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Other Planets

by Erik Scott

" A powerful, cinematic release, with haunting moods and heartbreaking melodies. An album that's more Pink Floyd than Jaco Pastorius, from artist/bassist best known for his work with Sonia Dada and Alice Cooper". (Echoes.org) See also Erik Eski Scott.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Other Planets (Sundogs)
4:56 $0.99
2. Proper Son
4:29 $0.99
3. Bartalk
3:34 $0.99
4. Peace on Saturn
4:05 $0.99
5. Donnie & Sancho
4:57 $0.99
6. Despues de Guerro
3:55 $0.99
7. Bassque Revolution
5:51 $0.99
8. Foggy Bridges
5:10 $0.99
9. Bathing Maui
2:51 $0.99
10. Aliens Made Me Do This
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Album Notes
"This is far and away one of the best instrumental albums I've come across. "Peace On Saturn"...some sort of heavenly country music." Wildy's World

"Other Planets" makes you feel like you are on a musical journey to another planet". Mossip

"Other Planets" is a beautiful collection of evocative soundscapes...full of textures and colors". Michael Manring

Erik Scott
Other Planets

by John Diliberto

There have been a lot of virtuoso electric bass albums released over the years. Musicians like Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke tried to become gunslinging front men with an instrument that's usually holding down the bottom end of a groove. But bassist Erik Scott has taken a different approach. To say that his solo debut, Other Planets, is a bass guitar album is to miss what a powerful, cinematic release he's created. It's an album that's more Pink Floyd than Jaco Pastorius. Scott isn't a frustrated electric guitarist. He's a composer as much as a bass player who dives into the deep soul and nuances of the bass, extracting sensuous melodies and atmospheric moods.

Scott untethers the bass and heads into space. The title track started life as "Sundogs" on Test Pattern, the last album from Chicago alt-rockers Sonia Dada, which whom Scott has played for nearly two decades. It's a spacious track with rolling mallet tom-tom drums underpinning Scott's rubbery fretless bass lead as synth choirs soar through the background.

Although Scott plays most of the instruments, including keyboards and drum loops, he brought in some key musicians, notably, John Pirruccello on pedal-steel guitar. He adds some celestial glissandos on "Other Planets" and then brings some cosmic country to the serene "Peace on Saturn." You can hear echoes of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's sustained guitar leads in many of Pirruccello's lines. And remember, Gilmour played lap steel on Dark Side of the Moon.

Erik Scott gets some driving, trancy grooves going on "Proper Sun" and he evokes Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western sound on "Donnie & Sancho."

Besides Sonia Dada, Erik Scott is best known for playing with Alice Cooper in the early 1980s and Flo & Eddie (singers from The Turtles and Frank Zappa) just before that. None of that really prepares you for the sensitivity and depth of Other Planets. Erik Scott's Other Planets is a bass player's album, if your idea of a bass player's album includes haunting moods and heartbreaking melodies.



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Herb Eimerman

When you give such a high caliber musician with so much universal experience too much time on his hands what does he do??...he comes up with the most interesting...grooving....floating...ambient...melodic instrumental cd you will ever own in your collection...the production and arrangements are world class and is just really fun to listen to....the coolest solo cd from any bass player you will ever own...i love it!!!...

Tom Nowicki

Other Planets
Brilliant. What I imagine it sounds like in heaven
on a very good night

Dr. Shocky

Please take a minutes and enjoy this review. It looks long, but only about 2 minutes of reading...
All the above reviews are true, but that doesn't make a cd a good purchase. This cd breaks so many "rules" that seem to be out there not only for an instrumental cd, but also a solo cd, and a bass cd. There are usually 2 ways a solo instrumentalist effort goes 1) the player just incessantly solos and over plays, and 2) where its just the bass players name on the album, but all he is doing is playing bass like you would on any other cd. this cd features bass and bridges the gap between the bass as a melody instrument and a solo instument without ever sacrificing the bottom end or ever being pompous or pretentious as the case usually is.

every note on this cd is played with the intent that can only come from a musician, not an instrumentalist. this cd also showcases Erik's flawless production ability, creating song-scapes that build and develop the integrity of the song instead of keeping the bass out front. you can usually tell what instrument the producer plays, as it will inevitably be in the fore-front of the mix. one of the strength's "Eskie" has is that he remains objective as an engineer, producer, and musician (not "bass player") building songs and emotions without ever comprimising the integrity of the song.

not being familiar with his stuff with flo and eddy, or being a huge 80's alice fan, i am a huge supporter of his other group from Chicage Sonia Dada, and encourage everyone else to be, as this is where the "musician" in Erik really comes out to play and paves the way for Other Planets. This cd is so well produced that you actually forget its an instrumental cd. to get more of a feel for his style and sound, I encourage you to check out Sonia Dada's live stuff because thats where Eskie's true self comes out.

So now your homework assignment is to get 2 copies of Other Planets as you will want to turn someone else on (please don't burn this one) and get a copy of Sonia Dada's Lay Down And Love It Live. from there you can get the 5 studio lp's in order and finish with the 2 "instant Live" shows from Boston and SanFrancisco. ANY fan of rock, funk, jazz, gospel, R&B, and soul will have their minds blown. not only will this give you a better taste of Erik's playing style but also his production style that all cumulate and erupt as the celebration known as ERIK SCOTT - OTHER PLANETS.

- Shocky <

Ariel Publicity

“Bartalk opens the disc though I can't imagine anyone at a bar talking if this track was playing. The sound is so unique that it would even make a die hard drunk take notice.” –Mossip

Ariel Publicity

“Erik Scott's latest release, Other Planets, finds him dabbling with steel guitar, melodic bass and what he terms as "interstellar strings". Tranquility abounds on Other Planets, but that wild energy that has run through everything Scott has touched over the years is here, deep within the still waters of this musical moment.” – Wildy’s World

Ariel Publicity

“Other Planets is an album that needs to be listened to over and over to be truly appreciated. As with most instrumental albums each time you listen to can pick out something you missed the last time. So give this discs a few spins and enjoy the space travel that you will undoubtedly be taken on when its playing.” –Mossip

Kathy Richards

To Chill or Not to Chill?
OK, when I first heard that Erik Scott, the Bass Player for one of my favorite bands, was coming out with a solo album, I was happy. I knew something was up, listening to a headway into another song off of the album Test Pattern, I liked it. Sure enough, it's on Other Planets, "Sun Dogs", and the rest of the album is fantastic.