The landmark session by one of the most unique figures in black music is a shower of sounds that have come straight from another world.
Sun Ra (and the various groups he led) were as prolific as they were innovative. By conservative estimates they produced around 200 recordings over a fifty-year period, and the early '70s was as fertile a time as any. In a typical burst of creative energy Ra and an ensemble he dubbed The Solar-Myth Arkestra produced enough material to be spread over two albums or two volumes, that amount to a kind of sonic odyssey which has no end of twists and turns, as befits a group of such singular character.
The highpoints of the album...are Ra's wonderfully strange excursions at the keys. Evoking a child's outer-space play land, Ra produces a dizzying whirl of celestial noises on the Moog synthesizer for 'Scene 1, Take 1' while switching the keyboard to harpsichord mode for a hauntingly beautiful meditation of baroque proportions on 'Pyramids.' The final solo finds Ra running amok over both the piano keyboard and the strings inside, producing a ghostly haze of sound.
- Limited Edition
- Official BYG Records Release
- 180g Vinyl
- Newly Remastered
- Gatefold Jacket
- Manufactured in the EU
|Danny Davis||alto saxophone, flute, alto clarinet|
|Marshall Allen||alto saxophone, oboe, flute, piccolo flute|
|Danny Ray Thompson & Pat Patrick||baritone saxophone, flute|
|Nimrod Hunt||hand drums|
|James Jacson||oboe, flute, Ancient Egyptian infinity drums|
|Clifford Jarvis & Lex Humphries||percussion|
|Sun Ra||piano, Moog synthesizer, Space-master electric organ, clavinet|
|John Gilmore||tenor saxophone, percussion|
|Ali Hassan & Charles Stevens||trombone|
|Akh Tal Ebah||trumpet, mellophone|
|Arthur Jenkins & June Tyson||vocals|
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- Scene I, Take I
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