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Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk

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Rahsaan Roland Kirk's nearly one-dozen long-players on the Mercury Records family of labels -- including the Smash and Limelight subsidiaries -- are gathered on this massive ten-disc compilation. Actually, it is 11 discs if you count the surprise bonus CD. Additionally, Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk lives up to its name by augmenting those albums with more than two-dozen previously unissued sides. Kirk's thoroughly innovative multi-instrumental reed work caught the attention of legendary producer Quincy Jones, then the vice-president of Mercury Records, who signed Kirk and would later arrange and conduct orchestrations for several of his ...
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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk's nearly one-dozen long-players on the Mercury Records family of labels -- including the Smash and Limelight subsidiaries -- are gathered on this massive ten-disc compilation. Actually, it is 11 discs if you count the surprise bonus CD. Additionally, Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings of Roland Kirk lives up to its name by augmenting those albums with more than two-dozen previously unissued sides. Kirk's thoroughly innovative multi-instrumental reed work caught the attention of legendary producer Quincy Jones, then the vice-president of Mercury Records, who signed Kirk and would later arrange and conduct orchestrations for several of his memorable sessions. Perhaps the most recognizable among them is "Soul Bossa Nova" which is heavily featured in the Austin Powers franchise. Kirk's ability to perform several reed instruments -- including the tenor, flute, clarinet, manzello, and stritch -- simultaneously allowed him a musical autonomy few instrumentalists are afforded. His youthful embrace of the R&B, soul, pop, and eventually rock genres produced swinging interpretations of "And I Love Her" and "Walk on By," among others. Regardless of the genre, however, Kirk's ability to Swing -- with a capitol "S" -- is imprinted upon every piece he performed. Although Kirk continued his prolific output on Atlantic records in the late '60s and '70s, arguably his most profound sides are included here. We Free Kings, Domino, Reeds and Deeds, Gifts and Messages, I Talk with the Spirits and Rip, Rig & Panic are offered in their entirety. Undoubtedly the centerpiece of Kirk's work for the label is the live Kirk in Copenhagen, which features some wicked harp blowing from blues legend "Sonny Boy" Williamson, aka Big Skol. It is only fitting that this album benefits so greatly from inclusion on this set. The original six sides have been supplemented with an additional ten to present the entire October '63 performance, now complete at an hour and 45 minutes. Rahsaan: The Complete Mercury Recordings if Roland Kirk is complimented visually with a 56-page information packed booklet that includes: complete discographical and recording session logs, as well individual essays for each disc. Although not for the light of funds, this is truly the best way to become immersed in these early works of Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1991
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 042284663021
  • Catalog Number: 846630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues for Alice - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:14)
  2. 2 Blues for Alice - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:09)
  3. 3 My Delight - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:30)
  4. 4 The Haunted Melody - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:40)
  5. 5 A Sack Full of Soul - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:40)
  6. 6 We Free Kings - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:48)
  7. 7 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:08)
  8. 8 Moon Song - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:23)
  9. 9 Some Kind of Love - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:12)
  10. 10 Three for the Festival - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:10)
  11. 11 You Did It, You Did It - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:27)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Get Out of Town - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:53)
  2. 2 Rolando - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:49)
  3. 3 I Believe in You - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:29)
  4. 4 Where Monk and Mingus Live/Let's Call This - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:10)
  5. 5 Domino - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:07)
  6. 6 E.D. - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:25)
  7. 7 I Didn't Know What Time It Was - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:19)
  8. 8 Someone to Watch Over Me - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:45)
  9. 9 Termini's Corner - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:21)
  10. 10 When the Sun Comes Out - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:45)
  11. 11 Ad Lib (Hip Chops) - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (0:27)
  12. 12 Stitt's Tune - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (9:59)
  13. 13 I See With My Third "I" - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (9:33)
  14. 14 Medley: If I Had You/Alone Together/For Heaven's Sake - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (7:32)
  15. 15 Afternoon in Paris - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:52)
  16. 16 Lady "E" - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:20)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Meeting on Termini's Corner - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:40)
  2. 2 Domino - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:14)
  3. 3 Time - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:13)
  4. 4 3-In-1 Without the Oil - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:35)
  5. 5 A Stritch in Time - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:06)
  6. 6 Lament - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:39)
  7. 7 A Breath in the Wind - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:09)
  8. 8 Land of Peace - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:54)
  9. 9 Lonesome August Child - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:36)
  10. 10 Limbo Boat - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:02)
  11. 11 Hay Ro - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:04)
  12. 12 Waltz of the Friends - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:39)
Disc 4
  1. 1 This Is Always - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:20)
  2. 2 Reeds and Deeds - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:20)
  3. 3 Song of the Countrymen - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:56)
  4. 4 Ecclusiastics - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:30)
  5. 5 By Myself - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:23)
  6. 6 Roland Speaks - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:07)
  7. 7 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:16)
  8. 8 Variations on a Theme of Hindemith - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:30)
  9. 9 I've Got Your Number - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:58)
  10. 10 Between the Fourth and the Fifth Step - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:43)
  11. 11 April Morning - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:45)
  12. 12 Get in the Basement - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:06)
  13. 13 Abstract Improvisation - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1:58)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Narrow Bolero - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (8:25)
  2. 2 Narrow Bolero - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:43)
  3. 3 My Heart Stood Still - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:50)
  4. 4 No Title, No. 1 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:56)
  5. 5 Mood Indigo - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (7:14)
  6. 6 Cabin in the Sky - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (7:47)
  7. 7 On the Corner of King and Scott Streets - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:41)
  8. 8 Untitled Blues - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:17)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Monkey Thing - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:56)
  2. 2 Will You Still Be Mine? - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (8:40)
  3. 3 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:54)
  4. 4 We'll Be Together Again - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:21)
  5. 5 Mingus-Griff Song - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (8:38)
  6. 6 Mood Indigo - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:52)
  7. 7 Medley: Rock-A-Bye Baby/Nearness of You/No Title No. 3 - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (12:35)
  8. 8 Half a Triple - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:53)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Japan - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:05)
  2. 2 Japan - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:10)
  3. 3 Japan - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:08)
  4. 4 Berkshire Blues - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:48)
  5. 5 Dirty Money Blues - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:44)
  6. 6 Dirty Money Blues - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:45)
  7. 7 Ad Lib (Hip Chops) - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:09)
  8. 8 The Things I Love - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:15)
  9. 9 Petite Fleur - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:13)
  10. 10 March on, Swan Lake - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:00)
  11. 11 Tears Sent by You - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:01)
  12. 12 My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:24)
  13. 13 Gifts and Messages - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:08)
  14. 14 Hip Chops - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:35)
  15. 15 Blues for C & T - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:08)
  16. 16 Where Does the Blame Lie - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:52)
  17. 17 Vertigo Ro - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:08)
  18. 18 Jive Elephant - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:55)
Disc 8
  1. 1 I Talk With the Spirits - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:57)
  2. 2 Serenade to a Cuckoo - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:35)
  3. 3 Medley: We'll Be Together Again/People from "Funny Girl" - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:42)
  4. 4 Ruined Castles - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1:19)
  5. 5 Trees - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:23)
  6. 6 Fugue'n and Alludin' - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (0:44)
  7. 7 Django - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:51)
  8. 8 My Ship - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:06)
  9. 9 A Quote from Clifford Brown - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:26)
  10. 10 The Business Ain't Nothin' But the Blues - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:02)
Disc 9
  1. 1 No Tonic Press - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:35)
  2. 2 From Bechet, Byas and Fats - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (6:32)
  3. 3 Slippery, Hippery, Flippery - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:58)
  4. 4 Black Diamond - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:24)
  5. 5 Rip, Rig and Panic - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (7:01)
  6. 6 Once in a While - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:02)
  7. 7 Mystical Dream - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:40)
  8. 8 Walk on By - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:35)
  9. 9 Juarez - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:28)
  10. 10 Shaky Money - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:40)
  11. 11 Ebrauqs - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (8:27)
  12. 12 Raouf - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:10)
  13. 13 Nothing But the Truth - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:39)
  14. 14 Safari - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (4:33)
  15. 15 It's All in the Game - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:24)
  16. 16 And I Love Her - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:03)
Disc 10
  1. 1 A Taste of Honey - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:37)
  2. 2 Dyna-Soar - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:38)
  3. 3 Soul Bossa Nova - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:49)
  4. 4 Comin' Home Baby - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:47)
  5. 5 Days of Wine and Roses - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:48)
  6. 6 Moon River - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:37)
  7. 7 Dreamsville - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:53)
  8. 8 (I Love You and) Don't You Forget It - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (2:56)
  9. 9 Charade - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:18)
  10. 10 Peter Gunn Theme - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (3:01)
  11. 11 I Had a Ball - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:06)
  12. 12 Addie's at It Again - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (5:05)
Disc 11
  1. 1 A Stritch in Time - Rahsaan Roland Kirk (7:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roland Kirk Primary Artist
Lalo Schifrin Organ, Piano
Pepper Adams Baritone Saxophone
Nat Adderley Trumpet
Eddie Baccus Organ
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Gary Burton Vibes
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Art Davis Bass
Richard Davis Bass
Curtis Fuller Trombone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Urbie Green Trombone
Jim Hall Guitar
Louis Hayes Drums
Tubby Hayes Tenor Saxophone, Vibes
Andrew Hill Celeste
Milt Jackson Vibes
Budd Johnson Reeds
Elvin Jones Drums
Hank Jones Piano
Quincy Jones Conductor
Sam Jones Bass
Wynton Kelly Piano
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Flute, Reeds, Castanets, Oboe, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Stritch, Chant, Manzello, nose flute, Siren, African Flute, Indexed Contributor
Melba Liston Trombone
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Tete Montoliu Piano
James Moody Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Joe Newman Trumpet
Horace Parlan Piano, Celeste
Walter Perkins Drums
Jerome Richardson Reeds, Saxophone
Ed Shaughnessy Drums
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins French Horn
Major Holley Bass
Richard Wyands Piano
Seldon Powell Reeds
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Bob Cranshaw Bass
Willie Ruff French Horn
George Duvivier Bass
Carlos Goméz Percussion
Al Cohn Reeds
Ray Alonge French Horn
Martin Banks Flugelhorn
John Bello Trumpet
Art Blakey Drums
Garnett Brown Trombone
Patricia Brown Organ, Piano
Sonny Brown Drums, Harp
Billy Byers Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Don Butterfield Tuba
Jaki Byard Piano
Earl Chapin French Horn
Clark Terry Trumpet
Rudy Collins Drums
George Cook Drums
Bill Costa Percussion
Charles Crosby Drums
Al DeRisi Trumpet
Jack Del Rio Percussion
George Devens Percussion
Steve Ellington Drums
Paul Faulise Trombone
Vincent Bell Guitar
Benny Golson Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen Bass
Sam Herman Guitar
Milt Hinton Bass
Paul Ingraham French Horn
J.J. Johnson Trombone
James Johnson Timpani
Osie Johnson Drums
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Fred Klein French Horn
Phil Kraus Percussion
Walter Levinsky Reeds
Harold Mabern Piano
Wendell Marshall Bass
Vernon Martin Bass
Eddie Mathias Bass
Jimmy Maxwell Trumpet
Jay McAllister Tuba
Tom McIntosh Trombone
Tony Miranda French Horn
J.C. Moses Drums
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern French Horn
Jimmy Nottingham Trumpet
Jose Paula Percussion
Romeo Penque Reeds
Charlie Persip Drums
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Manuel Ramos Percussion
Margaret Ross Harp
Bobby Scott Organ, Piano
Zoot Sims Reeds
Bill Stanley Tuba
Tony Studd Trombone
Ben Tucker Bass
Frank Wess Reeds
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Harmonica
Kai Winding Trombone
Phil Woods Reeds, Alto Saxophone
Wayne Wright Guitar
Snooky Young Trumpet
Don Moore Bass
Dick Hixon Trombone
Chris White Bass
Charlie McCoy Harmonica
Stanley Webb Reeds, Saxophone
Henry Duncan Drums
Bobby Moses Vibes
Tommy Mitchell Trombone
Michael Fleming Bass
Charles Greenlea Trombone
Martin Groupp Percussion
Abdullah Rafik Bass
Miss C.J. Albert Vocals
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Santo Russo Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Camille Saint-Saëns Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Bob Dorough Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Composer, Contributor
John Lewis Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Sonny Stitt Composer
Randy Weston Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Stan Freeman Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Milt Sealey Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Sidney Bechet Composer
Barney Bigard Composer
Sonny Brown Contributor
Billy Byers Arranger
Hal David Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Michael Edwards Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Benny Golson Arranger, Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Bud Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
J.J. Johnson Composer
John Latouche Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Eddie Mathias Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Bobby Scott Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Ben Tucker Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Carl Fisher Composer
Kiyoshi "Boxman" Koyama Producer
Chuck Stewart Cover Design
Bob Merrill Composer
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson Director
Carl Fischer Composer
Richie Powell Composer
Michael Fleming Composer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Ted Shapiro Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Carolyn Leigh Composer
Reginald Connelly Composer
Eric Maschwitz Composer
Manning Sherwin Composer
Ric Marlow Composer
Harold Barlow Composer
Charles Dawes Composer
Louis Ferrari Composer
Rentaroh Taki Composer
Lewis Harris Composer
Jacques Plante Composer
Donald Meyer Composer
Tokiwa Kinoshita Remastering
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