Plan 9 -Rearview


Plan 9's third album is called "Rearview". With this album the group wanted to pay homage to all great songs that made them want to play music in the first place. "These are songs that meant something to each one of us -  a special time, place or person. PLUS, these are songs that have stood the test of time - they are still GREAT songs 10, 20 or even 30 or more years after they were first written," comments Drew Bentley, the leader of the band.

Chris Mann has recently reviewed this album. So I want to throw more light on the history of the songs which were covered for this special album. 

Whatcha Gonna Do was written by the keyboardist Corey Lerios and the guitarist Dave Jenkins. Together with drummer Steve Price and bassist and singer Bud Cockrell they founded the group "Pablo Cruise" in 1973. The hit Whatcha Gonna Do was released on their double platinum album "A Place In The Sun" (1977). Dave Jenkins himself lend his voice for this great song.

She's Not There was written by keyboardist and songwriter Rod Argent.  This song was an immense hit of his group "The Zombies" in 1964. The Zombies were founded in the London suburb of St. Albans in the early '60s. The song was the first single on their label Decca. The tune made number 1 in America and opened the door for a huge fan community.

John Hall was the songwriter of Dance With Me. John Hall formed in 1972 the group "Orleans" together with Larry Hoppen and Wells Kelly. Larry's brother Lance joined the group in 1973. Dance With Me was their big hit in 1975 ("Let There Be Music"). It's a real pleasure that the singer of the original song Larry Hoppen also interprets this cover.

For all friends of EWF Fantasy is one of their super hits. The band was founded in Chicago in 1969 by Maurice White. The song was released on the album "All 'N All" in 1977. The popularity of this album explains that it was reissued in 1999 with 3 further songs added. The song was written by Del Barrio and the White brothers. 

You 'll Never Find was written by Gamble/Huff, the creators of the Philadelphia Sound. This song was a multi-platinum success of the singer Lou Rawls from his album "All Things In Time" in 1976.

Bruce Springsteen is the creator of Blinded By The Light. The song was released on his album "Greetings From Asbury Park" in 1973, Bruce's debut album. But it should last 'til 1976 that Manfred Mann's Earth Band's best-selling album "The Roaring Silence" turns this song to a number one hit.

No Reply was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for their album "Beatles For Sale" (1964). It was reissued on their next album "Beatles '65". One of those rare songs which have an own website.

FM was originally written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan) as a soundtrack for the same-called movie (1978). It was one of Steely Dan's greatest hits and added to innumerous Steely-Dan-collections. 

Another multi-selling group was Kool & The Gang. Their singer Gary Brown wrote Too Hot for their album "Ladies Night" (1979). The song was the second single of their album and a chart-topper.

Gilligan's Island was a TV-series from 1964-1967. This popular television comedy begins with the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow in a terrible storm. Gilligan, the Skipper too, a millionaire and his wife, a movie-star, the Professor and Mary Ann are all stranded on the island. This TV-series is still very popular as you can see in the internet.




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