Joe McPhee Zurich (1979)
We are incredibly honored to present Joe McPhee’s “Zurich (1979)” LP…this LP features a previously unreleased 19 minute solo tenor sax recording from 1979. Astral Spirits Records was named after the song “Astral Spirits” on Joe McPhee’s classic “Trinity” LP so this is a true honor for us. This recording also is quite fitting as it was made directly to cassette tape back in 1979 and now is pressed onto vinyl for the first time ever! The vinyl master/laquer was cut in Austin, TX by Adam Smith (Columbus Discount Records/Necropolis/Unholy Two) on an old 1940’s lathe that was quite a beautiful thing to see & hear. The music speaks for itself in true McPhee fashion, from softly blown themes to roars of fortissimo and all places in between. A true joy to listen to McPhee from the late 70’s again.
This is the first in a special series of “art edition” LP’s on AS. This one-sided LP features hand screen-printed covers & hand-stamped back covers, also includes a poster of a painting of Joe McPhee by Tim Kerr (Big Boys) specifically done for this release (see below). One time only pressing of 250 LPs out January 22nd, 2016.
THERE WILL BE A SUPER SPECIAL EDITION OF 15 LP’S WITH HAND PAINTED BACK COVERS BY TIM KERR THAT WILL BE RELEASED ON JANUARY 22, 2016. THESE WILL BE FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE. CLICK HERE TO ORDER SPECIAL EDITION.
The Reviews & Articles:
Review by JOEL BARELA for FREEJAZZBLOG.
Review by ANAIS DUPLAN for DECODER MAG.
Review by GUILLAUME BELHOMME for LE SON DU GRISLI (in French).
Review by BILL MEYER for STILL SINGLE.