The Edge

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2005
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094631161728
  • Catalog Number: 11617
  • Sales rank: 76,721

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 House of Mirrors (2:21)
  2. 2 The Edge (2:54)
  3. 3 Pula Yetla (3:37)
  4. 4 Lifetime Monologue (1:51)
  5. 5 You've Made Me So Very Happy (4:24)
  6. 6 The Smile (3:24)
  7. 7 Songs of Innocence (4:30)
  8. 8 The Mental Traveler (4:02)
  9. 9 A Divine Image (4:36)
  10. 10 London (2:46)
  11. 11 The Fly (4:47)
  12. 12 Human Abstract (5:26)
  13. 13 Warning Talk, Pt. 1 (2:47)
  14. 14 Warning Talk, Pt. 2 (4:38)
  15. 15 The Signs, Pt. 1 (3:43)
  16. 16 Theme from the Fox - Don Randi (3:53)
  17. 17 Tensity - Cannonball Adderley (12:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Axelrod Primary Artist
Lou Rawls Vocals
Cannonball Adderley Alto Saxophone
Nat Adderley Cornet
Al Casey Guitar
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Don Randi Organ, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Letta Mbulu Vocals
David McCallum Vocals
Al 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
Les 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 Jr. Composer
Patrice Holloway Composer
Gene Hicks Engineer
Bill Hinshaw Contributor
Brenda Holloway Composer
William Hymanson Contributor
Joe Polito Engineer
Caiphus Semenya Composer
Dave Cooley Mastering
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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