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· SOLIDARITY UNIT, INC. featuring CHARLES 'BOBO' SHAW - RED, BLACK & GREEN - INSANELY RARE ORIGINAL 1972 PRIVATE PRESSING (NO LABEL, NO CATALOG NUMBER)
· ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING
· ORIGINAL (UNIDENTIFIABLE BY THE TITLE) LABEL WITH 'AFROCENTRIC' (RED, BLACK AND GREEN) COLORS
· 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)
· CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
· THICK, HEAVY VINYL PRESSING
· As far as we know, this album has NEVER been available on legitimate Compact Disc or in any other way, manner or format.
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Produced and issued by Charles 'Bobo' Shaw himself, Red, Black & Green, by "Solidarity Unit, Inc." documents what happened inside "the bag room" in st. louis, mo, the day Jimi Hendrix died. Shaw captured his ten piece ensemble's raw teeming caterwaul in a low-res recording as gloriously blunt as his b&w cover art. lake & bowie were by this time already powerful soloists, & both declaim fervently and damn near relentlessly over Shaw's swaggering themes. Dead at age 34 and recorded just four times, guitarist Richard Martin's performance is a true revelation; as Martin leaps from blues idioms to screaming attacks to pure howling feedback, one wonders if even Sonny Sharrock reached these places with the instrument. furious kit & hand drumming, violently rattling little instruments, jabbing percussive rhodes, thundering bass guitar, these guys don't hold back! easy to say "lost underground free jazz classic," but that's the real story here.
(EXCERPT FROM AN ANONYMOUS ONLINE REVIEW)
Recorded on the day of Jimi Hendrix's death and dedicated to his memory, the music has an incendiary power, always alert and driving, but with sudden explosive entries by the two trumpets that suggest the drama and power of R ‘n' B. While many of the instruments blur into a collective roar, there are some very fine moments from Oliver Lake, already playing with a controlled frenzy, and Joseph Bowie, whose trombone possesses a fluid bluster. There's also a rare appearance by a very intense Richard Martin, one of the first guitarists to begin assembling a personal vocabulary from free jazz and rock. The concluding moments of the side-long "Beyond the New Horizon" present a lyrical postlude to the heat, with just Lake and Shaw on flute and drums
(EXCERPT FROM AN ONLINE REVIEW BY STUART BROOMER)
A1 Something To Play On
B Beyond The New Horizon
Alto Saxophone, Flute – Oliver Lake
Bass – Carl Richardson, Kada Kayan
Congas – Danny Trice
Guitar – Richard Martin (3) (tracks: A1)
Liner Notes – Ajule Rutlin, Charles Bobo Shaw
Percussion – Charles Wesley Shaw, Jr. "Bobo"*
Piano – Clovis Bordeaux
Trombone – Joseph Bowie
Trumpet – Baikida Yaseen*, Floyd Leflore
Written-By, Composed By, Producer, Directed By – Charles Shaw
· THE RECORD:
(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) WE GRADE THE VINYL AS EXCELLENT. This is one of those albums that are somewhat difficult to grade. It is somewhere between VG++ and NEAR MINT, just a notch below NEAR MINT. A few light abrasions ARE visible, but they are extremely shallow, superficial and only moderately visually distracting (nothing significant).For the most part, the vinyl looks impeccable without any MAJOR visual flaws or imperfections. Much of the original luster is intact, and the vinyl shines and sparkles almost like new.
(b) The record is 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!!!
· THE COVER
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT VERY GOOD++ (VG++).
The following flaws or imperfections are noted on the cover: