Sunday Sessions is honored to present a unique Listening Session of a sample of the Wu-Tang Clan’s final album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin.
The album has been conceived and executed as an original work of art, a sonic sculpture which encapsulates the final chapter of the Wu-Tang mythos. Presented in a hand-carved nickel-silver box, it has been kept in a secret vault in Morocco since its completion in 2014.
Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, which is the last album to feature contributions by all surviving members of the Wu-Tang Clan, represents the culmination of the group’s thirty-year career. Featuring 31 songs, skits and stories, the result is a 128-minute-long soundscape retrospective that reunites Wu-Tang collaborators such as Redman and members of their extended community, including Killarmy, with familiar scenes set by longtime backing vocalists Tekitha and Blue Raspberry. Recorded in part in the group’s hometown of Staten Island, the album is a geographical and creative return to “Shaolin”—the philosophical home of the Wu-Tang Clan—linking the diverse members connected to the group into a single narrative.
The Listening Session is followed by a conversation between Wu-Tang Clan founding member RZA, the album’s producer Cilvaringz and Sasha Frere-Jones.
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