COMPILATIONS AND SAMPLERS
The compilation REEVALUATIONS: THE IMPULSE YEARS on Impulse AS-9257-2 contains the following tracks:
Holy Ghost (from LIVE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE: THE COMPLETE IMPULSE RECORDINGS)
For John Coltrane (from ALBERT AYLER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE)
Love Cry, Zion Hill and Universal Indians (from LOVE CRY)
New Ghosts and Sun Watcher (from NEW GRASS)
Oh! Love Of Life and Drudgery (from MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF THE UNIVERSE)
Again Comes the Rising of the Sun and Water Music (from THE LAST ALBUM)
[Also released on 8 Track cartridge.]
The compilation LA SAGA HEROIQUE D’ALBERT AYLER on Impulse AS-1024, Pathe (France) 2C.154-92336/7 contains the following tracks:
Holy Ghost (from LIVE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE: THE COMPLETE IMPULSE RECORDINGS)
For John Coltrane and Our Prayer (from ALBERT AYLER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE)
Love Cry, Ghosts, Omega, Bells, Zion Hill and Universal Indians (from LOVE CRY)
Free At Last, New Generation and Message From Albert (from NEW GRASS)
Island Harvest and Drudgery (from MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF THE UNIVERSE)
The 1983 compilation MOTHERS AND CHILDREN on Carrere (France) 65601 and Black Lion 65601 is a double LP set of Ghosts and Witches and Devils.
The compilation THE ARTISTRY OF ALBERT AYLER on Victor Records (Japan) SMJ-9020 is a double LP set of Spiritual Unity and Spirits Rejoice.
In 1992 Armando Curcio Editore (Italy) issued No. 68 of its magazine, ‘Dizionario Enciclopedico del Jazz’, devoted to ALBERT AYLER (DEJ-68) and containing a compilation with the following tracks:
Ghosts: first variation and Ghosts: second variation (from SPIRITUAL UNITY), Bells (from BELLS), Dons Dawn and AY (from NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL), and a track entitled Spirits with a running time of 1:29, which I’m unable to identify.
The 4 CD boxset, THE COMPLETE ESP DISK RECORDINGS on Abraxas (Italy) ESP1, includes the four original Ayler ESP albums, Spiritual Unity, Bells, New York Eye And Ear Control and Spirits Rejoice. The box set was released at the end of 2005 and was not authorised by the ESP company.
In December 2005, the Portuguese newspaper Publico issued an Ayler compilation in its ‘Let’s Jazz’ series. There were 31 ‘Let’s Jazz’ titles, issued weekly, and ‘Albert Ayler’ was number 29. It consists of a 60 page hardback book, CD- sized, mainly consisting of photographs, with a CD containing the following tracks:
Holy Ghost, Spirits Rejoice and For John Coltrane (from LIVE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE: THE COMPLETE IMPULSE RECORDINGS)
New Grass / Message From Albert, Heart Love and New Ghosts (from NEW GRASS)
Drudgery, Masonic Inborn and Island Harvest (from MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF THE UNIVERSE)
The compilation ALBERT AYLER: THE IMPULSE STORY released 6/6/2006, on Verve/Impulse, catalog #B000656002 contains the following tracks:
Holy Ghost, Truth Is Marching In and Angels (from LIVE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE: THE COMPLETE IMPULSE RECORDINGS)
Love Cry, and Bells (from LOVE CRY)
New Grass / Message From Albert and Free At Last (from NEW GRASS)
Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe (from MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF THE UNIVERSE)
Water Music and Untitled Duet (from THE LAST ALBUM)
The compilation ALBERT AYLER: L’IRREGOLARE DEL FREE, released in 2006 by DeAgostini (Italy) contains the following tracks (presumably from the Impulse catalog):
Bells, Change Has Come, Ghosts, Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe, Zion Hill, New Ghosts, Drudgery, Omega and Truth Is Marching In.
The 5 LP box set JUST JAZZ Vol. 1 and the 10 LP box set KINGS OF JAZZ Vol. 1 released by Fabbri Editori (Italy) contain Ghosts (as previously released in the I Grandi del Jazz series as GdJ12.)
The compilation THE ALBERT AYLER STORY released 24/6/2014, as ESP4072 (download only) contains the following tracks, interspersed with interviews:
Tenderly, Summertime, Four, Vibrations, Untitled, Zion Hill, Our Prayer, Love Cry/Truth Is Marching In/Our Prayer (Coltrane’s funeral), Tune Q and Spirits [theme] (from HOLY GHOST)
Spirits (from PROPHECY)
Ghosts (First Variation) (from SPIRITUAL UNITY)
ITT (from NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL)
Ghosts (from THE HILVERSUM SESSION)
Bells (excerpt) (from BELLS)
Spirits Rejoice and Holy Family (from SPIRITS REJOICE)
Truth Is Marching In (from LIVE AT SLUG’S SALOON)
Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe (from LIVE ON THE RIVIERA)
The 4 CD boxset, ALBERT AYLER: THE EARLY ALBUMS COLLECTION, released 6/3/2020, on the Enlightenment label, EN4CD9178, contains the following albums: Something Different!!!!!, My Name Is Albert Ayler, Spirits, Swing Low Sweet Spiritual, Prophecy, Spiritual Unity, New York Eye And Ear Control and the second CD from Albert Smiles With Sunny. Further details here.
The following tracks have appeared on compilations or record label samplers:
Summertime from MY NAME IS ALBERT AYLER appears on SPIRITUAL JAZZ 4: AMERICANS IN EUROPE Jazzman JMANCD.057 (double CD), JMANLP.057 (triple LP) and AMERICA! Vol. 7: MODERN TIMES Le Chant du Monde 2742337.38 (double CD).
Goin’ Home and Down By The Riverside from GOIN’ HOME appear on BLACK LION CONNOISSEUR / LIONS ABROAD, VOL. 1: TENOR TITANS Black Lion 7620 (CD).
Saints from Witches and Devils appeared on Arista (USA) AFSO 2 (sampler), THIS IS FREEDOM Trio (Japan) SUR-1003 (sampler) and FREEDOM JAZZ Trio (Japan) SUR-5002 (1972 sampler).
Wizard from Prophecy appears on DIRTY WATER 2: MORE BIRTH OF PUNK ATTITUDE Year Zero.
Ghosts (short version) from GHOSTS appeared on Arista (USA) 1 (sampler)
Ghosts (long version) and Children from GHOSTS appeared on ORIGINAL JAZZ LEGENDS, VOL. 1 - TORRID TRUMPETERS 1201 Music 1001-2.
No Name from EUROPEAN RADIO STUDIO RECORDINGS 1964 (originally The Hilversum Session) appeared on TOP JAZZ 2016 attached to the Italian magazine ‘Musica Jazz’ (January 2017).
Holy Ghost which is currently available on LIVE IN GREENWICH VILLAGE: THE COMPLETE IMPULSE RECORDINGS originally appeared on the compilation LP, THE NEW WAVE IN JAZZ, issued on Impulse (USA) A(S)- 90, HMV (UK) CLP1932.
It was also included on ENERGY ESSENTIALS ASD9228 and THE REVOLUTIONARY HYMNS ITM 1450(D) (double CD).
A short extract of Bells from BELLS appeared on ESP 1033 (sampler).
A 1 minute extract from SPIRITUAL UNITY appeared on ESP 1051 (sampler).
Spirits Rejoice from SPIRITS REJOICE appeared on Base Records (Italy) ESP 1000-S (sampler LP) attached to the Italian magazine ‘Musica Jazz’ (April 1982) and FIRE MUSIC Vol. 1 ESP 5001.
Prophet from SPIRITS REJOICE appeared on THE WORLD OF JAZZ, on ZYX-Music (Germany) ZYX 11002-2.
Holy Family from SPIRITS REJOICE was issued on an ESP-disk 45 rpm single (ESP 4506), as the B side to Ornette Coleman’s ‘Sadness’ from Town Hall, 1962 (ESP 1006).
Ghost (1st variation) from LORRACH/PARIS 1966 appeared (in an edited version) on JOHN HANDY / ALBERT AYLER on I Giganti del Jazz (Italy) GJ6, LOS GRANDES DEL JAZZ 6 Sarpe (Spain) CGJ-6, GATO BARBIERI & DON CHERRY/ALBERT AYLER/JOHN HANDY QUINTET on Europa Jazz (Italy) 1006 (LP and cassette), JAZZ SPECTRUM 2, JAZZ GIANTS (2 LP set) Curcio HJ3 and JAZZ GIANTS (10 LP set) Curcio HJBOX10.
Change Has Come from ALBERT AYLER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE appeared on NO ENERGY CRISIS Impulse AS9267-2, THE REVOLUTIONARY HYMNS ITM 1450(D) (double CD) and THE BEST OF MCA / IMPULSE: FIRE INTO MUSIC #3 MCA 8032, MCAD-8032 (CD).
Our Prayer from ALBERT AYLER IN GREENWICH VILLAGE appeared on DEAD AND GONE #1: Funeral Marches on Trikont (Germany) and THE HOUSE THAT TRANE BUILT - THE BEST OF IMPULSE RECORDS, Verve/Impulse, catalog #B000674402, released 6/6/2006.
Ghosts from LOVE CRY appeared on THE SAXOPHONE ABC/Impulse ASH-9253-3 and THE DRUMS ABC/Impulse ASH 9272-3.
Love Cry from LOVE CRY appeared on the compilation LE GRANDI TRASFORMAZIONI (‘La Grande Storia Del Jazz’ 10) Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso (Italy) in 2001.
Love Cry (alternate take) from LOVE CRY appeared on IMPULSE! STORY, a sampler attached to the Italian magazine ‘Musica Jazz’ (April 1995).
Heart Love from NEW GRASS appeared on L’ HOMME BLESSÉ, a 12”, 45 rpm record on the French Claap Premiere label, featuring tracks from the soundtrack of the 1983 film directed by Patrice Chéreau and on the 2008 compilation, SOUS LES PAVÉS, LE JAZZ on Sony BMG Entertainment Jazz, Legacy, Columbia (France) 88697281682 (with sleevenotes by Daniel Cohn-Bendit).
Everybody’s Movin’ from NEW GRASS appeared on EVERYBODY’S MOVIN’, on MCA Records (Japan) MVCM-307 in 1992.
New Ghosts from NEW GRASS appeared on IDA - PINGALA, a double CD compilation issued by the Milan luxury shopping emporium ‘10 Corso Como’ in 2002.
Music is the Healing Force of the Universe from MUSIC IS THE HEALING FORCE OF THE UNIVERSE appeared on TRANSCENDENCE: IMPULSE IN THE SPIRITUAL GROOVE released in 1999 on Impulse! 12432 and in 2005 on SUCCESSION OF SPIRIT in the Kyoto Jazz Classics series, Universal Music (Japan) UICO-4029. In 2021 it was included in the Impulse! 60th Anniversary box set (4 LP or 2CD) IMPULSE RECORDS: MUSIC, MESSAGE AND THE MOMENT.
Untitled Blues from HOLY GHOST appeared on THE WIRE TAPPER 11, a sampler attached to ‘The Wire’ magazine, No. 244, June 2004.
Spirits [from ?] appeared on 100 YEARS OF JAZZ Capriccio 40012 (10 CD box set) released in 2004.
Truth Is Marching In from HOLY GHOST appeared on BEARD, BREAD & BEAR’S PRAYERS (Bastet 005) a sampler CD from Arthur magazine.
Extracts from the following titles appeared on the 2007 sampler DVD from ESP, SMORGASBORD, which is available as a bonus disc with Don Cherry “Live at Cafe Montmartre 1966” (ESP4032):
Ghosts: first variation and The Wizard from SPIRITUAL UNITY, Bells from BELLS, AY and ITT from NEW YORK EYE AND EAR CONTROL, Spirits Rejoice and Holy Family from SPIRITS REJOICE, Spirits and Prophecy from PROPHECY, The Truth Is Marching In and Our Prayer from LIVE AT SLUG’S, Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe and Birth of Mirth from LIVE ON THE RIVIERA.
Ghosts: first variation and an edited version of Spirits from SPIRITUAL UNITY appeared on THE OLD NEW THING: A FREE JAZZ ANTHOLOGY double CD sampler from Abraxas (Italy).
Ghosts: first variation from SPIRITUAL UNITY appeared on FAITH & POWER: AN ESP-DISK SAMPLER attached to ‘The Wire’ magazine, 2002.
On Green Dolphin Street from HOLY GHOST appeared on ETEENPAIN! - SUOMI-JAZZ 1960-1975 Artie Music (Finland).
Moanin’ from THE FIRST RECORDINGS VOL 2 appeared on UNDERGROUND LONDON El (UK) ACME353CDT.
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