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Dog Years In The Fourth Ring Box set


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  • Audio CD (October 21, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: October 21, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Ryko Distribution
  • ASIN: B000005BEV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Box Tops And Whistlin' Rings (Junior Warren)
2. Domino
3. Blues For Alice
4. I Remember Clifford
5. Freddie Freeloader
6. Lester Leaps In
See all 9 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Jammin' With A Wolf
2. Three For The Festival (Excerpt)
3. Untitled Blues
4. Passion Dance
5. Petite Fleur (Little Flower)
6. Giant Steps
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Something For Trane That Trane Could Have Said
2. Island Cry
3. Runnin' From The Trash
4. Day Dream
5. The Ragman And The Junkman They Ran From The Businessman They Laughed And He Cried
6. Breath-A-Thon
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Recorded over a period of 11 years (1964-1975), the first two CD's of "Dog Years" is a set of previously unreleased live recordings done by a amateur "tape collector". It is an outstanding collection of performances by one of jazz's most talented musicians, whose repertoire of songs covered here ranges from Bechet to Bacharach. But the song selection rarely mattered anyway, as Kirk made every song his own, a showcase for his vast abilities. On these sides you hear Kirk expertly play the roles of a master simultaneous multi-instrumentalist, an enthusiastic ambassador of jazz, and above all else, a true entertainer. His treatment of "I Say A Little Prayer" is vintage Kirk on covering sappy pop tunes: he parodies it just enough for you to believe that he never cared for the original, either, but not so much that you don't take *his* version seriously.
The third CD, "Natural Black Inventions", was a 1971 release taken back out of the vault for this box set. Like the reviewers before me, I find the music almost indescribable. Most tracks are not fully formed songs, but rather, a potpourri of basic music forms from around the world. What is most incredible about this session is that Kirk employs all sorts of percussion and wind instruments, played live and often simultaneously. It's unbelievable that there are no other musicians on this record.
The one-star demerit is primarily for the bootleg quality recording of the live CD's and the sheer intensity of the music that makes for difficult listening on a regular basis to this novice reviewer. But, if you desire a collection of true jazz records, it probably won't be complete without this one.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rick Mathis on March 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Have you ever been eating oysters and found a pearl inside? Well, me neither, but I figure it's got to be pretty close to what I felt like when I first heard this set. I really wasn't expecting it to be that way when I bought it. Usually, in the past, when a new "long undiscovered" live recordng has been released by an artist after his death the results are almost universally disappointing. However, being the fan that I am of Rahsaan's work, I figured that it was worth the risk. Boy, am I glad I did! The performances, sound quality, and even the innovative packaging are incredible. Two full cd's of what I must say is some of the most exciting music that I have ever heard. Producers Joel Dorn and John Kruth have put together a set that brings together all of the aspects of Rahsaan's playing that initially drew me to his music nearly 20 years ago. Also included on the 3rd cd is "Natural Black Inventions= Root Strata". This was an album originally released on Atlantic records,but never sold very well when it first came out. It,however, truly shows the extent of his amazing ability. Except for one or two exceptions, Rahsaan plays every instrument on the album SIMULTANIOUSLY! No overdubs. I'll give you the pleasure of discovering the rest for yourselves. One final bit of praise: check out the subperb liner notes. They are a joy to read. Long live Rahsaan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allan Suchinsky on July 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Kirk has been called many things over the years. I have always refered to him as a true genius. Though I needed no additional proof of this, these sessions turned out to be another head shaker. As often as I have listened to his work over the years, including seeing him live in the '60s in the cozy and long lamented Royal Arms in Buffalo, I continue to be stunned every time I hear something of his I had never previously experienced. These discs were no exception.
Who else but RRK could take the saccarine "I Say a Little Prayer" and turn into brilliant, melodic chaos of the most intense sort. But perhaps above all, listen to Roots Strata. Though this was one of Kirk's worst selling albums, it is incredible; possibly his greatest recorded session. There is not a weak link in the entire 13 cuts. I was transfixed.
If you love jazz, and don't know RRK very well, listen to Dog Years (and other great recordings by this genius), keep an open mind, forget about his so called gimmics, and you will hear some of the most incredibly intense, melodic music you've ever encountered. If you already love Kirk, this will add major strength to the affair.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hank Schwab on March 5, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The two live CD's are nothing really new to RR Kirk fans, but it doesn't hurt to hear a new twist on some of his familiar work, and the live settings allow his energy to shine through. Root Strata, though, is another matter altogether. This is different from almost anything else he recorded, and I think it takes his personal musical vision as far as he could take it. I'm tempted to give it 4 stars because it's definitely not for everybody, but if you've made it this far, it's for you. I bought this over 20 years ago, and I still haven't figured it out, I'm still floored every time I listen to it. Even if you're an RRK fan, you don't own anything like it because there isn't anything like it.
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