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MOWAX 141CD MOWAX 141CD
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7/23/2001

Original UK copies of 2001 release of self-titled album, a surprise release on Mo'Wax. Features previously unreleased backing tracks from the late 60s, with some new finishing touches. Very strong classic Axelrod feel, in the spirt of his albums Songs of Innocence & Songs of Experience. From DJ Shadow's liner notes: "...the material on this album, as fresh as it sounds, was written over thirty years ago. Always the visionary, David had been toying with the concept of recording an album for Reprise based on Goethe's Faust (he often used literary and political themes for inspiration). Interpretive lyrics were written by Steven Poncher. Since each of the songs had already been written as lead sheets, Axelrod went into the studio and recorded the rhythm tracks. At the end of the session, an acetate was cut, as a reference. Unfortunately, due to an internal problem at Warners, the tracks remained shelved in anticipation of completion." Axelrod was in touch with Mo'wax in 1999 and eventually was convinced to complete work on this project. Seven of the 9 tracks make use of the original acetate tracks, with additional strings and texturing. There are also 2 new tracks, which feature vocals from M.C. Ras Koss and Lou Rawls. More Shadow: "Listen to the arrangements, listen to the way Carol Kaye's bass dances around Howard Roberts' guitar, listen to the way Earl Palmer's snare cracks, listen to the awesome command of melody. This is the David Axelrod sound. L.A. bred and ahead of its time. Thirty-three years later, finger still on the pulse."