Only the Best of Charles Lloyd

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Collectables issues another of their signature sets ("signature" in that they are very generic box sets compiling albums by great artists who recorded for Atlantic Records at some point in their careers). This time, the subject artist is the great saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Here are nine albums on six CDs. These are arranged, one supposes, aesthetically rather than chronologically -- which would have made more sense, but it's ultimately the music that counts. Most of this reveals Lloyd -- who had been an integral part of Chico Hamilton's group before going solo and recorded a pair of well-received albums for Columbia before he signed to Atlantic -- at a pivotal point in his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Collectables issues another of their signature sets ("signature" in that they are very generic box sets compiling albums by great artists who recorded for Atlantic Records at some point in their careers). This time, the subject artist is the great saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Here are nine albums on six CDs. These are arranged, one supposes, aesthetically rather than chronologically -- which would have made more sense, but it's ultimately the music that counts. Most of this reveals Lloyd -- who had been an integral part of Chico Hamilton's group before going solo and recorded a pair of well-received albums for Columbia before he signed to Atlantic -- at a pivotal point in his career, with a classic quartet including pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Jack DeJohnette. The set includes classic titles such as Dream Weaver (not to be confused with the hit song by Gary Wright in the '70s) Flowering, and Charles Lloyd in the Soviet Union, Charles Lloyd in Europe, and Love-In -- all great records. That said, as is typical of Collectables' compilation boxes, some truly classic material is left out, such as Forest Flower: Charles Lloyd at Monterey and Nirvana. In its place are two curious inclusions -- Warne Marsh, which is solo material with the saxophonist recorded in the late '50s, and Acoustic Masters 1. These latter two are jive choices that are merely filler in the saxophonist's oeuvre, and don't paint the full picture of Lloyd's career with Atlantic -- especially since it was entirely possible and Lloyd was a genuine crossover artist whose records sold to rock audiences -- he appeared at the Fillmore before Miles Davis did. Most fans already have these key albums, so it remains to be seen who this set will appeal to since it's such a mixed proposition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431117729
  • Catalog Number: 1177
  • Sales rank: 252,252

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues for Bill - Buster Williams (9:48)
  2. 2 Clandestine - Buster Williams (9:08)
  3. 3 Sweet Georgia Bright - Buster Williams (5:52)
  4. 4 Lady Day - Buster Williams (7:13)
  5. 5 Green Chimneys - Buster Williams (5:50)
  6. 6 Strivers Jewels - Buster Williams (5:23)
  7. 7 Hommage - Buster Williams (10:04)
  8. 8 To C.L. - Buster Williams (6:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Autumn Sequence: Autumn Prelude/Autumn Leaves/Autumn Echo (0:25)
  2. 2 Dream Weaver: Meditation/Dervish Dance (2:26)
  3. 3 Bird Flight (3:14)
  4. 4 Love Ship (0:42)
  5. 5 Sombrero Sam (5:13)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Journey Within (11:33)
  2. 2 Love No. 3 (5:37)
  3. 3 Memphis Green (9:15)
  4. 4 Lonesome Child: Song/Dance (10:52)
  5. 5 Tagore (10:05)
  6. 6 Karma (4:01)
  7. 7 Little Anahid's Day (6:27)
  8. 8 Manhattan Coursel (8:57)
  9. 9 European Fantasy (5:49)
  10. 10 Hej Da! (Hey Daw) (3:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Tribal Dance (10:20)
  2. 2 Temple Bells (2:58)
  3. 3 Is It Really the Same? (6:04)
  4. 4 Here There and Everywhere (3:52)
  5. 5 Love-In (4:57)
  6. 6 Sunday Morning (8:11)
  7. 7 Memphis Dues Again/Island Blues (9:10)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Sombrero Sam (10:36)
  2. 2 Pre-Dawn (2:40)
  3. 3 Forest Flower '69 (17:12)
  4. 4 Days and Nights in Waiting (7:05)
  5. 5 Sweet Georgia Bright (17:54)
  6. 6 Love Song to a Baby (12:32)
  7. 7 Tribal Dance (10:22)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Speak Low (8:41)
  2. 2 Love-In/Island Blues (6:31)
  3. 3 Wilpan's (6:49)
  4. 4 Gypsy '66 (14:25)
  5. 5 Goin' to Memphis/Island Blues (7:16)
  6. 6 Too Close for Comfort - Warne Marsh (3:50)
  7. 7 Yardbird Suite - Warne Marsh (5:02)
  8. 8 It's All Right with Me - Warne Marsh (8:16)
  9. 9 My Melancholy Baby - Warne Marsh (7:56)
  10. 10 Just Squeeze Me - Warne Marsh (6:39)
  11. 11 Excerpt - Warne Marsh (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Lloyd Primary Artist
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Keith Jarrett Piano, Soprano Saxophone
Philly Joe Jones Drums
Cecil McBee Bass
Ron McClure Bass
Cedar Walton Piano
Ronnie Ball Piano
Paul Motian Drums
Buster Williams Bass
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Keith Jarrett Composer
Charles Lloyd Composer
Warne Marsh Composer
Cecil McBee Composer
Gabor Szabo Composer
Lenny White Producer
Ogden Nash Composer
George Avakian Producer, Liner Notes
Greg Calbi Mastering
Duke Ellington Composer
Alec Head Engineer
Wally Heider Engineer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Phil Lehle Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Jacques Prévert Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Jerry Brock Composer
Charles Stewart Cover Photo
Stanislaw Zagorski Cover Design
Marvin Israel Cover Design
Jean Cronin Art Direction, Illustrations
Joseph Kosma Composer
Ernie Burnett Composer
Lee Gaines Composer
George Norton Composer
Larry Holofcener Composer
Maybelle E. Watson Composer
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