BGOCD924 Let Me Know You
Produced by Stanley Clarke
Released on 1982
US CHART POSITION #114 . . . US JAZZ CHART POSITION #7
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K ronomyth 8.0: STANLEY DEE IS FOR DISCO. This is one book you can judge by its cover. Let Me Know You is Stanley Clarke’s first full-time foray into disco music, and while the Chick Corea-styled costume changes have been interesting to date, not so Know. To his credit, Clarke does a very passable job of singing these songs, it’s just a shame he didn’t give himself something better to sing. For example: “My girl, sophisticated is her name / Woh-oh-oh / Yea! She’s a lady.” And that’s the opening track. There is an undercurrent of funk working here, and the results sometimes sound like imitations of Prince, but you won’t find anything revolutionary at work on Let Me Know You. Only the closing “New York City” (which namechecks Miles Davis) reflects the mind of a serious artist; otherwise, Clarke seems content to throw his hat into the romantic R&B ring without so much as a passing nod to his old jazz-rock roots. As with Herbie Hancock and other jazz artists in the 80s, Clarke’s disco is a cut above the competition in terms of musicianship. Carlos Santana (who appeared on Hancock’s equally misshapen Monster) kicks in a quick pair of guitar solos, while Denzil Miller leads a large cast that includes some familiar faces (Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, Paulinho Da Costa, Marcy Levy, Greg Phillinganes). If you see disco as a legitimate medium for music (and I’m not saying you shouldn’t), Clarke serves it up medium well on Let Me Know You. If, however, disco doesn’t ring your bell, you can wait to make the acquaintance of this album until some dull and distant day.

TRACK LISTING

  1. STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
  2. LET ME KNOW YOU
  3. YOU ARE THE ONE FOR ME    (Stanley Clarke/June Christopher)
  4. I JUST WANT TO BE YOUR BROTHER
  5. THE FORCE OF LOVE
  6. PLAY THE BASS
  7. SECRET TO MY HEART    (Todd Cochran)
  8. NEW YORK CITY

    All titles by Stanley Clarke unless noted

CREDITS

STANLEY CLARKE -- bass, guitar, vocals, piccolo bass, electric bass, tenor bass, sitar, Roland bass synthesizer, arrangements
PAULINHO DA COSTA -- drums, percussion
DENZIL "BROADWAY" MILLER -- acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes, Moog synthesizer, Mini-Moog synthesizer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler -- drums
Eduardo del Barrio -- brass conductor
George del Barrio -- string conductor, string & brass arrangements
Steve Ferrone -- drums (3,8)
Steve Forman -- percussion (4)
David Lasley -- background vocals
Steven Lederman -- additional vocal effects (8)
Marcy Levy -- background vocals
Darlene Love -- background vocals
Roger Lynn -- drums (1)
Gordon Peeke -- drums(1)
Greg Phillinganes -- Fender Rhodes
Carlos Santana -- guitar solo (1,4)
Rick Schlosser -- drums (2,4)
Michael Sembello -- guitar
Paul Shure, Farry Bluestone, Andre Grand, Vicky Sylvester, Nathan Ross, Iikka Talvi, Nathan Kaproff, Charles Veal, Joy Lyle, Daniel Shindaryor, Alfred C. Brewning, Gordon H. Marron, Tibor Zelig -- violins
Armand Kaproff, Douglas L. Davis, Paula Hochalter, Earl S. Madison -- cellos
Janet Lakatos, Allan Harshman, Sampel Boghossian, Rollice E. Dale, Roland Kato, Joel Soultanian -- violas
Dorothy Remsen -- harp
Jerry Hey, Larry G. Hall, Gary E. GRannt, Charles B. Findley -- trumpets
Don Menza, James R. Horn, Gary Herbig, Ernest J. Watts -- woodwinds
Charles C. Loper, G. Bohanon, Lew McCreary, Dick Hyde -- trombones
Eric Zobler -- engineer
Diana Venegas -- original costume design
CLE Print -- reprographics

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1982 Epic LP FE-38086 lyric sleeve
UK/NET 1982 Epic LP EPC-85846  
JPN 1982 Epic LP 25.3P-372  
UK July 27, 2010 BGO CDX BGOCD924 digital remaster repackaged
w. ROCKS, PEBBLES AND SAND

 

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