1. Message From Albert
2. New Grass
3. New Generation
4. Sun Watcher
5. New Ghosts
6. Heart Love
7. Everybody's Movin'
8. Free At Last
Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone,bagpipe chanter,ocarina,vocals)
Call Cobbs (piano, organ, harpsichord [out on track 2])
Bill Folwell (bass guitar)
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums [out on track 2])
The Soul Singers (Rose Marie McCoy and Mary Maria (Parks)) (vocals [tracks 3, 6, 7,8])
A horn section was added later to tracks 1, 3, 6, 7 and 8, consisting of:
Burt Collins (trumpet)
Joe Newman (trumpet)
Garnett Brown (trombone)
Seldon Powell (tenor sax, flute)
Buddy Lucas (baritone saxophone)
Bert DeCoteaux (arranger, conductor)
September 5, 1968
(Horn section recorded September 6, 1968, New York)
Released as New Grass on Impulse (US) AS-9175, (UK) MIPL/SIPL519, (Japan) IMJ80015, World Record Club (Australia) S-5772/R-01888, World Cassette Club (Australia) 0662. CD versions: MVCJ- 9051, MVCI-23041. 2005 CD release Verve/Impulse Originals (US) AS-9175 0602498842195, B000426902 (digipack). In November 2015 all tracks released on an Impulse CD twinned with Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe Verve/Impulse 2-on-1 (US) 06007 5363953. On 26 June, 2020, Third Man Records (US) released a vinyl edition, TMR-638. On 8 February, 2021, Universal (Japan) SHM-CD UNIJ 1408827 released as part of the 60th Anniversary of Impulse! Records.
A 45 rpm single (Impulse 45-273) was released with ‘Free At Last’ on the A-side and ‘New Ghosts’ on the B.
A 45 rpm single (with a bizarre sleeve) was also released in France, with “New Generation” as the A-side and “Heart Love” as the B, on EMI/$tateside C006-90158.
And two tracks from the soundtrack of Patrice Chéreau’s 1983 film, L’Homme Blessé, were released on a 45 rpm single (Claap CL 83009 - 7” and 12” versions), the B side of which was ‘Heart Love’.
(A further title, ‘Thank God For Women’, was recorded at the 5th September session, but was never released. However, the Revenant Holy Ghost box set does include some tracks from a rehearsal session for New Grass recorded in late August 1968, one of which is ‘Thank God For Women’.)
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