Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Roland Kirk - 1976 - The Return Of The 5000 lb Man

Rashaan Roland Kirk 
The Return Of The 5000 lb Man

01. Theme For The Eulipions 9:22
02. Sweet Georgia Brown 5:07
03. I'll Be Seeing You 6:07
04. Loving You 4:42
05. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat 6:17
06. There Wll Never Be Another You 5:08
07. Giant Steps 6:11

Baritone Saxophone – Romeo Penque
Bass – Charles Williams
Drums – Charlie Persip
Harmonica, Saxophone [Stritchaphone], Tenor Saxophone, Vocals – Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Percussion – Habao Texidor
Tuba – Howard Johnson

The Return of the 5000 Lb. Man was Rahsaan Roland Kirk's first album for Warner Brothers, recorded before the stroke that impaired him. Kirk is at full creative and musical strength. These seven tracks are an utter astonishment. Kirk's playing of saxophones, harmonica, flutes, and euphonium is deep, soulful, and even profound in places. "Theme for the Eulipions" (which opens the album), "Giant Steps," and "There Will Never Be Another You" features an all-star band that includes Charlie Persip, a young Hilton Ruiz, bassist Buster Williams, Romeo Perique on baritone saxophone, and Howard Johnson on tuba. The version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," with its wacky percussion and whistling, is so utterly joyful and funky it's perhaps the definitive jazz version of the tune. But it's the readings of Minnie Riperton's "Loving You" and Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" that take the album to an entirely new place. They are, though very different from one another, so utterly moving and aesthetically beautiful, they elevate music to the level of poetry. This is one that's utterly necessary for fans, and a very fitting intro for the novice.



  2. Hi.
    Thank you very much for your great blog.
    I'm looking for this album: Kikyou by Tetsu Yamauchi (1976). I can't find it anywhere.
    Can you help me, please?

    1. Been looking for that one for a while, all the second hand copies are pretty expensive and I am sort of apprehensive of diving in and spending 50 bucks (or more) on something I have no idea if I will like or only end up playing once... but I might just do it, and fuck it.
      But if anyone has a copy of it and would be willing to share some digital files with us, I would be more than grateful!

    2. I'm very curious and would totally pitch in $10 somehow towards you purchasing a copy in decent condition and getting a nice rip out there. I'm probably not alone in that also

  3. Thanks for the answer, my friend.
    If you're interested, I have three songs from that album, plus a partial song (not complete).
    Here are the songs I own, I made a WinRAR file:
    This is a song from YouTube:
    Tetsu's first album is amazing, I bought it a year ago.
    I hope someone link Kikyou because I really want to listen. I looked everywhere, but I cannnot find it anywhere.
    I recommend Yoshiko Sai, probably the best japanese singer and songwriter of all times, if you do not know her. You can find all of her albums on my YouTube channel: Kasus Belly Music.
    If you need some rare albums, ask well and I'll be happy to help you.

  4. This is the cover of Kikyou: