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Kollected Works

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Most of the works done by Stewart Copeland (Police), some solo work miked in too (Stay Ready & Love Lessons).

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008OIT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It was twenty years ago from this day, 6/28/04, since I first obtained the vinyl album "Music Madness from the Kinetic Kid" by Klark Kent. I was a college bound that summer and this album simply changed my life. Written and performed solely by Klark Kent himself, this music is simply a masterpiece that will forever sit in a class by itself.
When Klark Kent first came upon the underground music scene in 1978, no one expected his single "Don't Care" to be a chart topper when it reached #28 in the British Top 40. He became a peculiar enigma as his identity was unknown to the public, appearing at The Top of the Pops TV studio wearing a mask. But by the time he released the 10-inch vinyl album "Music Madness from the Kinetic Kid" in 1980, most in the industry had cracked the case. Playing all the instruments himself and singing his own lyrics may not have been the typical behavior of Police drummer Stewart Copeland, but it became the mainstay of his alter ego. This CD puts together all of the songs from that eight song album, plus the singles and flipsides released in 1978, along with some extra material. The music is a curious mix of his droll lyrics centered around a blend of strong rhythm rock guitars and a steady bass. The quirky vocals provide the forefront that is catapulted by his trademark vigorous offbeat drumming.
As a diehard of the Kinetic Kid, I still love the extra tracks on this disc, although they could have been presented better technically. The songs "Stay Ready," "Strange Things Happen," and "Love Lessons" were actually recorded by Colts; Stewart Copeland and Derek Holt. They're great works, they just don't belong on this CD.
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If you are a drummer of discerning tastes,then I'm preaching to the choir,for the rest of you out there,this is master percussionist of '80's titans,the police.the original ten inch green vinyl is the version to get,but this '95 cd release has 6 bonus tracks,handling all instrumentation & vocals himself, (you don't see much of that anymore,sorry,sampling & lip synching crap doesn't count),& dazzling in it's presentation.you get pop rock with 'rich in a ditch' & 'away from home',& more experimental & police-like with 'granddelinquent' & 'theme for kinetic ritual' & the hidden track from the original album 'guerilla',this album appeals to the adventurous types who wants something more than the slop that's being served out there,it's pricey if u can find it,a reissue it seems,is unlikely,i got tired of waiting,so it finds it's way back into the collection,it only took 15 years to find one that wasn't cost prohibitive,if u are a casual fan of the police,this is a product of a very talented & ovetactive mind,no doubt made up of tracks written for,but rejected by police leader sting,for shame,the tracks by stewart on early police albums are some of the best,quirky & original,& the drums? This is stewart copeland!! 'Nuff said,save your money & spend it on something cool
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I first discovered the mysterious figure known as Klark Kent back in the 80s, when as a big fan of the Police I was surprised to find the Klark Kent EP in my local record store's Police bin. "What is this?" I wondered, and took it home unaware how much joy it would end up bringing me through the years.

Turns out the album was the wickedly inventive, fun, and energetic work of none other than Police drummer Stewart Copeland. As "Klark Kent" he played all instruments from drums to piano to kazoo, and sang lyrics that Sting wouldn't go near with a ten-foot pole but that still crack me up to this day ("I was lecturing the kitchen 'til the icebox got bored/And where's that girl gone, I was sure I'd scored!")

I wore that old lp out, then did the same with my cassette copy, so it was with great delight that I finally discovered this cd release, which also included singles, b-sides, and other tracks from the mysterious Mr. Kent through the years. If you are a fan of the Police, particularly on their first few albums, this is definitely a must-have for the collection as it reveals just how much influence Stewart had over the musical sound of their earlier work, beyond simply his drumming. These are fun, witty, punk/pop songs that never grow old. One can also hear hints of some of what would come later in Stewart's more "complex" soundtrack work, such as his score for "Rumble Fish".

As for Stewart's singing voice, well, it's definitely in the love-it-or-hate-it category. To me it perfectly fits the humorous tone of much of the material. I actually wish he would get behind the mic more often today.

The only oversight here is Klark's "Klassic" Christmas song, "Yo Ho Ho", is missing and still only available on the IRS collection "Just in Time for Christmas". One can only hope that this disc will eventually be rereleased, or perhaps be part of a Copeland boxed set that deserves to see the light of day at some point.
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Browsing in the Internet on Stewart Copeland`s biography and discography, I found this almost forgotten gem. But, I did not get a copy of this compilation until 2011. Klark Kent is Stewart Copeland`s alter ego, developed as a side-project during his tenure as the stellar drummer for the British new wave trio The Police. So, Kollected Works is a compilation of all the EP`s released by Stewart Copeland under the Klark Kent monicker in between 1980 thru 1982, a time on which he played the drums for The Police. All the songs, written by Copeland himself, seem to be left-overs from The Police early 80`s recording sessions –as most people know, Sting was completely reluctant to sing Stewart Copeland-penned tunes, due to the lyrical content, not to the musical performance itself. And this is how this side project went. Besides, Stewart Copeland plays all the instruments –drums, guitar, bass, percussion, piano, typewriter and synthesizers- and sings on almost all the tracks, with the sole exception of “Love Lessons”, on which he shares his vocal duties with Derek Holt, who also plays bass guitar and synthesizers on that particular song –I always thought it was Sting who was actually doing the chorus, due to their similarities in their vocal pitches-. Too Cool to Calypso, Strange Things Happen, Don`t Care, Grandelinquent and Stay Ready could have been perfect on any Police album, while Thrills, Excesses, Office Talk, Away from Home, My Old School, Ritch In a Ditch, Kinectic Ritual and Office Girls shows Copeland`s most experimental side. So, this is a hidden music treasure, showcasing Stewart Copeland at his most creative. If you are Police and/or Stewart Copeland fan, this is the CD to get.
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