The Truth Is Out About ART JACKSON’S ATROCITY’s “Gout” (Along With An Official CD)… and the band was under our noses all the time!

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Gout (Remastered & Expanded) (2016)
They Sat On Their Secret For 10 Years, All While Actively Promoting The Rest Of Their Catalog…


Back in January, we posted a link to the upcoming CD release of Gout, by Art Jackson’s Atrocity (which had just appeared on Ebay), and wondered, along with others, if the long talked-about music was actually getting an official release. As many know, we introduced Gout on these pages in 2007 (when we were called Never Get Out Of The Boat, see the post below), as an experimental, improvisation jazz/rock outfit… with a unique story, which we lifted from a 2006 MySpace page. I liked the music (and the tale), as did others, but chatter about who was behind the music started almost immediately, as many didn’t buy the idea that Gout was recorded in 1974 and bankrolled by Miles Davis. For nearly ten years, reviews, discussion and speculation peppered the web, with press coming from all quarters, including Julian Cope’s Head Heritage and the UK’s MOJO Magazine, with no one puzzling together the mystery. That decade old question was answered this week, and the band responsible for Art Jackson’s Atrocity has come out of the closet… with a roll-out of a remastered & expanded CD, and a detailed, full color press pack that explains the genesis and evolution of Gout, from the recording session to the unintended “hoax”… and it’s a fun read (which we accidentally became a part of). To paraphrase the X-Files – The Truth Is Now Out There!

****Click HERE To Read All About Who’s Behind Art Jackson’s Atrocity****


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Our Original Post From 2007
Gout (1974)
Unreleased Miles Davis Proteges

From The May, 07 Archives This is the tale of one of the great lost experimental jazz/rock albums. According to legend, Gout was bankrolled by Miles Davis in 1974, delivered to Columbia Records and pressed for promotion… then summarily abandoned by the label. Reasons, besides its lack of commercial potential, are unclear. Though theories range from guitarist Art Jackson’s already developed heroin addiction to Columbia’s desire to distance themselves from a band that may have included a few radical Black Panthers. Reportedly, when Miles (with his own drug problems) began withdrawing into seclusion, so did the desire to release Gout. Specializing in free form, live-in-the-studio, jazz/rock experimentation, The Atrocity was a chaotic, 8 to 11 piece collective fronted by the 20 year old Jackson – whose guitar explorations were prone to both violent outbursts and spacey sonic excursions. No charts, no songs, no rhyme or reason. Driven by extra heavy propulsion drumming, the musical interplay between the players suggests a drug fueled free for all. A long lost curio ripped from a vinyl promo… and the subject of much speculation.


Shaft In Afghanistan (7:39)
Arabian Fabian (8:59)
Available Bush (7:11)
Tomato Reign (16:20)
Gout (6:22)

32 Comments

  • Willard
    March 12, 2009 - 18:23 | Permalink

    Search HERE for the original 2007 online version

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2009 - 15:36 | Permalink

    From the description, I thought this would be farther out than On the Corner and harder to penetrate than Derek Bailey. But it turns out this is a very solid release of very hip music. I love it. I would not characterize this as chaotic! It's out there but in a really good way!

    Thanks for this. Any idea who else plays on this?

  • Jay Mucci
    March 13, 2009 - 16:00 | Permalink

    Holy shit!! This album is an f***ing monster!! I've never heard of the album or Art Jackson, or even knew that Miles Davis was connected to any of this, until just this morning when I saw it posted here.
    I just got finished listening to it. Wow! Maybe it's just me, but this has to be one of the wildest, most intense, mind-blowing fusion albums ever recorded. And to think it was never officially released is even more mind-blowing…and tragic. This album sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday. And it should be released NOW!
    Thanks for another great find. Can't wait to see what you post next…

  • Anonymous
    March 13, 2009 - 20:48 | Permalink

    more rare booty from the boat!

  • Anonymous
    March 14, 2009 - 00:48 | Permalink

    wow ,i am eager to listen this one thanks !!!

  • boboquisp
    March 14, 2009 - 02:02 | Permalink

    Thanks for greatly expanding my mind…great stuff! bbq

  • Miles
    March 15, 2009 - 05:46 | Permalink

    willard…

    you never fail to amaze me!

  • Loren
    March 15, 2009 - 12:44 | Permalink

    What a week of shares! I Listened to Shaft in Afghanistan in MOG and it is pretty close to what Miles was doing in that period, particularly Agharta, and seems pretty straightforward to me, but maybe I've been on this boat with Willard too long.

    Not only Art JAckson, but the Steve Albini produced Cheap Trick, more Dylan, Prince and more. Wow, spring must be here, because the flowers are certainly in bloom. Thanks for the great shares.

  • sleepmonk
    March 29, 2009 - 21:39 | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this wonderful find.

  • Thad
    April 3, 2009 - 11:52 | Permalink

    You know, the recording does seem pretty clean/bright (drums especially) for a mid-70s release. It kind of sounds like one of Ronald Shannon Jackson's projects. Subterfuge afoot… but a really nice one, at that.

  • Thad
    April 3, 2009 - 11:55 | Permalink
  • bobhowe
    April 12, 2009 - 18:34 | Permalink

    I am 56, grew up through the late 60s early seventies colecting music and into hi fi and the production values for me in this recording are all wrong for 1974. The drums are far too clean and punchy if you compare them to other major labelfusion releases at this time. The electronics also sound far too modern for that period of mini moog and bendy pitch wheel keybords. This is far similar to a contemporary band like Mushroom which sometimes features Eddie Gale than a lost period classic. Like the fake krautrock psi fi releases Golem, Cosmic Corridor etc and the reprocessed Martin Weaver Dark offshoots they're a guilty pleasure but not authentic in my opinion

    • Steve
      February 8, 2016 - 19:57 | Permalink

      Totally agree, this is 90s or later. The musicians are talented, too bad that with the pathetic state of the music industry in the present day (speaking from a musician’s economic standpoint) resorting to historical fakery was probably the only way these guys could sell their jams. Unfortunately less enjoyable than it should be, because of the dishonesty.

      • Willard
        February 8, 2016 - 20:31 | Permalink

        “resorting to historical fakery was probably the only way these guys could sell their jams. Unfortunately less enjoyable than it should be, because of the dishonesty.”

        Actually, they gave it away for free on MySpace 10 years ago… and haven’t been heard from since.

        • Steve
          February 8, 2016 - 21:19 | Permalink

          OK, I could be partly mistaken. But aren’t they selling it on eBay now?

  • Jon-A
    April 16, 2009 - 12:01 | Permalink

    Jeepers, people – is this really so complicated? Look at the column to your right and scroll down until you get to the numerous Henry Kaiser posts. Notice that he even has a band called 'Yo Miles!' Care to speculate about what some of their studio jams might sound like?

  • buzzbabyjesus
    April 24, 2009 - 00:33 | Permalink

    Definitely a hoax. Drums are a definite giveaway, and a genius friend of mine heard 5-string bass right off, which makes it highly unlikely. All the playing is too modern sounding.

  • Festus
    November 5, 2009 - 10:39 | Permalink

    Just found your blog and really loving it ! thanks!

  • buzzbabyjesus
    May 5, 2010 - 13:28 | Permalink

    Last year I almost made the comment that "Gout" sounded an awful lot like a Bill Laswell/Axiom production. I just made an oddball fusion playlist and heard "Shaft In Afghanistan" shuffled next to a tune from his 1997 "Arcana" album. Before it was an impression, now I'd bet money on it.

  • buzzbabyjesus
    May 5, 2010 - 14:01 | Permalink

    That would make Art Jackson either Buckethead, or Nicky Skopelitis.
    I'm just sayin'.

  • Schid
    September 4, 2011 - 07:02 | Permalink

    Unless the band were time-travellers, this can’t be from 1974… In the track “Tomato Reign” there’s a voice that says “F**k her… let her rot”. This is an audio clip taken from Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”, which was released in 1987.
    So to me this is a hoax, and I wish someone would come forward and explain, because I dig the music.

  • Dirk Bill
    October 12, 2011 - 17:18 | Permalink

    The music’s great; why the mystery? Would somebody show me the back of the album cover please? Might explain a lot… or not. The fact that there’s only one story here, repeated over and over… This reminds me of the time I heard Cokie Roberts on the radio say that 50% of all American voters were Catholic (!) – I almost drove off the road – turns out there was only one online reference to this “fact” and that was from a book review on World Net Daily, and she lifted it word-for-word. So where are the facts here? The Tampa newspaper from ’87 seems genuine, and might explain the sound of the production. The comments tied to WFMU’s The Exotic Prince post haven’t been verified. Excellent point about the audio clip though; as W.C. Field would say, “We’ve been ho-axed!”

  • miguel
    May 23, 2015 - 16:38 | Permalink

    Not only an extraordinary web site and an astonishing show of generosity and care. This particular entry shows discerning ears and musical background. Privileged to share such knowledgeable and dedicated company. Thank you so very much, Willard – and friends.
    M.

  • Ad Vance
    January 20, 2016 - 17:46 | Permalink

    Can’t wait for the rest of the story. Whatever this is, it beats The Masked Marauders or the Hitler diaries by at least seven leagues

  • January 26, 2016 - 01:18 | Permalink

    amazing. exciting. cheers!

  • Sean
    April 1, 2016 - 11:25 | Permalink

    If Miles Davis were involved, I’m certain at least one or two of the musicians would be recognized names, even if it was only Airto Moreira or whomever. Also, I don’t think Miles was one to “bankroll” anyone else’s musical projects, I haven’t read his autobiography so I could be wrong there, but who else did he ever bankroll? Sound is way too clean like one of those apocryphal “70s private press” Pyramid Records ‘krautrock” albums where mysteriously no original copies have ever surfaced on popsike. Yet despite those records’ clean shiny 90s sound and even the name Genesis P. Orridge etched into one of their runout grooves, there are people who will passionately defend their authenticity. I don’t think this type of obscure thing is usually intended as a money-making venture, more a pseudo-hoax where some unheralded musicians want to pat themselves on the back for pulling one over on the public. Like those old drunk British guys who made some “UFO crop circles” with a board and some ropes. Nothing to get worked up about either way, frankly. Anyway here’s a long message board discussion on “Atrocity” from Julian Cope’s site which to me is more interesting than the music itself.

    https://www.headheritage.co.uk/headtohead/unsung/topic/46243/flat/0/

    • Willard
      April 1, 2016 - 11:34 | Permalink

      Actually, the link that says “Click HERE To Read All About Who’s Behind Art Jackson’s Atrocity,” explains it all, without having to read anyone else’s 8 or 9 year old guesses and theories. As for OUR review, from 2007, it’s a paraphrase of the 2006 MySpace parody post. If you’re referencing old comments here, you might want to check the dates, because – as of this week – any further speculation is now moot.

  • Sean
    April 1, 2016 - 22:13 | Permalink

    Willard, my mistake, I was reading quickly and thought you were reposting the original story because the two posts are now linked together through one comment section. Everything I said I stand by though. I’m not angry at these guys, they’re very good musicians. If they could time-travel back to the 70’s they might even have been celebrated for their endeavors or made some moolah even. I just never bought into their story in the first place, seemed way to fishy The music stands for what it is, if people like it, they should go buy it.

    • Willard
      April 1, 2016 - 22:26 | Permalink

      Actually, the stories are a part of their schtick. You should read the one called ‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun’ As Played By Vanilla Fudge Imitating Iron Butterfly When Fudge Were Forced To Open For Butterfly At The Fillmore West After In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida Went Top Ten (HERE). It’s just as obviously false (though they say it’s “true”)… but the difference is the Art Jackson story got picked up and spread around before anyone knew what these guys were all about. They talk about it in their press kit for Gout. It wasn’t supposed to fool anybody, or be a hoax. They just come up with descriptive stories about whatever their music sounds like, and Gout happened to be the one that got bandied around the web. In retrospect, it’s all pretty obvious. At the time, it wasn’t. And, for whatever reason, they stayed mum on the topic for 10 years.

  • buczzbabyjesus
    April 2, 2016 - 17:19 | Permalink

    And next Andy Kaufman will turn up. Great story. Decent album.

  • Neroon
    April 2, 2016 - 20:45 | Permalink

    We’ve been had.I find it quite funny that most people (including myself) will go for anything if the Dark Prince;s name is involved without question.Still it’s a pretty good listen if you’re into a late 70’s Miles mood,the wife is out shopping just you the dog and the stereo with a cold beer or 3.Thanks Cpt for posting the real story and letting me have a good laugh at my gullible self.

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