Reliable sources have it that the much-speculated about Gout, by Art Jackson’s Atrocity, is getting an official release in 2016. Discogs pinpoints it at March 22nd. The release will be digital-only, featuring an 8-minute outtake from the original sessions (“Chimps Do Five”), and available at regular online outlets, like Amazon, for purchase. There is also a promo-only advance CD available now at Ebay (HERE), that is said to be a limited edition promo created only for media outlets (note the retro cut-out hole, which purports to be a “a sly homage to the release’s legendary status as a “promo-only” album”). You’ll also see a familiar review on the Ebay page, too, as well as the glowing review that was posted on Julian Cope’s Head Heritage. Our original post from 2007 is below (which was culled from Art Jackson’s Atrocity’s 2006 MySpace page), along with a streaming player featuring the PRE-mastered version of “Shaft In Afghanistan” (with surface noise). As MOJO Magazine’s Fred Dellar said a few years ago, “I’ve heard Gout and, whatever the provenance, it’s a fine, percussion-fueled free-for-all.”
Our Original Post From 2007
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)