Albert Ayler – Love Cry - AudioSoundMusic
Albert Ayler – Love Cry - AudioSoundMusic
Albert Ayler – Love Cry - AudioSoundMusic
Albert Ayler – Love Cry - AudioSoundMusic

Albert Ayler – Love Cry

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Albert Ayler - Tenor Saxophone, Vocals (A1, B2) [click here to see more vinyl featuring Albert Ayler]

Bass – Alan Silva

Drums – Milford Graves

Harpsichord – Call Cobbs

Trumpet – Donald Ayler

Written by Albert Ayler


1 LP, gatefold jacket

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : Third Man in Detroit, Michigan

Label : Verve by Request Series

Original Label : Impulse

Recorded August 31, 1967 & February 13, 1968 at Capitol, New York City

Engineered by Bob Arnold

Original session produced by Bob Thiele

Reissue produced by Ken Druker

Mastered by Kevin Reeves at East Iris Studios

Designed at Viceroy

Cover design by Robert & Barbara Flynn

Liner design by Joe Lebow

Liner notes by Frank Kofsky

Photography by Charles Stewart

Originally released in 1968

Reissued in September 2023



Side A:

  1. Love Cry
  2. Ghosts
  3. Omega
  4. Dancing Flowers
  5. Bell
  6. Love Flower

Side B:

  1. Zion Hill
  2. Universal Indians



      “From the time he was signed to Impulse in 1966, it was assumed that Albert Ayler's releases on that label would be motivated by an attempt at commercialism. While the music was toned down from his earlier ESP recordings, by no means did Ayler ever make commercial records. Much in the same way John Coltrane's later-period Impulse releases weren't commercial, Ayler simply took advantage of a larger record company's distribution, trying to expose the music to more people. Ayler's uncompromising musical freedom mixed with his catchy combination of nursery rhythms and brass band marches remained prominent on Love Cry. The interplay between the Ayler brothers also remained fiery as younger sibling Donald is heard playing trumpet for the last time on a recording with his brother. Donald was fired from the band (at the suggestion of Impulse) and, unfortunately, was committed to a mental institution for a short stay after these sessions were made. The rhythm section of Alan Silva on bass and Milford Graves on drums continually instigates and propels this music into furious militaristic march territory. Unhappily, the four tracks in which Call Cobbs is featured on harpsichord tend to drag the music down; it's unfortunate his gospel-inspired piano or organ playing couldn't have been utilized instead.” AllMusic Review by Al Campbell


      Ratings :

      AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 4,48 / 5

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