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Albert Ayler - Spirits Rejoice

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Includes artwork & liner notes
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Digipack with session photos
Re-mastered from original tapes
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ESP-Disk's first vinyl edition in decades of this classic 1965 blowout restores the original front-cover art. 50th Anniversary Remaster from the original tape.
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Live recording of Ayler's large septet configuration, featuring brother Donald, Charles Tyler, Sunny Murray and both Henry Grimes and Gary Peacock on bass. Compared to the bare trio of Spiritual Unity, this nearly big band of two bass players and a strong horn section allows Ayler's expressive vision depth from the joyous to the aggressive in Ayler's five original compositions. The digitally remastered recording was originally made at 30 ips instead of the usual 15 giving it excellent fidelity.


Albert Ayler: tenor saxophone
Donald Ayler: trumpet
Charles Tyler: alto saxophone
Sunny Murray: drums
Call Cobbs: harpsichord
Henry Grimes: bass
Gary Peacock: bass

Track Listing

1. Spirits Rejoice
2. Holy Family
3. D.C.
4. Angels
5. Prophet

All compositions by Albert Ayler (2006 Syndicore Music BMI)


Recorded Sept. 23, 1965 at Judson Hall, New York. Engineer: David Hancock. Back cover layout & design: Paul Costuros. Photos: Guy Kopelowicz. Cover: Ellen Lefark. Remastering: Joe Phillips, Wild Cat Recording USA. Layout: Davy Meyer.

Press Quotes

"Once in a great while, an album comes along that’s filled with so much god-awful beauty and spiritual intensity that every majestic note contained therein cuts deep into the dark places of your soul and leaves you with nothing more than the promise of sweet deliverance...Albert Ayler’s Spirits Rejoice is that kind of album" - Tiny Mix Tapes

"Spirits Rejoice is proof that there was an underlying logic even to Ayler's most extreme moments, and that's why it remains a tremendously inspiring recording." - Steve Huey, All Music Guide


Lp, label says 156 5th Ave, jacket says 180 Riverside Dr.
CD / Lp
Lp, Stereo pressing of "Spirits Rejoice" This is a '69 pressing of this LP. The label is the 5th Avenue, New York address.
2008 CD Re-Issue Color Cover

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