David Axelrod was one of my favourite producer/arranger, especially as I was looking for breaks and samples as a younger beat producer. He was even my PSN user name – daxelrod.
One thing you needed to know about Axelrod’s tracks is that even if it sounded like it didn’t have any samples (usually found at the beginning of a song), there was always a segment of the song that you could just lose your mind to it and load it right away in the MPC. David Axelrod’s sound was very unique, and extremely innovative for his time (as an arranger in the mid-1960’s/as a producer in the late 1960’s) – focusing on heavy drums and baroque string sections. He heavily collaborated with Cannonball Adderley, and also artists such as David McCallum, Gene Ammons, the Electric Prunes and Lou Rawls. He’s been sampled by The Beatnuts, Diamond D, Madlib, Dr. Dre and so many more.
Axelrod’s touched many subjects in his songs, ranging from spiritual, environmental or musical interpretations of poems. Let’s celebrate his legacy and embrace his heritage.
David Axelrod – Oh! Freedom
The Electric Prunes – Holy Are You
David Axelrod – Dr. T
Cannonball Adderley – Scorpio: Back “A” Town
David Axelrod – The Human Abstract
David Axelrod – The Dr & The Diamond
David McCallum – The Edge
Lou Rawls – Lifetime Monologue
David Axelrod – Holy Thursday
Cannonball Adderley Quintet – Tensity
David Axelrod – Hope
David Axelrod – Warning Talk, Part One
David Axelrod – Song of Innocence
David Axelrod – The Leading Citizen
David Axelrod – Merlin’s Prophecy
Cannonball Adderley – Virgo: For Pam
David Axelrod – 1000 Rads
David Axelrod – Ken Russell
David Axelrod – Terri’s Tune
Cannonball Adderley – Libra: Patricia
David Axelrod – Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing