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.
Probably the greatest bass guitar player and double bass jazz player, SC has played with all the greats. This 5 album retrospective shows off his virtuosity. Though very much of its time - "welcome space warriors" - the set is a must for the completist or an introduction for the novice - nice riffs, lots of pop and slap technique also some lovely melodies - check out "Got to find my own place" and collaborations with Duke and some lesser known Jeff Beck.
There is no Track listing listed on Amazon and, as this is Volume one in a series, the listings and LP titles may be of interest?
The 5 classic albums from the years 1974 to 1981 are 'Stanley Clarke' 'Journey to Love' 'School Days' 'Modern Man' and 'Clarke/Duke Project' they come in delightful little card board sleeves which are replicas of the LP covers. Some fine this cheap I, for one, like them and storage is a dream because the 5 CDs fit into the space of one of the old double CD jewel boxes. For this price you really cannot go wrong.
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'Stanley Clarke' 1. Vulcan Princess 2. Yesterday Princess 3. Lopsy Lu 4. Power 5. Spanish Phases for Strings & Bass 6. Life Suite, Pts. 1-4
'Journey to Love' 1. Silly Putty 2. Journey to Love 3. Hello Jeff 4. Song to John, Pt. 1 5. Song to John, Pt. 2 6. Concerto for Jazz-Rock Orchestra, Pts. 1-4
'School Days' 1. School Days 2. Quiet Afternoon 3. The Dancer 4. Desert Song 5. Hot Fun 6. Life Is Just a Game
'Modern Man' 1. Opening Statement 2. He Lives On 3. More Hot Fun 4. Slow Dance 5. Interlude: A Serious Occasion 6. Got to Find My Own Place 7. Dayride 8. Interlude: It's What She Didn't Say 9. Modern Man 10. Interlude: A Relaxed Occasion 11. Rock & Roll Jelly 12. Closing Statement
'Clarke/Duke Project' 1. Wild Dog 2. Louie Louie 3. Sweet Baby 4. I Just Want to Love You 5. Never Judge a Cover by Its Book 6. Let's Get Started 7. Winners 8. Touch and Go 9. Finding My Way
I have long been a fan of School Days, have a vinyl copy from the 70s. That on its own is 5 stars, the others are all at 4 stars level except the one with George Duke, which I find a bit soft. While it's all classified under 'jazz', it's really what we used to call 'jazz-rock' in the 70s.