Legendary Drummer, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Re-issues First Solo Album

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Legendary Drummer, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Re-issues First Solo Album While Unearthing Lost Sophomore LP.

The Break-Beat Holy Grail “Soul Drums” gets a Deluxe Makeover with Remastered Tracks, Unpublished Photos, Linear Notes & 8 Never Before Released Songs.

Bernard Purdie is one of the most well known drummers of all time, in all genres of music and probably the most recorded in history. From his early days as a session player to being Aretha Franklin’s musical director, being an over-dub drummer for The Beatles, recording albums with King Curtis, Steely Dan, Cat Stevens, Joe Cocker, Herbie Hancock, Hall & Oats, Quincy Jones, The Last Poets, Roberta Flack & James Brown, to name a few. “The Hit Maker” is a staple in music and has been heard on over 4000 records! More recently, he was selected as the drummer for the 2009 Broadway revival of Hair and appeared on the associated Broadway cast recording.

In 1967 he entered a studio with several other friends (including Eric Gale & Richard Tee),to cut his first solo album; Soul Drums. Critically acclaimed by Jazz / R&B critics upon its initial release, only to reach mythical proportions, once being rediscovered by DJs & hip-hop producers years later. Soul Drums has become one of the most sought after drum LPs amongst vinyl collectors. With it’s heavy reverb psychedelic funk sound, this record will blow lids! Available for the first time on cd with the inclusion of EIGHT bonus tracks! These songs are rumored to be the follow-up LP titled “Alexander’s Rag Time Band” which has been shelved since recording. The re-issue for Soul Drums (in stores September 15) will also include liner notes taken from a recent interview with Bernard Purdie and unpublished photos from the late ‘60s.

“Purdie is a master musician…I really treasure the work we did together” – ROBERTA FLACK

“Soul Drums, it’s all feel, funk, and more feel. I have to give it up” – MIKE D / BEASTIE BOYS

“[Purdie] is the most influential drummer of our time” – PETE ROCK

“There should be a statue for [him] at the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame” – GIL SCOTT-HERON

Tracklisting *Mr. Purdie is available for interviews

1. Your browser may not support display of this image. Soul Drums

2. Bee ‘N’ Bee

3. Caravan

4. Soul Bossa Nova

5. Jimmy’s Back

6. Funky Donkey

7. Bill’s Groove

8. On The Outskirts Of Minitown

9. Testifyin’

10. Modern Jive

11. 11. Blow Your Lid (But Watch Your Cool)

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