Howard RobertsAntelope Freeway

Label:Impulse! – AS-9207, ABC Records – AS-9207
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Contemporary Jazz, Fusion


A1Antelope Freeway - Part 12:25
A2That's America Fer Ya
Written-ByHoward Roberts
A3Dark Ominous Clouds
Written-ByHoward Roberts
A4De Blooz
Written-ByHoward Roberts
A5Sixteen Track Firemen
Written-ByHoward Roberts
C1Ballad Of Fazzio Needlepoint5:20
C2Five Gallons Of Astral Flash Could Keep You Awake For Thirteen Weeks4:23
C3Santa Clara River Bottom
Written-ByHoward Roberts
Written-ByHoward Roberts

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(C) 1971 ABC Records, Inc.
(P) 1972 ABC Records Inc
Printed in USA

Rec. December 17th 1970 and March 18th and 23rd, 1971 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles
"Side 3" instead Side 2 on Center label was intentional and not a misprint as previously reported here.

Published by:
A1 to A5, B1,B3, B4: Guitar General (BMI)
B2: Private Domain

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Print label A): AS 9207-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Print label B): AS 9207-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A etched): AS 9207 A TSM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B etched): AS 9207 C "with love from Jess I C A ?
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Antelope Freeway (LP, Album, Stereo)Impulse!, ABC RecordsAS-9207Canada1971
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Antelope Freeway (LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo)ABC Impulse!AS-9207US1974



  • mhnien's avatar
    Edited one year ago
    Like Joel Dorn, Bill Szymcyzk was another crazy ass producer who ran away with the store. Howard Roberts plays a character actor on his own album. I dunno who the lead is. Is it Szymcyzk? I think Joe Walsh and the James Gang are on here somewhere, fresh from their bonkers turn with Elvin Jones on the Zachariah soundtrack .A great artifact from a time when nobody knew what would work and what would sell. I blame the drugs.

    Weird fact: The cover features Roberts sitting on the section of the Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) that collapsed in the 1971 San Fernando quake.
    • sekander's avatar
      If you grew up in the late 60s, especially in California, you know all about the LSD inspired jams of the Grateful Dead and the drug induced comedy of the Firesign Theater.
      Howard Roberts was a mainstream, studio guitarist by day, but he really cut loose on this album with tributes to Firesign, the Dead, Pink Floyd and the long forgotten Appletree
      Theater-now there's an obscure reference for ya. Imagine the Grateful Dead and Firesign Theater on the same stage at the same time. Like beautiful, man.
      • Touted as a "psychedelic" album, this release from the Ed Michel period at Impulse is probably one of the most bizarre items released on the label. Howard Roberts was up to then known as a fairly straight-ahead session musician rooted in the swing and hard bop traditions, and little could prepare listeners for what they are getting here:

        Antelope Freeway is a road trip of sorts, where the nine tracks are embedded in a background of street noises, chatter, mock radio broadcasts and the like. Roberts' guitar work only loosely follows song or jazz tune structures; instead it's something of a soundtrack to whatever was going on in his or his producer's head.

        Despite all this looseness and the bizarre framework, the guitar work is actually quite good. While avoiding the obvious fusion trap, Roberts delivers several solos that any psychedelic rock band could be proud of; indeed on one of the track he approaches much of a (Gilmour-era) Pink Floyd atmosphere.

        Despite having probably been fuelled by massive amounts of marihuana and definitely being a product of its time, Antelope Freeway has aged remarkably well and still stands as one of the better (albeit strange) Impulse releases of the Ed Michel era. Sadly, it was never reissued on CD, but then the number of people who are into this kind of musical experience is probably not too large.


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