13 July 2006

DAVID AXELROD - THE AUCTION
















Rather than deal with his usual religious themes, Axelrod dedicated this album to slavery with a picture of a slave auction on the front and back of the gatefold cover. The opening refrain Oh! Freedom is a Gospel tune, but then Axelrod quickly turns to probably one of his most straight head Soul-Funk songs with the title track powered by the drumming of John Guerin and the congas of King Errison. The song gets even better with a guitar, drum and bass breakdown in the middle. Eventually the guitar of David T. Walker fades out and bassist James Hughart gets to solo over the drums and congas. Sympathy is a slow Jazz song with female singing that begins with just the guitar and bass. The lyrics are based upon the poem of the same name by early African American writer and poet Paul Lawrence Dunbar. The piece has the famous line “I know why the caged bird sings.” Debt and Be Proud, My Race! are in a similar vein and are also based upon Dunbar’s writing. Be Proud, My Race! comes closest to the classic Axelrod sound with the group singing, although in this case it sounds like a chorus from a Show tune rather than Axelrod’s usual Gregorian Monk stuff. The album switches back to the Funk with another laidback cut entitled Freedom, before picking the pace up with the instrumental Leading Citizen that features a drum and conga break and a drum break in between hits on the bass, and a really nice solo by Walker. Joe Sample also appears, and the album was co-produced by Cannonball Adderley.Review from Soulstrut by Motown 67.
Released by Decca in 1972 this has never made a cd re-issue but it is supposed to be getting an "official"vinyl re-issue of 500 copies very shortly.

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8 comments:

JoshNorton said...

Yes!!!

Any chance of some Axelrod/Rawls or Axelrod/Adderley!!!

I can't wait!

bacoso said...

josh go back thru my posts for more axelrod / adderley with axelrod.as for lou rawls-no chance!cant stand him- axelrod produced or not!!!!!!

archigram said...

Cool! I've been reading about this one lately. Sounds great!

I also hold "Seriously Deep" very dear, because not only had I been wanting to hear it for years, but it was also my very first music-blog download! I thought, what a great concept! Thanks as always, Bacoso!

JoshNorton said...

Oooh ... Mr. Rawls is probably spinnin' in his grave right now. I think the stuff he did @ Capitol is some of Axe's best work. Try out ...
http://rapidshare.de/files/17201879/I_Can_t_Make_It_Alone_-_The_Axelrod_Years.rar.html if you're at all curious. Thanks again for all the great music.

bacoso said...

http://rapidshare.de/files/25852564/The_Auction.rar.html

xmnr0x23 said...

Well if you check the releases on this blog you can figure out bacoso isn't crazy about vocals in general.

Too bad, because I like Rawls' deep voice very much. He strikes me as a wise and a gentle man. RIP Mr Rawls... The song about Axelrod's dead son was very moving IMO.

Your auction rip is just about 2 days late for my birthday. :) Much appreciated! My list of Axe solo albums is complete. Gumshoe 45 and the cannonball score is all there's left now. Thanks to the blogging/sharing community! And the re-issues on CD, NON copy-controlled.

Athos & Ula said...

Many thanks for this fantastic blog and the greatest albums posted here.

edub said...

is it just me , or are tracks 2 and 3 missing?