An Earl Klugh triple-header – three great albums in a single package! First up is Dream Come True – warm guitar magic from Earl – exactly the kind of record that helped cement his fame at the start of the 80s – making Klugh one of the leading guitarists of his time! The style's often a bit mellow, but never in a sleepy way – just a great extension of the mode that Earl first displayed on his debut – a way of doing more with less – leaving more than enough space between the notes to keep things soulful, and offering a nice contrast to some of the too-jamming fusion artists of his generation. There's often some sweet keyboards nestled in with the guitar – and Dave Matthews handled all the arrangements, so you can bet there's a tight, soulful feel to the whole record! Titles include "Spellbound", "Doc", "Amazon", "I Don't Want To Leave You Alone Anymore", and "Message To Michael". Crazy For You steps along with a smooth and soulful groove here – one that mixes Earl Klugh's own acoustic guitar with warm electric instrumentation, and some nice use of strings as well! Arrangements are by a few different folks who all help shape the sound of the set – Greg Phillinganes, Patrick Williams, Dave Matthews, and Johnny Mandel – all talents who know how to hit the right balance of soul and sophistication to work well with Klugh's guitar! Titles include "I'm Ready For Your Love", "Soft Stuff", "Broadway Ramble", "Calypso Getaway", "Crazy For You", and "Twink
le". Low Ride is one of Earl Klugh's tightest groovers of the 80s – a record that features plenty of great keyboards from Greg Phillinganes, who slides in perfectly alongside Earl's guitar! The set also features a bit of electric guitar from Paul Jackson – and there's an acoustic/
electric balance here that's not unlike the albums of Rodney Franklin over at Columbia – although Klugh's got an arguably tighter, more R&B-influenced sound overall. There's a few light vocals at points – and titles include "Low Ride", "Back In Central Park", "Night Drive", "I Never Thought I'd Leave You", and "If You're Still In Love With Me".