One of the rarest private press jazz LPs of the 70s finally gets a definitive vinyl pressing by the music lovers at Eremite, who were the first to make the oft-mythologized album widely available via their 2006 remastered CD edition. Recorded live at the Catacombs Club in Philadelphia on or around October 6, 1972. Bandleader Khan Jamal’s clarinet freakouts and adventurous vibes & marimba phrases color this wholly-unpredictable session; but this is the Drum Dance To The Motherland after all, and Alex Ellison & Dwight James’ dueling drums are the spiritual signpost that guides you through the fog. Live sound engineer Mario Falana’s heavy hand on the space echo really takes this recording to the next level, lending a truly out-of-this-world feeling to a session otherwise firmly rooted in terrestrial soundscapes; think King Tubby producing late-period Trane. Limited to 999 copies, painstakingly remastered on vintage outboard tube EQs from a mint condition copy of the original LP (the master tapes are long gone) with artwork faithfully reproducing the original center labels, dust jackets and hand-drawn cover from the original private press, carefully screenprinted by Alan Sherry at Siwa Studios. Recommended.
- remastered audio
- faithfully-reproduced artwork
- printed insert w/ extensive album notes by Ed Hazell
- limited edition
- 999 copies pressed
- music label: Eremite Records 2018
reviewed by nick nightingale 01/2018
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