1. Ghosts (2:04)
2. Children (6:50)
3. Holy Spirit (8:29)
4. Ghosts (7:58)
5. Vibrations (4:55)
6. Mothers (7:06)
(All compositions by Albert Ayler)
Albert Ayler (alto and tenor saxophones)
Don Cherry (trumpet)
Gary Peacock (bass)
Sunny Murray (drums)
September 14, 1964
Recording studio in Copenhagen
Released variously as Ghosts or Vibrations on Debut (Denmark) 144, Fontana (Netherlands) 688.606ZL, Fontana (UK) SFJL925, (Japan) SFON7054, Freedom FLP 40117, FLP 41000 (CD), (France) FNLP41000, (Germany) 162.302, Intercord (Germany) 24861-2U, Arista/Freedom (USA) AL1000, Trio (Japan) PA 9710, Dischi Ricordi (Italy) Jazz Idea series (Freedom FLP40117), Fabbri Editori: I Grandi del Jazz (Italy) GdJ12 (also included in the 5 LP box set, ‘Just Jazz Vol.1’ and the 10 LP box set ‘Kings of Jazz Vol. 1’ Happy Bird (Germany) F10/90162), Tobacco Road (Germany) B/2525, Freedom FCD-741000. Mothers and Children was a double LP set of Ghosts and Spirits on Carrere (France) 65601, Black Lion (Europe) 65601.
A download-only version on Soundmark became available in 2011. In June 2016 Skokiaan released a CD version, SKOK001-CD. In November 2017 Org Music released a vinyl edition ORGM-2096 for Record Store Day (blue and white swirl colour vinyl limited edition of 1500).
In August, 2019 Hat Hut Records (Switzerland) released a CD of Spirits and Ghosts as Albert Ayler Quartets 1964 Spirits To Ghosts Revisited ezz-thetics 1101. The track listing for Ghosts differed on this release: 1. Ghosts (7:58) 2. Mothers (7:05) 3. Vibrations (4:56) 4. Holy Spirit (8:29) 5. Ghosts (2:06) 6. Children (6:52).
A cassette version was attached to a booklet produced in Italy by Fabbri Editori in 1987 (see below).
From the sleevenotes
“A clue to Ayler’s own attitude can be got from remarks he made to Nat Hentoff in an interview printed in ‘Down Beat’ (November 17, 1966). ‘I like to play something - like the beginning of Ghosts - that people can hum,’ he said. ‘And I want to play songs like I used to sing when I was real small. Folk melodies that all the people would understand. I’d use these melodies as a start and have different simple melodies going in and out of a piece. From simple melody to complicated textures to simplicity again and then back to the more dense, the more complex sounds’.”
Charles Fox (from the sleevenotes of the Fontana release)
“Jazz. Gli uomini, gli strumenti, gli stili: 82 - Albert Ayler" Fabbri Editori (Italy), 1987.
This 12 page booklet (with a cassette version of Ghosts attached) was published by Fratelli Fabbri Editori (Italy) in 1987 wirh text by Franco Fayenz, Bruno Schiozzi and Giacomo Battistella. Click the cover picture below for a (grayscale) copy of the booklet.