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Classical Graffiti

The Planets Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Jan 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00005YUGV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Rodrigo
2. Carmen Caprice
3. Grassland Theme
4. Classical Graffiti
5. Love in Slow Motion
6. Brandenburg Variation
7. The Journey of a Fool
8. Claire de Lune
9. He Moved Through the Fair
10. Contradanza
11. Thoughts from New England
12. Bolero Fantasy
13. A One Minute Silence
14. Carmen Caprice (acoustic version)
15. Brandenburg Variation (acoustic version)
16. Bolero Fantasy (acoustic version)
17. Christmas Thingy (acoustic version)

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The title of the Planets' debut album, Classical Graffiti, aptly encapsulates the latest project by Mike Batt, whose career has long steered a path between camp and classical, from serious orchestral concerts to pop hits, from film scores to masterminding the Wombles. Recently Batt gave the world Bond, and the Planets are even more of the same--four classically trained young women, this time partnered by four classically trained young men. The result is 16 Batt-arranged and produced tracks, both originals and covers of famous classical melodies, some acoustic, most given a polished MOR rock-dance twist. The Planets made their public debut supporting Deep Purple's 2002 UK tour and there's more than a hint of 1970s prog-rock, which, combined with an energetic feel, should go down a storm with an enthusiastic audience. Opening with an up-tempo, beat-laden "Adagio" from Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez, the set includes "Contradanza", a Vivaldi-influenced Batt dance originally penned for Vanessa Mae, and a beautiful, slightly adapted version of the traditional "She Moved Through the Fair". Built on the lineage of Hooked on Classics and Sky this is a prefabricated cross-over project perfectly pitched for a world of manufactured bands and shows such as Pop Idol.--Gary S Dalkin

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live in your living room... 19 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to be at a Deep Purple concert in Bournemouth on the evening of 18th Feb 2002. Supporting band were the Planets... I was so amazed at the quality of their playing and selection of songs that today (19th Feb) I purchased this album. I have since bought copies as gifts... 5 Stars... The CD brought to life the music of the live performance and did it every bit of justice!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Planets - sweet 14 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
I had the pleasure of seeing this group live recently supporting, of all people, Deep Purple. Their style is a fusion of Classical and Rock music, with a bit of folk as well. The most obvious comparison is with Bond, except there are eight people in The Planets and four of them are blokes. Also, whereas Bond are a string quartet, The Planets have a wider array of instruments, including guitars (electric and spanish), flute and oboe.
The best pieces in my opinion are the arrangements of classical pieces, a particular favourite being the Carmen Caprice, where the many themes of Bizet's Carmen are amalgamated into one piece (often with two themes playing on different instruments at the same time - surprisingly this works well).
Some of the original pieces such as Classical Graffiti, I find sprawl a bit although Journey of a Fool is thoughtful and extremely listenable.
Other favourites are the Bolero Fantasy and Rodrigo (a variation on his Guitar Concerto).
The only vocal piece is the old folk song "She Moves Through The Fair", sung competently by the bass player.
I hope that The Planets are as successful as Bond as their music is more diverse. This album is a good starting point
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridges the gap between classical and rock/pop 14 July 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I bought Classical Graffiti after a friend recommended it to me. As a fan of chillout dance music I am always looking for music with power and 'oomph', but without the thrashing intensity that most rock and nu-metal entails. Classical Graffiti was exactly what I needed.
I usually find that classical music wears on me after a while, because it is often samey and has no real energy behind it. But with the use of electric guitars, amongst other instruments, the Planets give the classical tracks they cover that little bit extra that is needed to make the tracks perfect.
Just as my friend recommended this to me, I recommend it to everyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent underrated Mike Batt product 7 May 2013
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Mike Batt created this group and aren't they great? Absolutely brilliant musicianship and arrangements from Mike himself. Pity they only recorded this one album because they could have gone on to greater things like the less liked ( by me)Bond who I personally think were kitsch. I highly recommend this cross-over classical recording. George Fazakas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical Graffiti 9 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I saw the Planets play live in the Bournemouth International Centre when they were the supporting act for Deep Purple.
This was the only time I have ever seen a supporting act get a standing ovation.

Well worth a listen.
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