Andrew Gold’s “Greetings from Planet Love”: A Nostalgic Dive into the 1960s
A unique offering from Andrew Gold titled “The Fraternal Order of All: Greetings from Planet Love.” Released in 1997, this album has recently been reintroduced to the world by Cherry Red’s Esoteric Recordings in 2023.
A Psychedelic Masterpiece
“Greetings from Planet Love” is not just any album; it’s a pastiche psychedelic masterpiece. For those unfamiliar with the term “pastiche,” it refers to an artistic work that imitates the style of other works. And that’s precisely what Andrew Gold has achieved here. He’s taken a trip down memory lane, revisiting the iconic sounds of the 1960s and crafting compositions that pay homage to the era’s legendary bands.
A Journey Through Time
As you listen to the album, you’ll be transported through a musical timeline, experiencing the distinct sounds of bands like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, and The Doors. With over 20 tracks, Gold meticulously replicates the essence of each band, offering listeners a nostalgic journey through a pivotal period in music history. It’s all original music, but the way Gold has captured the essence of each band’s style is truly commendable.
The Album Art and Booklet
The album cover itself is a nod to the ’60s, featuring a bus station reminiscent of the era. Inside, you’ll find a booklet that delves deeper into the stories behind each song. It’s a treasure trove for fans, complete with lyrics and insights into Gold’s creative process. A highlight for me is the track “Ride the Snake,” which is crafted in the style of The Doors. It’s so authentic that you might mistake it for a lost track from the iconic band!
If you’re a fan of Andrew Gold or have a soft spot for the sounds of the ’60s, “The Fraternal Order of All: Greetings from Planet Love” is a must-listen. It’s fascinating to see an album from 1997 capture the spirit of an era gone by so accurately. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with it, and I’m sure you will too.
Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine