Planet Gemini (album)

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Planet Gemini
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Studio album by Michael Angelo
Released 1997 (1997)
Recorded M.A.C.E. Court Studios
(Chicago, Illinois)
Genre
Length 42:22
Label M.A.C.E.
Producer Michael Angelo
Michael Angelo chronology
No Boundaries
(1995)
Planet Gemini
(1997)
Tradition
(1998)

Planet Gemini is the second studio album by American heavy metal musician Michael Angelo Batio, credited as Michael Angelo. Recorded at M.A.C.E. Court Studios in Chicago, Illinois, it was released in 1997 by his own label M.A.C.E. Music. Batio performed the majority of instruments on the release, as well as producing, engineering and mixing the album.

Background and production[edit]

Michael Angelo Batio's second solo album, Planet Gemini, was recorded and mixed at M.A.C.E. Court Studios in his hometown Chicago, with Batio handling all production, engineering and mixing; Pat Lilley mastered the album at Nexus Studios in Waukesha, Wisconsin.[1] All electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, bass, keyboards, drums and percussion were performed by Batio, with keyboardist Frank Lucas and drummer Chuck White performing on "No Boundaries Part II".[1]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Guitar Nine Records praised Planet Gemini for its "tight arrangements and very clean production", noting the speed and quality of Batio's guitar playing on the album.[2] Their review highlighted the song "Time Traveler" in particular, and described the style of the album as "progressive [and] hard edged".[2]

Planet Gemini was remastered and reissued in 2006, with previously unreleased instrumental versions of "So Much to Live For" and "These Four Walls" replacing the original tracks, plus the addition of "Enough Is Enough".[3] "Time Traveler" was also included on Batio's 2010 Metal Method instructional video Speed Kills 2010.[4]

In 2007, Batio released the album 2 X Again, which features remixed and remastered songs from Planet Gemini and previous album No Boundaries with re-recorded drums by Joe Babiak.[5] From Planet Gemini, the tracks "No Boundaries Part II: Intro", "Time Traveler" and "Planet Gemini" are included.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Michael Angelo.

No. Title Length
1. "All Systems Go..." 1:39
2. "Planet Gemini" 4:41
3. "Far Reaches of Space" 4:15
4. "Across Our Universe" 5:13
5. "No Boundaries Part II: Intro" 1:32
6. "No Boundaries Part II: The Jam Game" 7:27
7. "To Alpha Sector 2" 2:21
8. "So Much to Live For" 3:51
9. "These Four Walls" 4:43
10. "Time Traveler" 6:40
Total length: 42:22

Personnel[edit]

Personnel credits adapted from the album's booklet.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Planet Gemini (Media notes). Michael Angelo. M.A.C.E. Music. 1997. 
  2. ^ a b "Angelo "Planet Gemini"". Guitar Nine Records. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Michael Angelo Batio's 'Planet Gemini' CD Remastered With Three Additional Tracks". Blabbermouth.net. June 14, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Speed Kills 2010 - Time Traveler Guitar". Metal Method. Archived from the original on July 11, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Michael Angelo Batio "2 X Again"". M.A.C.E. Music. December 3, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  6. ^ "2 X Again by Michael Angelo Batio". iTunes. Retrieved June 26, 2015.