When IG vinyl bros (hi guys!) post Larry Young records, they keep it strictly Unity (‘cause it’s pretty and ’cause Woody Shaw) or Lawrence of Newark (‘cause it’s pretty, rare, and has a rad title), with some Larry Young’s Fuel mixed in for the Dilluminati (‘cause it’s got that Slum Village break). Heaven on Earth always gets lost in the shuffle (‘cause it’s not as good as the other albums), but it gives me a chance to break out the white sheet from that time I did the Aquemini cover plus I needed a “Y” record for my aLPhabet project. Y, boys and girls, is for YOUNG.
What’s a sexier Don Bronstein-designed album cover than the Howlin’ Wolf one with just a rocking chair & guitar? NOTHING. NONE. That’s the sexiest one. It is his finest work. But I still went out & sat in some scratchy plants & hurt the back of my thighs for you guys just so I could pay tribute to this one – chosen because it’s Christmas, my uncle is visiting, and this is a nod of appreciation to him for first playing this record for me when I was little. I have since realized the C. Adderley version of the title track is better, but the piano playing on that version is not. (No hard feelings, Wynton Kelly! xo)