Harold Alexander Sunshine Man LP
Official Reissue Of Rare '70s Soul Jazz Classic On Vinyl LP!
Back On Vinyl For The First Time Since 1971!
Strictly Limited To 500 Copies Worldwide!
Harold Alexander was a competent saxophonist and dynamic flutist whose early
and mid-'70s albums for Flying Dutchman and Atlantic blended originals,
soul/jazz and R&B effectively. Alexander recorded three albums (including a live
'Montreux Jazz Festival' record in 1972) and contributed to various other
recordings during his career.
After a very brief period of recording music, from about 1967 to 1974, Alexander
disappeared from the music scene. He is alleged to have commented on the music
industry by saying: "Most people dont know what happened to me
I guess they
think I'm gone. They didn't kill my spirit, but they killed my desire to share".
Before his removal from the scene of recorded music, Harold Alexander provided
the world with some incredibly funky jazz fusion tracks with a distinct
His most recognized LP is 1971's Sunshine Man, on Flying Dutchman Records. On
that album, the most sought after groove is the straight up banger "Mama Soul",
which features insane scatting over a delicious funky flute and organ driven
beat. An immaculate six minutes of mental vocals and Alexander's flute doing
exactly what the vocals are doing. It comes as no surprise that "Mama Soul" was
sampled multiple times by artists from Blackalicious to DJ Shadow.
Another highlight (one of the many on this album) is the adept double beat from
iconic drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (husband to Aretha Franklin & known for
his work with Isaac Hayes, Cat Stevens, B.B. King & Joe Cocker) who is
delivering some of the most tight and wicked drum-skills known to man. Bass
duties here are filled by another icon: the award winning Richard Davies (known
for his work with Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra &
Leonard Bernstein). Production of the album was handled by industry veteran Bob
Thiele who produced & arranged countless albums from the likes of Art Blakey,
Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones, John (and Alice) Coltrane & Gil
Harold Alexander's Sunshine Man is pure bliss, free-form Jazz with hints of soul
and P-funk (courtesy of Jimmy Castor collaborator Richard Landrum on the congas)
to cosmic music with both profoundly spiritual and resolutely physical
dimensions. Sunshine Man is that rare record that's both far-out and funky at
the same time. Originally released in 1971, it is now back available as a
limited deluxe vinyl edition featuring the original gatefold artwork. To top all
this off, this reissue also comes with extensive liner notes by Harold Alexander
Deluxe Limited Edition Vinyl LP
Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide
On vinyl for the first time since 1971
Gatefold jacket with obi-strip and original artwork
Extensive liner notes by Harold Alexander
1. Sunshine Man
2. Quick City
3. Tite Rope
4. Mama Soul