The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man was Rahsaan Roland Kirk's first album for Warner Brothers, recorded before the stroke that impaired him. Kirk is at full creative and musical strength. These seven tracks are an utter astonishment. Kirk's playing of saxophones, harmonica, flutes, and euphonium is deep, soulful, and even profound in places. "Theme for the Eulipions" which opens the album, "Giant Steps," and "There Will Never Be Another You" features an all-star band that includes Charlie Persip, a young Hilton Ruiz, bassist Buster Williams, Romeo Perique on baritone saxophone, and Howard Johnson on tuba. The version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," with its wacky percussion and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man was Rahsaan Roland Kirk's first album for Warner Brothers, recorded before the stroke that impaired him. Kirk is at full creative and musical strength. These seven tracks are an utter astonishment. Kirk's playing of saxophones, harmonica, flutes, and euphonium is deep, soulful, and even profound in places. "Theme for the Eulipions" which opens the album, "Giant Steps," and "There Will Never Be Another You" features an all-star band that includes Charlie Persip, a young Hilton Ruiz, bassist Buster Williams, Romeo Perique on baritone saxophone, and Howard Johnson on tuba. The version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," with its wacky percussion and whistling, is so utterly joyful and funky it's perhaps the definitive jazz version of the tune. But it's the readings of Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" and Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" that take the album to an entirely new place. They are, though very different from one another, so utterly moving and aesthetically beautiful, they elevate music to the level of poetry. This is one that's utterly necessary for fans, and a very fitting intro for the novice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2005
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431670125
  • Catalog Number: 6701
  • Sales rank: 49,903

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Primary Artist, Flute, Harmonica, Tenor Saxophone, Background Vocals, Stritch
Warren Smith Percussion, Percussion
Hank Jones Piano
Hilton Ruiz Piano, Celeste
Howard Johnson Tuba, Background Vocals
Trudy Pitts Organ
Adrienne Albert Vocals, Soloist
Francine Caroll Vocals, Soloist
Milt Grayson Vocals, Soloist
Jerry Griffin Drums
Hilda Harris Vocals, Soloist
Milt Hinton Bass, Double Bass
Arthur Jenkins Keyboards
Fred Moore Washboard
Romeo Penque Oboe, Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Persip Drums
Randy Peyton Quartet Vocals, Soloist
Maretha Stewart Vocals, Soloist
Buster Williams Bass, Double Bass
Habao Texidor Percussion, Background Vocals
Bill Carney Drums
Betty Neals Recitation
William Butler Guitar
Arthur Williams Vocals, Soloist
Mattathias Pearson Double Bass
Habao Texidor Percussion
Betty Neals Vocals
Technical Credits
Minnie Riperton Composer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Charles Mingus Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Audio Production
Sammy Fain Composer
Frank Foster Arranger
Mack Gordon Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Vince McGarry Mastering
Richard Rudolph Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
Robert "Lip" Liftin Engineer, Remixing
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Betty Neals Composer
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