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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This single CD has selections from Rahsaan Roland Kirk's final three albums. His work on his last record Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real was quite heroic and miraculous because he had suffered a major stroke that greatly limited his abilities; in fact Kirk had the use of only one of his hands so his playing was sadly restricted. There is a remarkable amount of variety plus a liberal dose of Kirk's humor on this retrospective, ranging from a "Bagpipe Medley" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" complete with a whistler and Freddie Moore's washboard to a warm "I'll Be Seeing You" and a tribute to Johnny Griffin, the main influence on Rahssan's tenor sound. For those listeners who do...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This single CD has selections from Rahsaan Roland Kirk's final three albums. His work on his last record Boogie-Woogie String Along for Real was quite heroic and miraculous because he had suffered a major stroke that greatly limited his abilities; in fact Kirk had the use of only one of his hands so his playing was sadly restricted. There is a remarkable amount of variety plus a liberal dose of Kirk's humor on this retrospective, ranging from a "Bagpipe Medley" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" complete with a whistler and Freddie Moore's washboard to a warm "I'll Be Seeing You" and a tribute to Johnny Griffin, the main influence on Rahssan's tenor sound. For those listeners who do not already have the three LPs, this is a strong best-of sampler of the saxophonist's final period although his earlier recordings are recommended first. This CD concludes with an emotional and rather touching collage that pays tribute to Kirk's genius and mourns his premature death.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/25/1995
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624581123
  • Catalog Number: 45811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lunatic Danza (5:24)
  2. 2 Theme for the Eulipions (9:44)
  3. 3 Sweet Georgia Brown (4:45)
  4. 4 I'll Be Seeing You (6:08)
  5. 5 Los Angeles Negro Chorus (0:27)
  6. 6 Serenade to a Cuckoo (3:37)
  7. 7 Bagpipe Medley (2:15)
  8. 8 J. Griff's Blues (7:32)
  9. 9 Mary McLeod Bethune (0:24)
  10. 10 I Loves You, Porgy (1:49)
  11. 11 Hey Babebips (5:09)
  12. 12 In a Mellow Tone (6:16)
  13. 13 Dorthaan's Walk (7:12)
  14. 14 Watergate Blues (6:35)
  15. 15 Summertime (1:40)
  16. 16 Thunder and Lightning Goodbye (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Primary Artist, Flute, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone, Manzello, Electric Kalimba
William Eaton Human Whistle
Hank Jones Piano
Hilton Ruiz Piano, Keyboards
Howard Johnson Tuba
Trudy Pitts Organ
Sammy Price Piano
Percy Heath Cello
Adrienne Albert Background Vocals
Todd Barkan Percussion
Sonny Brown Drums
Francine Caroll Background Vocals
Milt Grayson Background Vocals
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Milt Hinton Bass
Fred Moore Washboard
Romeo Penque Oboe, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Persip Drums
Randy Peyton Quartet Background Vocals
Arvell Shaw Bass
Maretha Stewart Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Turre Trombone
Buster Williams Piano
Habao Texidor Percussion
Bill Carney Drums
Betty Neals Recitation
William Butler Guitar
Gifford McDonald Drums
Arthur Williams Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Arranger, Producer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Frank Foster Arranger
Bob Liftin Engineer, Remixing
Vince McGarry Remixing, Mastering
John Luard Timperley Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Scott Paul Engineer
Traditional Composer
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