Edge

The Edge

by David Axelrod
     
 
EMI in Great Britain reissued David Axelrod's three albums for Capitol in fine editions on both vinyl and CD at the end of the 1990s. Fantasy issued its own retrospective, The Axelrod Chronicles, in 2000. Blue Note is finally getting its act together here by taking a look at the work Axelrod did as both a producer and artist with Capitol from 1966-1970. The

Overview

EMI in Great Britain reissued David Axelrod's three albums for Capitol in fine editions on both vinyl and CD at the end of the 1990s. Fantasy issued its own retrospective, The Axelrod Chronicles, in 2000. Blue Note is finally getting its act together here by taking a look at the work Axelrod did as both a producer and artist with Capitol from 1966-1970. The Edge is not perfect, but for 17 tracks it does give a halfway decent look at the wide range of projects and artists Axe worked with, despite the album's aesthetic inconsistency. Some of the most compelling of these are the tracks with actor David McCallum on vocals -- who played Robert Vaughn's sidekick Ilya Kuryakin in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. -- Axelrod produced four albums for him. "House of Mirrors," is a way tripped-out psychedelic piece with vocals Echoplexed to the max. The title cut is an instrumental that is all dreamy shimmering flute, vibes, guitars, and a horn section for drama. There is also a cut here from the South African artist Letta Mbulu, complete with a thunderstorm as an intro. Spacey, drifty, it's utterly beautiful with spare percussion and Mbulu's haunting voice sensing in her native tongue. Or course Lou Rawls is represented here with a monologue and his burning rendition of "You've Made Me So Very Happy." Axelrod himself has the lion's share of the set with nine cuts taken from his three Capitol albums, Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, and Earth Rot. Thankfully, Cannonball Adderley is represented as well with "Tensity," from the ambitious Cannonball Adderley Quintet & Orchestra. It's not a perfect example, but at least it's here. The Edge is an okay place to start, but it's got little that will please longtime and hardcore fans and collectors. Hopefully, Axelrod's own catalog will be reissued domestically.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0094631161728
catalogNumber:
11617

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Axelrod   Primary Artist
Lou Rawls   Vocals
Cannonball Adderley   Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley   Cornet
Casey   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Don Randi   Organ,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Letta Mbulu   Vocals
David McCallum   Vocals
McKibbon   Bass
Walter Booker   Bass
Joe Zawinul   Electric Piano
Israel Baker   Violin
Tom Bahler   Vocals
H.B. Barnum   Conductor,Vocals
Arnold Belnick   Strings
Max Bennett   Bass
Harry Bluestone   Strings
Samuel Boghossian   Strings,Viola
Ray Brown   Bass
Bobby Bruce   Violin
Buie   Guitar
Donald Christlieb   Bassoon
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Joe Clayton   Bongos,Conga
Gary Coleman   Percussion,Mallets,Vibes
Morty Corb   Bass
Douglas Davis   Strings
Allen DiRienzo   Trumpet
Alvin Dinkin   Strings
Assa Drori   Violin
Gene Estes   Percussion,Vibes
William S. Fischer   Conductor
Jan Gassman   Vocals
James Getzoff   Strings
Anne Goodman   Viola
Bill Green   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
John Guerin   Drums,Tambourine
Allan Harshman   Viola
Freddie Hill   Trumpet
Jim Horn   Flute,Piccolo,Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Paul Hubinon   Trumpet
Harry Hyams   Strings
Richard Hyde   Trombone
William Hymanson   Violin
Jon Joyce   Vocals
Robert Jung   Violin
Armand Karpoff   Strings,Cello
Carol Kaye   Bass
Jackie Kelso   Flute,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Raphael Kramer   Cello
Diana Lee   Vocals
Richard Leith   Strings,Trombone
Neil Levang   Guitar
Marvin Limonick   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Roy McCurdy   Drums
Arthur Maebe   French Horn
Leonard Malarsky   Strings
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe   Violin,Viola
Earl Palmer   Drums
Stanley Plummer   Violin
Lou Raderman   Violin
Joe Reilich   Viola
Nathan Ross   Strings
Henry Roth   Strings,Violin
Myron Sandler   Strings,Viola
Sid Sharp   Violin
Jack Shulman   Violin
Paul Shure   Violin
Marshall Sosson   Strings
Robert Sushel   Strings
Tony Terran   Trumpet
Milton Thomas   Viola
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Ernie Watts   Flute,Oboe,Tenor Saxophone
Ken Watson   Percussion,Vibes
Robert West   Bass
Jerry Whitman   Vocals
Arthur Wright   Bass
Pete Wyant   Guitar
Tibor Zelig   Strings
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Sidney Sharp   Violin
Ralph Shaeffer   Violin
Sonny Anderson   Vibes
Bill Green   Piccolo,Saxophone
John Arnold   Percussion,Strings
Bill Henderson   Violin
Jeffrey Solow   Cello
Lewis E. Moreford   Vocals
Freddie Slatkin   Strings
David Duke   French Horn
Louis Morell   Guitar

Technical Credits

Lou Rawls   Composer
David Axelrod   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
H.B. Barnum   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Berry Gordy   Composer
Patrice Holloway   Composer
Gene Hicks   Engineer
Bill Hinshaw   Contributor
Brenda Holloway   Composer
Joe Polito   Engineer
Caiphus Semenya   Composer
Frank Wilson   Composer
Eli Wolf   Executive Producer
Eothen Alapatt   Compilation Research
Jeff Jank   Art Direction
Michel Ruppli   Annotation
Rex Updegraft   Engineer
Michael T. Axelrod   Lyric Adaptations

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