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!
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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.
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