"...an album by jazz multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk featuring his 1968 Newport Jazz Festival appearance and studio performances recorded in July 1969. It was released on the Atlantic label and features performances by Kirk with Ron Burton, Vernon Martin, Jimmy Hopps and Joe Habao Texidor, Charles McGhee, Dick Griffith, Sonny Brown, Charles Crosby and the Roland Kirk Spirit Choir. The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek states "Volunteered Slavery, with its beat/African chanted poetry and post-bop blues ethos was certainly the first strike in the right direction... Kirk proves that he is indeed the master of any music he plays because his sense of harmony, rhythm, and melody comes not only from the masters acknowledged, but also from the collective heart of the people the masters touched. It's just awesome".
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1. VOLUNTEERED SLAVERY (5:40) Roland Kirk; Rokir, BMI 2. SPIRITS UP ABOVE (3:36) Roland Kirk; Rokir, BMI 3. MY CHERIE AMOUR (3:17) S. Wonder - S. Moy - H. Cosby; Jobete, BMI 4. SEARCH FOR THE REASON WHY (2:04) Roland Kirk; Rokir, BMI 5. I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER (7:56) Burt Bacharach - Hal David; Blue Seas-Jac; ASCAP
1. ONE TON (4:55) Roland Kirk; Rokir, BMI OVATION & ROLAND'S REMARKS (1:45) 2. A TRIBUTE TO JOHN COLTRANE (8:10) a. LUSH LIFE Billy Strayhorn; Tempo, ASCAP b. AFRO-BLUE Mongo Santamaria; Radcliffe, c. BESSIE'S BLUES John Coltrane; Jowcol, 3. THREE FOR THE FESTIVAL (4:00) Roland Kirk; MRC, BMI