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My Name Is Albert Ayler

Spirits

Swing Low Sweet Spiritual

Prophecy

Spiritual Unity

New York Eye And Ear Control

The Copenhagen Tapes

Ghosts

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Bells

Spirits Rejoice

Sonny’s Time Now

Live At Slug’s Saloon

Live In Europe 1964-66

Stockholm, Berlin 1966

Lorrach/Paris 1966

In Greenwich Village

Love Cry

New Grass

Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe

The Last Album

Live On The Riviera

Nuits De La Fondation Maeght

Holy Ghost

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     Slugs’ Saloon
     La Cave

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Spirits

BAN203
SPIRITFR

[LP cover of Debut Deb-146
Click image for large version.]

WITDVAR

[LP cover of Arista/Freedom 1018]

W&DREM

[CD cover of 1201 remastered release]

BREATH

[CD cover of Breathless Breath 52006]

SPIRITS1

[LP cover of Transatlantic 130
Click image for large version.]

w&dcd

[CD cover of Freedom FCD-741018. Click image for large version.]

KINGSPIT

[LP cover of King Records K18P-9386]

klimtfrntthmb

[LP cover of Klimt Records MJJ317LP.
Click image for large version.]

discography

W&D

[LP cover of Freedom FLP40101/ Polydor 2383089. Click image for large version.]

jazzideawitchessm

[LP cover of FLP40101
Dischi Ricordi Jazz Idea series.
Click image for large version.]

Spiritstokuma

[CD cover of Tokuma TKCB-71264]

SPIRIT2

[Marte Roling’s cover design for the unissued Fontana 688 608 ZL]

SPIRITS

 

Tracks

1. Witches And Devils (Howard) (11:55)

2. Spirits (Ayler) (6:35)

3. Holy Holy (Ayler) (11:00)

4. Saints (Ayler) (6:05)

 

Personnel

Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone)

Norman Howard (trumpet)

Henry Grimes (bass [tracks 1,2,4])

Earle Henderson (bass [tracks 1,3])

Sunny Murray (drums)

 

Recording Details

February 24, 1964

Atlantic Studios, New York

 

Release Details

Released as Spirits or Witches and Devils on Debut (Denmark) Deb 146, Transatlantic (UK) TRA130, Polydor (UK) 2383.089, Freedom (France) FLP40101, (Germany) 28.424, (Japan) PA7030, Arista/Freedom (US) AL1018, Black Lion (Europe) 65601[68], Freedom (UK) FLP 41018, Dischi Ricordi (Italy) Jazz Idea series (Freedom FLP40101), King Records (Japan) K18P-9386, Freedom FCD-741018 (1990 CD release), Tokuma (Japan) TKCB-71264, 1201 Music (1999 24 bit remastered CD release), Breathless (Italy) Breath 52006 (2005 release as Spirits) and Klimt Records (France) MJJ317LP (2011 vinyl release as Spirits)

 

From the sleevenotes

“Ayler was intrigued by the characteristic sound produced by his instrument and he told Robert Osterman of The National Observer that ‘You have really to play your instrument to escape from notes to sound. You really have to play. No kidding around.’”

Barry McRae (from the sleevenotes of the Polydor release)

 

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