The Inflated Tear

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The Inflated Tear
Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear.jpg
Studio album by Roland Kirk
Released June 14, 1968
Recorded November 27–30, 1967
Genre Jazz
Length 37:43
Label Atlantic
Producer Joel Dorn
Roland Kirk chronology
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(1967)Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith1967
The Inflated Tear
Left & Right
(1968)Left & Right1968
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The Inflated Tear is an album by Roland Kirk released in 1968. One of his most popular albums and sometimes regarded as his magnum opus[peacock term], it established his reputation as a jazz composer and earned him a modicum of respect in music circles who had previously written him off as a sideshow[who?] .

It was re-released in 1998 by Rhino featuring a bonus track and extensive liner notes.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Roland Kirk, except where noted
  1. "The Black and Crazy Blues – 6:07
  2. "A Laugh for Rory" – 2:54
  3. "Many Blessings" – 4:45
  4. "Fingers in the Wind" – 4:18
  5. "The Inflated Tear" – 4:58
  6. "Creole Love Call" (Duke Ellington) – 3:53
  7. "A Handful of Fives" – 2:42
  8. "Fly by Night" – 4:19
  9. "Lovellevelliloqui" – 4:17
CD bonus track
  1. "I'm Glad There Is You" (Jimmy Dorsey/Paul Mertz) – 2:12