- Audio CD (August 19, 1994)
- Label: Epic
- ASIN: B0000020H5
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #511,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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'From Me To You' will have a good clue as to how Stanley Clarke's
'Modern Man' album sounds.Clarke tries to orchestrate a very
lavish production here-mixing keyboards,horns and strings into
the mix and often downplaying his bass playing.The title cut,
"More Hot Fun"-a reprise from 'School Days',to a certain
extent the funky 'Slow Dance'and most heavily on the charged up
rocker "Rock N' Roll Jelly".And unlike before Clarke's highly
flawed and surreal vocal style makes sense on the vocal pieces.
And unlike his former leader Chick Corea Clarke doesn't choose
to weigh down 'Modern Man' with silly or childish musical ideas.
And even if he adds a strange element of folkey pop to some of the songs,whitch is very atypical of fusion in general,'Modern
Man' is one of Stanley Clarke's 'head projects' that actually
works in the end.It will be necessary to put some time into this
album (if you can find the CD like I did) but for those who do
there are many rewards for your openness.
An opening statement of a drum roll and horn fanfare opens the album as Stanley declares his power as coming "from the pluck of a string". This goes into the smooth,almost soft rock styled "He Lives On (Story About The Last Journey Of A Warrior". After this? Its back to a couple slices of serious funk "More Hot Fun" revisits one of his classics from the previous album-of course with more emphasis on the horns and backup singing of Bridgewater and Waters. "Slow Dance" again features the backup singers-as-lead concept-with a bluesy,slow grooving jam lead by pounding piano accents.Read more ›
So, when I was a child, my father listened to such music a lot, including Chick Corea, The Crusaders, B.B. King, Weather Report, Blood Sweat and Tears, War, Chase and lots more. He is still a music fan who collects huge amounts of music.
When I became 18, I collected some interesting music for background material in a radio camp, in Hungary. It was 1993. I accidently found my father's tape with 'Modern Man' which was recorded back in the early 1980s when the Hungarian Radio was broadcasting a big amount of quality music regulary. So I took Stanley Clarke's wonderful music and tried to show to other people in the camp.
Unfortunately I lost this copy in the camp. And unfortunately the tape became out of usage: noone uses tapes for home entertainment today in the age of the DVDs. I wasn't able to listen Stanley's music during 11 years, but I always remembered many songs, mainly the 'More Hot Fun' and 'Dayride'.
This year I accidently downloaded some samples from the internet and during the last month I was able to put together the whole album from internet resources --- except the last song, 'Closing'. Great songs, I can still feel the same old happiness like a child in the house of my father. :-)
After 11 years I can emphasize that 'Modern Man' is still much better than I thought when I was 18. A wonderful music, I cannot stop singing it in my spare time. Congratulations to everyone who contributed in Stanley's project.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stanley Clarke had travelled great distances as a musician by the time this album hit the record stores in 1978 and he shed the growing rock-infused (bass) guitar hero status to... Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Best Of All
WOW has Rhapsody upgraded the wav files on this one. If you like the album, get the downloads.... I use Rhapsody [maybe Amazon files are good also]... Read morePublished on July 3, 2009 by Have Charm Will Travel
I really can't say what happened to Stanley Clarke on this album. It's very spotty instrumentally speaking--yes, including the George Martin ripp-offs on the first cut. Read morePublished on August 20, 2007 by Murray L. Brown
Good album. After School Days and Journey to Love, and the Return To Forever Albums, Stanley was at his peak; his reputation as a virtouso was well-established. Read morePublished on June 14, 2006 by Seacouch