THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF THE ALL Greetings From Planet Love (1997) – Andrew Gold’s Psychedelic LP

Greetings From Planet Love (1997)
Andrew Gold’s Great/Fake Psychedelic LP

Released in 1997, 70s popster Andrew Gold sings and performs almost every note on Greetings From Planet Love – a faux 1967 album anchored by Beach Boys harmonies, Beatles experimentation and a plethora of recognizable nods to The Kinks, Byrds, Dylan, Monkees, Doors & others. 10cc’s Graham Gouldman (Gold’s co-hort in the band, Wax UK) also joins in the fun on this loving and entertaining spot-the-influence tribute. There are a couple of sore thumbs – including the (excellent, but post-’67 sounding) 10cc ringer, “King of Showbiz,” and an unhealthy reliance on less inventive, outright parody near the end of the collection. But, fans of the Wilson Brothers, and 1967 in general, will have a blast with the attention to detail and mixing & matching of styles and characteristics. The short, transitional segues add to the “conceptual” feel of the era. Listen to Gold’s as-good-as-any-Beach Boys homage, “Love Tonight,” below, a step up from his 30 year-old hit, “Thank You For Being A Friend.” The awful cover art couldn’t have helped sales. Andrew Gold passed away in 2011. Read more about the project at AMG, HERE. Find a rare hard copy at Amazon, HERE.

Greetings From Planet Love (0:35)
Rainbow People (2:46)
Love Tonight (5:46)
Chasing My Tail (2:29)
Swirl (1:19)
Tuba Rye And Will’s Son/Balloon In The Sky (3:44)
King Of Showbiz (4:12)
Whirl (0:58)
Freelove Baby (2:44)
Groovy Party At Jimmy’s Magic Pad (2:29)
It’s Beautiful (0:52)
Wink Of The Third Eye (2:00)
It Has No Eyes But Sight (0:55)
Twirl (0:58)
Space And Time (3:24)
Time Is Standing Still (4:48)
Ride The Snake (1:47)
Mr. Plastic Business Man (4:14)
Ccosmicc CCarnivall (0:32)
Tomorrow Drop Dead


  • Anonymous
    February 27, 2008 - 22:39 | Permalink

    You can't beat this album (and the Dukes of Stratosphear) in capturing the "essence" of the psychodelic pop period of the mid 1960s. Both albums are cleverly crafted with interwoven melodies, playing over somewhat nonsense lyrics, which few, if any, can decipher. Much fun indeed.

    I do remember finding THE ALL CD in the cuts bins, shortly after it was released, and buying up copies and giving them to friends to enjoy. My friends and I had a new "summer of love" while enjoying the CD. Can't beat it.

    Thanks for posting these, and making them available to all who don't know them. SUPER!!

    Pete the Greek
    San Leandro, California, USA

  • Capt. Willard
    February 28, 2008 - 03:44 | Permalink

    Same here Pete. I found mine in a $2 bin and never saw it anywhere else again. And while it's easy to nitpick about some of it, it's a total blast for anyone into 60s psych. Thanks for commenting.

  • pants elk
    March 2, 2008 - 13:03 | Permalink

    Thanks for giving me a listen! I enjoyed it, but the sense that he's pretty much guying the genre most of the time (accents, cliches, over-specific and under-inspired imitation) makes me love it a lot less than the Dukes coverage of the same ground. Smirks only get me off so far. Also, the Dukes' tunes are brighter. "It's Beautiful" is my favorite, because it is.

  • cgm
    December 13, 2008 - 17:44 | Permalink

    I, for one can't get enough of the Dukes of S, the High Llamas, Nick Nicely and, er, Andrew Gold creating affectionate tributes to (or slavish copies of, depending on your view) psychedelic albums of the 60s. It could be worse – they could alternatively be obsessed with progressive organ-based acts of the early seventies, and be churning out faux-ELP records instead. So I count my blessings. Great post – thanks!

  • annmargretfan
    June 23, 2009 - 16:45 | Permalink

    I had no idea he did music like this. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 15, 2009 - 16:40 | Permalink

    Find it HERE

  • Claudio
    December 30, 2009 - 11:14 | Permalink

    Your blog is pretty impressive… congratulations for that!! I would like to see some Paisley Underground stuff since there are some great music there…

  • zappahead
    February 22, 2010 - 18:22 | Permalink

    so much fun trying to workout whohes trying to emulate….excellent blog and great music…thanks a lot.

  • Niall
    June 6, 2011 - 15:09 | Permalink

    Sad to say Andrew Gold passed away today at the age of 59 from a massive heart attack……..

  • June 6, 2011 - 15:26 | Permalink

    I tried to like this but it didn’t work for me. I can forgive him that. I can’t forgive him for “Lonely Boy” and “Thank You For Being A Friend”

    From the obituaries that I’ve read, he was very talented and made a lot of worthwhile contributions to music that I like. It amazes me that he could not only have written such tripe but that the public would buy it. Such is life, we’re rarely remembered for the right reasons.

  • Willard
    June 6, 2011 - 16:09 | Permalink

    I had one of his records (What’s Wrong With This Picture) back in the 70s, and, though never a “fan,” his stuff wasn’t any more offensive than what else on the radio in the early and mid-70s. Hits aren’t always reflective of an artist (I’ll use Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” as an example of a dumb song branding a guy after it accidentally garnered airplay). As for this album, it’s clearly a labor of love and was so under the radar, no one even knew it existed until the web came along. Half of this album has some inventive stuff, the other half is sorta bland parody. Thanks Don.

  • June 7, 2011 - 04:53 | Permalink

    I had the pleasure of seeing Andrew live at the Bottom Line in NYC in 1978. By then he was promoting his third album. Also, his tenure as part of the Linda Ronstadt Band was over. Andrew wrote some great pop songs and was a musician’s musician.This is not the only work where to paid homage to his favorite groups. He was popular in Japan and had a number of albums released there. He wrote and sang the theme song to the sitcom “Mad About You”. The last album I recall buying was a Beatles cover album where he played all the instruments. He also recorded an Halloween music album. What I remember most of the 1978 show was his rendition of the Lennon/McCartney tune “Dr. Robert.” You will be missed Andrew! Gone too soon!

    • Willard
      June 7, 2011 - 10:13 | Permalink

      Thanks, Joe. Didn’t know most of that. Though, I was a minor fan of a couple of Wax UK albums (featuring Gold and Graham Gouldman).

  • Ace K
    June 8, 2011 - 21:01 | Permalink

    Be as skeptical as you like, folks, with the name Andrew Gold attached to this, but let me tell ya this is the real deal.

    Fantastic faux psych. If this were a genuine recording from that era, you couldn’t touch this for mega bucks.

    Not sure why I am writing like such a twit, but let me sum it up:

    This is a fun, great record like the Dukes of Stratosphere.

    Ace K.

    P.S. Besides the first LP I ever bought was by Andrew Gold! A true confession.

  • Martin Blanc
    June 9, 2011 - 02:15 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this – a more inventive tribute to AG than most! I have the 70s (and even early 80s!) vinyl albums, but this one escaped my attention…looking forward to measuring it against Andy Partridge & co…

  • Indiana Scott
    June 9, 2014 - 08:43 | Permalink

    Thanks again Willard! I had heard about this disc for a while never could find it. Of course, the mighty Willard has it! One last thought: I agee with Claudio about wanting more of the Paisley Underground (The Three O’Clock would be awesome!!! Remember: they were signed by Paisley Park, maintaining a connection to the Purple One.).

  • LeSamourai
    June 9, 2014 - 12:54 | Permalink

    Thanks, Capt. Willard!

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