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Up From The Basement - Unreleased Tracks - Volumes 1 & 2


Download links and information about Up From The Basement - Unreleased Tracks - Volumes 1 & 2 by Galt MacDermot. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 24 tracks with total duration of 56:35 minutes.

Artist: Galt MacDermot
Release date: 2004
Genre: Hip Hop/R&B, Soul, Jazz, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 24
Duration: 56:35
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No. Title Length
1. Ripped Open By Metal Explosions 4:13
2. Duffer in F (Version 2) 3:21
3. Never Die, Desire Not 1:44
4. There Was There 2:57
5. Come Away Death 2:13
6. Cool It With Contac Radio Spot 1:00
7. Dd-2-01 1:36
8. Lost Dreams 1:48
9. Ghetto Suite Medley 2:48
10. Wurly 2:22
11. Ba Ba Black Baby 1:41
12. Dd-2-03 1:54
13. Prison Life 3:16
14. Rhinoceros Main Theme 2:21
15. Dd-2-02 2:40
16. Water Fight 2:43
17. Love Knows No Season 3:19
18. Let The Sunshine In 2:39
19. Cleanly and Plump 2:45
20. Piano Concerto Pt. 1 3:03
21. Piano Concerto Pt. 2 2:55
22. Woe Is Me 1:38
23. And He Will Not Come Again 0:42
24. St. Valentine's Day 0:57



While known mostly for his work on the '60s Broadway sensation Hair, accomplished jazz pianist/composer Galt MacDermot was far more prolific than a one-hit wonder. Proof positive is this collection of some of the progressive musician's funkier leanings, culled literally from the maestro's extensive cache of basement recordings. None of the album's 24 cuts (circa late '60s/early '70s) was originally meant for commercial consumption, but the final six tracks were lifted wholly from reel-less acetates (hence the lack of post-production polish). MacDermot's ivory tickling is aided by a host of relatively unheralded sessionaires (including funky drummers Idris Muhammad and Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, guitarists Charlie Brown and Billy Butler, and bassist Jimmy Lewis). Various soulful corners are explored throughout, from straight-ahead funky jazz ("Ripped Open By Metal Explosions," "Prison Life") to Age of Aquarius aesthetics ("Never Die, Desire Not," "Lost Dreams") to more frenetic flourishes ("Ghetto Suite Melody," "Flurry"). Tempos and vibes are shifted with regularity, giving the collection a herky-jerky feel, but the overall strength of the music generally overrides the haphazard sequencing. The album reaches its pinnacle with an alternate take of "Let the Sunshine In," one of Hair's more memorable overtures. MacDermot's revival was likely influenced by the new-school vinyl generation's interest in his music's sample-friendly elements. ~ M.F. DiBella, Rovi