Albert Ayler - Bells LP


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Label: ESP-Disk'

Originally released in 1965. The transitional Bells was just under 20 minutes, released originally as one side of a clear vinyl LP with the other side empty of music. It was recorded at a May 1, 1965, Town Hall concert of ESP artists, displaying Albert Ayler's new group, which added Albert's brother Donald and Charles Tyler. The denser sound of Bells shows Ayler moving towards the bigger sonic statement made on Spirits Rejoice, his September 23, 1965 Judson Hall session. By the way, Bells as heard here is not, in fact, a single composition; rather, it is a medley moving from "Holy Ghost" to an unnamed theme and then into "Bells" proper. ESP-Disk' founder Bernard Stollman was so excited by Bells that it was released without delaying to record additional music to fill the other side of the LP. The original release left the B-side blank; here, it contains the tune "Vibrations," recorded at Variety Arts Studio, New York City, July 10, 1964,

Reissue on 180-gram on opaque white vinyl.