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Blacknuss [Import]

Rahsaan Roland Kirk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00006IT4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,835 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ain't No Sunshine
2. What's Going On/Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
3. I Love You Yes I Do
4. Take Me Girl, I'm Ready
5. My Girl
6. Which Way Is It Going
7. One Nation
8. Never Can Say Goodbye
9. Old Rugged Cross
10. Make It With You
11. Blacknuss

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bought it for ain't no sunshine 19 Feb 2014
By tomfb
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
enjoyed the rest of the music on the album and led me to investigate Rahsaan for more of his music
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album transferred brilliantly to cd 11 May 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have loved this album since its original vinyl release; truly, madly, deeply!

Roland Kirk has a non stop party with Tamla Motown songs. It is infectious, groovy and a little wild at times!

The transfer to CD is exceptionally good. It sounds great.

Just buy it.......
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Approachable Jazz 15 Mar 2010
By Bigears
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A great album for anyone who wants to investigate jazz, or thinks it's beyond them. Versions of several popular tunes amongst others might convince you otherwise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 11 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album with some awesome covers, crazy playing, and an ultra-cool vibe
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Miracle 4 July 2003
By Jack Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Just noticed this album hadn't been reviewed. So I felt it my duty to enlighten you. Look, this guy is such a genius. His music will be listened to forever. As to this album: It's more "arranged" than most of his albums and somehow covers more utterly unpredictable bases than most. At the same time it is also more melodic than his normal album. He's "covering" some very pretty and entrancing songs (melodies). This album is so full of a kind of wild, energetic beauty that you will laugh out loud, cry, reflect on failures and triumphs. Yes, it's great jazz and great art. I'am not gonna get into much about individual tunes, but will leave you with this: Listen to "The Old Rugged Cross". The performance is like nothing you could ever possibly imagine. The energy, intensity, beauty and triumph invested in this one tune is just monumental. And remember, Roland is not an "out" or "free" musician; his music makes musical sense. If not moved to ecstasy, time to start thinking about your burial plot.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible 28 Oct 2005
By TheBandit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I always have thought that Roland Kirk is one of the most accessible jazz musicians for non-jazz fans. People who aren't accustomed to listening to jazz or even just instrumental-based music in general sometimes feel intimated about getting into it. I've talked to people who feel basically if you aren't a skilled musician or if you don't have an education in music, that you can't get into jazz. It's too bad there is that perception. The music of Roland Kirk crosses genres often, and "Blacknuss" is one of those crossovers that gets into R&B and pop. It's really not even a jazz album. He covers Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" and the Temptations "My Girl." His version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" is almost too soulfull for words, you just need to hear it. You remember the old Bread song "Make It With You" - I mean, you just won't believe what you're hearing when you hear Kirk reinvent this song.

One of my favorite things about Kirk is his flute playing, and there is a flute showcase on this that is simply mindblowing: "Which Way Is It Going," where he just goes wild.

Overall, this is a very good way to get interested in Rahsaan's music, especially if you haven't heard him before. The man was basically superhuman, it's that simple. That's not a superlative or an exaggeration, but rather a hard fact. If you haven't heard him, you really should, because his skills were unmatched.

This album came out in 1972.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool-nuss 8 May 2012
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirk takes jazz to Africa 1 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Upon the first listen of "Blacknuss" you get the feeling of novelty and inspired invention. The nose flute on "Ain't No Sunshine" that opens the record ushers in a crazy and beautifully musical jazz experience. Kirk is in top form on this record, from the controlled voodoo chaos of the title track to the cheery and popping covers of "Never Can Say Good-bye" or "What's Goin' On". As with all Kirk CDs there is an underlying spirit of humour and fun that is most evident on the "My Girl" cover (that is reminiscent of "Say a Little Prayer" from the wonderful cd "Volunteered Slavery"). By the time "Blacknuss" ends you feel like you've been taken on a trip into the dark and strange back alleys of jazz and for good measure Kirk speaks in a musical language that encapsulates the spirit and soul of jazz; always looking forward, always looking back, always in it for the "Blacknuss"... Kir! k Rules.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B-l-a-c-k-n-u-s-s 19 Feb 2004
By T. Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A fairly good 1972 release from Rahsaan, master of reeds. This album has a very soul/r&b-based sound which is played with great fire and emotion. The first half is stellar, but the second half has a few really bad songs which dampens my enthusiasm.
Rahsaan sounds amazing at one point in 'Old Rugged Cross' where he's playing two or three horns at the time without any pauses. It's the only instance of I've ever heard of; definitely a unique person.
Overall very good and recommended for your more R&B funk jazz fan.
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