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Debut album originally released in 1964, Spirits is Albert Ayler in his prime mid-sixties period, recorded in NYC in February 1964. Features Sunny Murray on drums, bassist Henry Grimes and trumpeter Norman Howard. Digipak. Breathless Records. 2005.

1. Spirits
2. Witches And Devils
3. Holy, Holy
4. Saints

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Breathless
  • ASIN: B00074Q62U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #589,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jessamine on January 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"Witches and Devils" (versions of this album were also released as "Spirits," like this imported disc) was recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York City on February 24, 1964 - about five months before "Spiritual Unity." Although Sunny Murray again creates the freeform backdrop for these pieces, the rest of band is different, with Henry Grimes playing bass on three of the four pieces and Earle Henderson playing bass on two of the pieces. "Witches and Devils" is the highlight of the set for me, probably because it is somewhat different stylistically from the other tracks. It is a dark, slower paced piece full of mournful solos by Albert, featuring two basses that provide beautiful interaction with Murray's subtle and immensely imaginative drumming, and some equally mournful and heart-wrenching trumpet work by Norman Howard. The musicians, and particularly the bassists and Murray employ plenty of space throughout, and this serves to enhance the dark feel of the piece. The song was apparently written by Norman Howard, likely explaining its stylistic differences with the rest of the album. His trumpet playing is the perfect compliment to Albert's playing on this piece, with his exaggerated Ayler-like vibrato enhancing the atmosphere of impending doom. The stereo mix also adds to the enjoyment, with Sunny Murray and two bassists near center and Albert and Norman speaking from the left and right respectively. The track is truly worth of the price of the album.

The rest of the album is fantastic, and it is clear that this album represents the time when things really came together for Albert, primarily because he finally found truly competent and equally visionary supporting musicians.
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By Maurah on January 23, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Rápida gestión, disponibilidad y envío inmediato.
Me han mantenido informada de todas las gestiones desde el momento de compra hasta que el CD llegó a mis manos. El producto es exactamente el que he solicitado, nuevo y cerrado.
Recomendable 100%
¡¡¡Muchas gracias!!!
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my first delve into Ayler's work. I really want to get My name is Albert Ayler but the price is ridiculous
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