Song Of Innocence
The Mental Traveller
the essence of Axelrod's daring and beautiful work.
Released in 1968, this album reflects much of what was going on with music then. Axelrod was already at a creative peak: Jazz discovering Rock and willing to embrace it, orchestral arrangements that are bold and pushing the envelope of the traditional big band concept and -along with the addition of electric guitars- engage in full psychedelic flight without indulging in trippiness for trippiness' sake.
Songs of Innocence is hopeful, the wide-eyed wonder of someone wanting to tell you all the promise they see ahead.