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  • Audio CD (13 Oct 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SPV Yellow
  • ASIN: B001B0IP9Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. You're A Friend Of Mine (Album Version)Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. TemptationClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. It's Alright With Me GirlClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Liberation FireClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine AnymoreClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Wanna Be Your HeroClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Cross The LineClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Kissin' On UClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 5:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. ChristinaClarence Clemons & The Red Bank Rockers 5:490.99  Buy MP3 

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'Hero' was the second of two 1980s solo albums recorded by Clarence Clemons, aka the Big Man, the soulful, driving, tenor sax heart of the E Street Band and a perfect theatrical foil to Bruce Springsteen, 'The Boss'.

During his time with Springsteen he formed the Red Bank Rockers, signed a record deal with Columbia and released his debut solo album ‘Rescue’, a gutsy retro-soul dance album in the Stax tradition, with added New Jersey cajones.

Clemons also became enamoured of the teachings Sri Chimnoy. It was through the guru that Clemons met drummer, composer and producer Narada Michael Walden who masterminded ‘Hero’. Clemons adopted the spiritual name Mokshagun (Sanskrit for Lord's All-Illuminating Liberation Fire). The album was recorded during a break in Springsteen’s ‘Born In The USA’ tour and unlike ‘Rescue’ is very much an album of the mid 1980s with that dramatic ‘wide open space’ production sound, drenched in electronics. The album spawned a top twenty hit single, the duo with Jackson Browne "You're a Friend of Mine" and actress Daryl Hannah (Clemons’ girlfriend at the time), on backing vocals.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Saxaphone Hero 30 April 2013
By Delboy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The world's a poorer place since Clarence departed. He was a legend in the E Street Band - and this album shows how he could also cut it as a solo artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hero indeed 18 Dec 2012
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Clarence 'Big Man' Clemons is a hero in the world of rock music. I was a little apprehensive about hearing him solo rather than as part of the E Street band. This album is not a disappointment and shows off his musical prowess well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars RIP - Music Legend 19 Jun 2011
By 80s Music Master - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember being a teen in the 80s and hearing "You're aFriend of Mine" for the first time. I was hooked and would play it all the time. but I got more excited when I found out who he was.. A member of the E Street band. I have been a fan of the Boss for ever and to see that the amazing sax player released his own album I was really happy. Well, today via GOOD MORNING AMERICA on Twitter, they confirmed that Clarence had passed away due to difficulties of the stroke he had. RIP, Gone but Never forgotten. From a friend you never met. God Bless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clerence Wants To Be A Hero 21 Jun 2011
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Following on the heels of the hugely successful Born in the U.S.A. Clerence Clemons suddenly became one of the hottest sax players in the pop music scene of this era. Following that he played on Aretha's Who's Zoomin Who and during this time also became invoved with triple threat producer/musician/recording artist Narada Michael Walden and embraced the spiritual teachings of Sri Chimnoy just as Narada himself had himself recristened "Mokshagun" Clerence Clemons in a similar fasion as "Devadip" Carlos Santana had. That meant this album featured lyrics with a lot of spiritual,often lofty overtones you wouldn't tend to find on a Bruce Springsteen album.. And by putting together his dream team band the Red Star Rockers including old E Street buddy and fusion keyboard wizard David Sancious,Booker T Jones on organ was well as a three ring circus of bass players from Narada's own Randy Jackson (yes Idol fans,that one),Maurice Starr and future Living Color member Doug Wimbish. So they stage was set-could Clerence do it?

Creatively he did,on all cyliders. Even though it's likely only loyal Springsteen/E Street Band fans were the only people who purchased this album it's filled with some strong grooves and a deep,growling voice from Clerence that is not unlike...well Huey Lewis I suppose. "Your A Friend Of Mine","Temptation" and the exotically grooving instrumental "Liberation Fire" are all standouts on the uptempo end. They have have certain mid 80's production elements for sure. Even so they all stand the test of time extremely well because the lyrics,which express the joys of one individuals personel and spiritual liberation bely any possible shallowness in that area that could've occured. Because he's always so intent on imitating Jr.Walker,Clemons' sax sound does occasionally fall into certain easy clishes. But that strong personality,especially on the musical end wins out every time. "Kissin On U" brings some Minneapolis style groove into it with a bit more fullness where "It's Alright With Me Girl" and "Christina",with their poppier aspects are the only songs with even an inkling of The Boss in them. And it isn't much really-it isn't much.

Considering that this album could've easily been just an abrupt cash-in job (which it might just have been had he not already put out Rescue two years earlier) this album redeemed itself not only by the musicianly nature of it's sound,production and fine songwriting but also in the fact that he chose lyrics that would speak to people in a more direct than selling them on a dance,a song or even a mere hook. Especially in an era like this when so many people were crying sellout albums such as this proved you could make music that was commercially viable for the era that still had integrity and meaningful lyrical subtext. Now that Clarence has left us I wonder if this big sounding 80's funk/soul album will ever earn the credit that's very much do it. The days and years ahead will tell that I suppose. Until then,for those who have this CD listen,enjoy and remember this artist for what he did do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Big Man! 22 Oct 2006
By Glen Zimmerman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
From 1985, this album by Clemons (and his Red Bank Rockers) is funky good fun that is also decidedly un-generic in some of its subject matter. Best known for the hit duet with Jackson Browne "You're A Friend Of Mine", but also check out "Kissin' On U."
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music. 3 Feb 2012
By BH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had this on an LP when it first came out and have been meaning to get it on cd ever since.
That man can really play that saxophone, no wonder Bruce had him with him for so many years.
It's sad that he is no longer with us, as I'm sure he had a lot of good music in him to share!
4.0 out of 5 stars Gone, but not forgotten! 26 Jun 2011
By SeattleSlew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a very good album. I bought it many years ago, right after it was released. I've listened to it many times over the years and have never grown tired of it. Of course, having Jackson Browne accompanying Clarence on some songs certainly doesn't hurt. If Springsteen is the heart of Bruce Springsteen and the E - Street Band, Clarence was the soul of the band. Of all the talent in the E - Street Band, Clarence and Nils Lofgren are the standout individual talents.
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