Dorothy Ashby ‎– The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby

Cadet ‎– LPS-841
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Myself When Young 5:16
A2 For Some We Loved 4:02
A3 Wax And Wane 4:25
A4 Drink 2:30
A5 Wine 3:56
B1 Dust 2:51
B2 Joyful Grass And Grape 3:38
B3 Shadow Shapes 3:32
B4 Heaven And Hell 3:10
B5 The Moving Finger 5:39

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Original compositions inspired by the words of Omar Khayyam, arranged and conducted by Richard Evans
Recorded at Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago, November 1969 - January 1970

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Rights Society: BMI
  • Matrix / Runout (A side label): 18397
  • Matrix / Runout (B side label): 18398

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LPS-841 Dorothy Ashby The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby(LP, Album) Cadet LPS-841 US 1970 Sell This Version
DGA 3002, B0000770 2 Dorothy Ashby The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby(CD, Album, RE) Dusty Groove America, Universal Music Special Markets DGA 3002, B0000770 2 US 2007 Sell This Version
LPS-841 Dorothy Ashby The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby(LP, Album, RE) Cadet LPS-841 US 2006 Sell This Version
UICY-77709 Dorothy Ashby The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, Pap) Cadet UICY-77709 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
UICY-15701 Dorothy Ashby The Rubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby(CD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Geffen Records UICY-15701 Japan 2018 Sell This Version


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December 27, 2017
Anyone have the matrix runout numbers for this original release? Trying to compare it to mine.


December 27, 2017
edited 8 months ago
my label looks different form this release. it actually matches the promo label to a T except for the "DJ Copy". But everything else matches. Matrix runouts are exactly the same as the promo matrix runout numbers.


September 28, 2016
This is easily the funkiest record from the legendary Dorothy Ashby. On offer is a set of all-original tunes based on the writings of Omar Khayyam. The arrangements include Dorothy's electrified harp, Japanese koto and more, resulting in a trans-cultural blend which inflects Ashby's jazz roots with Eastern-styled instrumentation. A truly unique heavy funk album, one of the greatest late 1960's Chess Records sessions, replete with beats and plenty of groove on the bottom.


June 15, 2016
This needs a quality reissue! What an amazing album that's not even streamable.


August 31, 2009
This for me is currently the best album I have ever heard. I think that Ms Ashby was far far ahead of her time with this one and it is a great inspiration to me at the present time.

Every track moves into a new phase of what I believe to be a very beautifully and skillfully crafted piece of work.

But, does anybody know who the rhythm section are?? I'd love to know, they're solid throughout and not mentioned in the liner notes, a tragedy! If you know please shout out


September 2, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

'The Moving Finger' is the track that beat heads hunted down for many years, heavy percussion, heavy drums, heavy strings and a spooky poem. Note the number of references to alcohol in the track titles, rumour has it that it was her love of the grape and maybe even grass that lead to her early death.