Release Date 1988
Genre: Pop/Rock, Jazz
Styles: Fusion, Guitar Virtuoso, Hard Rock
Radio Free Albemuth was Stuart Hamms first solo record and features some mind-boggling bass work along with guitar on several tracks by Joe Satriani. Hamm provides a haunting bass cover of Beethovens “Moonlight Sonata”, as well as showing his range on “Dr. Gradus Ad Parnasum”.
A bit of trivia: some of the tracks (“Flow My Tears” and the title song, which features a blazing Allan Holdsworth) were inspired by the novels of Philip K. Dick. Radio Free Albemuth highlights include the humorous “Country Music (A Night In Hell) and “Sexually Active”.
Stuart Hamm – Bass guitar
Allan Holdsworth – Electric Guitar (On the song “Radio Free Albemuth”)
Joe Satriani – Electric Guitar (On the songs “Radio Free Albemuth”, “Flow My Tears” and “Sexually Active”)
Mike Barsimanto – Drums
Amy Knoles – Percussion (On the song “Radio Free Albemuth”)
Scott Collard – Keyboards
Glen Freundl – Keyboards (On the songs “Radio Free Albemuth”, “Sexually Active” and “Country Music”)
Tommy Mars – Keyboards (On the song “Radio Free Albemuth”)
1. “Radio Free Albemuth” – 5:10
2. “Flow My Tears” – 8:23
3. “Dr. Gradus Ad Parnasum” (C. Debussy) – 3:05
4. “Sexually Active” – 7:51
5. “Simple Dreams” – 4:05
6. “Country Music (A Night in Hell)” – 3:45
7. “Moonlight Sonata” (Beethoven) – 4:54
ARTIST: STUART HAMM
TITLE: RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH
FORMAT: 12″ LP
RECORD LABEL: FOOD FOR THOUGHT
SERIAL No: GRUB 9
DESCRIPTION: 7 TRACKS, FRENCH PRESSED LP
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like BASS, BUY IT!!!!!!!,
If you play bass, listen to “Country Music” – the best example of what you can do with a 4-string with practice! Hamm is the MAN!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars A startling début from one of the worlds top bassists.,
Stuart Hamm has a fine pedigree, working with many top names such as guitar legends Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
This was his first solo album, and it is immediately obvious that hes not renowned for nothing!
‘Flow My Tears’ is possibly my personal favourite bassline of all time, combining a powerful hook with a mournful, delicate melody.
Moonlight Sonata is a cover of the famed Classical piece, transcribed for tap-bass, which works remarkably well, and accents the diversity found on this album, especially seeing as it follows on from ‘Country Music’, a hugely energetic, tongue-in-cheek crowd pleaser, which is even today an integral part of Hamms live routine. I challenge you to listen to this song without in some way physically moving to the rhythm!
If you’re a bassist, your collection is not complete without this album.
If you’re not a bassist, you’ll still not regret it!
A1 Radio Free Albemuth 5:06 Bass – Stuart Hamm Drums – Mike Barsimanto* Guitar – Allan Holdsworth , Joe Satriani Keyboards – Glen Freudl , Tommy Mars Percussion – Amy Knoles*
A2 Flow My Tears 8:19 Bass – Stuart Hamm Drums – Mike Barsimanto* Guitar – Joe Satriani Keyboards – Scott Collard
A3 Dr. Gradus Ad Parnasum 3:00 Bass – Stuart Hamm Keyboards – Scott Collard
B1 Sexually Active 7:48 Bass – Stuart Hamm Drums – Mike Barsimanto* Guitar – Joe Satriani Keyboards – Glen Freudl , Scott Collard
B2 Simple Dreams 4:03 Bass – Stuart Hamm Keyboards – Scott Collard
B3 Country Music (A Night In Hell) 3:42 Bass – Stuart Hamm Drums – Mike Barsimanto* Keyboards – Scott Collard B4 Moonlight Sonata 4:53 Bass – Stuart Hamm Keyboards – Scott Collard