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  • Release: 1974
  • Label: Syntonic Research
  • Catalog #: SD 66005

Side A features the slow heartbeat of a female athlete. This recording was heavily marketed as a soundtrack for lovemaking which helped it make a stir in the press. In interviews, Irv called it an update to Ravel’s “Bolero,” which was often used for sex because of its steady rhythm and slow climax. “Wind in the Trees” was one of Irv’s favorite recordings. From the liner notes: “To watch a person’s expression as he silently listens on stereo earphones is to fully realize the potential of this superb sound.”

Album Reviews

“Wouldn’t Mr. Poe just love it [‘Ultimate Heartbeat’]”

New York Magazine, 2/10/75

“The Ultimate Heartbeat is unlike any other LP ever released”

Playboy, 6/75

Track Listing

  • Side A: Ultimate Heartbeat

  • Side B: Wind in the Trees