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4.5 out of 5 stars
Rip, Rig And Panic / Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith
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on 22 December 2015
Great music, but the current edition being offered is not an authentic/original CD as indicated. The music on the original factory made CD has been transferred onto a blank CD-R 80 (as is evidenced by the markings on the inner hub of the disc). The CD-R label is an imitation of the original.

The CD-R sounds great (at the moment) but it is depressing to know that some unknown company are now happily involved in the unacceptable practice of (secretly) putting CD-Rs in original CD packaging. This bad business practice ensures no-one will know what they are buying, or being conned into buying, just by looking at the sleeve.

*CD-Rs are known to be unstable and have no resale value.

Sometimes whenever a title is unavailable you can order a copy "ON DEMAND" and what you are sent is a CD-R imitation of the original CD - just like this Roland Kirk one.
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on 25 June 2015
excellent. thoroughly enjoyed it.
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on 3 May 2016
Great to hear these again - memories of seeing him at Ronnie's all those years ago.
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The Big Classic!
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on 18 November 2012
I bought this as a birthday present and the recipient is quite happy with it so it's getting 5 stars from me
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on 1 August 2016
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on 12 September 2014
A second copy of this CD turned up in the post some time after the first one?
This is the second time I have reported it!
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 26 September 2014
The key to most of the music of the late Roland Kirk (1936-77) is joy. There's hardly a number he recorded that doesn't bespeak a great, huge-hearted joy of life, an uplift not always found so blatantly or so unashamedly in the world of jazz. Louis and Diz had it, Duke and Basie tended towards it, Sun Ra toyed with it, Fats Waller wallowed in it, but Kirk embodied it.
These two records from the mid-sixties contain some of his most vital work, Rip, Rig and Panic being a truly great jazz album, with the lesser known ...Edith not that far behind.
On Rip (from 1965) he's accompanied by a superb small band made up of the gregarious and versatile pianist Jaki Byard (try his own Sunshine of my Soul), bassist Richard Davis, with ever-adaptable Elvin Jones providing plenty of roughage on drums. It's a perfect line-up for Kirk's brand of mercurial 'Lord of Misrule' music-making.
On Edith (1967) he's with buoyant pianist Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronald Boykins (a name new to me) on bass, and Grady Tate excellent on drums.
As on Edith, Kirk can play a ballad as poignantly as anyone, without reverence but with respect for the composer's intentions. Hear what he does with Bacharach's Alfie (a brand new tune back then!), in particular the couple of false finishes he gives it, which somehow only add to its unexpectedly touching quality.
It was a good idea to pair these two short LPs on one CD, as they complement each other, despite differing line-ups, and it means you get two wonderful Kirk albums on one CD, which leaves everybody a winner.
The booklet contains the original notes plus a few photos, including one with his devoted wife Edith.
Kirk could sometimes have a reputation as a kind of jazz circus act - playing three instruments at once, for example - but what he did was simply to play great jazz (often in a surprisingly mainstream style) without fuss or much of a furrowed brow.
There's more fine and uplifting jazz here than you can shake a stritch at. And if you don't know what that is - listen to Kirk! He knew.

Unreservedly recommended.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 23 November 2013
Roland Kirk combined his superb technical skills as a saxophonist and flutist with a wild sense of abandon that permeates every aspect of his playing and compositional skills. Throughout the course of this superb twofer set, Kirk demonstrates his mastery of style and tone. He veers from the warm, melodic and lyrical to solo excursions that are simply breathtaking in their inventiveness. From the blues to the ballad, from Ellington style to New Orleans, Kirk did it all. But he was far from being a simple revivalist. Like Charles Mingus he looked forward, using `found sounds', a little rock and roll and free-form along with all things trad. Kirk was an explorer and free spirit.

'Rip, Rig and Panic' and 'Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith', date from the mid -1960's are essentially Kirk being backed by and accomplished piano and rhythm section, including Grady Tate, Lonnie Liston Smith and Elvin Jones. Both sets are wonderful. It is hard to imagine an artist as varied, exciting but emotionally committed to his music as Kirk. One of my favourite tracks in this collection is the relaxed stroll ,'Blue Roll'. His playing here is astonishing- melodic yet full of surprises, especially when he holds a note for what seem like endless seconds as a conclusion to his solo. Lovers of melody will fall for his unaffected take on 'Alfie', another little gem that shows that the great master respects the tradition and the medium but can pull something new from it. Paradoxically there is no 'showing off ' in Kirk's playing, just impish exuberance and a desire share all aspects of his music.

This set represents just two albums of Kirk's sizable output but they give a very representative idea of his general approach both in terms of quality and variety. It is superb value- great remastering, an informative booklet with some superb illustrations at the service of some great jazz can only lead to one logical statement: recommended. Not convinced? Listen to 'Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith'- a tune that goes from the mournful to the upbeat in a breath.
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