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on 13 April 2014
This makes a good start if you want a broad selection of Roland Kirks
early work Its strange a Charles Mingus session is included .but even so it still adds
enjoyment value to a good CD set
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on 8 August 2014
Speedy delivery. No probs!
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on 27 December 2013
The earliest couple of albums on this collection are not Roland Kirk's best but are interesting in that they chart his musical development from bebop workman to the slightly shambolic and wonderful genius he became. The turning point in this journey is surely the album with Charlie Mingus, another singular, wonderful jazz voice and I think CM had a big influence on Kirk's development not only musically but in terms of his confidence and presentation. Of course I may be completely wrong (!) but after that album it seems RK's confidence in his own abilities starts to match his prodigious musical talent. To add a personal note, I was privileged to see Roland Kirk in (I think) 1969 at a tatty theatre in Southsea when I was a student. There were no more that about a dozen or so of us in a not very inviting sonic space but Roland Kirk and the band played a complete set to what was virtually an empty house. Huge professionalism, and huge love to his spirit.
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With the release of Roland Kirk's
"Eight Classic Albums" you get a whole load of LPs for a really good price.
True there is minimal information in the double wide jewel case's inners BUT
the LPS have been digitally remastered which gives superior sound so we should not grumble.... much.

BUT Amazon have not given us the track listing so I have done that for you.
As always ignore the last track on CD 4.

The albums are
"Triple Threat (1956)",
"Introducing Roland Kirk (1960)",
"Kirk's Work (1961)",
"Oh Yeah (with Charles Mingus) (1962)",
"We Free Kings (1961)",
"Domino (1962)",
"Out Of The Afternoon (with The Roy Haynes Quartet) (1962)" and "Big Band Bossa Nova (with Quincey Jones) (1962)".

Track List:
[Disc 1]
Triple Threat
1. Roland's Theme
2. Slow Groove
3. Stormy Weather
4. The Nearness Of You
5. A La Carte
6. Easy Living
7. Triple Threat
Introducing Roland Kirk
8. The Call
9. Soul Station
10. Our Waltz
11. Our Love Is Here To Stay
12. Spirit Girl
13. Jack The Ripper

[Disc 2]
Kirk's Work
1. Three For Dizzy
2. Makin' Whoopee
3. Funk Underneath
4. Kirk's Work
5. Doin' The Sixty-Eight
6. Too Late Now
7. The Skaters Waltz
Oh Yeah (with Charles Mingus)
8. Hog Callin' Blues
9. Devil Women
10. Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am
11. Ecclusiastics
12. Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb
13. Eat That Chicken
14. Passions Of A Man

[Disc 3]
We Free Kings
1. Three For The Festival
2. Moon Song
3. A Sack Full Of Soul
4. The Haunted Melody
5. Blues For Alice
6. We Free Kings
7. You Did It, You Did It
8. Some Kind Of Love
9. My Delight
10. Domino
11. Meeting On Termini's Corner
12. Time
13. Lament
14. A Stritch In Time
15. 3-In-1 Without The Oil
16. Get Out Of Town
17. Rolando
18. I Believe In You
19. E. D.

[Disc 4]
Out Of The Afternoon (with The Roy Haynes Quartet)
1. Moon Ray
2. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
3. Raoul
4. Snap Crackle
5. If I Should Lose You
6. Long Wharf
7. Some Other Spring
Big Band Bossa Nova (with Quincy Jones)
8. Soul Bossa Nova
9. Boogie Stop Shuffle
10. Desafinado
11. Manha De Carnaval
12. Se E Tarde Me Perdoa
13. On The Street Where You Live
14. One Note Samba
15. Lalo Bossa Nova
16. Serenata
17. Chega De Saudade
18. A Taste Of Honey
19. Beverley Westwood Ho!
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on 31 October 2014
good deal!!
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