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RECORD STORE DAY 2018 > David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence

David Axelrod

Song Of Innocence

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Event: RECORD STORE DAY 2018
Release Date: 4/21/2018
Label: Now-Again Records
Quantity: 2375
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

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David Axelrod delivered one of the great psychedelic albums with 1968ís Song of Innocence, based around the poetry of William Blake. It is considered by many his masterpiece. Song of Innocence is this weird hybrid that no one, not even Axelrod himself, could ever really describe. The listener is pulled in by his melodies, simplistic at first blush, but colored by odd chord progressions and turn arounds, grounded by the drummer Earl Palmer and Carol Kayeís funk, torn between the juxtaposition of musical elements Ė a jazz vibraphone solo here, a fuzz guitar tear here, a nod to the baroque in Don Randiís clavichord comps Ė and put at ease, always, by Axeís arrangements, which utilize brass and strings in a way that no 1960s arranger did. Itís worth noting that there are really count-on-your-hand examples of anything that might even be compared to Song of Innocence. Perhaps Arthur Verocaiís self-titled and only artist album, issued on the Brasilian Continental label in 1972, or the collaborations between Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Claude Vannier, which found their epitome in 1971ís Histoire de Melody Nelson. But even these albums, superb, in any thinking music fanís canon of the best from this era, perhaps in their lives - and perhaps in line with Song of Innocence - are one-offs. Axelrodís Song of Innocence set in path a series of artist albums on Capitol and other labels and influenced the world countless times over, from The Verve to DJ Shadow to Madlib to J.Dilla.
Remastered from the original tapes in a new transfer, with extensive liner notes and unpublished photos.

1. Urizen 2. Holy Thursday 3. The Smile †4. A Dream 5. Song Of Innocence 6. Merlin' Prophecy 7. The Mental Traveler†