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Stanley Clarke w/Animal Logic

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by bassteban, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. HOW does dude get this insane tone? I know it's 99% him, but I'm wondering what the whole setup consists of. I liked the studio cut of this tune, but this is crazy:
  2. RickC

    RickC Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2005
    Yeah, that was a great listen!

  3. Alembic basses are a big factor in his sound. I have never seen him use anything else and they definitely work for him.

    AFAIK, he started with Gibson EB basses and then discovered Alembic.
  4. rapidfirerob

    rapidfirerob Fusion rules!

    I saw this band many years ago, just great! Stanley will always be The Man!
  5. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    In between the Gibson EB-2 (which I believe he deployed on the very first Return To Forever album, the ECM one that includes "La Fiesta") and the Alembic Series I, Stanley had a Rickenbacker 4000. Pretty sure that's what he's playing on RTF's Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy album.
  6. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I also saw a DVD of RTF from Germany in the mid 70's with Stanley playing a Ric through an Acoustic amp. Funny it still sounded like him.

    Rev J
  7. It very well could be because he got his first Alembic in 1973 and the HoTSG album was released in 1973.
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    IIRC, the guys from Alembic "discovered" him (saw Clarke in-concert, told him his playing was great but his sound wasn't happening...we have a bass we would like you try, etc).