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Saturday, June 21, 2008


OK OK, this one is too obvious. But it IS one of the group's signature songs, and the second song of their current setlist. This is also a classic example of how the term 'jazz-rock' merged with 'jazz-funk', not really being either entirely. Probably the most identifiable part of this track is the section - first appearing at 2:19 - where Stanley Clarke plays a now classic bassline (which is completed by Lenny White's great drum beat). Most bass players getting into Clarke try to learn this lick at one point or another. The song also appears on the new Return To Forever 2CD Anthology released this year. Apparently all the songs have been remixed and remastered, and you can truly hear a large improvement in the sound. To keep things interesting, both versions of the track are being posted, so you can compare.

Song : "Vulcan Worlds" (composed by Stanley Clarke)
From the LP "WHERE HAVE I KNOWN YOU BEFORE" (Polydor) 1974

Chick Corea : keyboards, percussion
Stanley Clarke : bass, bell tree, chimes
Al Di Meola : guitar
Lenny White : drums, percussion

Get it here :
Vulcan Worlds (original version)
Get it here :
Vulcan Worlds (2008 remix)

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