50th Birthday Celebration Volume 12

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50th Birthday Celebration Volume 12
Live album by Painkiller
Released September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
Recorded September 6, 2003
Genre Downtown music
Avant-garde jazz
Length 43:16
Label Tzadik
Producer John Zorn
Painkiller chronology
Talisman: Live in Nagoya
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 12
The Prophecy: Live in Europe
John Zorn chronology
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 11
50th Birthday Celebration Volume 12

50th Birthday Celebration Volume 12 is a live album by Painkiller documenting their performance at Tonic in September 2003 as part of John Zorn's month-long 50th Birthday Celebration concert series.[1]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 3½ stars stating "Zorn is out front playing snake-wise, melding everything from hard bop, free jazz, soul-oriented groove lines, and his own unclassifiable sonic palette. Patton's vocals are heavily treated yowls and screams combined with rhythmic breath work and moans. Tape delays are employed here as well, making the entire set a compelling, singular workout that is exciting, harsh, intense, and compelling.".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by John Zorn. 

No. Title Length
1. "Your Inviolable Freedoms"   20:29
2. "DPM"   16:24
3. "Prophethood of Chaos"   6:23



  1. ^ Tzadik catalogue
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed February 17, 2012