The Last Album

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The Last Album
Studio album by Albert Ayler
Released 1971
Recorded 1969
Genre Free jazz
Length 43:12
Label Impulse!
Albert Ayler chronology
Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe
The Last Album
Nuits de la Fondation Maeght Vol. 1

The Last Album was the last studio album Albert Ayler recorded before his death in 1970. The album was released posthumously (hence the title) in 1971 on Impulse! Records. The album consists of outtakes from the sessions for Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe.[1] The album was recorded August 26-29, 1969 at Plaza Sound Studios in New York City.[2]


The first track is an untitled improvisational duet between Jimi Hendrix-inspired guitarist and Canned Heat member Henry Vestine and Ayler on bagpipe, but credited as "written" by Henry Vestine and Mary Parks. All other songwriting credits on the album are also claimed by Mary Parks.

The second track contains poetry spoken eloquently by Mary Parks, posing questions which Ayler's sax answers.

"Toiling" is a guitar-driven blues track.

On "Desert Blood", Ayler sings jazz-vocals reminiscent of Sun Ra's lady singer, June Tyson.

The remainder of the album is the soulful style of Free jazz more familiar to Ayler's audience.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Untitled Duet"
  2. "Again Come The Raising of the Sun"
  3. "All Love"
  4. "Toiling"
  5. "Desert Blood"
  6. "Birth of Mirth"
  7. "Water Music"



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