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Track One / Formation of a Freak 1
Track Two / "News of My Death, Greatly Exaggerated," Quoth the Record 5
Column One / 2000-2003
Philly Joe Jones, Philly Joe Jones 15
Paul Gonsalves, Cookin' 16
Takashi Furuya with the Freshmen, Fanky Drivin' 18
Carsten Meinert Kvartet, To You 20
Melvin Jackson, Funky Skull 21
Gloria Coleman Quartet featuring Pola Roberts, Soul Sisters 23
Elmo Hope Ensemble, Sounds from Rikers Island 24
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Brotherhood 26
Morris Grants Presents J.U.N.K. 28
Tom Stewart, Sexette / Quintette 30
Kenny Graham and His Satellites, Moondog and Suncat Suites 31
John Coltrane, Cosmic Music 33
Andre Hodeir, Jazz et Jazz: Jazz Experiments; Triple Play Stereo, Pop+Jazz=Swing; Bill Russo Orchestra, Stereophony 35
George Davis Sextet, various acetates 37
Staffan Harde, Staffan Harde 39
Art Pepper, Chile Pepper 42
Jack Wilson, The Jazz Organs 43
Craig Harris, Tributes 45
Quintet Moderne, The Strange and the Commonplace 46
A. K. Salim, Afro-Soul / Drum Orgy 48
Tristan Meinecke, home recordings, 1939-43 50
Chico Hamilton Quintet, Sweet Smell of Success 52
Lehn-Strid, Here There; Klapper-Kuchen, Irregular 54
Bill Leslie, Diggin' the Chicks; Thornel Schwartz with Bill Leslie, Soul Cookin' 55
Tony Scott and His Buddies, Gypsy 57
Herbie Mann, Great Ideas of Western Mann 58
Track Three / Freek, Not Snob 61
Column Two . 2004-2006
Afreaka!, Demon Fuzz 69
Contemporary Sound Series 70
Beaver Harris / Don Pullen 360-Degree Experience, A Well-Kept Secret 72
Mike Osborne Trio, Border Crossing 73
The Three Souls, Dangerous Dan Express 75
Steve Lacy, Raps 77
Halki Collective, Halki Collective 79
The Amran-Barrow Quartet, The Eastern Scene 80
Charlie Parke acetates 82
Tommy "Madman" Jones, A Different Sound and Just Friends 84
New York Art Quartet, Mohawk 86
Paul Gonsalves / Tubby Hayes, Just Friends; Paul Gonsalves All Stars Featuring Tubby Hayes, Change of Setting 88
Anthony Braxton, New York, Fall 1974 90
Herbie Fields Sextet, A Night at Kitty's 91
Air, 80 Degrees Below '82 93
Guy Warren with Red Saunders Orchestra, Africa Speaks-American Answers! 94
Barry Altschul, Another Time, Another Place 96
The Korean Black Eyes, "Higher" 97
Rufus Jones, Five on Eight 99
Johnny Shacklett Trio, At the Hoffman House 100
The Mad-Hatters, The Mad-Hatters at Midnight 102
Klaus Doldinger, Doldinger Goes On 103
Max Roach, Solos 105
Dick Johnson, Most Likely . . . 106
Phil Seaman, The Phil Seamen Story 108
Paul Smoker Trio, QB 109
Khan Jamal, Drumdance to the Motherland; Franz Koglmann, For Franz / Opium 111
Track Four / Brand New Secondhand: Record Collector Subcultures 113
Column Three / 2006-2012
Walt Dunn, seven-inch singles 123
Leonard Feather, The Night Blooming Jazzmen 125
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Modern Jazz Expressions 126
Archie Shepp, Plays the Music of James Brown; Cozy Eggleston, Grand Slam 128
Black Grass, Black Grass 129
Yoke & Yohs seven-inch 45
The Bill Dixon Orchestra, Intents and Purposes 132
Orchestre Regional de Mopti, Orchestre Regional de Mopti 134
The Jihad, Black & Beautiful . . . Soul & Madness 136
Milford Graves / Don Pullen, Milford Graves & Don Pullen at Yale University 137
Heikki Sarmanto Sextet, Flowers in the Water; G.L. Unit, Orangutang! 139
Ernie and Emilio Caceres, Ernie & Emilio Caceres 141
Maarten Altena, Papa Oewa 142
London Experimental Jazz Quartet, Invisible Roots 144
Sunny Murray, Big Chief; Solidarity Unit, Inc., Red, Black, and Green 146
Dick Wetmore, Dick Wetmore 147
United Front, Path with a Heart 149
Joseph Scianni, Man Running 150
The Residents, The Beatles Play the Residents and the Residents Play the Beatles 152
John Carter / Bobby Bradford Quartet, Flight for Four and Self Determination Music 153
Johnny Lytle Trio, Blue Vibes 155
Orchid Spangiafora, Flee Pasts Ape Elf 156
Noah Howard, Space Dimension 158
Baikida Carroll, The Spoken Word 159
Randy Weston, Blues 161
Charles Bobo Shaw Human Arts Ensemble Concere Ntasiah 163
Lee "Scratch" Perry, Double-7 164
Eddie Shu / Joe Roland / Wild Bill Davis, New Stars-New Sounds 166
Cecil Taylor / Tony Oxley, Ailanthus / Altissima 167
Unidentified Kenyan Highlife Band, seven-inch test pressing 169
Track Five / Specialty of the House 173
Track Six / Anything Can Happen Day: Sun Ra, Alton Abraham, and the Taming of the Freak 221
Column Four / 2016
Le Sun-Ra and his Arkistra, "Saturn" seven-inch single; Tom Prehn Quartet, Axiom 243
Track Seven / Run-Off Groove 247
Acknowledgements 249

About the Author

John Corbett is a music critic, record producer, and curator. He is the author of Microgroove: Forays into Other Music and Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr. Funkenstein, both also published by Duke University Press, and A Listener's Guide to Free Improvisation. His writing has appeared in DownBeat, Bomb, Nka, and numerous other publications. He is the co-owner of Corbett vs. Dempsey, an art gallery in Chicago.

Reviews

"Vinyl Freak could have easily been a stale trip down memory lane by a record collector. Yet Corbett takes an almost philosophical look at how music passes through listening mediums and what that means for listeners. As a result, the text will appeal to both vinyl freaks and non-freaks as it speaks to the transience of pop culture and its intersection with everyday lives." -- Amanda McCorquodale * ForeWord Reviews *
"... since the discussion is at least as much about the music being collected as the vinyl package, there is also a lot of intriguing music in the book. Much (but not all) of it jazz, and all of it worth seeking out: it comes with Corbett's highest recommendation."
-- Mark Sullivan * All About Jazz *
"[A] fascinating look at a subculture og hard-core collectors and a gold mine of information about various kinds of music and recording esoterica.... The illustrations of the record covers under review are fascinating and the author's musical savvy is daunting. This lively book could appeal to a wide range of readers." -- David Keymer * Library Journal *
"... one of the most readable books about the arcane magic of hunting down and listening to rare and unusual albums, or even rediscovering them from your own collection." -- Jon Newey * Jazzwise *
"As a person who is not quite an over-the-top Sun Ra aficionado but is certainly more than a casual fan, I am forever grateful for Corbett's obsession. As a person who is always interested in discovering new and obscure music, I am also forever grateful for Corbett and his publisher compiling this collection of reviews. Although I read several of them in their original incarnation in Downbeat, this little book is now my reference guide for music I need to check out. Thanks again, John Corbett." -- Ron Jacobs * Counterpunch *
"[Corbett's] new book digs deep into the culture of the vinyl lover and digs even deeper into his personal record collection. In the process, he exposes a beautiful and dusty world largely forgotten but kept alive by that dead medium known as the vinyl record." -- Christopher Laird * PopMatters *
"Corbett really is an 'equal opportunity ear filler' and is willing to acquire the music he really enjoys in any format. With Vinyl Freak John Corbett invites us to join him in the pleasure of discovering new sounds to indulge our ears. So what are you waiting for? You've been invited. Highly Recommended!" -- Chris De Chiara * Avant Music News *
"Corbett still has an obscene record collection, but he's realized that his greatest mission is to share and educate-to arrange things so that others can experience the joy that he does. As much as anything I've read by him, Vinyl Freak does precisely that." -- Peter Margasak * Chicago Reader *
"John Corbett is one of my favourite music writers. This book gathers up his elegaic and highly informative columns for Vinyl Freak magazine along with a series of mediations or essays on his love of music, an engaging mix of autobiography, reflection and storytelling. There are lots of colour pictures of record sleeves too." -- Rupert Loydell * International Times *
"Corbett's deep knowledge in his chosen fields yields many valuable insights about records you may never have even heard of, let alone heard. Sure, he appreciates the classics, but he favours outliers. Admirably, he wants to broaden the canon (it would behoove readers to keep a notebook handy to tabulate all the records for which they should search).... And that is the motor of Vinyl Freak: an insatiable desire for the next revelatory recording, offering a thrilling portal to discover a hidden facet of your identity through a work of art. And if it impresses your mates or seduces a potential lover, so much the better." -- Dave Segal * The Wire *
"John Corbett revels in the knowledge he's gained from a life spent rooting round shops and chats with like-minded souls. It's the final section that will resonate with most, detailing his experience unearthing an entire house-worth of Sun Ra memorabilia, it is so vividly written that you can almost sense his pulse racing as he ecstatically rifles through priceless artefacts." * Record Collector *
"Corbett writes with both enthusiasm and a keen ear, the upshot of which is that high-dollar rarities and cheapies that shred get near-equal attention." -- Clifford Allen * New York City Jazz Record *
"John Corbett shows how vinyl collecting serves archival and perhaps even societal purposes. By actively reanimating obscure and hard to find vinyl, he demonstrates that 'vinyl freaks' make worlds available that otherwise might be lost. Vinyl Freak opens up a world of vinyl, revealing recordings, musicians, as well as cultural history, that remain written in the grooves of decades-old records." -- Janet Borgerson & Jonathan Schroeder * Popular Music and Society *
"Vinyl Freak is a good read, a well-written collection that helps with the fun and overwhelming project of trying to come to grips with the huge amount of music preserved in the LP era. I cannot imagine even casual collectors making it through Vinyl Freak without adding several items to their wants lists." -- Carlos Pena * Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal *

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