The Clarke/Duke Project, Vols. 1-3

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In 2010, Great Britain's BGO imprint began re-releasing Stanley Clarke's CBS recordings, which include the three records he made with George Duke as the Clarke/Duke Project between 1981 and 1990. To listen to this double disc is to hear an aural portrait of the fusion scene as it really met and and melded with adult contemporary and '80s R&B. The first album issued in 1981 included drummer John Robinson (Rufus) and some guests, and both men on vocals. The first set netted them a crossover hit single in "Sweet Baby," an unlikely midtempo groove ballad. (It hit number 19 on the pop chart and number six at R&B.) The sheer imagination on the first Clarke/Duke Project ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
In 2010, Great Britain's BGO imprint began re-releasing Stanley Clarke's CBS recordings, which include the three records he made with George Duke as the Clarke/Duke Project between 1981 and 1990. To listen to this double disc is to hear an aural portrait of the fusion scene as it really met and and melded with adult contemporary and '80s R&B. The first album issued in 1981 included drummer John Robinson (Rufus) and some guests, and both men on vocals. The first set netted them a crossover hit single in "Sweet Baby," an unlikely midtempo groove ballad. (It hit number 19 on the pop chart and number six at R&B.) The sheer imagination on the first Clarke/Duke Project record is startling in its reach, from the accessible melodic fusion of its opener "Wild Dog" and its funk cover of "Louie Louie" (that, criminally, never made it onto any of the various-artists collections that showcased the legendary Richard Berry tune), to the P-Funk-drenched "Let's Get Started" to the '80s soul ballad "Touch and Go." The second C/DP set was issued in 1983, and from its opener, "Put It on the Line," it showcased the degree that drum machines began to dominate rock, soul, and pop. The trio was also joined by renowned session players and guest vocalists Jeffrey Osborne and Howard Hewett (Shalamar), and Lynn Davis. It reflected more than anything the kinds of productions Duke was doing for other artists at the time. It also reveals the attempts at pop songwriting both men were doing at the time -- clearly they enjoyed being on the charts. That said, it's musically consistent despite its production excesses. The third C/DP album released in 1990 was as slick as its predecessor. Dennis Chambers replaced Robinson on the drum kit, and Osborne and Hewett returned from the previous outing. Rappers Above the Law appear on "No Place to Hide," which also features a stellar sung lead vocal from a teenage Rahsaan Patterson. Wayne Shorter and Joe Henderson make guest appearances on "Find Out Who You Are." On the album's best-remembered track, a cover of George Clinton's "Mothership Connection," Kirk Whalum and George Bohannon appear. There isn't any bonus material included, but the remastering is excellent and there is an historical liner essay by John O'Regan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Bgo - Beat Goes On
  • EAN: 5017261209313
  • Catalog Number: 6120931
  • Sales rank: 59,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild Dog (3:30)
  2. 2 Louie, Louie (5:07)
  3. 3 Sweet Baby (3:47)
  4. 4 I Just Want to Love You (3:51)
  5. 5 Never Judge a Cover by Its Book (1:43)
  6. 6 Let's Get Started (3:58)
  7. 7 Winners (4:01)
  8. 8 Touch and Go (4:37)
  9. 9 Finding My Way (5:40)
  10. 10 Put It on the Line (4:22)
  11. 11 Heroes (4:52)
  12. 12 Try Me Baby (3:40)
  13. 13 Every Reason to Smile (4:21)
  14. 14 Great Danes (3:47)
  15. 15 The Good Times (4:38)
  16. 16 You're Gonna Love It (5:01)
  17. 17 Trip You in Love (3:26)
  18. 18 Atlanta (4:08)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Pit Bulls (An Endangered Species) (4:15)
  2. 2 Oh Oh (4:58)
  3. 3 No Place to Hide (5:02)
  4. 4 Somebody Else (5:27)
  5. 5 Mothership Connection (5:10)
  6. 6 Right by My Side (5:11)
  7. 7 From the Deepest Corner of My Heart (1:17)
  8. 8 Lady (4:21)
  9. 9 Find Out Who You Are (4:38)
  10. 10 Quiet Time (1:03)
  11. 11 Finger Prints (3:48)
  12. 12 Always (1:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Clarke/Duke Project Primary Artist
Stanley Clarke Indexed Contributor, Bass, Guitar, Electric Bass, Cello, Keyboards, Sitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap, Piccolo Bass, Clevenger Bass, Tenor Bass
Above the Law Rap
Philip Bailey Vocals, Rap
Howard Hewett Vocals
George Duke Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synclavier, Rap, D550
Gary Foster Tenor Recorder, Alto Recorder
Joe Henderson Tenor Saxophone
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone
Gerald Alston Vocals
Phil Perry Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap
Marilyn Baker Viola
Sylvia Saint James Background Vocals
Dennis Chambers Drums, Hi Hat
Murray Adler Strings, Violin
Israel Baker Violin
Brenton Banks Strings, Violin
Harry Bluestone Strings
Robert Brookins Keyboards
Carl Carwell Vocals, Background Vocals, Rap
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Vocals, Rap
Charles Veal Concert Master
Billy Cobham Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Oboe
Darrell Cox Vocals, Rap
Rollice Dale Strings
Douglas Davis Cello
Lynn Davis Vocals, Background Vocals
Bonnie Douglas Strings
Brandon Fields Alto Saxophone
Ronald Folsom Strings
Roy Galloway Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Endre Granat Violin
Rayford Griffin Drums
Portia Griffin Background Vocals
Allan Harshman Strings
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Piccolo Trumpet
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Jan Kelley Strings
Katie Kirkpatrick Strings
Michael Landau Guitar
Earl Madison Cello
Narada Michael Walden Drums
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Dan Neufeld Viola
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe Strings
Jeffrey Osborne Vocals
Claudia Parducci Violin
Dorothy Remsen Harp
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Paul Shure Strings
Debra Starr Background Vocals
Robert Sushel Strings
Deborah Thomas Background Vocals
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Mihail Zinovyev Viola
Dixie Blackstone Strings
Michael Ferril Violin
Ray Kelly Strings
Rahsaan Patterson Vocals
Bill Hybel Violin
Dave Schwartz Strings
Reg Hill Strings, Violin
Julia Tillman Background Vocals
Alex Horvatha Violin
Mitchell Newman Violin
Neal Laite Violin
Pat Johnson Strings
George Bohanon Trombone
Barbara Hunter Strings
Ron Cooper Strings, Cello
Franklyn D'Antonio Violin
Jorge Del Barrio Conductor
George Del Barrio Conductor
Ed Green Strings
Cruz Sembello Background Vocals
Nat Ross Strings
John Robinson Drums
Maxine Willard Background Vocals
Steve Erody Cello
Sam Bodhossiam Viola
Mimi Meyer Viola
Armen Garabdein Violin
Technical Credits
George Duke Composer, Producer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Richard Berry Composer
Kevin Fisher Engineer
Israel Baker String Section
Denyse Buffum String Section
Charles Veal String Section
Stanley Clarke Composer, Producer, Orchestration, String Arrangements
Rollice Dale String Section
Assa Drori String Section
Bonnie Douglas String Section
Brian Gardner Mastering
Mitch Gibson Engineer
Endre Granat String Section
Paula Hochhalter String Section
Steve Holroyd Engineer
Selene Hurford String Section
Nils Oliver String Section
Tom Perry Engineer
Art Royvale String Section
Sheldon Sanov String Section
Steve Sykes Engineer
Barbara Thomason String Section
Marcia Van Dyke String Section
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Dorothy Wade String Section
Allee Willis Composer
Erik Zobler Engineer
Laylaw Composer
Cold 187um Composer
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Nick Spigel Engineer
Dan Humann Engineer
Mary Maurer Art Direction
David Rideaux Engineer
John O'Regan Liner Notes
Andrew Thompson Remastering
Kenneth Yerke String Section
Jorge Del Barrio String Section
Fred Seykora String Section
George Del Barrio String Arrangements
Brookins Composer
Mike Herbick Engineer
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