Silver Cycles

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Still riding high from "Listen Here," Harris really started experimenting here with a dazzlingly eclectic LP that must have left his new fans wondering just who the real Eddie Harris was. There is good old Latinized funk in the opening cuts, "Free at Last" and "1974 Blues," but what was one to make of the next one, "Smoke Signals," with its interplanetary Echoplexed electric sax and ethereal wordless female voices? Then it's on to a long-limbed Coltrane tribute on pianist Jodie Christian's "Naima"-like "Coltrane's View," a wailing cry of raw pain with a huge band of horns, strings and voices "I'm Gonna Leave You by Yourself", another avant-garde electronic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Still riding high from "Listen Here," Harris really started experimenting here with a dazzlingly eclectic LP that must have left his new fans wondering just who the real Eddie Harris was. There is good old Latinized funk in the opening cuts, "Free at Last" and "1974 Blues," but what was one to make of the next one, "Smoke Signals," with its interplanetary Echoplexed electric sax and ethereal wordless female voices? Then it's on to a long-limbed Coltrane tribute on pianist Jodie Christian's "Naima"-like "Coltrane's View," a wailing cry of raw pain with a huge band of horns, strings and voices "I'm Gonna Leave You by Yourself", another avant-garde electronic extravaganza "Silver Cycles" and...well, you get the point; there's a surprise around every bend. The music is by turns swinging, touching, feverish, detached, nightmarish, and peaceful, bursting with new ideas generated from Harris' plunge into electronics. This album has been unjustly overlooked, probably because Harris was selling a lot of records and getting airplay at the time a cardinal sin for purists, or perhaps for its free, anything-goes '60s spirit. The sound was always curiously distant on LP and on individual tracks reissued on CD; one wonders if this was due to a damaged or third-hand master tape.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431635926
  • Catalog Number: 6359
  • Sales rank: 17,865

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Free at Last (3:15)
  2. 2 1974 Blues (4:22)
  3. 3 Smoke Signals (2:55)
  4. 4 Coltrane's View (4:08)
  5. 5 I'm Gonna Leave You by Yourself (3:00)
  6. 6 Silver Cycles (5:50)
  7. 7 Little Bit (5:29)
  8. 8 Electric Ballad (2:54)
  9. 9 Infrapolations (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Harris Primary Artist, Electric Piano, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Synthesizer Saxophone
Melba Moore Vocals, Background Vocals
Phil Bodner Wind, Woodwind
Jodie Christian Piano
Richard Davis Bass
Billy Hart Drums
Joe Newman Trumpet
Monk Montgomery Electric Bass, Bass Guitar
Seldon Powell Baritone Saxophone, Wind, Woodwind
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Joe Zawinul Piano
Bruno Carr Percussion, Drums, Latin Percussion
Eileen Gilbert Vocals, Background Vocals
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone, Wind
Melvin Lastie Trumpet
Benny Powell Trombone
Valerie Simpson Vocals, Background Vocals
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Marcelino Valdez Bongos, Conga, Drums, Latin Percussion
Marco Valdez Percussion
Snooky Young Trumpet
Martha Stewart Background Vocals
Mal Lastie Trumpet
Bennie Powell Trombone
Richard Smith Drums
Melvin Jackson Bass
Technical Credits
Jodie Christian Composer
Eddie Harris Arranger, Composer
Adrian Barber Engineer
Joel Dorn Producer
William S. Fischer Horn Arrangements
Phil Lehle Engineer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Gene Orloff Director, String Director
Stanislaw Zagorski Cover Design
Pat McCallum Cover Photo
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