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.
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 Domino 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!