Listening to Fela Kuti’s new album, streaming on spottily dontchyaknow, I was first struck by the incredible liberties involved with its publication. The tremendous length of each track, over thirty minutes long of what must be reel tape for each track, could certainly not be imprionted onto records without severing jams, and amputating grooves.

And, listening to the tracks, one thing is fairly certain. These aren’t tracks that let up. Even the ones that get quiet never really pause. Only when the speaking voice of Fela Kuti comes on the mic, does this mob obey its conductor, as they launch into chaos. Here’s a picture of him from this performance.

And I mean mob in a nice way. People really well intentioned, but also permitted a moment of vocal vandalism, such as the shrieking not twenty minutes into the first recording. And so the track continues in an almost embarrassed subdued funk for a couple moments before it regains its confidence and swaggers, full of brass, soon enough.

And then, the track ends. Spotify won’t let me listen to more, and, when looking at this thing, I’m struck by one thing. I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money on a two disc recording of this, much less the time spent listening to all of it again and again. One more irretrievable relic stored in the archive our digitization allows us of our culture. It may last a while through file sharing programs and diligent collectors. If it’s special enough. Who knows, I may hear a story that makes me want to check it out, after the initial print run has run out…

And so it is with this reflection that ptr posts the haha, Radical debut album on the bandcamp, with a complete listing of credits over there as well. Another impossibly long digital compendium of live(iiiish) recordings too long to fit onto a single compact disc.

We may press a double vinyl of it soon, who knows???

For now, we are relieved and happy to announce its arrival. Here is the audio. Nab the .zip before it becomes a hot, and mp3calcified mediafire fossil, already past its prime.

In other words, download it for free!

If you’re a fan of my haikus, the final track is an extending jam wherein I read seventy eight of them alongside the sweeping ambience of the nat’l parks.

Other contributors provide stellar work, joesnackpack with some delicious production. Sammie Vee with some songwriting on Give it up! that will hopefully blossom more fully on haha, Radical’s second album. Eric Bell (of Nat’l Parks) plays electric guitar on a few tracks, as well as Josh Glenn and Peter Hensel’s core improv duo leading the way through self-decreed standard after standard.

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