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Carlton, Larry - 1978 Larry Carlton

ARTIST: Carlton, Larry
ALBUM: Larry Carlton
LABEL: Warner Bros
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: Reissue List


LINEUP: Larry Carlton - lead vocals, guitars, production * Abraham Laboriel - bass * Jeff Porcaro - drums * Greg Mathieson - keyboards * Paulinho Da Costa - percussion * William 'Smitty' Smith - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Room 335 * 02 Where Did You Come From * 03 Nite Crawler * 04 Point It Up * 05 Rio Samba * 06 I Apologize * 07 Don't Give It Up * 08 (It Was) Only Yesterday * 09 Don't Give It Up (Live Bonus) *10 Room 335 (Bonus)


It's one of my favourite jazz-rock/fusion albums, from a guy who happened to live in my record collection for years. He is of course the great Larry Carlton, the man known for popularizing the Gibson E335 guitar. This was Larry's first solo album for Warner Bros, his deal coming on the back of participation with The Crusaders (playing with them between 1971 and 1976), and also a prominent role on Steely Dan's 'Royal Scam' album from 1976. Larry did actually release two albums back in 1968 and 1973, but I think this is where his career really took off.

The Songs
'Room 335' is a lively and bouncy way to get things going. This is West Coast central with the orchestration adding to the breezy nature of the song. The very cruisy 'Where Did You Come From' is next, and isn't so far from the Steely Dan sound mentioned above. I like the funky 'Nite Crawler' which exhibits some of the flavours on all those Crusaders records. 'Point It Up' shakes things up a bit. Larry goes for a bit of speed, and turns on the heat. In later years, British band Shakatak would take this type of style to another level, so too the track 'Rio Samba'. 'I Apologize' is another Steely Dan soundalike, with Larry having a great time singing this. It does undulate between quiet passages to racier guitar led parts. 'Don't Give It Up' moves back to a faster mode, but this time sounding like Toto doing jazzy stuff. The closing instrumental 'It Was Only Yesterday' is a late nite beauty, delicious music to complete this lovely debut.

In Summary
This was the beginning of a four-album tenure with Warner Bros, going right through to 1983. Carlton has maintained a presence up to the current day, and has many releases to his credit. Check out the list over at Discogs.

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#1 | Eric on December 11 2016 21:52:59
A very good album. More Fusion please!
#2 | jeffrey343 on December 13 2016 14:10:53
I've heard a couple of these songs over the years on smooth jazz radio, as well as much of his other work. I streamed this one yesterday, and it'll work nicely for 'work music'. Good stuff indeed.
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