Planet 3 – A Heart from the Big Machine [1992]

632139Country USA          

Style WestCoast AOR

Rating 89/100

Band Members Clif Magness – Vocals,Guitars,Keyboards, Glen Ballard – Keyboards, Jay Graydon – Guitars,Keyboards

Additional Musicians Bill Cantos – Lead vocals,keyboards, David Foster,Randy Goodrum – Keyboards, Steve Lukather,Bruce Gaitsch – Guitars, Bill & Tamara Champlin – Backing vocals, John Robinson – Drums, Machun – Bass

Tracks 01. Born To Love (5:28), 02. From The Beginning (4:07), 03. Insincere (4:30), 04. Criminal (4:16), 05. I Don’t Want To Say Goodnight (3:58), 06. Welcome To Love (4:08), 07. The Day The Earth Stood Still (4:27), 08. Only Your Eyes (3:24), 09. Modern Girl (4:21), 10. Ever After Love (4:44)

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Profile Classy West coast AOR. Lush keys and fantastic guitars highlight this awesomely played album where the combination of producer/songwriter Clif Magness, guitar player Jay Graydon and keyboardis/producer Glen Ballard brings us a wonderful collection of songs. All songs are written by the creative songwriters – two time Grammy winner and 12 times nominated Los Angeles top songwriter, recording artist, guitarist, producer, arranger, engineer, and more – Jay Graydon, and his band partners Clif Magness and Glen Ballard. This stellar constellation of brilliant music master minds will offer the listener many hours of sonic pleasure.

Jay, Clif and Glen are the musicians behind all the performances and instruments in all songs. Jay’s guitar is omnipresent throughout the album, sometimes aggressive and pushy, sometimes smooth and delicious – always intelligently played with restraint and Jay’s pronounced unique guitar sound. The music style is adult contemporary pop with many strong melodies – power ballads mixed with tough 80s synth rock, in the spirit of Toto, Chicago and the like. The ballad “I Don’t Want to Say Goodnight” was included on the soundtrack for the film “Navy Seals”.

The opening track, “Born To Love” mixes great guitar-driven verses with gentle keyboard moods, much like “Welcome To Love”. “Insincere” is one of the most beautiful ballads I’ve ever heard. The musicianship is top notch and production is clear and crisp. This album is simply amazing, the magic it has, the wizardy of the musicians (amazing studio musicians), and Cliff Magness voice just takes this album straight to heaven. A wonderful album, with a song for everyone. Go for it…

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