Sunshine Man

Harold Alexander


A reissue of a seminal album for hip-hop samples, we have Harold Alexander's Sunshine Man on solar core vinyl.

Actual vinyl color and effect may differ from mockup

09-01-2020

Nutrition Facts
VMP Exclusive Pressing

This record was pressed by VMP and you can't get this specific variation anywhere else.

Exclusive Features
color Solar Core
foil stamped Yes
numbered Yes
Other Features
exclusive VMP Exclusive
jacket style Direct-To-Board
jacket type Gatefold
label Tidal Waves Music
pressing location Precision Record Pressing (PRP)
release type Reissue
By the Numbers

1 lp
format
1971
original release year
33 1/3 rpm
speed
500
total pressing quantity
12 inch
vinyl size
180 gram
weight

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Description

After a very brief period of recording music from about 1967 to 1974, Harold Alexander disappeared from the music scene. He is alleged to have commented on the music industry by saying: "Most people don’t know what happened to me… I guess they think I’m gone. They didn’t kill my spirit, but they killed my desire to share." Before his removal from the scene of recorded music, Harold Alexander provided the world with some incredibly funky jazz fusion tracks with a distinct otherworldly craziness.

His most recognized LP is 1971’s Sunshine Man, on Flying Dutchman Records. On that album, the most sought-after groove is the straight up banger “Mama Soul”, which features insane scatting over a delicious funky flute and organ driven beat. An immaculate six minutes of mental vocals and Alexander’s flute doing exactly what the vocals are doing. It comes as no surprise that “Mama Soul” was sampled multiple times by artists from Blackalicious to DJ Shadow.

Another highlight (one of the many on this album) is the adept double beat from iconic drummer Bernard ‘Pretty’ Purdie (husband to Aretha Franklin and known for his work with Isaac Hayes, Cat Stevens, B.B. King, and Joe Cocker) who is delivering some of the most tight and wicked drum-skills known to man. Bass duties here are filled by another icon: the award winning Richard Davies (known for his work with Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison, Frank Sinatra, and Leonard Bernstein). Production of the album was handled by industry veteran Bob Thiele who produced & arranged countless albums from the likes of Art Blakey, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Quincy Jones, John and Alice Coltrane, and Gil Scott-Heron.

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*Audio and/or tracklist may vary slightly from the vinyl version.
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Sunshine Man
More Music, Less Stress
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