Take You Higher

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • UPC: 026245230323
  • Catalog Number: 452303
  • Sales rank: 388,462

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Jim Brick Mastering
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