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Stanley Clarke


Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.82 | 21 ratings

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3 stars Stanley Clarke made his name playing with RTF,between others. Some his solo albums from 70-s are really great, and he is with no doubt one of the best bass player around for some decades.

Unhappily, this album was released in 1980, and the music there is product of that's time. Side A are often almost heavy rock (!), what is very unusual for Clarke, but it is hard rock of early 80-s - simplistic,melodic and very commercial. Side B is more soul-disco-funk, but again - doesn't matter what the genre is, all sound is pure 80-s.

Album in all is very eclectic and sounds more as collection of unrelated compositions ,played in different styles, but always with touch of the time. Possibly, the idea was just to try to record something for every possible listener (vinyl buyer), and in some sense it works - there is wide musical range on this album. The problem is almost all compositions are recorded for pop- market, so even if there are plenty of nice moments, all release sounds as not very successful sell-out.

From positive side, I can notice high level of musicianship of Clarke himself and some collaborators (especially drummer Simon Phillips, Chick Corea played some tunes there as well). In that sense this album is much higher over standard of just pop music. Another attractive moment - album often is openly pop-oriented, but compositions all are different, so music isn't boring.

Hardly an attractive album for progressive fusion lovers, but still have some nice moments.

My rating is 2,5,rounded to 3.

snobb | 3/5 |


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