Planet Passion

Mythical Stories of Love Around the World

Planet Passion CD Cover

by Ancient Future

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Re-issued with 64-Bit Tuned Harmonic Mastering to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first Ancient Future concert 2/11/1979, the seventh Ancient Future recording features nineteen top masters of Indian, Nepali, African, Cuban, Celtic, Arabic, Palestinian, Jewish, Indonesian, Chinese, Eastern European and American music traditions. Each cut on the CD features a different version of the band. Since the term "world fusion music" was coined at the band’s inception in 1978, Ancient Future has evolved from a quartet into a large musical family of world fusion music ensembles led by scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort.

Track List

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The Six Chapters

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Learn folklore of ancient world music traditions and listen to the music in each chapter:

Flirtation Chapter

  1. Simsimay Panima (traditional, arr. Montfort. 6:05) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Nepali folk song. Features Nepali flutist Manose Singh (bansuri).
  2. Forest Frolic (Montfort. 4:29) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Chinese, Greek, Balinese, and Indian influences. Features Liu Qi-Chao (Chinese flute) and Manose Singh (bansuri).

Courtship Chapter

  1. I Mett Her in the Medowe, a (traditional, arr. Montfort. 1:19)
  2. I Mett Her in the Medowe, b (traditional, arr. Montfort. 4:12) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Scottish lute melody from 1615. Features Matthew Montfort on the scalloped fretboard guitar, an instrument combining aspects of the South Indian vina with the steel string guitar.
  3. Ocean of Love (Montfort. 5:26) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. African, Indian (Rag Kafi), Vietnamese, and Slavic influences. Features Matthew Montfort (electric guitars), Irina Mikhailova (vocals), and C.K. Ladzekpo (Yoruba drummer).

Sacred Eros Chapter

  1. Ochun (traditional, arr. Montfort. 3:32) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Afro-Cuban. Features Santeria priest Pedro de Jesus on a chant for the goddess of love.
  2. Semara (Montfort. 4:27) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Balinese gamelan. Features instruments and rhythms of the Gamelan Semar Pegulingan and performances by the original 1978 lineup of Ancient Future.

The Wedding Chapter

  1. Alap (Montfort. 1:48) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Indian alap. Features Matthew Montfort on scalloped fretboard guitar and Patti Weiss on violin.
  2. El Zaffa (Montfort. 4:26) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Egyptian wedding procession rhythm (elzaffa). Features Palestinian musicians Antoine Lammam (percussion) and Georges Lammam (violin) and Jewish music specialist Moses Sedler (cello).

Seduction Chapter

  1. Ne Po Pogrebu Bochonochek (traditional, arr. Montfort. 5:07) >YTmusic. >soundcloud. Russian folk song. Features Irina Mikhailova (vocals) and Matthew Montfort (guitars).

Longing Chapter

  1. Socha Socha, a (Khan/Montfort. 2:00)
  2. Socha Socha, b (Khan/Montfort. 8:34). >YTmusic. >soundcloud. North Indian raga. Features Pandit Habib Khan (sitar).

Limited Edition Poster

Planet Passion Poster

Planet Passion 11" x 17" Limited Edition Poster- $15.00: Add Poster to Cart. Buy Poster Now. In 2021, a few posters from the original 2001 printing were found deep in the Ancient Future archives. Includes the 8.5" x 11" version while supplies last.

Digital Liner Notes

Planet Passion Digital Liner Notes

Educational Digital Liner Notes- $1.98 (SALE $1.50): Add Liner Notes to Cart. Buy Liner Notes Now. This download is an eleven page .pdf of liner notes for Planet Passion by Ancient Future. The liner notes are a digital version of the cover art and comprehensive CD booklet, which details a mythical story of love through the musical traditions of the world. The liner notes may also be bundled with Planet Passion at a few select digital download retailers.

Radio Airplay

Radio Report
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The remastered edition of Planet Passion debuted at #11 on the Zone Music Reporter World Music Radio Chart in February 2009, and stayed on the chart for 8 months. The original edition of Planet Passion debuted at #18 on the NAV Airplay Chart. It was a Best of Echoes Radio Listener Poll Winner in 2002, and received airplay on 585 radio shows and stations during its initial release.


Planet Passion Media Report
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"If the members of the United Nations formed a world-fusion band, it might look and sound a little something like Ancient Future’s re-issue of their seventh recording. Featuring instrumentation from Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, Planet Passion is a mythical story of love, flirtation, seduction, courtship, marriage and longing. Manose Singh’s bansuri flute and Matthew Montfort’s scalloped fretboard work stand out in this eclectic, visionary global village, where each track features its own unique set of players. At its best, Planet Passion strives to preserve the world’s vast musical heritage via international collaboration: the idea that one protects the old by creating something new. This is at the heart of fusion music and the heart of Ancient Future’s global aesthetics, too: a diverse, unified world without borders, a multicultural community, a new, reconstituted sonic reality." — Ryan Allen, Leo Weekly, Louisville, Kentucky

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