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Artist
Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra
ReleaseProduct
Love Is Where the Spirit Lies
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT239D
Release Date
November 20, 2020

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Press Release

Strut present the first ever international reissue of one of the most sought-after albums from the Black Fire catalogue, Lon Moshe & Southern Freedom Arkestra’s life-affirming ‘Love Is Where The Spirit Lies’ from 1977.

“Lon was creating his own path in his music life at this time,” remembers Black Fire’s Plunky Branch. “We had met in San Francisco and he had become an original member of JuJu during the early ‘70s. He then wanted to pursue his own music, primarily in jazz; he was an avant-gardist and loved Tribe, Strata-East and Sun Ra.” For his Love Is Where The Spirit Lies album, Moshe drew from musicians within the Black Fire stable. Oneness Of Juju’s Jackie Eka-Ete sang and helped to write songs and members of Southern Energy Ensemble contributed, including their bandleader Marvin Daniels. “The band name, Southern Freedom Arkestra, was a proud declaration that this music was from the U.S. South,” continues Branch.

“The civil rights movement had been led from there and the most serious racial animosities resided there. Lon had grown up in Southern Illinois, South of Chicago, and said that the racial oppression was as bad there as in the South. He wanted to fight back through his music and through his own actions. He found a way to bring energy and aggressive to the sweet sound of the vibes. He played with a lot of dynamism and speed. The most celebrated piece on this album, ‘Doin’ The Carvin For Thabo’, is a tribute to his mentor, the drummer Michael Carvin (also known by same as ‘Thabo’) who had played for Motown, with Freddie Hubbard and many more.

This first international reissue of the album features new sleeve notes including interviews and commentary by Lon Moshe, Plunky Branch and band members with original illustrated artwork by Mary E. Greer. Audio was remastered from original tapes by The Carvery.

First international reissue. Reissue is part of Strut’s ongoing work with the Black Fire catalogue. Remastered from the original reel to reel tapes by The Carvery.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Prayer for Saude 3:03 Buy

    Prayer for Saude

  2. 2 Love Is Where the Spirit Lies 14:51 Buy

    Love Is Where the Spirit Lies

  3. 3 The Hutch 4:24 Buy
  4. 4 Doin' the Carvin' for Thabo 5:33 Buy

    Doin' the Carvin' for Thabo

  5. 5 Survival Raga #9 8:56 Buy

    Survival Raga #9

  6. 6 Low Ghost 6:05 Buy
  7. 7 Ballad for Bobby Hutcherson 6:54 Buy

    Ballad for Bobby Hutcherson

Track List

CD

  1. Prayer For Saude
  2. Survival Raga #9
  3. Love Is Where The Spirit Lies
  4. Doin’ The Carvin’ For Thabo
  5. The Hutch
  6. Low Ghost
  7. Ballad For Bobby Hutcherson

2LP

A1. Prayer For Saude
A2. Survival Raga #9
B1. Love Is Where The Spirit Lies
C1. Side Three Doin’ The Carvin’ For Thabo
C2. The Hutch
D1. Low Ghost
D2. Ballad For Bobby Hutcherson

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