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Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
Albert Ayler
Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
Genres: Jazz, Pop
  •  Track Listings (6) - Disc #1

Full title - Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe. 24-bit remastered Japanese reissue of 1969 album, packaged in a miniature LP gatefold sleeve, features 6 tracks Impulse. 2003.


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All Artists: Albert Ayler
Title: Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Umvd Labels
Release Date: 3/11/2003
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 044006538327


Album Description
Full title - Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe. 24-bit remastered Japanese reissue of 1969 album, packaged in a miniature LP gatefold sleeve, features 6 tracks Impulse. 2003.

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I dont see what the big deal is
edcerc | 05/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I recently picked up this album even after hearing the overwhelming amount of bad press. All i can say is that i dont see what everyone is so worked up about. Aside from the hightend production value provided by impulse this cd is just another link in the progession of a true genius. I happen to think that mary maria complements this album pretty damn well. I think that she does a good job of imitating the vibrato of ayler and blends in with the spirit and texture of the album. I have heard some people compare her performance to yoko ono and that shows where people are comming from. If your attempting to compare albert ayler to the beatles your point is flawed from the start. No matter how "out there" the beatles got, how can you compare a catchy rock band to a free jazz spiritual powerhouse like ayler. The thing that surprised me was that allthough his music at times goes in a slightly diferent direction than classics like spiritual unity and others, was that the majority of this record is high energy free jams. Just cause it has vocals people seem to miss the merit of this recording. How could any one say that he sold out? Just cause the last song has a blusey feel to it? Ayler sounds great on every song and his tone is as expressive and honest as it ever was. This might not be his best work but it is still a highly moving stop in his musical and spiritual development. If you already have gems like spiritual unity, spirits, etc i dont see why you wouldnt pick up this enjoyable record. It may have a slightly diferent feel but it is not at all out of character."
Putting musicians in bags...
nadav haber | jerusalem Israel | 08/31/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It is for the listener's convenience to have the artists he loves repeat themselves endlessly ? If you loved Kind Of Blue, why did Miles have to play Bitches Brew ?
Ayler created a sensation with his Spiritual Unity, Albert Smiles type of recordings - indeed they are great. But after he had done them, why couldn't he experiment with new directions ? Ayler's attempt to be more relevant in his community is understandable, and the music that resulted is interesting - blending his huge sound with different backgrounds - testing the effects of these new combinations... If I had to choose one or two Ayler albums this would not be the one, but I am happy to have this other side of Ayler to listen to and learn from."
The 'Yoko Ono' analogy is dead; let's drop it and enjoy thes
Sambson | North Carolina | 04/28/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone who compares Mary Maria Parks' vocals to Yoko Ono is absolutely tone deaf! Get real people! This woman carries a tune just fine, where Yoko Ono doesn't carry a tune in her luggage (or at least she CHOOSES not to)! If you want to hear some "out there" jazz with truly difficult vocals you need to listen to Sonny Sharrock's wife Linda belt it out on MONKEY-POCKIE-BOO or BLACK WOMAN, from the same year as HEALING FORCE. Now THAT's controversial vocals! Undoubtedly, "Drudgery" is the highlight here, but "A Man is Like a Tree" sounds like a revisitation to "Dancing Flowers" territory with vocals; and what's wrong with that? "Masonic Inborn" is interesting for sure, but 12 minutes of double Free Jazz bagpipes could be considered trying for some; though the end is quite nice. "Island Harvest" is a little twee, with it's poignant lyric of "Is all your work in vain? Is life a losing game? You only reap just what you sow" it definitely feels spookily apt on the final recording before Ayler's death. "Oh, Love Of Life" is an intruiging departing shot, that leaves us to wonder where Albert might have gone had he lived; Mary sings better than Albert on this session (while he sings better on NEW GRASS) but it's refreshing to hear his voice. The title track is a great beginning to an album of fledgling experiments, yet this is not a masterpiece for first-timers to taste, but a buffet for die-hards, of all the directions Ayler might have continued to refine and explore. By the way, why is it EVERY time a musician has a new relationship with a woman, SHE gets blamed when he changes direction? How short-sighted, demonizing and stereotyped can you get? You're not giving any of these women a realistic chance AND your implying some fairly rude things about these men's supposedly infantile character and their creative process. The list of women who've supposedly 'derailed' careers is getting absurdly long at this point; Yoko Ono, Alice Coltrane, Mary Parks, Betty Davis... The 'Yoko Ono' analogy is dead people; let's drop it and enjoy these fledgling experiments.