LP released: Nov 29, 2019
(Item no longer available)

1. Happy Tuesday
2. New Horizons
3. Billie I
4. We'll Tell You Later
5. New Horizons
6. New Life
Cat No: LDGTWN03
Barcode: 0051497114749
Packaging: LP Gatefold

Re-Mastered from the original vinyl transfer done by Porter Records in 2010
Gatefold cover with liner notes from Francis
Davis paying tribute to his dear friend Byard.

LancasterSounds of Liberation was a band - and a social movement -
formed in of the Germantown & Mt Airy neighborhoods of
Philadelphia in 1970. The group consisted of seven
members: Khan Jamal (vibraphone), Byard Lancaster (alto
saxophone), Billy Mills (bass), Dwight James (drums),
Monnette Sudler (guitar), Omar Hill (percussion), and Rashid
Salim (percussion). Originally conceived and formed by
Khan Jamal, the arrival of Byard Lancaster in 1971 helped
shift their focus and efforts into a higher gear. Jamal and
Lancaster would work together in different configurations
throughout the decade.
Sounds of Liberation were at the forefront of avant-garde
Black expression in the early 1970s, putting action behind
their creative endeavors. They were as much of a
community force as a band, and there was a strong desire
by the entire group to work with a range of different
populations, from school children to inmates. They
continued to do so through the mid-1970s. In addition to
club performances, the collective initiated happenings in
elementary schools, prisons & community centers
throughout Philly, to great success and impact in the city's
African-American and jazz community. Following up the
heralded first-ever release of Sounds of Liberation's
Unreleased [Columbia University 1973] and the re-formation
of the group for live performances earlier this year, Dogtown
Records and Brewerytown Beats are back to keep their
legacy alive and introduce the group to a new generation of
Sounds of Liberation is a six-song, 50-minute album of
original music (with compositions attributed to the group, in
addition to co-author Abraham Howard Jr. on "Happy
Tuesday"). It was reissued to great acclaim by Porter
Records in 2010 and - like the original version - has been
out-of-print for many years. Now that the group's surviving
members have re-formed and are performing again,
Dogtown and Brewerytown Beats plan to keep it in print for
the foreseeable future. This new reissue package - with liner
notes by legendary Philly jazz chronicler, historian and
author Francis Davis - has been prepared for this important
reissue by group members, in collaboration with Peter
"Max" Ochester of Philly's Brewerytown Beats Records.