Eddie Harris – Bad Luck Is All I Have (1975)

Eddie Harris – Bad Luck Is All I Have
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz | 300 dpi scans | Jazz, Jazz-funk
1975 Atlantic Records SD 1675, Presswell

This is an under-the-radar album, never released on CD, from the eclectic Eddie Harris, who gets help from Willi Bobo and Bradley Bobo in the rhythm section (as well as Calvin Barnes, who only has a few sessions to his name). Strangely, for a jazz-funk album from the middle 1970’s, there is almost no trap kit drumming on this, instead relying on timbales and other percussion for most of the groove. Some fun trumpet work from Oscar Brashear on this too.  It’s an essential album by any means, but the eclectic Eddie Harris was always worth a listen. 

A1 – Get On Up And Dance (03:30)
A2 – Bad Luck Is All I Have (08:40)
A3 – It Feels So Good (10:32)
B1 – Why Must We Part (05:15)
B2 – Obnoxious (05:48)
B3 – Abstractions (10:24)

Total length: 44:09

A1    Get On Up And Dance  3:30

6-String Bass – Bradley Bobo
Baritone Saxophone – Delbert Hill
Electric Guitar [Guitorgan] – Ronald Muldrow
Music By, Electric Piano, Saxophone, Vocals, Saxophone [Eddie Harris Attachment], Saxophone [Electric] – Eddie Harris
Percussion – Calvin Barnes
Percussion, Timbales – Willie Bobo
Trumpet – Oscar Brashear
Words By – Lolita Harris, Yvonne Harris

A2    Bad Luck Is All I Have  8:40

6-String Bass – Bradley Bobo
Backing Vocals – Louise “Lovely” Anglin*, Mary Haynes (3), Stephana Loeb
Baritone Saxophone – Delbert Hill
Electric Guitar [Guitorgan] – Ronald Muldrow
Music By, Words By, Electric Piano, Saxophone, Vocals – Eddie Harris
Percussion – Calvin Barnes
Percussion, Timbales – Willie Bobo
Trumpet – Oscar Brashear

A3    It Feels So Good  10:32

6-String Bass, Vocals – Bradley Bobo
Baritone Saxophone – Delbert Hill
Music By, Words By, Trumpet, Vocals, Electric Piano, Saxophone [Electric] – Eddie Harris
Percussion, Congas, Timbales – Willie Bobo
Percussion, Congas, Vocals, Percussion [Gourd] – Calvin Barnes
Trumpet – Oscar Brashear
Vocals, Electric Guitar [Guitorgan] – Ronald Muldrow

B1    Why Must We Part  5:15

6-String Bass – Bradley Bobo
Electric Guitar – Ronald Muldrow
Music By, Vocals, Synthesizer [String] – Eddie Harris
Percussion – Willie Bobo
Words By, 6-String Bass – Bradley Bobo

B2    Obnoxious  5:48

Bass – Rufus Reid
Congas – Derf*
Guitar – Ronald Muldrow
Music By, Piano [Acoustic] – Eddie Harris
Percussion – Calvin Barnes

B3    Abstractions  10:24

6-String Bass – Bradley Bobo
Drums – Willie Bobo
Electric Guitar [Guitorgan] – Ronald Muldrow
English Horn, Tenor Saxophone – Delbert Hill
Music By, Electric Piano, Synthesizer [String], Saxophone [Electric] – Eddie Harris
Percussion – Calvin Barnes
Trumpet – Oscar Brashear

Additional credits

Art Direction – Paula Scher
Engineer – Bruce Swedien
Illustration [Cover] – David Wilcox (4)
Photography By – Jim Marshall (3)
Producer – Geoffrey Haslam
Recording Supervisor [Production] – Marvin Lagunoff
Technician – Gil Fortis*, Joe Tuzen
Written-By – Eddie Harris


LINEAGE: 1975 Atlantic SD 1675, Presswell vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica Signet TK7E cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest Black Mamba and Pangea Premier interconnect cables; RME Babyface Pro interface ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; Click Repair with output monitored manually; further clicks and pops removed manually with Adobe Audition 3.0; dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.
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8 Comments

  1. Hi this looks great thanks.I did want to hear the 24/192 Airto you posted but there seems to be a fault with the files.Fat Larry is weird too.Hope you can get to reup them.Cheers for a great blog.Steve

  2. Looking forward to hearing this. I love the cover art as well. There’s another album that I think features the same artist but I can’t for the life of me remember what it is. Anway, thank you very much Dr. V!

  3. ….I remember now, it’s Claude Bolling. He did several albums with similar whimsical art but looking it up now it wasn’t the same artist.

  4. Just listened and yes indeed, I really like this album a lot. Thanks again!

  5. This is the best sounding jazz music I’ve heard in months. Interesting instrumentation, and I specifically like the bass guitar players in the two examples. Eddie Harris’ singing is cool also.. Thank you Dr. Vibes!

  6. Would love to hear this album…any chance of the password to open the file.
    Many Thanks

  7. many thx for this appreciated..great blog man!

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