Album: Various artists, Liberation Music (BGP)

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Louis Armstrong singing spiritual-jazz anthem "The Creator Has a Masterplan" (and sounding great) is one of the more bizarre experiences on this neat compendium of black consciousness from the vaults of Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label.

We also get soundbites from Angela Davis and Rap Brown, the first Gil Scott-Heron song to be recorded, and compelling grooves from Ornette Coleman, Horace Tapscott, and Lonnie Liston Smith, whose "Sais" is a knockout.