Volunteered Slavery

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Volunteered Slavery
Volunteered Slavery.jpg
Studio album by Roland Kirk
Released 1969
Recorded July 7, 1968, July 22 & 23 1969
Genre Jazz
Label Atlantic
Producer Joel Dorn
Roland Kirk chronology
Left & Right
(1968)Left & Right1968
Volunteered Slavery
Rahsaan Rahsaan
(1970)Rahsaan Rahsaan1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[2]

Volunteered Slavery is an album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk featuring his 1968 Newport Jazz Festival appearance and studio performances recorded in July 1969. It was released on the Atlantic label and features performances by Kirk with Ron Burton, Vernon Martin, Jimmy Hopps and Joe Habao Texidor, Charles McGhee, Dick Griffith, Sonny Brown, Charles Crosby and the Roland Kirk Spirit Choir.[3]

The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "Volunteered Slavery, with its beat/African chanted poetry and post-bop blues ethos was certainly the first strike in the right direction... Kirk proves that he is indeed the master of any music he plays because his sense of harmony, rhythm, and melody comes not only from the masters acknowledged, but also from the collective heart of the people the masters touched. It's just awesome".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Roland Kirk except as indicated.
  1. "Volunteered Slavery" - 5:43
  2. "Spirits Up Above" - 3:37
  3. "My Cherie Amour" (Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder) - 3:20
  4. "Search for the Reason Why" - 2:07
  5. "I Say a Little Prayer" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) - 7:59
  6. "Roland's Opening Remarks" - 0:41
  7. "One Ton" - 5:02
  8. "Ovation and Roland's Remarks" - 1:42
  9. "A Tribute to John Coltrane: Lush Life/Afro-Blue/Bessie's Blues" (Billy Strayhorn/Mongo Santamaría/John Coltrane) - 8:14
  10. "Three for the Festival" - 4:23
  • Recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 7, 1968 (tracks 6-10) and Regent Sound Studios, NYC, July 22 (tracks 2 & 4) and 23 (tracks 1, 3, & 5), 1969



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Burks, John (7 March 1970). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (53): 48. 
  3. ^ Rahsaan Roland Kirk discography accessed 17 August 2009
  4. ^ Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed 17 August 2009.