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  • Audio CD (24 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The album begins with a Latin American vibe, and remarkably traditional sound, on 'Free At Last', led off as it is by percussion and piano. Harris comes in to ride the melody in light staccato bursts, so very much a pop opening to an album that gets groovier as it progresses. Next track '1974 Blues' is more a big brass band number and is again quite pop-blues in its melody and Harris' playing. It's third track 'Smoke Signals' that takes off for me, with Harris playing his electric saxophone, using a Maestro amplifier and Echoplex, the latter to get the same echo and loop effect John Martyn did on guitar. There is an amazing amalgam of this psychedelic sound and an ethereal female vocal chorus that sounds like a Star Trek theme being sung in tandem with Harris' actual far-out playing. Fourth track 'Coltrane's View' is another gem, and Harris' straightforward [excuse the oxymoron] playing of the Coltrane sound is a tribute indeed: brooding and building to an insistent free-form blow out. Fifth track 'I'm Gonna Leave You By Yourself' exemplifies the album's eclecticism, with a soul-groove supported by uptempo orchestration and vocal backing chorus. This leads into the title track where the opening bass is put on a loop leading to simple percussive beats, including hand claps, until Harris' Varitone gently adds its own pulse of repeated lines, pushing these to the top register to squeal out in their echoing. The bass and percussive stabs continue throughout, until the baritone notes [electrically generated?] come in to ride out the background swirling. Seventh 'Little Bit' is a fast number with Harris again on electric saxophone and, as the album liner notes state, 'it is therefore possible to play new melodies over the basic motif recorded previously.Read more ›
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HASH(0x92c5c1ec) out of 5 stars Soul-jazz psychedelia 1 Jun. 2009
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Recorded in 1969, this record doesn't carry the reputation of a universally recognized, genre shifting classic as Miles Davis' "In a Silent Way" but Eddie Harris is a talent who deserves more attention than he gets. This record features his electronic saxophone modifications in the best light. What Eno would later do with Andy MacKay's saxophone on the first two Roxy Music albums, Harris is doing here, essentially. The cut "I'm Gonna Leave You By Yourself" just makes you want to stand up and shout "Yeah!" as the climactic solo wails on beyond and into ecstatic rejection of emotional negatvity. Eddie Harris is in my list of top 5 sax players ever, and this album is reason number one.
HASH(0x93619930) out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Nov. 2014
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One of my favorite albums. I even have it on record.
HASH(0x93619834) out of 5 stars love the music! 19 Mar. 2014
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love the music!!
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