Original Album Series (5-CD Box Set)
  • Box Set Front Box Set Front
  • Box Set Back Box Set Back
  • Rahsaan Roland Kirk Rahsaan Roland Kirk
  • Atlantic SD 3007 Atlantic SD 3007
  • Atlantic SD 1507 Atlantic SD 1507
  • Atlantic SD 1518 Atlantic SD 1518
  • Atlantic SD 1534 Atlantic SD 1534
  • Atlantic SD 1578 Atlantic SD 1578

Roland Kirk

Original Album Series (5-CD Box Set)

Box Sets & Special Editions

Roland Kirk (ts, as, cl, fl, stritch, mazello, flexaphone, whistle), Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins (Frh), Frank Wess (reeds), Jackie Byard, Lonnie Smith, Ron Burton, Sonelius Smith (p), Steve Novosel, Major Holley, Vernon Martin (b), Jimmy Hopps, Charles Crosby, Roy Haynes, Maurice McKinley (d), Warren Smith, Joe Habad Texidor (perc), Gil Fuller (arr)

Reference: 8122 79520 1

Bar code: 0081227952013

The five CDs of this still outrageous and hugely entertaining collection by probably one of the most inventive saxophonist in jazz history, Rahsaan Roland Kirk. The set collects in card LP replica sleeves, the first five original albums Kirk recorded for Atlantic between 1967 and 1971. They capture the concentrated power and vivid imagination of a multi-instrumentalist who could play three horns at once and make his own instruments.

Here, field holler and modern jazz balladry, rocking rhythm and blues, shouts and out-there abstraction are compressed into a single musical vision that roam at will through the legacy of African-American music.


CD 1 · Here Comes the Whistleman (1967)
Originally released as Atlantic SD 3007

01. Roots 05:49 
02. Here Comes The Whistleman 04:05
03. I Wished On The Moon 05:54 
04. Making Love After Hours 04:30 
05. Yesterdays 04:08 
06. Aluminium Baby 06:12 
07. Step Right Up 04:50 

CD 2 · The Inflated Tear (1968)
Originally released as Atlantic SD 1507

01. The Black and Crazy Blues 06:08 
02. A Laugh For Rory 02:54 
03. Many Blessings 04:46 
04. Fingers In The Wind 04:18 
05. The Inflated Tear 04:59 
06. The Creole Love Call 03:54 
07. A Handful Of Fives 02:43 
08. Fly By Night 04:19 
09. Lovellevelliloqui 04:06 

CD 3 · Left & Right (1968)
Originally released as Atlantic SD 1518

01. Black Mystery Has Been Revealed 01:18 
02. Expansions 19:38
a. Kirkquest
b. Mingus
c. Celestialness
d. A Dream of Beauty Reincarnated
e. Frisco Vibrations
f. Classical Jazzical
g. Ellington Psalms
h. Haynes' Brain's Sayin's
i. What's Next - Overture
03. Lady's Blues 03:46 
04. IX Love 03:41 
05. Hotcha 03:24 
06. Quintessence 04:12 
07. I Waited For You 02:54 
08. A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing 03:56 

CD 4 · Volunteered Slavery (1969)
Originally released as Atlantic SD 1534

01. Volunteered Slavery 05:45 
02. Spirits Up Above 03:38 
03. My Cherie Amour 03:21 
04. Search For The Reason Why 02:08 
05. I Say A Little Prayer 08:00 
06. Roland's Opening Remarks 00:40 
07. One Ton 05:01 
08. Ovation & Roland's Remarks 01:41 
09. A Tribute To John Coltrane 08:13 
- Lush Life
- Afro-Blue
- Bessie's Blues
10. Three For The Festival 04:26

CD 5 · Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (1971)
Originally released as Atlantic SD 1578

01. Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said 03:07 
02. Island Cry 03:54 
03. Runnin' From The Trash 02:16 
04. Day Dream 03:42 
05. The Ragman and The Junkman Ran
From The Businessman They Laughed and He Cried 03:04 
06. Breath-A-Thon 01:55 
07. Rahsaanica 03:43 
08. Raped Voices 01:47 
09. Haunted Feelings 02:27 
10. Prelude Back Home 03:45 
11. Dance Of The Lobes 02:06 
12. Harder & Harder Spiritual 02:35 
13. Black Root 03:17 

Personnel on Here Comes the Whistleman:
Roland Kirk (alto & tenor sax, flute, nose flute, stritch, mazello), Jackie Byard, Lonnie Smith (piano), Major Holley (bass), Charles Crosby (drums).
Recorded live at Atlantic Studios, New York City, March 14, 1965

Personnel on The Inflated Tear:
Roland Kirk (tenor sax, clarinet, flute, stritch, mazello, English horn, whistle, flexaphone), Ron Burton (piano), Steve Novosel (bass), Jimmy Hopps (drums).
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City, November 27, 1967

Personnel on Left & Right:
Roland Kirk (tenor sax, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, organ, narrator), Jim Buffington, Julius Watkins (French horn), Frank Wess (woodwinds), Ron Burton (piano), Vernon Martin (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), Warren Smith (percussion, vocals), Unidentified strings, Gil Fuller (arranger).
Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York City, June 17, 1968

Personnel on Volunteered Slavery:
Roland Kirk (tenor sax, manzello, stritch, clarinet, whistle, vocals), Ron Burton (piano), Vernon Martin (bass), Jimmy Hopps (drums), Joe Habad Texidor (percussion).
Recorded at Newport Jazz Festival, RI, July 7, 1968 [#6-10] and Regent Sound Studios, New York City, July 22 & 23, 1969 [#1-5]

Personnel on Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata:
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor sax, manzello, stritch, clarinet, flute, B flat clarinet, E flat clarinet, pipes, harmonium, piccolo, bass drum, thundersheet, cymbals, bells, music box, palms, timpani, gong, bird sounds), Sonelius Smith (piano), Maurice McKinley (drums), Joe Habad Texidor (washboard, triangle, thundersheet, tambourine).
Recorded at Regent Sound Studios, New York City, January 26 and February, 1971

All sessions Stereo recordings
Originally produced by Joel Dorn & Roland Kirk


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