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On Solid Ground

Larry CarltonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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listen  2. All In Good Time 8:41Album Only
listen  3. The Philosopher 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Layla 4:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. On Solid Ground 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Waffer 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Bubble Shuffle 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Chapter II 4:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Honey Samba 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Sea Space 6:26$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Dist Corp
  • ASIN: B000002O5H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,752 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Carlton's best Electric recording December 1, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I haven't heard everything that Carlton's done, but I do own most of it. For those (like me) who too often find most of this music sorely lacking and getting mired in tired R'and B' grooves that have no sense of dynamics and wear out their welcome long before the tune is over, then this is a fine exception. Matter of fact this album, along with 1986's "Alone//But Not Alone" (where Carlton sticks to acoustic guitar for the entire recording)I would rate as the only 2 "must have's" of his output so far.
Carlton may have been inspired by his famous brush with death just before this recording, who knows, but it certainly shows here in a beautiful, lyrical way. His playing still shows signs of the fusion style that he was originally known for, but the writing is more mature and many of the themes are quite beautiful and expressive. Oddly, though, the recording starts off with the weakest track "Josie" which sounds pretty much like everything else from this genre and isn't going to win anybody over except those already into this type of "all groove and no substance" type of piece. On the other side, I think the best Carlton peace EVER is on here, "Sea Space", and no "Best Of" compilation is complete without this tune (naturally they missed putting "Sea Space" on either "Collection" volumes 1 or 2!). Usually when you see a cover version of a well known tune (in this case "Layla") it's usually a sign of the leader grasping for material (and radio play)due to lack of inspiration, but, again, thankfully, that is not the case here, it actually works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for rock guitarists/musicians in general December 2, 2010
By Maureen
Format:Audio CD
A replacement CD for one I lost, I am so glad to have this one in my collection again! "Compositionally" speaking, several songs are excellent, others are fine, and one or two fail to engage. But since I got this for [...] with free shipping, I decided: Why not buy the entire CD!

This was a time of celebration and thanksgiving for Carlton and it always puts me in a better mood. I love Larry Carlton's clean, honest playing. He is a very "vocal" guitarist; I am a vocalist, and I appreciate the way that his playing delivers (albeit wordlessly) the message of the song.

The arrangements are very tight and full, but they do have a bit of the late 80s, highly polished "Hollywood" sound. Still, listen carefully for the well done keyboard work throughout. I am trying to pick up keyboard skills so it's fun to get out my keyboard-synthesizers and Mason Hamlin and chime along with Larry! Arrangements tend to be challenging (chord changes and some challenging modulations).

I have read some "expert critics" out there who claim that Carlton's playing is not complicated enough. To those critics I say: Clearly, you are not musicians -- You may be technicians but you are not artists in this realm. I would add that they should beware of equating technical accuracy and speed with artistry. Moreover, a discerning ear would be able to pick up the nuances such as crescendo/decrescendo, timing and feel, intonation, resonance, and other aspects of the art of music - all of which Larry skillfully and soulfully applies.

But don't misunderstand me - You don't need to have a PHD or be a musician to enjoy and appreciate Larry Carlton! His music communicates to a variety of audiences. Rock out! (Rock on?) ;)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listening to this makes you happy to be alive December 14, 1999
Format:Audio CD
An electric album this time, with gorgeous, soaring melodies (On Solid Ground), fun, infectuous funk (Bubble Shuffle) and a great rendition of "Layla". Every song on the album is great. Play it on a sunny Sunday afternoon, a Saturday evening, or go outside and let the wind blow through your hair. This is a convertible album - throw the top down and blast away!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This album walks an extremely fine line between smooth jazz and instrumental guitar rock, and fans of either (or of great guitar playing in general) should find much to like about it. On the jazz end, the super cool grooves of "All In Good Time," and "Bubble Shuffle" are great, and for those rock fans, he covers Steely Dan's classic hit "Josie" and Eric Clapton's "Layla," and these are arguably two of the best treatments that these classic rock anthems have ever been given.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Hit!!!!!!!!!!!! February 23, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I have loved Larry's playing since I first heard him playing with the Crusaders. He works that axe something fierce. You may categorize this as 'cool jazz' but this album burns with a less-than-quiet fire. Of all the songs on this album, "All in Good time" stands out because Larry really stretches out in this song and the accompanying players do a lot to bring exceptional life to this song. The guitar sings, screams, cries as the song continues until it ends as if to say "We'll end it here because this was too good to spoil with cliche'd playing". "Bubble Shuffle", "The Waffer", "The philosopher", "On Solid Ground" are as beautiful as they are musically thoughtful and provocative. I also have this on vinyl and damn glad of it. If there was an album that you know an artist can 'feel it' as he plays, then this is one for Larry Carlton. "Josie" and "Layla" are standards and they are played well, but they are filler next to the other songs, and that says more about why, if you are a Larry Carlton fan, you should own this.
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