STANLEY CLARKE — Journey to Love

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3.59 | 11 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 1975

Filed under Fusion
By STANLEY CLARKE

Tracklist

A1 Silly Putty 4:52
A2 Journey To Love 4:52
A3 Hello Jeff 5:16
A4 Song To John (Part I) 4:22
B1 Song To John (Part II) 6:09
B2 Concerto For Jazz / Rock Orchestra 14:25

Total Time: 39:26

Line-up/Musicians

Drums – Steve Gadd
Guitar – David Sancious
Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals – George Duke
Vocals, Bass – Stanley Clarke
Drums – Lenny White (track A3)
Guitar – Jeff Beck (track A3)
Organ – Stanley Clarke (track A3)
Guitar – John McLaughlin (tracks A4,B1)
Piano – Chick Corea (tracks A4,B1)

About this release

Nemperor Records – NE 433 (US)

Recorded at Electric Ladyland Studios, New York, New York

Thanks to EZ Money, JS, snobb for the updates

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'Journey to Love' is the second in Stanley's trio of classic fusion albums released in the mid 70s. Preceded by the ambitious self-titled 'Stanley Clarke', and followed by the tight focus of 'School Days', 'Journey' has more in common with it's predecessor, with it's over- reaching aspirations and sometimes not quite developed musical pastiches. That's not to say 'Journey' is not a great album, it is, but not as great as the more developed and economical follow-up, 'School Days'.

'Journey' follows a very similar overall schematic as the other two albums; a couple of barn- burning Jeff Beck styled rock/funk workouts, some EW&F future pop, a lengthy suite featuring thirdstream classical/jazz compositions and arrangements, and an acoustic number with McLaughlin and Corea onboard. As usual, the upbeat funk-rock numbers are exceptional with 'Silly Putty' and 'Hello Jeff' ranking with some of Stanley's best. 'Hello Jeff' features an incredible uplifting guitar solo from guess who.

Less successful is acoustic number 'Song to John' (Coltrane). It's not terrible, but sort of unfocused, meandering and bordering on new age jazz during it's first half, and overly busy and flashy in the second half. This thing in the mid 70s where musicians would 'trade licks' can be intense if used sparingly, but unfortunately little these guys did in the mid-70s was done 'sparingly'. Anyway, this number plows onward and sounds nothing like anything ever put out by Coltrane. Finally we get to the ambitious 'Concerto for Jazz Rock Orchestra', a title that sounds suspiciously like something from 'Spinal Tap'.

This 'Concerto' opens with some nice Satie-like piano figures with string synthesizer before launching into progressive rock like orchestrated assaults, EW&F vocals, space funk and several high energy fusion workouts featuring the blistering guitar work of David Sancious. Taken individually all these sections are great, but it's hard to say if this all adds up to some sort of Concerto, doesn't matter really.

If you like the other two Clarke albums in this trilogy, as well as other progressive rock influenced fusioneers such as RTF, Mahavishnu and David Sancious, you will find a lot to like here.

Members reviews

darkshade
Not as good as the previous album or following album, but still a good 70s fusion album, with a great lineup consisting of guys like George Duke, Chick Corea, Jeff Beck, Steve Gadd, and many more.

I'm not sure why this one isn't as good as the self-titled album, or School Days, since all the tunes here are high quality fusion. It's probably only because the two albums are just better; but this one is not to be overlooked.

The first track "Silly Putty" is probably the funkiest tune Clarke ever made, and the title track and "Hello Jeff" have some great playing from George Duke and Jeff Beck, who are masters of their instruments, as is Stanley himself. "Hello Jeff" is hard rockin' tune, almost sounds like it was lifted off of his own album "Blow By Blow" but with Clarke on bass.

The other half of the album consists of a tribute to John Coltrane, while good, is kind of just there. Not bad though. The album ends with the classical/jazz-fusion track, simply called "Concerto for Jazz/Rock Orchestra". While good, Stanley Clarke did a similar thing with his previous album, and follow up album, and did it better on those two albums. Still good, though.

Get this one after you get the other two Clarke albums mentioned in this review. This one is still good, and well worth it for the 70s jazz-fusion collector.

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