he had made over several decades to make real his dream of a percussion masterwork, blending the talents and native instruments of percussion giants from five traditions into a celebratory classic.
His home in Petaluma, California was converted -- room by room -- into a recording facility wired for video as well as for sound, and recording sessions spanned several weeks in this comfortable, ultra-creative communal setting. The resulting album won the Grammy for Best World Music Album in the first year of that category's existence, and set the standard for world music as a genre. Winning numerous other critics' and audience polls, it continues to establish itself as a true perennial of world music in general and percussion genius in particular.
PLANET DRUM is also available on Gold CD in the AU20 format. The AU20 trademark distinguishes enhanced audiophile editions of 20-bit digital masters replicated on 24K gold CDs. To insure the most accurate reproduction of the music, all analogue to 20-bit digital conversion is from the original mastertapes. Releases in the AU20 series include all artwork from the original albums and are individually numbered.
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Well worth the money.
The "Planet Drum" album came out in 1991 and won a Grammy in the World Music category. This well done percussion music using primitive instruments from around the world is not really dance music (belly dance maybe?), but is more like a novelty item, -something you listen to once or twice and say "OK, that was different", and then file away in a distant corner of your cd collection, lost and forgotten, -not quite bad enough to get rid of, and not quite good enough to listen to again later on. The included songs are a mixed bag. Some songs like "Temple Caves" are great, others are not as great, more like the background music in a Polynesian or Middle Eastern restaurant. "Temple Caves" will produce room filling sound, if your stereo system is powerful enough. A desktop micro system will run out of amplifier power as soon as you crank it up, and will produce distortion (go into clipping). A more powerful amplifier is needed, more like 70WATTS RMS per channel, and large three way speakers, or two way speakers with a subwoofer, -to produce a totally different listening experience.
You really have to be a percussion collector or simply in the right mood for this album. Even the contributions of the great Babatunde Olatunji can't bring me to give it any more than four stars.