180 Gram Pressing! Analogue Remastering
The closing album in this MPS set continues George Duke’s tendency to couple
his fusion world with accessible R&B songs. Once again he shows a discernable
vocal development. In "Tryin' And Cryin'" the Californian together with rock
singer Napoleon Brock overlay multiple vocal tracks. On "Seeing You" Duke lays
on a glaze of soulful tenderness, whereas "What The…" is 30 seconds of frivolous
funning around. "Back to Where We Never Left" is a witty gem in which Duke
bundles his pool of synthesizers into a united groove, whereas "I C'n Hear That"
shows off synth and marimba tonal colors in dialogue, with the bass riffing on
the bottom. The album flows into the final bend carrying along the sonorous
richness of Brazil. "After the Love" plays with the languorous erotic colors of
the tropics, whereas all the band members are allowed to shine on the epic circa
ten minute title track with its hot samba flair: the rhythm section with
"Ndugu", Al Johnson, and Airto Moreira's percussion arsenal, Daryl Stuermer with
his rock interludes on guitar, and Duke himself with inspired virtuosity on all
sorts of synths and keyboards.
• 180g Audiophile pressing
• Analogue remastering (AAA)
• Liner notes and a picture of the original master tape box
• Made in Germany
George Duke, vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, drums, 'Roto-Toms', vocals on "Liberated Fantasies"
Napoleon Murphy Brock, lead vocals on "Tryin' & Cryin', background vocals on
"Seeing You" and "Liberated Fantasies"
Janet Ferguson Hof, background vocals on "Seeing You", voice of "Amanda"
Bonnie Bowdon Amaro, vocals on "After The Love" and "Liberated Fantasies"
David Amaro, acoustic guitar on "After The Love"
Daryl Stuermer, guitar on "Tryin' & Cryin'" and "Liberated Fantasies"
George Johnson, guitar on "Don't Be Shy"
Ruth K. Underwood, voice of riddle in "What The..."
Rashid Duke, vocals on "What The..."
Emil Richards, marimba on "I C'n Hear That"
Airto, percussion on "I C'n Hear That", "After The Love" and "Liberated
1. Don't Be Shy
2. Seeing You
3. Back To Where We Never Left
4. What The...
5. Tryin' & Cryin'
1. I C'n Hear That
2. After The Love
3. Tzina (excerpts from Act II Scene II)
4. Liberated Fantasies