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After Bartz’s amazing Pictures of Earth and Space release in 1987, the Audion label went “belly-up” and other labels snubbed the music Bartz had prepared as follow-up to PoEaS. It was a demoralizing time with everyone scrambling for Yanni-clones. Bartz waited. The Internet explosion allowed freedom for Bartz to bypass record label gauntlets. He dusted off the years and has now re-issued the music once unheard.
Bartz sent me a signed copy of Build Your Own Planet along with other CDs. I found a very similar gestalt to the PoEaS guitar and wildly cool, effects menagerie of sound and glory but also a slicker smoother, headier, slightly jazzier approach to Bartz’s endless attempt at “freeing” the listener to wander some inner Cosmos of dream. Bartz had also more firmly meshed each track together into a nearly perfect whole-album song.
How ignorant those record labels of yesterday were not to see the gems here! Maybe now, in the 21st century, Bartz’s 100% unique sound will be heard and appreciated for the genius and deep head-trip that it offers. Get yours before this collectors item is history.
Unique guitar and amazing sound engineering effects await you.
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.