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Album David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence

  • Performer: David Axelrod
  • Title: Song Of Innocence
  • Size MP3 ver: 1927 mb
  • Size FLAC ver: 1537 mb
  • Country: US
  • Date of release: 21 Apr 2018
  • Style: Jazz-Funk, Psychedelic Rock, Fusion
  • # Catalog: B0028035-01, NA 5165, NA 5165-LP-ST
  • Label: Capitol Records, Now-Again Records, Universal Music Special Markets
  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Genre: Jazz / Rock
Album David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence


1Song Of Innocence4:32
2The Mental Traveler4:03
3The Smile3:25
5A Dream2:26
6Holy Thursday5:30
7Merlin's Prophecy2:43


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
ST 2982David Axelrod Song Of Innocence ‎(LP, Album, Scr)Capitol RecordsST 2982US1968
ST-11362David Axelrod Song Of Innocence ‎(LP, Album, RE)Capitol RecordsST-11362US1974
ST 2982David Axelrod Song Of Innocence ‎(LP, Album)Capitol RecordsST 2982UK1968
7243 5 21588 2 9, 521 5882David Axelrod Song Of Innocence ‎(CD, Album, RE, RP)Stateside, Stateside7243 5 21588 2 9, 521 5882EuropeUnknown
7243 5 21588 2 9David Axelrod Song Of Innocence ‎(CD, Album, RE, RP)Stateside7243 5 21588 2 9UK & EuropeUnknown


  • Art Direction [Reissue]Errol F. Richardson
  • ArtworkLockart
  • Composed By, Arranged By, ProducerDavid Axelrod
  • ConductorDon Randi
  • Engineer [Recording]Joe Polito
  • IntervieweeDavid Axelrod
  • InterviewerBrian DiGenti, Eothen Alapatt
  • Lacquer Cut ByRon McMaster
  • Liner NotesEothen Alapatt
  • PerformerAl Casey , Allen Di Rienzo, Alvin Dinkin, Anne Goodman, Arnold Belnick, Arthur Maebe, Benjamin Barrett, Bobby Bruce, Carol Kaye, Douglas Davis, Earl Palmer, Freddie Hill, Gareth Nuttycombe, Gary Coleman, Gene Estes, Harold Schneier, Harry Bluestone, Harry Hyams, Henry Roth, Henry Sigismonti, Howard Roberts, Jack Shulman, Leonard Malarsky, Lew McCreary, Marshall Sosson, Myron Sandler, Nathan Ross, Ollie Mitchel, Pete Wyant, Raphael Kramer, Richard Leith, Sid Sharp, Tibor Zelig, Tony Terran, Vincent de Rosa, Bill Hinshaw
  • Reissue ProducerEothen Alapatt
  • Text By [Captions and Additional Information]Kristof Indeherberge


Originally reissued for Record Store Day 2018 as a 'RSD First' release, in an over-sized resealable poly-bag with large Record Store Day hype sticker. This lower part of the hype sticker is not on the later released retail pressing.

Lacquered directly from Axelrod's original Eq'ed master tapes at Capitol Records by Ron McMaster.

Contains 28 page booklet containing never before seen photos and an interview with Axelrod.


  • Barcode: 6 59457 51651 2
  • Matrix / Runout: B0028035-01-A G-1 RM
  • Matrix / Runout: B0028035-01-B G-1 RM


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – UMG Recordings, Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – Now-Again Records
  • Copyright (c) – Capitol Records, LLC
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Capitol Records, LLC
  • Distributed By – Traffic Entertainment Group
  • Lacquer Cut At – Capitol Mastering
  • Manufactured By – Universal Music Enterprises



David Axelrod. UMG от лица компании EMI CMRRA, BMG Rights Management US, LLC, ARESA и другие авторские общества 4. UMG от лица компании UniversalIsland Def Jam PEDL, LatinAutor, CMRRA, Peermusic, UMPG Publishing, BMG Rights Management US, LLC, ASCAP и другие авторские общества 4. Song of Innocence - David Axelrod. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей коллекцией. Songs in album David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence 1968. David Axelrod - Urizen. David Axelrod - Holy Thursday. David Axelrod - The Smile 1999 Digital Remaster. David Axelrod - A Dream. David Axelrod - Song Of Innocence. David Axelrod - Merlin's Prophecy. David Axelrod - The Mental Traveler. Song of Innocence is the debut album by American composer and producer David Axelrod. It was released in October 1968 by Capitol Records. Axelrod sought to capitalize on the experimental climate of popular music and composed the album as a suite-like tone poem interpreting Songs of Innocence, a 1789 illustrated collection of poems by William Blake. He recorded the album at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles with an orchestra and studio musicians from the Wrecking Crew collective, including keyboardist and. Посмотреть сведения об участниках альбома, рецензии, композиции и приобрести альбом 2018 Vinyl от Song Of Innocence на 1968 7 Songs. Song of Innocence. Songs of Experience is the second studio album by American composer and producer David Axelrod. It was released in October 1969 by Capitol Records. Axelrod composed, arranged, and produced the album while recording with session musicians such as guitarist Al Casey, drummer Earl Palmer, and conductor Don Randi. Listen free to David Axelrod Song Of Innocence Urizen, Holy Thursday and more. 7 tracks 26:35. Producer, arranger, and engineer David Axelrod made his mark with Cannonball Adderley, Lou Rawls, and the Electric Prunes. He created recording dates both live and in the studio with crisp innovative production, forward-looking arrangements, and killer sound effects the Prunes' weird Mass in F Minor is a case in point. No one, however, expected him to make his own records. Song of Innocence by David Axelrod, released 23 February 2018 Song of Innocence, is an essential, 60s masterpiece. Celebrated as psychedelic, the birth of jazz-fusion and the harbinger of hip-hop, the album is a hybrid that no one, not even its creator, can easily describe. Vinyl & CD only - no digital. Song of Innocence, is an essential, 60s masterpiece

Comments (27)

Compared this to an original EMI U.k pressing and it sounds nowhere near as good,save your money and get out there and search for an original.I have found Two original copies in the last year so it can't be all that rare.
I've heard both an original US issue as well as the 70s 2nd pressing. This sounds equally as good and can be had at a fraction of the price. Also, it will be infinitely harder to find a NM or even VG+ original. This is the level all modern releases should be striving for, especially for the price. If this was selling for $50 -$100 then yea sure go find an OG. But since you can get it for $20, you should absolutely jump on it.
not sure , could be a faulty needle, but i swear to whatever that the drums are a lot more prevalent in the right channel. can someone either confirm or deny?
Thanks for the write up! I was beginning to notice this mixing style in some of my other lps , but only because of this record. Seems to be a mostly a jazz style mix, heavy drums in the right with the other noticeably prevelant melodies in the left. I 100% don’t like it, but I guess it’ll have to grow on me. Peace! =)
This mixing style is typical for late 60's early 70's music.In that era people were hungry for music that really shows off what stereo imaging can do,Sounds a little crazy nowadays - but it is neither a faulty pressing/mixing nor a badly system configuration on your side.It is just some "flavour of time". :)If you like some other examples - go listen to "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck or if you want it to the "silly level" - listen to some of the early Beatles stereo mixes. That is true "Ping-Pong-Stereo".I think the level of separation on this release is still ok. There is enough crosstalk of the drums into the left channel.Given the age of the recording - this pressing sounds fine to my ears. The pressing itself is not so great. The copy I re-recorded had some very audible wow and flutter effects, pops and cracks are evident all the time, but not to a level that will destroy the experience. Outstanding music, good mastering, average pressing.My spectrum reading shows, that the source for the cut must have been an anlog (or very highres digital) one.Nice overall.
I knew things weren't going to be great when the first thing I saw in the paper sleeve was a tendril of vinyl offcut. My record came dirty and scuffed, even with minor scratches. Judging by what looks like a drunk person has rammed it onto the spindle and the scratches in the first track, my copy appears to have been play tested. And even though they've warmed it up for me I had a hard time getting it back off the spindle because the hole is a little small.I had to turn the volume up significantly from the record I listened to before it to get a similar level. I would expect a record with sides as short as this to be louder. There is quite a lot of background noise. I can't be sure how much is vinyl noise and how much is simply noise from the recording and unfortunately I don't have an original to compare. But it's very distracting, almost unacceptable in quiet sections so I'm sure this disc is most of it. Overall the sound quality isn't too bad, but you just have to hope yours doesn't arrive all scuffed and scratched. Perhaps other copies are less noisy overall but I doubt it. The booklet is nice with a lot of info and photos, but at this price I expect much higher quality control on the record itself. And the jacket is rather flimsy and cheap. I would actually like a digital version of this master to cut out the unreliability of pressing plants, and a download card would have been nice at this price.For comparison, I bought a sealed 2000 pressing of Song of Experience at the same time as this, and it sounds far better than this version of Innocence, or at least my copy of it anyway. It was also just over half the price, and I was sure it was going to sound awful compared to this nice new expensive record, but it ended up being the other way around unfortunately.
From "eq'd" master tapes, what does that mean? master tapes are mastered originals, what does eq'd (equalized) have to do with it? and 'from the original master tapes', doesn't means AAA. It might sound great, no doubt, but unless it says 'All Analogue' these days, it I very much doubt it is.
There's a video on the Now Again website showing the lacquer being cut directly from the tape, with no digital gear in sight (see: http://www.rappcats.com/shop/song-of-innocence/). AAA is truly rare these days, no doubt, but this is a legitimate all-analog pressing.
Hardly anything is all analog these days. If you reissue something on vinyl, particularly if its from a major label, they send you a digital master to use. Analog mastering typically is more expensive because it requires more equipment and more time, and original master tapes may have broken down anyway, so it's better to be concerned about sound quality than signal chain technology.
I don't mind the paper sleeve. My copy had no scuffs or marks and the sound quality is great.Downsides to me are the non-capital label on the record. And the flimsy cover, which is oversized to accommodate the booklet. There is already some seam split from its journey in the mail due to this.So to summarise, the sound quality is top notch, the booklet is great however I would have traded it for a capital label and a stronger cover.
This mastering/pressing sounds fantastic; I can't imagine we'll ever get a better vinyl reissue of this classic album. The packaging could be better, but give the record a cleaning and a new inner and you'll be fine. Based on the notes on the album, it sounds like it was an AAA mastering (lacquers created directly from tape), which doesn't happen often these days. Highly recommended!
Extremely disappointed at this reissue. It's probably my fault for assuming. Given Egon's deep love and respect for Axelrod, I honestly thought that this reissue was going to be at the level of the first run of the Now-Again Reserve Series. In some aspects, it is. Maybe if the term "Audiophile reissue" wasn't used so loosely. I don't own many audiophile reissues, but I can tell you that the ones I do own are proper in every way. Thick, sturdy jackets. Poly inner sleeves. Thick vinyl (minimum 180g). This doesn't come close. I don't even want to go into how shitty this jacket is. If you do end up purchasing, I highly suggest cleaning the record before playing. The booklet is pretty amazing too. Just be extremely clear on knowing what it is you're buying so that there's no disappointment. I just sincerely feel like this deserved so much more.
MikeTV421: Hey man, hope all is well with you. Thanks for taking the time to respond. I'm a bit confused as to why you felt the need to clear up what audiophile actually means since my post wasn't about that specifically, but rather my opinion and expectation on what the standard for an audiophile reissue (in its entirety) should be. Not sure where in my simple frustration as a consumer with too much wishful thinking allowed you to conclude that I have no idea what audiophile means, specially considering my personal standards for sound. However, I hope your post serves as a guide for anyone in the community who doesn't know what the term audiophile really is. Right on Mike. Thanks bro.
You clearly don't understand what the term audiophile means... It means someone who cares about SOUND. All your complaints are about the jacket, sleeve, and thickness of the record. You are right that the term "audiophile reissue" is used too loosely. Usually it means exactly what you are complaining about....but that is incorrect. Audiophiles care about sound and this release sounds terrific.
Sold my Scorpio/180g Axelrod LPs in advance of this reissue series and I'm very happy with this pressing. Gave it a vacuum clean and a poly inner, it sounds perfect.
Picked this up in the UK on RSD and love it. I have a cd copy from years back and the sound of this press is a delight in comparison, loads of detail, nice and quiet with no major pops or crackles (those with noisy pressings obviously just had bad luck). The booklet and photos are excellent. Can't see what the problem is with the sleeve but then I haven't studied it closely. I was just excited to come across it by chance on the day, got it home, played it a couple of times, sounds fantastic. Go grab one if you can and don't worry about it, it's a good one.
I wish they had kept the original Capitol label instead that black label. Also would it be so hard to reissue an album with a thick old style cardboard barcode-less sleeve? While the sound's great, I think many collectors would love to have a closest-to original repress even from the packaging side.
Are you all kidding me now with the paper sleeve comments? Provide your own damn sleeve if you don't like the one it came with. Furthermore, spend $200 to $400 on an original if you are that much of an "audiophile". This pressing sounds fine in my opinion, and I appreciate Now Again giving you more than just a record and actually giving you a booklet with more background on the artist than you might have know. Don't be talked out of buying this. Well worth my $27. Jeez people!
"All the pieces matter..." - Det. Lester Freamon, The Wire ©
I have to agree with the quibbles about the sleeve. They went with a wide spine so that it could hold the LP + the booklet, but they went too thin on the paper stock so it is super flimsy at that spine width. I would have been willing to spend an extra couple bucks for a tip-on like the Baby Huey reissue got. Record sounds solid.
“audiophile reissue” comes in a paper sleeve with visible marks on vinyl and tons of surface noise
This was the one RSD release I was really looking forward to purchasing. The good... magnificent job on the remastering, cannot fault it. Sonically a 9/10. The bad... poor pressing, sounded better after a clean which has gotten rid of most of the surface noise but the record itself was very dirty. Paper inner sleeve doesn’t help at all. The ‘ok’...album artwork has been recreated well, looks sharp but the cardboard stock used is very flimsy and will crease over time trying to hold the weight of the vinyl and booklet. Speaking of, the booklet is a fascinating read and includes pics I’ve never seen before but it doesn’t focus on just this one release, so I’m guessing it will be used for all the upcoming releases. The jury is out if I will purchase the remainder of the reissues.
Thanks for your remarks. I was considering buying this but will pass now. Shame that so many great albums have to suffer such poor pressings/releases.
I’m still glad I got it- sounds decent enough, but would of happily forgone the fancy booklet for a better pressing.
Mine does have marks and very occasional surface noise. By no means a deal breaker though - it sounds ace and I enjoyed my first listen.
That's too bad. The hype sticker reads like it's on point and then the pedigree flies off a cliff when it comes time to mention where the record is pressed. Roll the dice: Optimal/GZ/Pallas/Rainbo/Quality/Out Behind Someone's Garage... I guess that's why they call it a hype sticker. Sounds like the reemergence of another great title has been boogered by cutting corner$. I was hoping this would be a winner; if anyone can post _good_ experiences about this sonics of this reissue please do.
This is exactly why I passed on this release, had similar experience with this labels reissues. Luckily I could see the shitty paper sleeve through the poly bag and knew not to shell out $30 for this because the vinyl would be all marked up.

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