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Plays the Sound of Philadelphia

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Larry Carlton and his legendary guitar skills are backed by some amazing musicians including Paul Shaffer-organ, Tony DeSare-piano, Tommy Byrnes-rhythm guitar, Christopher Jackson-bass, Bill LaBounty-vocals, Andrea Valentini-drums, Vic Stevenspercussion, Mark Douthit-sax, Darcy Hepner-baritone sax, Steve Guttman-trumpet, Nick Marchione-trumpet, Dave Kirkland-trombone, and Chris Komer-french horn. This line-up brings these timeless classics back to life with a new twist that will make this unique record a must have.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 335 RECORDS
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • ASIN: B004AU7YRI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,248 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Larry Carlton is arguably the most influential guitarist over the last 30 years.
Hiis latest album "Larry Carlton Plays The Sound of Philadelphia" is a tribute to the material from the songbooks of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff and Thom Bell, who wrote a succession of hits for The Spinners, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The O'Jays and many other soul and R&B legends.
The "making" of the album was quite unusual.
The most surprising thing about the CD is that Larry was the last man in. The album was almost completely recorded and produced by Billy Terrell, who had cut the tracks thinking that he was going to have a vocalist sing the tunes for this tribute to the Philly soul sound.
"Somehow over the course of a year and a half or two years after they had cut the tracks, Terrell changed his mind," explains Carlton. "It didn't come to fruition. Either he didn't find the right vocalist or he just got turned off to that idea. And that's when my name came up. `What if we had Larry Carlton do these as instrumentals?'
The tracks were done. The arrangements were meticulous. That's how it came about. He came to me and said, `Hey, man, would you want to be the voice, except do it instrumentally".
" And I said, `Of course, great songs".
That's the reason why eventually you do not feel a very strong and hearfelt inner vibe in this record and you may not get any "brotherly love" from this release.
" " Philadelphia is a city that is ALIVE! Philadelphia is vibrant, energetic and full of passion - everything this disc lacks.
So what happened? Bad song selection?
"The Sounds of Philadelphia" falls apart in the arrangements.
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There's little more dispiriting than the sound of ageing stars frantically chasing after their lost youth.
It's the case of the release of "Larry Carlton plays the sound of Philadelphia", in which the sixtysomething guitarist revisits some of the most iconic tracks of the Philly sound.
There's no disputing that Carlton, whose career spans almost four decades, boasts a fine body of work. It's also fair to say that his golden years are now behind him, which makes it all the more distressing that, after some very distinctive playing (Steely Dan's "Kid Charlemagne" from Royal Scam, & the Crusaders "Spiral" from Those Southern Knights) he has gone into an unfortunate adventure like this CD.
This isn't the first time that Carlton has played the unlucky card.
His last release, "Take Yor Pick", a collection of not memorable tracks associated with Tak Matsumoto, was just ok: there was rarely a sense that the two musicians had put their hearts and souls into those songs. The album won....the Grammy Award 2011 for Best Pop Instrumental Album category.
Goodness me, "L.C. Plays the Sound of Philadelphia" smacks of an artist who longs to stay musically relevant.
On paper, at least, it's an album that belongs to that dubious Grammy-grabbing genre in which pop and jazz royalty put on a glitzy show of mateyness while conspicuously failing to push the envelope.
On this album he sounds like one on the karaoke/muzak set on which he's teamed with some professional musicians, without getting connected with them and, doing so, failed to deliver.
It's not just the poor quality of his performances that is depressing and utterly boring for listeners.
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The music on this recording was , in my opinion, not up to the usual standards of Mr. Carlton. His renditions of TSOP were bland and added nothing to the memories. As a Carlton fan, he get this rating for most of his past work and not for bring a new approach to TSOP.
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Great versions of classic songs by O'jays, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes and other Philly soul groups. Great listening at home and in car... Larry hit home run again...
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Just another masterpiece from the legend. It's dynamite guitar playing surrounded by the finest musicians paying tribute to some great Philly songs.
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By Rock on June 9, 2013
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I have always love Larry Carlton music. He did a lot of great remake of Philadelphia sound and added his touch. A mush have CD for any collection
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Larry Carlton has always been one of my most favoritest guitarists. He is always smooth as silk and an absolute pleasure to listen to.
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Its closer to the truth to say most of the musicians on this record SOUND their age: Over the hill, and in need of nap. No doubt this project was the brainchild of some record exec looking to cash in on the snoozer AC/Smooth Jazz movement currently bleaching the airwaves. What's both sad and frustrating is knowing LC and this all-star lineup was willing to put aside their musicianship to disrespect the 'Philly soul' legacy with this soul-less...I won't say it. Disgraceful, a sham, a sellout at the highest level. Michael McDonald's handlers did the same thing with his Motown themed record(s); read my review on that and you'll understand why I'm so upset with this farce of a recording. Unless you're a fan of elevator music, stay far away from this.
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