Back for round two, guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jan Hammer united for a collaboration once again -- 1982's Here to Stay -- barely a year after their debut appeared. Like the debut (1981's Untold Passion), the album is a combination of both player's prog, fusion, and rock backgrounds -- although a short songwriting leash prevents most of the tracks from stretching past the four-minute mark. The duo were obviously aiming for the top of the charts with the album-opener (whose accompanying video was quite popular during the early days of MTV), "No More Lies," which sounds like a song tailor-made for Pat Benatar. Elsewhere, Hammer gets to spread his wings on "Time Again," while Schon shows off his hard rocking side with the Zeppelin-esque "Turnaround." Like Untold Passion, Here to Stay was a moderate chart success. But despite its bold title, the album would prove to be the last Schon/Hammer collaboration.
The two-fer, Live in Cologne 1961 + Benny Carter Sextet, showcases two dates, recorded separately. The first features the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (featuring cornetist Nat Adderley) and was captured a day after the group's other 1961 concert album, En Concert Avec Europe1. This is a live show and reveals the Adderley brothers in fine, funky form. The second date, featured on the latter half of this collection, is an in-studio session featuring saxophonist Benny Carter backed by members of Kurt Edelhagen's Orchestra. Recorded at Studio 1 of the West German Broadcasting Corporation, it is also a warm, swinging session.