Albert Ayler – something different!!!!

Apr.10, 2012


ALBERT AYLER – SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!!!, Bird Note BNLP1, 33 1/3 rpm, (SWE), 1962


Extremely rare first pressing with original mock up.


This copy of Something Different!!!! is a BOMB!

It is the original mock up of the cover , later printed in a low run of 200 copies, and it has two copies of the original photos (by Nils Edström), mounted on each side of the home made card board sleeve. The producer Bengt Nordström has handwritten the whole cover  with black ink, in almost the way it later came out from the printer in 1962.

Music is of course amazing. An early exploration of standard tunes but also some very adventorous free playing… Ayler is backed up by the great Swedish team of Torbjörn Hultkrantz and Sune Spångberg. Two of the most active and also important Swedish jazz musicians ever to appear. Both of them and Nordström took some very free and creative paths after the meeting with Ayler in 1962 /63, when he lived in Sweden.

Hultkrantz with  Per Henrik Wallin, Bernt Rosengren and Spångberg with Lars Werner, Iskra and other related minds!

Aylers tone is rawer then sushi, but the recording capture the energy of the music in a great way.

Music that makes you smile. Naked and full of hope and beauty.


There is two different versions of the first pressing: one with a green printed label and one white test pressing…

it’s a very very hard task to guess exactly how many copies exists of the two versions…. But a qualified guess is that the green label exists in 200 copies and the white label version exists in less… perhaps 50 copies. Both versions are considered to be the original and they are of course… impossible to find these days.



Albert Ayler – tenor sax

Torbjörn Hultkrantz – bass

Sune Spångberg – drums


this mock up copy: