Doug Carn – 1973 – Revelation

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Perhaps the hardest to find of the Doug Carn LP’s on Black Jazz – and a real killer all the way through! The album’s a mother lode of righteous jazzy soul – power-driven by Doug on organ, and peppered wonderfully with vocals by then-wife Jean Carn – singing in a totally different mode than on her later Philly Soul recordings. The rest of the group includes some great work from Olu Dara on trumpet and Rene McLean on alto  and the album includes Doug’s great reading of “Naima”, plus the cuts “Power & Glory”, “Feel Free”, “Jihad”, “Fatherhood”, and “God is One”.

This is a @256 vinyl rip of the original Black Jazz LP including covers.

Tracks
A1 God Is One 1:42
A2 Power and Glory 7:57
A3 Revelation 3:43
A4 Naima 4:28
A5 Fatherhood 4:15
B1 Contemplation 4:08
B2 Feel Free 9:20
B3 Time Is Running Out 3:55
B4 Jihad 7:24

The Reviews

By Edward Darden “Jazz Is”

If you have landed here, then the Universe has pulled you and you have followed: There was a time when everything seemed just about to happen, needing just a spark to bring about a new world; this recording was of that time–it still strikes sparks. Listen especially for the freedom in Walter Booker’s bass and vigor in Ira “Buddy” Williams’ drumming. Naz’ daddy, Olu Dura on trumpet, and Jackie McLean’s son, Rene on tenor/vocals fill our ears with musical joy. All these attributes and more are captured in Jean’s singing and in Doug’s compositions and keyboard playing. If ever music could evoke the spirit of its time, then none does that better than this music. It is a Revelation.

By Dawoud Kringle

In the 1960’s there began what can only be described as a spiritual revolution among jazz musicians. Spearheaded by the likes of Coltrane, Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Saunders, etc. jazz became a means for social change and a vehicle for spiritual enlightenment.

Revelation” by Doug Carn was a lost masterpiece of this era. Apart from the top rate songwriting and musicianship, this recording demonstrates and evokes in the listener a joy and an elevation of the spirit and heart that is sadly lacking on most music.

Jazz musicians and audiences would do well to remember that this music means a triumph of the spirit and dignity of the human being over oppression and despair. This cannot be accomplished by that trumpet player whose docility is being exploited by that large classical music venue in New York City; or the hoards of bebop nazis who think that the development of jazz ended in 1964.

This is timeless music and a wonderful addition to any soul/jazz lovers collection

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All you need to know about Doug Carn one of the most famous artists of the Soul Jazz scene, here . He became popular in mid-’70s with the 4 albums for Black Jazz label.

Read here about  Jean Carn(e) who was singing with Earth, Wind & Fire on two albums, recording several times with Norman Connors, and reaching the charts via George Duke’s hit single “Reach for It.” In 1977, Carne was signed to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Records with great success. I will surely post one of her albums in the near future.

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38 Comments
  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 03:25h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    Wow!! Many Thanks Nikos. You’ve been on a roll lately. I’m lovin the sample song already. Can’t wait to hear the rest.

  • Tony
    Posted at 03:45h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    Man…you’ve gone from serving gold to platinum with this one. Many thanks.

  • Vernon
    Posted at 10:39h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    Excellent choice. A must have for soul/jazz lovers. First side is more soul and the second is straight jazz. Doug Carn was really great organist and composer among his other talents. Do not sleep.

  • Simon666
    Posted at 13:58h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    fantastic, thanks Nikos 🙂

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 14:23h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    Thanks so much. Can’t wait to check it out.

  • k02
    Posted at 15:35h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    Thank You

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 17:05h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    oh mu holy goodness,how beautiful !!!!!!!!!!

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 17:23h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    This is 256 kbps. NOT 320 kbps as mentioned!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:55h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    thanx nikos

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 23:57h, 25 October 2010 Reply

    Yes – as Vernon says above, Side One is the more soulful side. I was already familiar with “Revelation/Infant Eyes” from Jean carn’s “Happy To Be With You” LP, when I heard the Doug Carn original some time ago on CD (with the equally satisfying “Infant Eyes” CD released around the same time). Very ethereal, spiritual, jazzy and soulful. And a very clever and worthwhile inclusion on FMS, Nikos.

  • Zion
    Posted at 01:09h, 26 October 2010 Reply

    Those 4 albums on Black Jazz are pure gold. Brilliant choice once more on my fav blog. Congrats.

  • Antonis
    Posted at 10:49h, 26 October 2010 Reply

    Wow! Looks very promising. Thanks for sharing.

  • Robert
    Posted at 16:03h, 26 October 2010 Reply

    sounds good,thank you!!!!!

  • Black Baron
    Posted at 16:21h, 27 October 2010 Reply

    Thanks for this posting. I lost all my Doug Carn albums years ago. I really miss the radio stations that had DJ’s insightful enough to play this kind of music.

  • Unclefester
    Posted at 21:21h, 28 October 2010 Reply

    Fantastic record, thanks!
    But for some strange reason I can’t play/import these files with Itunes (on a mac). Any idea why?

  • Nikos
    Posted at 22:09h, 28 October 2010 Reply

    Sorry for that but i know nothing about Mac. But I just noticed that there’s the same problem with Itunes on Windows too.
    I really do not know what’s wrong. i will try to find another rip and replace it.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:00h, 29 October 2010 Reply

    yes i am having the same prob on pc all files are there but cannot be opened in itunes or wave editor. I love this site though!!! great job nikos!

  • Fernando
    Posted at 09:53h, 29 October 2010 Reply

    Superb post. Timeless music…Thnx

  • Hernandez
    Posted at 01:55h, 30 October 2010 Reply

    This guy is da bom!!!

  • Michell
    Posted at 11:47h, 30 October 2010 Reply

    I was looking for this, fantastic share!

  • Francis
    Posted at 14:25h, 31 October 2010 Reply

    Respect Doug Carn. Amazing artist. I love his Black Jazz discography. “Revelation” the single is one of his best numbers with Jean.

  • Steve McQueen
    Posted at 13:17h, 01 November 2010 Reply

    Love those Black Jazz albums and this one is one of my fav. I can’t agree more with “Revelation”. Amazing site. I’m new and impressed.

  • Antreas
    Posted at 01:15h, 02 November 2010 Reply

    Another brilliant post, filling an important spot in my collection. Thank you very much!

  • Morocco
    Posted at 17:03h, 02 November 2010 Reply

    Excellent choice. A gem of an album.

  • LoveBugStarski
    Posted at 21:47h, 02 November 2010 Reply

    Bit of trivia for you good people. Olu Dara on trumpet is the father of rapper Nas (Nasir Jones). Great Post!!

  • Sly
    Posted at 07:42h, 03 November 2010 Reply

    Thanks as always.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:39h, 04 November 2010 Reply

    Absolutely mind blowing, gives me the creeps, thanks a lot!

  • Martini
    Posted at 20:07h, 06 November 2010 Reply

    Nice post, once again I learn something new from tour blog! Thanx 4 educating the next generation in soul classics! Much respect!

  • Martini
    Posted at 20:09h, 06 November 2010 Reply

    regarding my comment – *your blog 😉

  • Manu
    Posted at 21:28h, 10 November 2010 Reply

    Thanks, I read about this one a long time ago, great to be able to listen!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 08:14h, 13 November 2010 Reply

    this is amazing stuff, i love all that spiritual jazz goodness, especially Lonnie Liston Smith…oh yeahhh

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 16:39h, 26 November 2010 Reply

    This is beautiful. Thanks

  • Montigui
    Posted at 13:52h, 30 November 2010 Reply

    Hi, i know this site for few months and i really do want to thank you. Each time i pick an album here, i listen to it non stop for several weeks. You made me love soul music.
    I also want to thank you for allowing us to download these albums. In France it’s already hard to find good blues or jazz albums, so soul…
    Thanks a lot. PS : This album is really great

  • Bob Haldeman
    Posted at 23:14h, 06 December 2010 Reply

    I have visited this blog many times and found many a good share. But today I visit your blog and find some albums that I like and go to download them, only to have every one and I mean EVERY ONE of them fail to unpack. I have downloaded at least 5 albums using zshare and every single one has been a problem. I will try rapidshare and see if that makes a difference.

  • mcgradencrock
    Posted at 19:29h, 20 January 2011 Reply

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  • Michael
    Posted at 19:23h, 22 July 2011 Reply

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    But I have this one on vynil!

  • Greg Knucklez
    Posted at 15:58h, 03 March 2012 Reply

    MANY THANKS 🙂

  • thegroove
    Posted at 15:19h, 21 November 2013 Reply

    You guys are teachers and FMS has sent me on another journey.
    As a fellow music lover I’m humbled.

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