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                      Reuben Wilson - Set Us Free (1971)
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Type.................: Music
Platform.............: any
Compression Format...: RAR
File Validation......: SFV


Audio Format.........: Lossless
Ripper...............: N/A - lossless webstream rip
Encoder..............: .wav > .flac
Hz...................: 48,000
Channels.............: Stereo
Source...............: Tidal Music Service


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Posted to............: a.b.sounds.lossless.jazz
News Server..........: Supernews
Posted on............: 2/15/2021

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Another wonderful Reuben Wilson soul/jazz mixer here. As with his other early 
stuff, a lot of different influences swirling around in the soup and yet he 
puts his own stamp on it.  The last posting I found for this went back a dozen 
years ago and I couldn't grab it off Supernews' server.  I'm guessing after 
this many years it's probably gone to binary heaven on most other servers too.  
So I'll put it up again for anyone who wants it.

This is another one of those lossless audio stream rips from a Tidal music 
service subscription of mine.  The stream was CD quality, according to Tidal 
service.  Rip was done using an Asus Xonar DG sound card.  Wave editor was Cool 
Edit Pro using 48k/16 bit settings.  No other alterations were performed, other 
than what follows. 

I totally silenced any system noise between tracks with the editor.  The track 
timings will be fairly close to match that of the original release, but they 
are by no means perfect.  Since this is a rip from an audio stream (and not a 
CD), no .cue or .log files are available.  Because of this, it is probably not 
a release a hard core collector will want in their library.  Certainly good 
enough for the average listener, though.  Tracks are tagged and I have info in 
the comments section about the source and .wav gathering, just to keep the 
digital gene pool organized.  If possible I'll try to include some artwork with 
it.

Here's my way of paying it forward after leeching more stuff than I can count 
from the binaries over the years.  Enjoy it, it's a great old time-warper. - mm

Here's the Wiki on it:

Released	1971
Recorded	July 23, 1971
Studio	Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Genre	Jazz
Length	31:36
Label	Blue Note
Producer	George Butler

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 4 stars and stated "it's a 
wildly textured and seamless aural meld of gritty B-3 jams, smooth yet 
psychedelic soul, rock, pop, and funk... somehow, this ambitious, lushly 
orchestrated album not only sounds current, but still ahead of its time. Highly 
recommended".  The song "We're in Love" has been sampled multiple times, most 
famously by DJ Premier on Nas' 1994 debut album Illmatic in the song "Memory 
Lane (Sittin' in da Park)". It was also sampled in the song "I Ain't the Damn 
One" by rapper Scientifik.

Allmusic	4/5 stars

Track listing:

All compositions by Reuben Wilson except where noted

    "Set Us Free" (Eddie Harris) - 5:10
    "We're in Love" - 3:30
    "Sho-Nuff Mellow" - 4:34
    "Mr. Big Stuff" (Joseph Broussard, Carol Washington, Ralph Williams) - 4:36
    "Right on with This Mess" (W. Marcus Bey) - 4:32
    "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" (Marvin Gaye) - 3:41
    "Tom's Thumb" - 5:33

    Recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on July 
23, 1971.

Personnel

    Reuben Wilson - organ
    Jerome Richardson - tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
    Eugene Bianco - harp
    David Spinozza - guitar, electric sitar
    Richard Davis - bass
    Jimmy Johnson - drums
    Ray Armando - conga
    Gordon "Specs" Powell - percussion
    Wade Marcus - arranger
    Mildred Brown, Rosalyn Brown, Naomi Thomas - vocals (tracks 2, 4 & 6)
    Jimmy Briggs - vocal arranger (tracks 2, 4 & 6)



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