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4.0 out of 5 stars Unquestionably good, but is it "great"?, 23 May 2014
This review is from: Original Album Classics (Audio CD)
Bought for the equivalent of a "Charles Darwin", on a recent visit to Geneva. In spite of me having "School Days" and "Modern Man" somewhere, in the standard plastic box format. The main attraction was to discover "Stanley Clarke" and "Journey To Love", which i have never owned. (Either as a CD or LP.) The value is great, once again, in spite of us being served up with the distinctly underwhelming "Clarke/Duke Project". Why didn't they include the unheralded "Rocks, Pebbles and Sand"? That would have made this a perfect, five-star package.

With Stanley's albums, purchasers get virtuoso bass playing. He seems to be better as a team player, rather than as a solo artist, as his compositions can sometimes be a bit patchy. Hence the individual albums tend to be "good" rather than "great". He also recycles some of his ideas, if you listen carefully, though he isn't alone in that respect.

This package includes the decent "Stanley Clarke", with a reworked "Vulcan Princess" from the days of Return To Forever. "Lopsy Lu" and the long "Life Suite" make this a good listen. Better, it seems safe to say, are the "Journey To Love" and "School Days" albums which followed. "Modern Man" goes down a rather AOR/FM radio route, in a possible attempt to shift product, but remains very enjoyable. It is worth securing, if only for the monolithic "Rock & Roll Jelly" and its pyrotechnic soloing by Jeff Back and Stanley. (I dread to think how much air-guitar and air-bass that has provoked!)

The alternative is to invest in a copy of "The Bass-ic Collection", which is a single disc compilation of most of this set's highlights. The downside is that it doesn't include many of the long compositions with which Stanley's albums typically ended.
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Initial post: 30 Nov 2014 19:10:54 GMT
HEY P.B how are you doing buddy ? Im fine and yep this is a good not great box set but there are some goodies

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Dec 2014 15:24:58 GMT
P. B. Koeb says:
Howdy GG. Been a long time, my friend. All's well with me, with one foot in the Algarve. How about you? Still down in Chichester? Not a bad purchase, this one, apart from that desultory Clarke/Duke project inclusion. Keep on trucking, you old GG.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Dec 2014 17:25:22 GMT
Indeed been a long time! ,yep still in Chichester see you're still in the ol Algarve ( nice) anyway this most deffo should of had Rocks pebbles and sand on board!! are you on Facebook ?
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