Another Dirk find, this one not the usual mp3 download only version of My Name Is Albert Ayler, but a compilation of that, volume 1 of The First Recordings and Spirits.
If you’re still after some real ‘Magic Winter Sounds’ then I’d suggest you try this selection from WGBO, which includes the mash-up of ‘Love Cry’ and ‘Christmas Wrapping’ from Mars Williams’ An Ayler Xmas - Volume 2.
And finally ...
As the Christmas spirit fast departs and over here in embattled little England we deploy gunboats to repel the swarthy foreigners invading our shores - President Trump take note because once you’ve got your wall up, the enemy will find other means to plant his flag on your bit of dirt - we should maybe try to dream ourselves back to happier times and use this as an aide-memoire. David Mittleman sent me the link to a catalogue on boo-hooray.com, where this was item 10. The description is as follows:
“10. Albert Ayler. Untitled Poster.
np: c. 1967. 13 1⁄2 x 19 1⁄2 in. poster, offset litho in color on partially coated stock.
A striking late 1960’s poster, featuring a mirrored image of Ayler playing over a background of pop op dots. No designer is attributed, and Ayler’s name is the only text visible on the poster. Nevertheless, the psychedelic lettering and the stylistic move of putting the photograph of Ayler within a circle is similar to the cover design of the 1967 LP In Greenwich Village on Impulse, which was done by Robert & Barbara Flynn.
Light crease to lower margin, with some toning and a touch of erosion due to insect damage at verso, small abrasions at tips to verso, and a single small pinhole to upper margin. Despite stated faults, the verso is bright and presents well.
Rare: this is the only example of the poster that we have ever seen.”
Not mentioned is the fact that the Ayler/rainbow image was also used on the posters for the concert at New York’s Hotel Diplomat on 28th April, 1968.