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Sounds of Liberation were at the forefront of avant-garde Black expression in the early 1970s, putting action behind their creative endeavors. They were as much of a community force as a band, and there was a strong desire by the entire group to work with a range of different populations, from school children to inmates. They continued to do so through the mid-1970s. In addition to club performances, the collective initiated happenings in elementary schools, prisons & community centers throughout Philly, to great success and impact in the city’s African-American and jazz community. Following up the heralded first-ever release of Sounds of Liberation’s Unreleased [Columbia University 1973] and the re-formation of the group for live performances earlier this year, Dogtown Records and Brewerytown Beats are back to keep their legacy alive and introduce the group to a new generation of fans.
Sounds of Liberation is a six-song, 50-minute album of original music (with compositions attributed to the group, in addition to co-author Abraham Howard Jr. on “Happy Tuesday”). It was reissued to great acclaim by Porter Records in 2010 and – like the original version – has been out-of-print for many years. Now that the group’s surviving members have re-formed and are performing again, Dogtown and Brewerytown Beats plan to keep it in print for the foreseeable future. This new reissue package – with liner notes by legendary Philly jazz chronicler, historian and author Francis Davis – has been prepared for this important reissue by group members, in collaboration with Peter “Max” Ochester of Philly’s Brewerytown Beats Records.
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