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Various Artists – Plankton. b. 6th May 1978 FORTY YEARS 1978 – 2018 (2CD SLIPCASE SET)

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  • Release date: 2018-11-09
  • Label: Plankton
  • Catalog #: PCDN 175

Track Previews

  1. 1

    PETE WARD Shameful Secret

  2. 2

    FRESH CLAIM Visions Never Sleep (92 Remix)

  3. 3

    MARC CATLEY & GEOFF MANN The Calling

  4. 4

    OUT OF DARKNESS Walk On The Water

  5. 5

    STUART ELWIN Silhouettes & Shadows (Dox Mix)

  6. 6

    BEN OKAFOR Palace

  7. 7

    FRESH CLAIM Changed From Glory Into Glory

  8. 8

    ECHO Best Of My Love

  9. 9

    NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE (feat MIKAEL R ANDREASEN) Nine Beats To The Bar

  10. 10

    SIMON LAW The Haven

Track Listing

CD 1: The First 20 Years
1. SEA STONE Rolling Stone
2. SEA STONE All This And A Giro Too
3. SOLD AIR Promises Promises
4. INTRANSIT Troubled Vision
5. CATCH 22 Freeway To Paradise
6. PETE WARD Shameful Secret
7. FRESH CLAIM Visions Never Sleep (92 Remix)
8. MARC CATLEY & GEOFF MANN The Calling
9. ZIPCODES Got My Reasons
10. MEDALS Blue Blood
11. TREVOR SPEAKS In My Blood
12. FRESH CLAIM In Times Of Rain (Over You)
13. MARC CATLEY Jesus Is Ace
14. BEN OKAFOR Living In A Suitcase
15. OUT OF DARKNESS Walk On The Water
16. TRUE ADDICTION Celebrate
17. NEWSHOUNDS Come And  Talk About Jesus (Chattabox Theme)
18. FRESH CLAIM Defiled
19. FRESH CLAIM Kyrie Eleison
20. STUART ELWIN Silhouettes & Shadows (Dox Mix)
21. FRESH CLAIM Imagination Of Your Heart (This Is The End)
 
CD 2: The Second 20 Years
1. INTRANSIT Bare Face To Face
2. PETE WARD Unusual Shade
3. REALLY FREE BAND Hangin’
4. FRESH CLAIM Broken Man (There’s Not Much More You Can Do To Me)
5. BEN OKAFOR Palace
6. THE MOHABIR SISTERS Feel The Power
7. FRESH CLAIM Changed From Glory Into Glory
8. BEN OKAFOR Love Train
9. FRESH CLAIM Change The World Through Us (Hear Us Lord)
10. INSPIRE SONGWRITERS Immanuel
11. VIVIENNE NEVILLE Veiled In Mystery
12. LIZ CLARKE Path of Dreams
13. ECHO Best Of My Love
14. VIVIENNE NEVILLE, LIZ CLARKE, JACKIE MORRIS BATES, MARY-KATHRYN What A Friend We Have In Jesus
15. DISCIPLEMAKERS Disciplemaker
16. THE DARN FUNK ORCHESTRA Salvation Shoes
17. MATT JR HURLEY Pebbles
18. NINE BEATS COLLECTIVE (feat. Mikael R Andreasen) Nine Beats To The Bar
19. ECHO Ain’t Nobody
20. SIMON LAW The Haven

2CD Slipcase Set Description

This special slipcase set has been created to celebrate our landmark 40th anniversary by spanning and including music from the whole forty years . It contains the newly released “Plankton. b. 6th May 1978. The Second 20 Years” CD (Cat No: PCDN 174) along with the album released in 1978 to celebrate our 20th Anniversary ” Plankton. b. 6th May 1978. The First 20 Years” CD (Cat No: PCDN 153), thus celebrating the full 40 year history and musical journey of Plankton Records in this one music-packed package.

The set includes some previously unreleased tracks as well as some long deleted tracks that are not available elsewhere and a brand new song recently recorded for inclusion on the new release (Simon Law – The Haven). Both of these compilation CDs were hand picked and compiled by the Plankton Records partners – The man who founded the label, Rev Simon Law and Keith Dixon, who has been a partner since 1991 and has effectively been running the label on a day to day basis since 1978.

As a label, our main aim is to support artists who are keen to get out in front of people and communicate about and to the world we live in and the human condition and also songs which may in the past have come under the banner of ‘protest songs’. It’s always been about the message behind the music and not the music’s style or genre. Hence the vast range of musical styles that are featured on this complete celebration of the music of Plankton Records

41 tracks – Over 2.5 hours of great music from a fantastic collection of artists

(Both CDs contained in the slipcase are available as separate CDs)

 

Album Reviews

Celebrate the history and musical journey of Plankton Records, the UK’s oldest surviving Christian independent record label, as they mark their 40th anniversary with this extensive collection of 41 hand-picked tracks that highlight the artists and the range of musical styles and genres that Plankton Records have released since 1978. And, wow, what a collection it is! It certainly took me some time to get through all the songs a few times. The band, Sea Stone, start things off with a couple of tracks. One tells about Jesus’ life, whilst the other depicts unemployment. The sound is somewhat dated but, after 40 years, what do you expect? Catch 22’s “Freeway to Paradise” had me thinking that it could have been the follow up to “Stairway to Heaven.” There were certainly some similarities in the sound. Fresh Claim feature prominently on both CD’s. Firstly, with their prog’ rock songs, and then by featuring some lighter pop/worship numbers. I chuckled a few times at the 80’s sounds that feature. For instance, Medals’ “Blue Blood” had an ABC feel about it, while Instransit’s “Bare Face to Face” had early Spandau Ballet written all over it! From the more modern era, the wistful vocals of Vivienne Neville are a highlight, as she sings praise to Jesus on “Veiled in Mystery.” Another good song is the Disciplemaker’s self-titled 2015 ditty. The melody is very simple but from the first time I heard it, I thought “How catchy” it was. Soul outfit, Echo have a couple of tracks included, while The Darn Funk Orchestra make a welcome appearance with “Salvation Shoes.” This review would have been much longer, but I just how far should I go? This release is a potted history of independent UK Christian music over the last 40 years. It’s a wonderful achievement and both Keith Dixon & Simon Laws should be thanked for, not only, this brilliant compilation, but their tireless work for God. It goes without saying, that this is a super double album. 10/10. Never for Nothing