Rahsaan Roland Kirk Blacknuss LP

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

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All Analog Vinyl LP!
Cut by Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio!
Pressed at Third Man Pressing!

With Blacknuss, it's as if Kirk is taking listeners on a trip - from the Top Forty world of Soul Train to the roots of soul in gospel music and back in Africa. It is a remarkable musical-cultural shift in perspective and one that carries the listener with it. Exploding with near-chaotic energy, this album makes a great soundtrack to a party about to teeter out of control. Cut all analog!

Dreams run threadlike through the life and mythology of Roland Kirk. In one dream, The Creator spoke to him and told him his name was Rahsaan. In another, he saw himself playing two saxophones at once. Kirk used to say that his religion was the "religion of dreams."

Blacknuss was his eighth album for Atlantic and eighth with Joel Dorn producing. It is best read as Kirk's soul album, as a tribute to the continuity of African-American music in all its forms. On the record, Kirk stays very much within the original arrangements of the tunes he covers by Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Temptations, Jackson 5 and others, bearing comparison with the music that King Curtis was also making for Atlantic around this point.

Ladies and gents, Blacknuss is as deep as a soul record can be and as hot as a jazz record has any right to call itself. A work of sheer blacknuss!
-Thom Jurek,, 4.5/5 stars


  • Vinyl LP
  • Cut All Analog by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
  • Pressed at Third Man Pressing


Rahsaan Roland Kirk flute, tenor sax, stritch, manzello, police whistle, gong, vocals on "Ain't No Sunshine," "My Girl," "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Billy Butler guitar on "Ain't No Sunshine," "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Sonelius Smith piano on "Ain't No Sunshine," "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Henry Pearson bass on "Ain't No Sunshine," "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Khalil Mhrdi drums on "Ain't No Sunshine," "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Richard Landrum conga drums on "Ain't No Sunshine," "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Charles McGhee trumpet
Dick Griffin trombone
Cornell Dupree guitar
Keith Loving guitar
Richard Tee piano
Mickey Tucker organ
Bill Salter bass
Bernard Purdie drums
Arthur Jenkins conga drums, cabassa
Joe Habad Texidor percussion
Cissy Houston vocals on "Never Can Say Goodbye" & "Blacknuss"
Princess Patience Burton vocals on "One Nation"


Side One:

  1. Ain't No Sunshine
  2. What's Goin' On
  3. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
  4. I Love You Yes I Do
  5. Take Me Girl, I'm Ready
  6. My Girl
  7. Which Way Is It Going
  8. One Nation

Side Two:

  1. Never Can Say Goodbye
  2. Old Rugged Cross
  3. Make It With You
  4. Blacknuss

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