Stand by Me

Stand by Me

by Bernard "Pretty" PurdieBernard "Pretty" Purdie


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Stand by Me is a frustrating album. Bernard "Pretty" Purdie was always an extraordinarily talented musician, but as a bandleader and songwriter, he was inconsistent at best. His version of the title cut, for instance, does little to showcase his abilities, and adds nothing to the original other than an irritating group of background singers. The rest of the album follows suit, alternating interesting ideas with poorly conceived or executed covers and arrangements. "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" is a lively, interesting song, but the arrangement seems busy and the lyrics are forgettable, not to mention those background singers again, who pop up periodically to clutter up some of the best tracks. On the plus side, the few times Purdie's drumming is showcased (especially on "Modern Jive"), it is as stellar as advertised, and there are some truly inventive songs here. The standout cut has to be the collaboration with Gil Scott-Heron, "Artificialness," which not only shows off Purdie's drumming but also strips away all but the bare minimum of instruments, making it one of the many possible precursors to hip-hop. Still, such moments are few and far between here. Stand by Me has some high points, but is not the place for newcomers to discover Purdie's talents.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/03/2017
Label: Imports
UPC: 4526180429258
catalogNumber: 8042925


  1. Stand by Me
  2. Modern Jive
  3. Spanish Harlem
  4. Artificialness
  5. Never Can Say Goodbye
  6. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
  7. It's Too Late
  8. Funky Mozart
  9. You've Got a Friend

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Primary Artist,Drums,Vocals
Seldon Powell   Reeds
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Billy Nichols   Guitar
Norman Pride   Percussion
Neal Rosengarden   Harpsichord,Tambourine
Gerald Thomas   Trumpet
Harold Wheeler   Keyboards
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Lew Del Gatto   Reeds
Warren Daniels   Reeds
Donald Ashworth   Reeds

Technical Credits

Clifton Davis   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Composer
Gil Scott-Heron   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Richard Tee   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Harold Wheeler   Composer
Toni Stern   Composer

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