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· THE HAR-YOU PERCUSSION GROUP – THE SAME-TITLED FIRST (AND ONLY) ALBUM (“HAR-YOU PERCUSSION GROUP”) - INSANELY RARE TRUE FIRST PRESSING ORIGINAL 1966 ORO/ESP-DISK STEREO LP ORO-5 (THIS IS ONLY THE FOURTH COPY WE’VE SEEN IN ABOUT 40 YEARS OF COLLECTING, THE SECOND BLACK & WHITE COVER WE HAVE EVER SEEN, AND THE FIRST STILL SEALED COPY WE HAVE EVER HELD IN OUR HANDS; WE DO NOT EXPECT TO SEE ANOTHER STILL SEALED COPY - EVER AGAIN)
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
*** INSANELY RARE STILL SEALED GUARANTEED ORIGINAL FIRST PRESSING ***
*** EASILY , BY FAR THE RAREST LATIN ALBUM IN EXISTENCE: NOTHING ELSE COMES EVEN CLOSE; STILL SEALED SPECIMENS ARE ALL BUT UNKNOWN ***
· GUARANTEED ORIGINAL, UNIQUE TO THIS TITLE, ORANGE ORO/ESP “ART” LABELS WITH BLACK IMAGES OF THE GROUP MEMBERS ARRANGED ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE LABEL , SUCH AS THE ONE SHOWN ABOVE, FROM OUR PREVIOUS AUCTION
· THE THICKNESS OF THE VINYL, THE APPEARANCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE COVER, LABEL’S LOGO AND OTHER PERIPHERAL ELEMENTS OF THE COVER, ARE ALL PERFECTLY CONSISTENT WITH THE ORIGINAL, FIRST PRESSING OF THIS TITLE.
· TWO “BREATHE” (AIR) HOLES NOTED ON THE SHRINK WRAP
· THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
· ORIGINAL, THICK CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE)
· ULTRA-RARE TRUE FIRST PRESSING WITH BLACK & WHITE VERSION OF THE COVER
· VERY THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
(Note: this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you’ll get. GUARANTEED!)
The 1964 events that led to the creation of the HAR-YOU project and the formation of the HAR-YOU Percussion Group out of the Harlem Youth Act were the stuff of legend: consider, for instance, the fortuitous meeting of extraordinarily talented bassist and Charles Mingus student Julien Euell, in his incarnation as Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Division of the HAR-YOU Act, and Musical Director Roger "Montego Joe" Sanders in 1965. The mandate was to create a music outreach program. Altruism and city funding aside, the result was equally legendary. Here preserved on this recording, Sounds Of The Ghetto, is a classic manifesto.
The band is not, strictly speaking, a percussion group, but more a large Afro-Cuban ensemble, brought together by "Montego Joe," a percussionist who taught the group and was also its music director. There is an earnestness and authenticity that is absent from many recordings of that era. In fact, this recording will rank with Alan Douglas' Last Poets recording This Is Madness (Metrotone, 1971), albeit using a different, instrumental idiomatic format—Afro-Cuban to be exact. Tracks such as "Feed Me Good" and "Barretts Bag" only serve to provide a tantalizing taste of the rhythmic excursion that follows. The real stuff comes shortly thereafter; in the energetic bursts of polyrhythmic invention on "Ngoma" and "Oua-Train" are the iconic musical excursions of a generation that first discovered its Afrocentricity, but with guileless transparency and ingenuity.
The instrumentalism is dazzling. Saxophonist Nelson Sanamiago (on "Oua-Train") and bassist John Moody are memorable for their ideas and virtuosity. The percussionists themselves—Myles Mathews, Billy King, Sam Turner, Gordon Jones and Joseph Jimenez, are exquisite on "Ngoma" and "Welcome To The Party". It may have been an act of government to create the HAR-YOU Project, but it was certainly an inspired act of determination and belief that enabled Roger "Montego Joe" Sanders to bring this project to ESP-Disk and Bernard Stollman, who would release it in 1967. Now the record appears once again from the ESP Archives, and it sounds as fresh and musically relevant as the day it was produced.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY RAUL D’GAMA-ROSE, ALL MUSIC GUIDE /ALLMUSIC.COM/)
(IMPORTANT NOTE: unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!; we grade records under the strong, diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
(a) THE ALBUM IS STILL FACTORY SEALED AND IS BELIEVED TO BE PERFECTLY MINT. Please note: sealed items are assumed to be mint and are sold as-is, as we have no way of inspecting them. For our policy on still sealed records ►click here (PLEASE READ BEFORE PLACING A BID).
(b) The record is apparently pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
(c) Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not an inferior, digital recording!!!
· COVER (THIS IS THE RARE ORIGINAL BLACK & WHITE COVER)
COVER IS NEAR MINT, STILL SEALED AND COVERED IN ITS ORIGINAL ►SHRINK WRAP