SONG OF INNOCENCE by DAVID AXELROD

SKU103020
ArtistDAVID AXELROD
TitleSONG OF INNOCENCE
LabelNOW AGAIN
Catalog #NA 5165LP
Genre
ReleaseW 17 - 2018
FormatVinyl - USLP
 € 29,99 incl. VAT, excl. shipping

Tracks

  1. Urizen
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/1_urizen.mp3
  2. Holy Thursday
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/2_holy_thursday.mp3
  3. The Smile
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/3_the_smile.mp3
  4. A Dream
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/4_a_dream.mp3
  5. Song Of Innocence
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/5_song_of_innocence.mp3
  6. Merlin' Prophecy
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/6_merlin_prophecy.mp3
  7. The Mental Traveler
    https://objectstore.true.nl/rushhourrecords:files/tracks/s/103020_song_of_innocence/7_the_mental_traveler.mp3

Description

David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968’s Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece. Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photosSong of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and Carol Kaye’s funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements – a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randi’s clavichord comps – and put at ease, always, by Axe’s arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did. It’s worth noting that there are really count-on-your-hand examples of anything that might even be compared to Song of Innocence. Perhaps Arthur Verocai’s self-titled and only artist album, issued on the Brasilian Continental label in 1972, or the collaborations between Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, which found their epitome in 1971’s Histoire de Melody Nelson. But even these albums, superb, in any thinking music fan’s canon of the best from this era, perhaps in their lives - and perhaps in line with Song of Innocence - are one-offs.

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