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Take You Higher

Take You Higher

by The Clinton Administration
     
 
Robert Walter revisits his Clinton Administration project, but with wholesale changes this time out. First off, the only players remaining from the first album are Walter and percussionist Chuck Prada, who team up with fusion jam band Garaj Mahal, drummer

Overview

Robert Walter revisits his Clinton Administration project, but with wholesale changes this time out. First off, the only players remaining from the first album are Walter and percussionist Chuck Prada, who team up with fusion jam band Garaj Mahal, drummer Stanton Moore (Galactic), and additional guitarists Michael Lee Firkins and Charlie Hitchcock. Secondly, rather than doing more George Clinton tunes, they shift the focus to the songs of Sly Stone. There is no doubt that Sly & the Family Stone delivered some fantastic tunes, but they were never the nonstop party band that the P-Funk All-Stars are, and it's that difference that sets Take You Higher apart from One Nation Under a Re-Groove. "Everybody Is a Star" and "You Can Make It if You Try" may be uplifting songs, but it's due more to the lyrical sentiments than the music itself, and divorced from the lyrics, the songs just don't stand up the same way. Another thing is that as these songs get stretched out so the bandmembers can strut their stuff a bit, they tend to lose the focus of the tune, and sort of devolve into jamming. Case in point: "Everyday People" sounds more like they were trying to play "Shhh/Peaceful" from In a Silent Way, with the melody for "Everyday People" dropped in sporadically. It's all well played, to be sure, and there is some great soloing, but this album would probably appeal more to folks who are already Garaj Mahal fans rather than those who picked up the last Clinton Administration set.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Magna Carta
UPC:
0026245230323
catalogNumber:
452303

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clinton Administration   Primary Artist
Fareed Haque   Rhythm Guitar,Track Performer,Soloist,Group Member
Michael Lee Firkins   Rhythm Guitar,Slide Guitar,Soloist,Group Member
Eric Levy   Piano,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Track Performer,kurzweil,Wurlitzer,Soloist,Group Member
Robert Walter   Hammond Organ,Track Performer,fender rhodes,Soloist,Group Member
Cochemea Gastelum   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soloist,Group Member
Stanton Moore   Drums,Track Performer,Group Member
Kai Eckhardt   Track Performer,5-string Bass,Group Member
Chuck Prada   Percussion,Track Performer,Group Member

Technical Credits

Robert Berry   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart   Composer
Dave McKean   Illustrations

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