RELEASE
October 29, 2007
LABEL
Epic

Album Review

What this import collection does, quite simply, is package Stanley Clarke's arguably best-known and best-selling studio records for Epic/Columbia, beginning with his debut for the label in 1974. The other records here -- all of which have very solid tracks on them but also have some real filler -- are Journey to Love (1975), School Days (1976), Modern Man (1978) and the first Clarke/Duke Project album with George Duke (1981). The decision to leave off the live record, which was a best seller, or even the minor hit "I Wanna Play for You" from 1976, is a curious one, simply because the context remains more fusion than funk/disco. Given the mastering and pressings, these are solid sounding sets -- others in the series include offerings by Mahavishnu Orchestra and Duke Ellington, to name just two -- and the price tag is quite modest as well. Still, unless one is a real fan (who would presumably have these titles already anyway) it is curious as to who on these shores would even consider them.
Thom Jurek, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Vulcan Princesshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  2. Yesterday Princesshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  3. Lopsy Luhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  4. Powerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  5. Spanish Phases for Strings & Basshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  6. Life Suite, Pts. 1-4http://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  7. Silly Puttyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  8. Journey to Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  9. Hello Jeffhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  10. Song to John, Pt. 1http://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  11. Song to John, Pt. 2http://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  12. Concerto for Jazz-Rock Orchestra, Pts. 1-4http://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  13. School Dayshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  14. Quiet Afternoonhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  15. The Dancerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  16. Desert Songhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  17. Hot Funhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  18. Life Is Just a Gamehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  19. Opening Statementhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  20. He Lives Onhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  21. More Hot Funhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  22. Slow Dancehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  23. Interlude: A Serious Occasionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  24. Got to Find My Own Placehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  25. Dayridehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  26. Interlude: It's What She Didn't Sayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  27. Modern Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  28. Interlude: A Relaxed Occasionhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  29. Rock & Roll Jellyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  30. Closing Statementhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  31. Wild Doghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  32. Louie Louiehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  33. Sweet Babyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  34. I Just Want to Love Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  35. Never Judge a Cover by Its Bookhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  36. Let's Get Startedhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  37. Winnershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  38. Touch and Gohttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
  39. Finding My Wayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stanley-clarke-original-album/id324745625?uo=5
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