This Is Flying Dutchman 1969-1975 Import 2LP

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Tribute Compilation on Import Double LP!
The Definitive Story of Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman Label!
Featuring Gil Scott-Heron, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ornette Coleman & Many More!

Bob Thiele is one of the great producers. For his work with John Coltrane alone, where he gave free reign to the saxophone great's wildest musical visions including A Love Supreme, ignoring the usual cost consciousness of a major label, he deserves to be lauded. In addition to this his eight years at Impulse saw him recording seminal works by scores of musicians including late blooming masterpieces by Ellington and Hodges, and a whole wave of 'new thing' jazzers such as Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders. He didn't stop there and when he launched his own label Flying Dutchman in 1969, he continued to innovate and record music that reflected its times, but that also resonates down through the ages.

It is to Flying Dutchman that this album is paying tribute in the latest This Is compilation. BGP of course turn the focus on the label's two main stars. Gil Scott-Heron's recordings for the label ran to three records, which sold well but not spectacularly at the time. They have since taken on a resonance that makes the album Pieces of a Man in particular one of the most important recordings of the last century, and its opening track "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" an anthem. Pianist Lonnie Liston Smith had been on Thiele's final important Impulse recording, Pharoah Sanders Karma, and continued to appear on Flying Dutchman first as a sideman and then as a leader. His 1975 album Expansions was the perfect encapsulation of his 'Cosmic aware jazz' and the title track a moment of near perfection which has become one of the foundation pieces of modern dance music.

Flying Dutchman's other great discoveries are here. Vocalist Leon Thomas found a new route for jazz vocals in the early '70s, which made him a star and earned him a place in Santana. Gato Barbieri became one of the major saxophone stars of the era, after Thiele enabled him to meld his free jazz leanings to the rhythms of South America. The label also made important recordings with Tom Scott (featured on Thiele's own "Head Start"), Ornette Coleman and Oliver Nelson, whilst interesting records appeared by Esther Marrow, Harold Alexander and many more.

This Is Flying Dutchman is a considered tribute to the label, and features in depth and fully illustrated sleeve notes. In the year when Bob Thiele's son is gearing up to release the first new music on the label since 1976, it is an apt and timely reminder of the power of the music.


  • Double LP
  • Mastered by Nick Robbins at Sound Mastering
  • In-Depth, Fully Illustrated Sleeve Notes by Dean Rudland
  • Import
  • Made in the EU


Side One:

  1. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott-Heron
  2. Just in Time to See the Sun - Leon Thomas
  3. Head Start - Bob Thiele Emergency
  4. See Saw Affair - Cesar
  5. Peaceful Man - Esther Marrow

Side Two:

  1. Expansions - Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
  2. Bolivia - Gato Barbieri
  3. Friends and Neighbors - Ornette Coleman

Side Three:

  1. 125th St & 7th Ave - Oliver Nelson
  2. Mama Soul - Harold Alexander
  3. Heavy Soul Slinger - Pretty Purdie
  4. Soulful Strut - Steve Allen

Side Four:

  1. Whitey on the Moon - Gil Scott-Heron
  2. Lament for John Coltrane (Take 1) - Bob Thiele Emergency
  3. Peaceful Ones - Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes
  4. Echoes - Leon Thomas

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