Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Cannonball Adderley - Soul Zodiac


Now this is a GREAT album. No, it's not exotica, nor is it Hawaiian or tropical. It really has nothing to do with the general theme of this blog but its just an awesome listen.

Some of the stuff I post here is admittedly mediocre. I'm digitizing my LP collection and when I come across something that's just OK but fits here (like the Hawaiian Holiday album below) I post it even though its not going to knock the socks off of anyone. I figure someone might enjoy it.

This album is by no means mediocre.

One of my favorite genres of music is that style of experimental/avant garde jazz that was primarily released from the mid-60s to mid-70s. Later Coltrane, Ayler, Shepp, Sun Ra, Ornette, Pharoah, ESP-Disk etc. The tags "experimental" or "avant garde" may not appeal to you but that's just what I think of it as. I don't care for the label "free jazz" as only a small portion of it could accurately be described as truly "free."

Anyway, this is a classic from that era. Thirteen tracks from Cannonball Adderley with the Nat Adderley Sextet featuring LA DJ Rick Holmes narrating. Released in 1972. Listen, I didn't take any music classes in school so I can't talk about "modal" this or "dissonant" that, but I do know that this music sounds like a less-meditative and more genre-jumping Sun Ra Orchestra backing the soulful funky narration of Mr Holmes describing the attributes of the various signs of the Zodiac.

The first track is an intro followed by 12 more tracks for each of the signs. I don't know who the hell is a Taurus that the group felt the need to spend 14 minutes of rock/blues/space/jazz jam on that particular zodiac sign to end this album. Probably a woman.

Like me, Cannonball is a Virgo.

Did Rick Holmes' reading of your sign have any ring of truth with you?

This one is a real pleasure to share. Great music, clean LP, good rip. It is a MUST HAVE.

It's a double LP so the file is close to 100mb.



Jazz Zodiac Godhead.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brother -- I'm a VIRGO too ... and this is a record I've been begging the stars to bring to my ears. I'm an AXE fan for sure, and I love everything he did with Cannonball. I hope you will post some more of his stuff on your blog because you've got me hooked.

-Josh N.

5:32 PM  
Blogger xmnr0x23 said...

Dear sir, you've made my day! Thanks :)

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting this. It is near impossible to find in a vinyl shop, and when you do find it, it is all scratched up.

Awesome!

4:01 PM  
OpenID foreco said...

Happy Holidays...I found your site; since I was looking for the Soul Zodiac download...is it still available for download? thanks
DS

12:16 PM  
Anonymous MRK said...

hi! I'm looking or this album since a long time... The download page dont work... Can you write to me and send me a link when it's done again? thanks! themrkdeconstructionenterprises@yahoo.fr

ps : good review!! ;)

9:26 AM  
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2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please reupload?

2:36 PM  

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