The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color

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The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color
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Studio album by Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Released 1975
Recorded May 14, 1975
Genre Jazz
Length 73:44
Label Atlantic
Producer Joel Dorn
Rahsaan Roland Kirk chronology
Bright Moments
(1973)Bright Moments1973
The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color
Other Folks' Music
(1976)Other Folks' Music1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[2]

The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color is an album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk originally released as a double LP, with side 4 appearing blank - although side 4 did have a hidden track, the contents of which are released as track #20 on the CD rerelease. It features performances by Kirk with Pat Patrick, Hilton Ruiz, Richard Tee, Arthur Jenkins, Cornell Dupree, Keith Loving, Hugh McCracken, Francisco Centeno, Metathias Pearson, Bill Salter, Sonny Brown, Steve Gadd, John Goldsmith, Lawrence Killian, Ralph MacDonald and arrangements by William Eaton.[3]


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "Excess was always the name of the game for Kirk, but so was the groove, and here on this three-sided double LP, groove is at the heart of everything... But the groove he moves through is one that is so large, so universal, deep, and serene, that it transcends all notions of commercialism versus innovation. Bottom line, even with the charming tape-recorded ramblings of his between tunes, this was his concept and it works like a voodoo charm. Here's one for the revisionists: This record jams".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Rahsaan Roland Kirk except as indicated.
  1. "Conversation" - 0:59
  2. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson) - 2:43
  3. "Horses (Monogram/Republic)" - 0:18
  4. "High Heel Sneakers" (Robert Higginbotham) - 4:50
  5. "Dream" - 0:53
  6. "Echoes of Primitive Ohio and Chili Dogs" - 6:55
  7. "The Entertainer (Done in the Style of the Blues)" (William Eaton, Scott Joplin) - 6:02
  8. "Freaks for the Festival" - 4:01
  9. "Dream" - 1:28
  10. "Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies" - 6:24
  11. "Dream" - 0:59
  12. "The Entertainer" (Eaton, Joplin) - 6:17
  13. "Dream" - 1:05
  14. "Portrait of Those Beautiful Ladies" - 7:56
  15. "Dream" - 0:52
  16. "Freaks for the Festival" - 5:34
  17. "Sesroh" - 0:24
  18. "Bye Bye Blackbird" (Dixon, Henderson) - 2:37
  19. "Conversation" - 0:57
  20. "Side Four" - 12:41
  • Recorded at Regent Sound Studios, NYC, May 14, 1975



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 119. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  3. ^ Rahsaan Roland Kirk discography accessed 21 August 2009
  4. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed 21 August 2009.