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CLARE FISCHER on Strings (No Turn Unstoned #181)

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 by in radio show | 3 comments

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(October 22, 1928 – January 26, 2012)

This mix will feature Clare Fischer’s musical contributions as a strings / orchestral arranger, most notably his collaborations with Prince and related projects. However, as you most likely already know, Clare Fischer’s musical output reaches FAR beyond this limited view, as he recorded over 50 jazz / latin jazz albums himself.

However, his arrangements for Prince were my introduction to Clare and his genius, and, through this mix, I want to give reverence to how Clare’s significant contributions really transformed Prince’s (and others) music into something even more transcendent and heavenly.

I tried to keep all the songs for this mix at most two degrees of separation from Prince with the notable exception of Switch/Debarge.

  • Intro (Baby, You’re a Trip) / Mia Bocca – Jill Jones – Jill Jones – [Paisley Park]
  • Under The Cherry Moon – Prince – [Warner Home Video]
  • River Run Dry – The Family – The Family – [Paisley Park]
  • The Future – Prince – Batman – [Warner Bros]
  • Fool’s Paradise – Rufus – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – [MCA]
  • Nothing Compares 2 U – The Family – The Family – [Paisley Park]
  • Damn U – Prince & The New Power Generation – Symbol – [Warner Bros]
  • Your Smile – Rufus – Rufusized – [MCA]
  • Alexa De Paris (Extended Version) – Prince and The Revolution – Parade – [Paisley Park]
  • G Spot (Dance Mix) – Jill Jones – G-Spot – [Paisley Park]
  • High Fashion – The Family – The Family – [Paisley Park]
  • Push – Prince & The New Power Generation – Diamonds And Pearls – [Paisley Park]
  • Close The Door – Rufus – Ask Rufus – [MCA]
  • Kamasutra/Eternal Embrace – NPG Orchestra – Kamasutra – [NPG Records]
  • Egyptian Song – Rufus – Ask Rufus – [MCA]
  • Intro – Chaka Khan – Come 2 My House – [NPG Records]
  • Under The Cherry Moon – Prince – [Warner Home Video]
  • Do U Lie? – Prince & The Revolution – Parade – [Paisley Park]
  • Anotherloverholenyohead – Prince & The Revolution – Parade – [Paisley Park]
  • Screams of Passion (Extended Version) – The Family – Screams of Passion – [Paisley Park]
  • Shake! (Boom Mix) – The Time – Shake! – [Paisley Park]
  • Violet The Organ Grinder – Prince and The New Power Generation – Diamonds and Pearls – [Paisley Park]
  • Destiny – Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Street Player – [MCA]
  • Circles – Rufus – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan – [MCA]
  • I Wonder U – Prince & The Revolution – Parade – [Paisley Park]
  • The One – The New Power Generation – New Power Soul – [NPG Records]
  • Venus De Milo – Prince & The Revolution – Parade – [Paisley Park]
  • Violet Blue – Jill Jones – Jill Jones – [Paisley Park]
  • The Sun, The Moon And Stars – Prince – Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic – [NPG Records]
  • Anniversary – Tony! Toni! Tone! – Sons Of Soul – [Mercury Records]
  • The Dopamine Rush – Eric Leeds – Times Squared – [Paisley Park]
  • Stay With Me – Debarge – In A Special Way – [Motown]
  • Magic in Your Eyes – Rufus & Chaka Khan – Questlove Presents Babies Makin’ Babies – [Urban Theory]
  • We Can Make It Better – Switch – This Is My Dream – [Gordy Records]
  • Graffiti Bridge – Prince – Graffiti Bridge – [Paisley Park]
  • Silly Game – Prince – Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic – [NPG Records]
  • Love Over And Over Again – Switch – 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best of Switch – [Universal Motown Records Group]
  • Desire – The Family – The Family – [Paisley Park]
  • String Seque 2 Man O War – Prince – Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic – [Paisley Park]
  • Old Friends 4 Sale – Prince – The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale – [Warner Bros]
  • Under The Cherry Moon – Prince – [Warner Home Video]
  • Crystal Ball – Prince – Crystal Ball – [NPG Records]
  • Under The Cherry Moon – Prince – [Warner Home Video]
  • Baby, You’re a Trip – Jill Jones – Jill Jones – [Paisley Park]
  • Serontonin – NPG Orchestra – Kamasutra – [NPG Records]
  • Coincidence or Fate – NPG Orchestra – Kamasutra – [NPG Records]

3 Comments

  1. CLARE FISCHER on Strings (No Turn Unstoned #181) No Turn Unstoned – just great!

  2. Dear DJ Polished solid,

    Thank U for your Clare Fischer tribute, I’m still listening right now. Pleasently surprised to hear some Jill Jones in the beginning, I feared I was the only one to remember her album, but you proved my fears to be wrong ;-) And the future – I still have a 7″ vinyl without a turntable to listen to it – but I like the remix version where there’s no drums in the beginning, so I keep the gem… You accentuarate the possitive of the arrangements in a subtle way – take a listen and you will notice that Prince was, is and will be funky, but the additions of the {weird} string arrangements make ik ahead for it’s time, and make it timeless (while the rest of the arrangemants of the songs itselfs sometimes sound outdated). Now listening to Chaka – great! – and I’m aware that I’m not able to give a review that would give justice to the great music of all these musicians and of your compilation. I wish I could get this on CD, but anyway – I will come back to listen once in a while. By the way: it seems you’ve posted a Etta james playlist instead of the Clare I’m listening to. Thank you very much, Gábor. PS: don’t give up. Spread your passion!

  3. Thank you both, worldclock and Gabor, for listening!

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