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August, 1989 - In Concert

by R.E. Maxson

After what was announcedas only three weeks of rehearsals since the band was founded, Stewart Copeland's Animal Logic made its debut at the Roxy in late June before a packed house.

A different S.C., however stole the show, understandable considering band member Stanley Clarke is one of the all time greats in the history of bass. Copeland is a good drummer, but not one of the all time greats, and his error rate was noticeable while Clarke's was not. Too noticeable, in fact, for someone of his reputation.

The tunes (not really songs, but collections of riffs, changes and lyrics), though, ranged from passable to hot, while the guitarist was excellent and the combo cooked up several passages to prevent audience disappointment, but the singer seemed weak by comparison and unlessstudio trickery is successful and/or the lyrics are impressive, a big recording career is doubtful for this group.

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