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William Parker - I Plan to Stay a Believer Vinyl LP Out 20/03/20

William Parker - I Plan to Stay a Believer Vinyl LP Out 20/03/20

Regular price £40.99 Offer Price

Please note that this is a pre-sale and the item is not released until 20th March 2020. Any orders placed today should be dispatched the day before the release date of the item and not before this time.

Track Listing:

Side A
1. I Plan To Stay A Believer
2. New World Order
3. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue

Side B
1. This Is My Country
2. Ya Hey Yey Ya
3. People Get Ready/The Inside Song

This first-time-on-vinyl limited edition of 500 features all new cover art and insert, a previously unreleased exclusive to vinyl (and astonishing) version of "People Get Ready/The Inside Song", along with a download card for full-resolution/lossless download of 7 additional tracks / 80 minutes of this profound music (per sticker on front cover).

'I Plan To Stay A Believer' is the definitive document of William Parker's 'The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield' project, featuring fully charged extensions and expansions - both music and text - of selections from the soul music legend's immortal songbook by an equally mighty and masterful 8-piece band.

Gospel-tinged uplift, luminous swing, tight soul grooves, and wholly lit free jazz are rousingly delivered with clear-eyed joy and righteous purpose. This work brings Mayfield's and Parker's positive messages of hope and fortitude in the face of seemingly endless tribulation firmly into the present moment, exultantly so and with total commitment.

Personnel: William Parker (bass, arrangements), Hamid Drake (drums), Dave Burrell (piano), Leena Conquest (vocals), Amiri Baraka (poetry, voice), Lewis Barnes (trumpet), Darryl Foster (tenor & soprano saxophone), Sabir Mateen (alto & tenor saxophone, flute), + New Life Tabernacle Generation of Praise Choir of Brooklyn, NY on "This Is My Country"

"It's hard to imagine Curtis Mayfield being anything but flattered by the immense thought and planning that clearly went into these arrangements. To pull and stretch these songs so much and still preserve their essential identity is a true feat of art." - Pitchfork

"A fierce and awesome display of musical prowess." - JazzTimes

"Never less than vibrantly alive and utterly suffused with joy." - The Wire

"Hypnotic and deeply humane." - Jazzwise