Stuart Hamm, released in 1988 on Relativity Records. Hamm is backed up by guitarists Allan Holdsworth and Joe Satriani. The title of the album and many of the songs were inspired by the novels of Philip K. Dick.
Radio Free Albumeth is Stuart Hamm's most diverse and best CD. The
follow up,Kings of Sleep, is also excellent but not nearly as diverse.
The title track is an example of Stu playing Jazz/Rock Fusion and is
even made better by Alan Holdsworth contributing an amazing solo. "Dr.
Gradus Ad Parnasum" is a great reading of Debussy and is imitated
verbatim by the bassist. "Moonlight Sonata" is another excellent reading
of a classical piece and Stu captures the mood of the movement very
well. Both are examples of the artist not allowing technique to
overpower the tune but use it to capture the essence of the tune.
"Sexually Active" is a tour de force for Stu. Slap and Tap abound in
this piece and Stu even imitates sweep picking by sweeping with his
thumb. The technique is mind numbing but,once again, the groove is never
lost. Joe Satriani contibutes a funky solo of his own in this
song."Simple Dreams" is a short song and Stu restrains from the
pyrotechnics to show that he can play without overabundance. "Flow My
Tears" is a borderline new age song but technique is abound in it.
New-age influenced music has never sounded better and Satch adds another
perfect solo to this piece."Country Music/Night in Hell" is another Stu
tour de force. Many will recognize part of it since he plays a brief
version of it live at Satriani concerts. Once again, Stu pulls out all
of the stops. This Cd is essential for any bassist. Stu combines
technique with good composition to give bassists plenty to work on in
both categories.This is the stuff that Bassists dream of and any
musician will appreciate.
All songs written by Stuart Hamm, except where noted.
"Radio Free Albemuth" – 5:10
"Flow My Tears" – 8:23
"Dr. Gradus Ad Parnasum" (C. Debussy) – 3:05
"Sexually Active" – 7:51
"Simple Dreams" – 4:05
"Country Music (A Night in Hell)" – 3:45
"Moonlight Sonata" (Beethoven) – 4:54
Stuart Hamm - Bass guitar
Allan Holdsworth - Electric Guitar on "Radio Free Albemuth"
Joe Satriani - Electric Guitar on "Radio Free Albemuth", "Flow My Tears" and "Sexually Active"
Mike Barsimanto - Drums
Amy Knoles - Percussion on "Radio Free Albemuth"
Scott Collard - Keyboards
Glen Freundl - Keyboards on "Radio Free Albemuth", "Sexually Active" and "Country Music"
Tommy Mars - Keyboards on "Radio Free Albemuth"