Only the Best of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Collectables gets some points for going to WEA and reissuing all of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk's sides he cut for Atlantic. The late Joel Dorn -- who produced them all originally -- reissued them on CD initially in a number of packages on his now-defunct 32Jazz imprint, and Collectables began releasing single discs and two-fers some time after. In 2009, in two big multiple-CD box sets, Kirk's complete catalog, for the label is available again. It does seem that this collection of albums was assembled along what would physically fit best on two boxes rather than in presenting the material in chronological or even aesthetic order. But it's a small complaint. There are seven CDs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Collectables gets some points for going to WEA and reissuing all of the Rahsaan Roland Kirk's sides he cut for Atlantic. The late Joel Dorn -- who produced them all originally -- reissued them on CD initially in a number of packages on his now-defunct 32Jazz imprint, and Collectables began releasing single discs and two-fers some time after. In 2009, in two big multiple-CD box sets, Kirk's complete catalog, for the label is available again. It does seem that this collection of albums was assembled along what would physically fit best on two boxes rather than in presenting the material in chronological or even aesthetic order. But it's a small complaint. There are seven CDs in volume one, containing the albums Blacknuss, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color -- originally issued on double LP with one side left blank -- The Inflated Tear presented on a disc with Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata, Kirkatron, the criminally under-recognized Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real, Left and Right, and Other Folk's Music. Classics like Bright Moments and Volunteered Slavery will be left for Volume 2. This cannot be stated strongly enough: if you don't know Kirk, the Atlantic and Warner material is as good a place to start as any. The Emarcy, Verve, and Mercury (all earlier) stuff is equally great, but this final period is where Kirk's music (and his persona as "Rahsaan" emerged) really became a genre of its own. All of these albums are worth hearing. For those who bought some of the Atlantic single titles, or the 32Jazz packages, you might have some debating to do here; the material does sound a bit better, but that may be due to new mastering techniques rather than anything like remixing or super bitmap remastering. The packages are nothing to speak of in and of themselves but the price is attractive. Kirk's albums should never, ever be out of print, so thumbs up to Collectables for this reissue program.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431116920
  • Catalog Number: 1169
  • Sales rank: 161,548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ain't No Sunshine (2:26)
  2. 2 What's Goin' On/Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (3:47)
  3. 3 I Love You Yes I Do (2:49)
  4. 4 Take Me Girl, I'm Ready (3:18)
  5. 5 My Girl (3:06)
  6. 6 Which Way Is It Going (2:26)
  7. 7 One Nation (3:41)
  8. 8 Never Can Say Goodbye (4:02)
  9. 9 Old Rugged Cross (7:15)
  10. 10 Make It with You (4:50)
  11. 11 Blacknuss (5:12)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Conversation (0:59)
  2. 2 Bye Bye Blackbird (2:43)
  3. 3 Horses (0:18)
  4. 4 High Heel Sneakers (4:50)
  5. 5 Dream (0:53)
  6. 6 Echoes of Primitive Ohio & Chili Dogs (6:55)
  7. 7 The Entertainer (Done in the Style of the Blues) (6:02)
  8. 8 Freaks for the Festival (4:01)
  9. 9 Dream (1:28)
  10. 10 Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies (6:24)
  11. 11 Dream (0:59)
  12. 12 The Entertainer (6:17)
  13. 13 Dream (1:05)
  14. 14 Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies (7:56)
  15. 15 Dream (0:52)
  16. 16 Freaks for the Festival (5:34)
  17. 17 Horses (0:24)
  18. 18 Bye Bye Blackbird (2:37)
  19. 19 Conversation (0:57)
  20. 20 Side Four (12:41)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Black and Crazy Blues (6:06)
  2. 2 A Laugh for Rory (2:52)
  3. 3 Many Blessings (4:44)
  4. 4 Fingers in the Wind (4:14)
  5. 5 The Inflated Tear (4:55)
  6. 6 The Creole Love Call (3:52)
  7. 7 A Handful of Fives (2:41)
  8. 8 Fly by Night (4:17)
  9. 9 Lovellevelliloqui (4:09)
  10. 10 Something for Trane That Trane Could Have Said (3:07)
  11. 11 Island Cry (3:54)
  12. 12 Runnin' from the Trash (2:15)
  13. 13 Day Dream (3:42)
  14. 14 The Ragman and the Junkman Ran from the Businessman They Laughed and He Cri (3:03)
  15. 15 Breath-A-Thon (1:55)
  16. 16 Rahsaanica (3:42)
  17. 17 Raped Voices (1:47)
  18. 18 Haunted Feelings (2:26)
  19. 19 Prelude Back Home (3:45)
  20. 20 Dance of the Lobes (2:05)
  21. 21 Harder & Harder Spiritual (2:34)
  22. 22 Black Root (3:17)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Serenade to a Cuckoo (3:39)
  2. 2 This Masquerade (5:31)
  3. 3 Sugar (3:29)
  4. 4 Los Angeles Negro Chorus (0:28)
  5. 5 Steppin' into Beauty (6:43)
  6. 6 The Christmas Song (3:36)
  7. 7 Bagpipe Melody (2:17)
  8. 8 Mary McLeod Bethune (0:25)
  9. 9 Bright Moments (4:12)
  10. 10 Lyriconon (4:11)
  11. 11 A Night in Tunisia (5:00)
  12. 12 J. Griff's Blues (7:43)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real (8:55)
  2. 2 I Loves You, Porgy (1:49)
  3. 3 Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (7:19)
  4. 4 Hey Babepips (5:08)
  5. 5 In a Mellow Tone (6:17)
  6. 6 Summertime (1:41)
  7. 7 Dorthaan's Walk (7:13)
  8. 8 Watergate Blues (6:34)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Black Mystery Has Been Revealed (1:17)
  2. 2 Expansions: Kirkquest/Kingus Mingus/Celestialness/A Dream of Beauty Rei (19:37)
  3. 3 Lady's Blues (3:46)
  4. 4 IX Love (3:40)
  5. 5 Hot Cha (3:23)
  6. 6 Quintessence (4:11)
  7. 7 I Waited for You (2:54)
  8. 8 A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing (3:55)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Water for Robeson and Williams (3:48)
  2. 2 That's All (7:39)
  3. 3 Donna Lee (4:10)
  4. 4 Simone (9:05)
  5. 5 Anysha (8:13)
  6. 6 Samba Kwa Mwanamke Mweusi (6:53)
  7. 7 Arrival (7:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Primary Artist, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Trumpet, Cymbals, Bass Drums, Gong, Harmonium, English Horn, Bass Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Human Whistle, Lyricon, Whistle (Instrument), Bells, Stritch, Manzello, Music Box, Bird Calls, E-flat Clarinet, Electric Kalimba, Flexatones, Reed Trumpet, Palmas
Charles Fambrough Cello
Walter Perkins Drums
Hilton Ruiz Piano, Keyboards
Howard Johnson Tuba
Mickey Tucker Organ
Trudy Pitts Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Ralph MacDonald Percussion, Conga
Sammy Price Piano
Percy Heath Cello
Jonathan Abramowitz Cello
Gloria Agostini Harp
Adrienne Albert Background Vocals
Sanford Allen Violin
Julien Barber Viola
Todd Barkan Percussion
Alfred Brown Viola
Sonny Brown Drums
James Buffington French Horn
Ron Burton Piano
Doreen Callender Violin
Francine Caroll Background Vocals
Francisco Centeno Bass
Cissy Houston Vocals
Selwart Clarke Viola
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Gordon Edwards Bass
William S. Fischer Conductor, Electric Piano, Arp Strings
Steve Gadd Drums
Milt Grayson Background Vocals, Track Performer
Dick Griffin Trombone
Jerry Griffin Drums
Dick Griffith Trombone
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Kenneth Harris Flute
Roy Haynes Drums
Michael Hill Vocals
Jimmy Hopps Drums
Regis Iandiorio Violin
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Lawrence Killian Conga
Harold Kohon Violin
Richard Landrum Conga
Linda Lawrence Viola
Keith Loving Guitar
James Madison Drums
Yoko Matsuo Violin
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Charles McGhee Trumpet
Maurice McKinley Conga, Accompaniment
Khalil Mhrdi Drums
Kermit Moore Cello
Eugene J. Moye Cello
Steve Novosel Bass
Pat Patrick Baritone Saxophone
Henry Pearson Bass
Romeo Penque Reeds
Charlie Persip Drums
Randy Peyton Quartet Background Vocals
Tony Posk Violin
Eddie Preston Trumpet
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Bill Salter Bass
Arvell Shaw Bass
Sonelius Smith Piano, Accompaniment
Richard Tee Piano, Keyboards
Joe Habad Texidor Percussion, Tambourine, Triangle, Washboard, Accompaniment
Steve Turre Trombone
Tony Waters Percussion
Buster Williams Bass
Arthur Jenkins Jr. Percussion, Conductor, Conga, Keyboards, Cabasa
Habao Texidor Percussion
Princess Patience Burton Vocals
Bill Carney Drums
Milton Suggs Bass
Ruddley Thibodeaux Tambourine
John Goldsmith Drums
Metathias Pearson Bass
Gifford McDonald Drums
Maeretha Stewart Background Vocals
Richard Allen Williams M.D. Trumpet
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Leon Russell Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Charles Fambrough Personnel
Gil Fuller Composer
Dizzy Gillespie Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Scott Joplin Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Arranger, Composer, Sound Effects, Liner Notes, Instrumentation, Personnel
Charles Mingus Composer
Walter Perkins Personnel
Hilton Ruiz Arranger, Composer, Personnel
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Howard Johnson Personnel
Mickey Tucker Personnel
Trudy Pitts Arranger, Composer, Personnel
Ralph MacDonald Personnel
Sammy Price Personnel
Percy Heath Composer, Personnel
Jonathan Abramowitz Personnel
Gloria Agostini Personnel
Adrienne Albert Personnel
Sanford Allen Personnel
Julien Barber Personnel
Todd Barkan Composer, Author, Personnel
Renaldo Benson Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Johnny Bristol Composer
Alfred Brown Personnel
Sonny Brown Personnel
James Buffington Personnel
Ron Burton Personnel
Doreen Callender Personnel
Johnny Cameron Composer
Francine Caroll Personnel
Francisco Centeno Personnel
Cissy Houston Personnel
Selwart Clarke Personnel
Al Cleveland Composer
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Cornell Dupree Personnel
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Duke Ellington Composer
Gordon Edwards Personnel
William S. Fischer Arranger, String Arrangements, Personnel
Frank Foster Arranger, Composer
Steve Gadd Personnel
Paul Goodman Engineer
Milt Grayson Personnel
Dick Griffin Personnel
Jerry Griffin Personnel
Dick Griffith Personnel
Lewis Hahn Engineer, Remixing
Hilda Harris Personnel
Kenneth Harris Personnel
Roy Haynes Personnel
Ray Henderson Composer
Michael Hill Personnel
Jimmy Hopps Personnel
Regis Iandiorio Personnel
Kathryn Kienke Personnel
Lawrence Killian Personnel
Harold Kohon Personnel
Richard Landrum Personnel
John Latouche Composer
Linda Lawrence Personnel
Bob Liftin Engineer, Remixing
Keith Loving Personnel
James Madison Personnel
Yoko Matsuo Personnel
Hugh McCracken Personnel
Vince McGarry Engineer, Remixing, Mastering
Charles McGhee Personnel
Khalil Mhrdi Personnel
Kermit Moore Personnel
Eugene J. Moye Personnel
Frank Paparelli Composer
Pat Patrick Personnel
Henry Pearson Personnel
Romeo Penque Personnel
Charlie Persip Personnel
Randy Peyton Quartet Personnel
Tony Posk Personnel
Eddie Preston Personnel
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Personnel
Bill Salter Personnel
Pam Sawyer Composer
Arvell Shaw Personnel
Sonelius Smith Personnel
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Richard Tee Personnel
Joe Habad Texidor Sound Effects, Personnel
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Steve Turre Personnel
Tony Waters Personnel
Buster Williams Personnel
Willie Woods Composer
William Robinson Composer
Bobby "BW" Wells Composer
Arthur Jenkins Jr. Arranger, Personnel
Ray Ross Cover Photo
John Cabalka Art Direction
Stanislaw Zagorski Illustrations, Cover Design, Cover Illustration
Haig Adishian Cover Design
Peter Corriston Cover Design
Lee Friedlander Cover Photo
Tom Clack Sound Effects
Robert "Lip" Liftin Sound Effects, Engineer, Remixing
Habao Texidor Personnel
Mort Dixon Composer
Bob Haymes Composer
Princess Patience Burton Composer, Personnel
LaVerne Ware Composer
Dave Heffernan Original Illustration
Bill Carney Personnel
Milton Suggs Personnel
Ruddley Thibodeaux Personnel
Traditional Composer
John Goldsmith Personnel
Metathias Pearson Personnel
Dorthaan Kirk Liner Notes
Price Givens Cover Painting
Loring Werney Cover Design
Casey Bailey Liner Notes
Gifford McDonald Personnel
Maeretha Stewart Personnel
Richard Allen Williams M.D. Personnel
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