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Hardcastle 2


Download links and information about Hardcastle 2 by Paul Hardcastle. This album was released in 1996 and it belongs to Electronica, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 58:50 minutes.

Artist: Paul Hardcastle
Release date: 1996
Genre: Electronica, Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Crossover Jazz, Smooth Jazz
Tracks: 12
Duration: 58:50
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No. Title Length
1. Livin' In the Shadows 5:03
2. Bird Island 4:26
3. Got to Be Love 4:56
4. Peace On Earth 5:34
5. Star of the Story 5:23
6. Jokers Wild 4:42
7. Look to the Future 5:20
8. Money 4:51
9. Warm Glow 3:50
10. You Are the One 4:50
11. Destination Atlantis 5:28
12. Acoustic Dreams 4:27



In the early '90s, Paul Hardcastle moved away from the synth-pop and dance material that made him semi-famous during the '80s, choosing to pursue a jazz fusion direction with his 1993 album Jazzmasters I and 1994's Hardcastle, Vol. 1. The sequel, Hardcastle 2, is very similar in terms of style and content to its predecessor. Keeping vaguely club-oriented dance rhythms as the basis of his music, Hardcastle plays jazzy keyboard and guitar lines that alternate between the jazzy experimentation and jazzy, neo-psychedelic rock fusion (see his cover of Pink Floyd's "Money" for an example). And "jazzy" is the right term — he's approximating the sound of jazz, without delving into the blood and guts that makes the music vital. Consequently, this is music that will please fusion freaks and dance club fanatics, but leave purists feeling cold. At the very least, purists can be (somewhat) heartened by the fact that Hardcastle 2 boasts the most substantive playing, if not material, that Hardcastle has yet demonstrated on record, and suggests that he could play real jazz if only he chose to.