Fans of the legendary David Axelrod will have something to be thankful for on Record Store Day Black Friday! Now-Again will release Axelrod’s Earth Rot album and Get On Down will be releasing Axelrod’s Pride concept LP. Both albums saw David Axelrod finding a musical partnership with his son, Michael, and show the span of Axelrod’s musicianship from jazz to psychedelic pop. His spectrum of sounds have been famously sampled by the likes of Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, DJ Shadow, A Tribe Called Quest, Schoolboy Q, Wu-Tang Clan, Mac Miller, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Earl Sweatshirt, Common an many more.
Earth Rot is visionary composer/arranger/producer David Axelrod’s third album, and the last of his Capitol trilogy. Recorded as a concept album about the decrepit state of the environment in 1970 Los Angeles, and scheduled for release on the first Earth Day, it features choral vocals and marks a departure for Axelrod’s signature sound, which would take on a jazzier feel in the 1970s. This definitive version of Earth Rot, overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen Alapatt in conjunction with Axelrod’s Estate, fulfills a request Axelrod made while alive – to see the instrumentals of this album, never before released, issued. They see release here as the second LP in a 2LP gatefold set.
This is an audiophile reissue, with the vocal version lacquered directly from Axelrod’s original master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster. The master was approved by Axelrod’s son Michael, who adapted ancient lyrics for the album in one of three collaborative projects he did with his father.
Contains a 28 page booklet that delves into Axelrod’s incredible life and music, replete with never before published photos and an interview.
Dig deep in to the released output of famed producer David Axelrod and you’ll discover this gem, Pride. The single self-titled release is the pairing of Axelrod with his son Michael. The father-son duo deliver psychedelic pop with what many may call a Baroque folk-rock twist. Issued in 1970, the project is somewhat in the realm of the output from groups such as Love or The Byrds – but indelibly David Axelrod through and through.