Restoration Ruin

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Restoration Ruin
Restoration Ruin.jpg
Studio album by Keith Jarrett
Released 1968
Recorded March 12, 1968
Genre Folk Rock
Length 29:33
Label Vortex Records
Keith Jarrett chronology
Life Between the Exit Signs
(1967)Life Between the Exit Signs1967
Restoration Ruin
Somewhere Before
(1968)Somewhere Before1968

Restoration Ruin is an album by Keith Jarrett on which he performs vocals, guitar, harmonica, soprano saxophone, recorder, piano, organ, electric bass, drums, tambourine and sistra, recorded and released on the Vortex label in 1968.[1] The album and its folk rock attitude remain unique in his whole catalogue - though, it can be seen as the first part of his experimental circle which is neither jazz nor classical music. Here Jarrett overdubs himself on various instruments, similar to the tribal Spirits (1985) or especially the free funk No End (2013, recorded in 1986).


The Allmusic review by Richie Unterberger awarded the album 2½ stars, and states, "Restoration Ruin is a real oddity in the Jarrett catalog: a vocal album on which he plays all the instruments. And not a jazz vocal album, either, but a folk-rock one in which he alternates – quite literally, track to track – between sub-Dylan outings and more folk-Baroque ones that echo the late-'60s work of artists like Love and Tim Buckley".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz 3/4 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Keith Jarrett
  1. "Restoration Ruin" - 2:20
  2. "All Right" - 2:47
  3. "For You and Me" - 2:40
  4. "Have a Real Time" - 2:51
  5. "Sioux City Sue New" - 2:50
  6. "You're Fortunate" - 2:21
  7. "Fire and Rain" - 2:50
  8. "Now He Knows Better" - 2:58
  9. "Wonders" - 4:02
  10. "Where Are You Going?" - 3:53
  • Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York on March 12, 1968.



  1. ^ Keith Jarrett discography accessed April 5, 2010
  2. ^ a b Unterberger, R. Allmusic Review accessed April 5, 2010
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 767. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.