In The Best Of All Possible Worlds

The Planet Wilson’s 1988 album ‘In the Best of All Possible Worlds’, produced by Steve Nye for Virgin Records and released in a burst of low profile secrecy, was nevertheless critically acclaimed across the board.

“Snaking pop bass lines, twisted vocals, odd un-western rhythms and fragments of African style guitar.” NME

“Inventive and effectively atmospheric – and invigorating truly original sound.” Music Week

“Deserves to be enjoyed by a much bigger audience. Serious, demanding and danceable all at the same time.” The Independent

“Often waywardly dense sense of rhythm and some wonderfully snaking guitar lines. They make a shiveringly good noise.” Sounds

“A kind of Afro meets Devo cocktail. Truly original sound wise, The Planet Wilson had a few things to offer visually too – out of this world! … Not a million light years away from the early spaced out Roxy Music.” Record Mirror

“Quickly becomes compelling, even if you try and resist it, as though it taps into some primal arterial route straight to the brain.” Hi Fi Review

“The Planet Wilson are worth taking time over …there’s back biting comment on modern society, misrepresentation and apartheid to name a few…anyone with a half open mind should take time out to listen to them.” What Hi Fi

Sound commercial potential without any of the usual crass drawbacks.” Underground Magazine

Data Sheet

Hallam Lewis – Guitar and Vocals
Lou Duffy-Howard – Bass Guitar
Grant Ardis – Drums & Ancilliaries

Songs written by Hallam Lewis and arranged by The Planet Wilson except Seven Days and Love By Hand written and arranged by The Planet Wilson. Produced by Steve Nye except Seven Days recorded by Martin Rushent mixed by Steve Nye. Engineered by Rupert Coulson at The Chocolate Factory and John Spence at Fairview Studio. Vision On produced by The Planet Wilson. Thanks to Jane Wade, Annie Conway and Cass Patton for backing vocals and Rob Howard for playing the pianica. Ceramic Sculpture by Dagny Hald, Norway. Originally released on Virgin Records in 1988 on vinyl and CD.

Flap The Bird
The Big Wheel
Rolling Balls
Sinister Dexter
Seven Days
Love By Hand
Wish It Was So
White Lies
Vision On
I Remain Outside