NY: ESP Disk, . 20 page catalog printed on plain white stock in black and white, three hole punch on left edge; light soiling, else very good in publisher's stapled wraps. Includes ordering envelope. Item #35863
Though it originally existed to release Esperanto-based music, starting with the release of Albert Ayler's Spiritual Unity, ESP became the most important exponent of the burgeoning free jazz music scene of the time releasing records by such future greats as Sun Ra, Frank Wright, and Sunny Murray among others. Along with free jazz, the label also produced music by Ed Sanders' band the Fugs, the Lower East Side folk of the Holy Modal Rounders and the primitive proto-noise of the Godz. While never much of a commercial success for the musicians, the label's philosophy of "The artists alone decide what you will hear on their ESP-Disk" led to the creation of a musical output that to this day wields a heavy influence.
An uncommon piece from the label as we've had the 1967 catalog a few times, and while this later one is not as graphically far out as the previous one, it's still pretty cool and the only one we've seen or handled.
Also includes the introduction "Why ESP?: All of the sounds in this catalog have one thing in common...they were made by free men, doing their own thing."[Seems to have forgotten about Patty Waters on this one though.].