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  • Audio CD (29 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Stateside/EMI
  • ASIN: B00004SQ29
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,798 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The follow-up to Axelrod's Song Of Innocence also takes its cue from the visions of William Blake, with a similar mix of classical, jazz and funk instrumentation. But, unlike its predecessor, this record carries an undercurrent of melancholic menace. On "The Poison Tree" a shrieking violin suddenly spits through the blanket of feel-good rhythms, while "Little Girl Lost" cries out plaintively with a naive harpsichord melody. "London" opens with a low-end bass smog that lifts at the call of a modish organ to reveal a 1960s hipster spirit with a restless heart. Led by a yearning acoustic guitar riff, "The School Boy" wallows in nostalgia. "The Human Abstract" and "The Fly" return to Axelrod's supercool, prog-jazz signature with amped breaks that ache to be jacked by sample hunter/gatherers. The album ends on an unsettling note with held high notes and strings that pace around like a predator waiting to pounce as Axelrod ponders "The Divine Image". And from the sound of it, he doesn't like what he sees. --Chris Campion

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OMG! It's got a plug! TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
The follow up to his 'Song of Innocence' debut album, David Axelrod's second album shares many similarities with its predecessor - it's an instrumental suite inspired by the works of William Blake and Axelrod's unique fusion of jazz-funk, psychedelia, progressive and orchestral music is still present. However, on this album innocence has given way to experience and this is evident in the music which is starker, more minimalist and avant-garde and has an almost reflective vibe to it.

It does begin on a high, with a familiar Axelrod chiming opening to 'The Poison Tree' that is punctuated by brief violin solos. However the second half of the song becomes darker and dense and sets the tone for much of the remainder of the album. 'The Human Abstract' is similar in style to The Electric Prunes' 'Holy Are You' (an Axelrod song in all but name), with a stunning Pink Floyd style guitar solo. 'The Fly', with its grandiose string arrangements, and 'London' are the two most upbeat songs here, whilst album closer 'The Divine Image' is possibly the darkest song Axelrod has ever recorded under his own name.

As an in-house producer, arranger and songwriter at Capitol records at the time this was recorded, Axelrod had the pick of session musicians and the most notable here are Earl Palmer on drums and Carol Kaye on bass guitar. Although the drums and bass breaks are limited here compared to 'Song of Innocence', the interplay between the two of them is exemplary throughout - they add real depth to the sound.

Much like its predecessor, this sounds like nothing recorded before or since - many have tried to copy and match the sound here (including Axelrod himself in later years) but none have come close.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Neil Collis on 21 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought both 'Songs of....' albums last week and this is my favorite (at a push) although the slightly darker set of the two.
'Songs of Experience' is a short piece of work clocking in at around a half hour, with each song a slight derivative of the last, meaning that this is best served by listening to it from start to finish in one sitting. No one said that this would be easy and makes it a very intense, difficult and haunting experience which needs patience initially but expands on you with each play - without getting too deep - you actually get to understand it a little more.
Musically, the drums still sound so crisp it hurts but, personal taste here, the violin can grip you a little in the ear department and then your mates wander in and give you that 'what the hell are you listening too ? Put some James Brown on ! '
For beat diggers : 'Human Abstract' contains the piano sampled by DJ Shadow on 'Midnight'.
The other album,'Songs of Innocence', contains the break to The Artifacts 'Get down with tha Get Down' and some Fat Joe thing that I care not to remember.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Juan Mobili on 6 Jun 2005
Format: Audio CD
Songs of Experience represents the second half of David Axelrod's musical vision of William Blake's famous Songs.
Whereas the first album on this project, Songs of innocence, is hopeful, daring and overall ambitious, these Songs of Experience, well, experiment. This is a darker album, a different but still quite lyrical and fearless Axelrod, bringing to a masterful close the cycle initiated on his 68' debut, Songs of Innocence.
The compositions, arragenments, and band performance are superb. When you realize that this album was released in 1969, you may begin to appreciate the innovative mind and mature expresiveness that blesses each of these Songs.
Along with its earlier half, a young masterpiece from one of Jazz's great, underecognized talents.
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Axelrod's second album and a somewhat darker tone prevails as one would expect versus 'Songs Of Innocence' but with the beautiful production skills. The album is the usual Axelrod mix of beautiful string arrangements married to Earl Palmer's sublime drumming and Carol Kaye's slinky, rhythmic bass. Essential.
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