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  • Audio CD (28 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 9
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Revenant
  • ASIN: B0002SVU7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,535 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Albert Ayler discography was up to now not the most vast and now we are treated to over seven hours of new music by the man. The quality of this issue is simply stunning, from the box itself, the music and the outstanding 200 page book to accompany the set. There are so many highlights the 1962 session with Cecil Taylor, the 1968 session with Pharoah Sanders, the recording from John Coltrane's funeral to name but three. For all fans of the "New Thing" this is essential. There are so many highlights in this set that it takes your breath away. Revenant Records deserve the highest praise for the quality of this set. This really is the most essential purchase!!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mr. V. Thurgood on 19 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Albert Ayler's music is, it must be said at once, "not everyone's cup of tea". It is extreme. A tenor saxophonist who played with keening, honking, sobbing emotion, wild and wide vibrato, frenetic energy. His compositions were largely made up of very simple melodies, hymn-like. Some saw his music as like Gospel music for a jazz quartet or quintet. Early on in his all-too-brief career Ayler's character changed dramatically, as if the Spirit had entered into him, and this was seen in his music as well. For many years detractors insisted that he didn't know what he was doing.He remained confident of his purpose. Towards the end of his life he moved towards more popular musical idioms like rock music. Then in 1970 he disappeared, and his body was found in New York's East River. Ayler was to the end a bit of a mystery man.
This 10 disc set of rare and unissued material is a survey of Ayler's music from start to finish.There are some amazing finds here, including sessions featuring Cecil Taylor's quartet and Pharoah Sanders. There are interviews with Ayler on two of the discs. The 200 page book included in the set is a fascinating read in it's own right. With a wide range of contributors, this will probably remain the definitive overview of Ayler and his place in American music.
So, if you know you like Ayler's music, buy this set now, don't delay! And if you don't know, try one of the recordings on ESP or Impulse first. Then, having found that you do, buy it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim B on 26 May 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Thanks to Amazon for flagging this and to other reviewers for recommending - I would hate to have missed this. The whole package is sublime - the music, the book, the extras - all beautifully presented as befits the man, his life and his art. And what a bargain! It is available elsewhere at prices ranging from £69.95 to £89.95. I don't know how Amazon does it but please, please take advantage - you wont regret it. This has everything from New Orleans marching music to carnival & circus tunes to spirituals & gospel to some of the most life-affirming sounds ever to emerge from black America. You will go a long way and spend a lot of money to find anything remotely as good. BUY THIS NOW!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Morgan Yule on 30 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have never bought such an amazingly beautifully packaged set anywhere before. This is it. The hidden genius that is Ayler. This is pretty much deleted now so grab one before it goes. Not a dud track in all 10 discs. 5 stars is easily an understatement.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Millar on 30 Sept. 2008
Format: Audio CD
I would like to echo all the other reviews and thank bbc radio's jazz on 3 for the tip off. i was humbled by the experience and at the price almost guilty to pay so little for such a work of art.
peace. jez
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