Watch The Closing Doors: A History of New York’s Musical Melting Pot is a six volume, double CD series, by renowned journalist and author Kris Needs. This ambitious project is released throughout 2011 via Year Zero and it is aiming to capture the fast-vanishing magic of New York City while documenting major musical landmarks and developments, from post-war New York of the mid 1940s through to 2000s.

The first volume focuses on the 1940s and 50s, setting the scene for a further five sets, straddling the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s, each accompanied by a book containing the relevant musical and social history, artist biographies, illustrations and Needs’ own stories and recollections of the city that once never slept.

Kris explains ‘One of the aims of the series is to document and celebrate this lost city before it totally disappears, give it some unity and due respect, while striving to explain why the New York of the last half of the 20th century was the most exciting place on Earth. The buildings and individuals might be disappearing, but that indefinable spirit which affected so many has thankfully been captured for posterity on countless records, standing like snapshots of a bygone age, the tip of a mighty iceberg which will be gathered on these albums like an old photo album.’

“No doubt this is a major work of total uniqueness and scholarship. I'm sure it's the first and definitely only of such depth and breath of knowledge”

Features & Reviews

  • MOJO “an intoxicating aurel evocation of a lost world” 4 STARS
  • RECORD COLLECTOR “one of the most fascinating compilations series we’ve ever encountered” 5 STARS
  • WIRE “essential” - REVIEW
  • VILLAGE VOICE – FEATURE “a dream soundtrack of every book you ever read, or wanted to read, about postwar New York City”

Out Now

Watch The Closing Doors
A History Of New York’s Musical Melting Pot
Vol. 1 - 1945-59

Format : 2CD + 72 Page Book / 2LP
Cat No : YZLCD007 / YZLDV007


CD 1

1. DUKE ELLINGTON - Take The 'A' Train **
2. COZY COLE – Bad **
3. FRANKIE LYMON & TEENAGERS - Why Do Fools Fall In Love **
4. MACHITO - Mucho Mambo
5. FAYE ADAMS - Shake A Hand **
6. LOUIS ARMSTRONG - Yellow Dog Blues **
7. ALMANAC SINGERS - Talking Union **
8. HARRY BELAFONTE – Matilda **
9. CAB CALLOWAY - Minnie The Moocher **
10. DANNY TAYLOR - Coffee Daddy Blues **
11. DIZZY GILLESPIE – Manteca **
12. NINA SIMONE - Little Girl Blue **
13. FIVE SATINS - In The Still Of The Nite **
14. BILLIE HOLIDAY - Autumn In New York **
15. MILES DAVIS – Summertime **
16. CHARLES MINGUS - Goodbye Pork Pie Hat **
17. JOHN CAGE - Indeterminacy Pt 2

CD 2

1. COZY COLE -Topsy Pt 2
3. HORACE SILVER - Senor Blues [Newport Jazz fest]
4. JOSH WHITE - Southern Exposure **
5. NEW LOST CITY RAMBLERS - How Can A Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live ** 6. DAVE VAN RONK – Duncan & Brady **
7. SONNY TERRY - Custard Pie Blues **
8. DRIFTERS - Money Honey **
9. BIG JOE TURNER - Morning Noon And Night **
10. THE EMBERS - Paradise Hill **
11. PARAGONS – Twilight **
12. BIG MAYBELLE - One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show **
13. THELONIOUS MONK - Brilliant Corners
14. RAYMOND SCOTT – Ripples **

Tracks marked ** also appear on 2LP format

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