I've been getting my feet wet in that big jazz pond lately, and after hearing some Roland Kirk tracks that I liked (on a compilation), I decided to purchase this CD. I'm impressed. This is a very satisfying collection of tunes, mostly covers of pop and soul hits, but with Kirk's trademark sax flourishes. I agree with what TheBandit wrote about this album; it's a most appropriate one for anyone wanting to "get into" Rahsaan Roland Kirk for the first time. The fact that he does so many familiar covers, will help to ease the transition for many listeners, myself included, who don't have a deep knowledge of jazz. Kirk is not nearly as "out there" as I would have assumed. Even playing those trademark double-saxes and looking menacing, his style is actually quite smooth and not abrasive whatsoever. Not that he's anything remotely mainstream either, but his versions of tunes like "Ain't No Sunshine", "What's Goin' On", "My Girl" and "Never Can Say Goodbye" are both recognizable and inventive. His arrangements of these hits end up being very funky and groove oriented. And when he gets hold of a traditional like "Old Rugged Cross," a song I would normally detest, it sounds like his very own creation. Besides the music, I love the vocals and wordplay he does with the word "cross" in this version. Genius at work. The title track, one of only two songs that he wrote for this album, is another stirring number, with vocals by Cissy Houston (yes, Whitney's mother!). Maybe this album isn't rated as high by jazz purists because there are so many cover versions on here, but I don't think that diminishes the power of Kirk's performances at all.