Sun Ra Lanquidity 45rpm 4LP Box Set

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Classic 1978 Album Presented In A Stunning Limited Edition 4LP Box Set!
Remastered by Technology Works!
Cut At 45rpm With Alternative Mixes By Bob Blank!

Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra's classic Lanquidity album from 1978 with brand new 4LP box set, featuring the widely distributed version of the album alongside alternative mixes by Bob Blank originally released in limited quantities for a 1978 Arkestra gig at Georgia Tech. Both versions of the album are cut loud at 45rpm over 2LPs each.

Recorded overnight at Bob Bank's Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. "Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record," explains Michael Ray. "As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid." Bob Blank continues, "Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing."

Comprising five effortlessly fluid pieces, the album eases in with Lanquidity. Danny Ray Thompson remembers, "This was one of Sun Ra's on-the-spot compositions. It is almost like an Ancient Egyptian Stargazing Ceremony, mapping out the stars and the planets." Where Pathways Meet is "Sun Ra's funky version of an Egyptian march. Pharaoh is sending his troops off to fight and this is his pep-talk!" continues Thompson, "The music seems to take different pathways but still converges."

The loping groove of That's How I Feel, features the reflective trumpet lines of Eddie Gale with solos by John Gilmore and Marshall Allen. "Marshall comes in with that snake charming oboe," says Thompson. The funky Twin Stars Of Thence weaves around Richard Williams celebrated elastic bassline while the haunting closer, There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of), is pure "space music." The poet Mama Nzinga described it as "The essence of light. Spirit takes a ride inside the deep dark space of just being."

While one can't quite call it the Sun Ra dance album, this 1978 recording, made for a tiny Philadelphia record label, finds the Sun Ra Arkestra's rhythm section settling into a steady groove on each of the lengthy tracks, while horns, reeds, guitars, and Sun Ra's keyboards solo in overlapping patterns on top.
-William Ruhlmann,, 4.5/5 stars


  • Limited Edition
  • 4LP Box Set
  • 45rpm
  • Original 1978 Philly Jazz commercial pressing (2LP)
  • Rare alternate mixes by Bob Blank (2LP)
  • Full original artwork
  • Remastered by Technology Works
  • 12-page 12" booklet with new liner notes by Michael Ray, Danny Ray Thompson & Bob Blank
  • Silver foil box with lift-off lid
  • Made in Poland
  • Assembled in Czech Republic


Eddie Gale trumpet
Marshall Allen alto sax, oboe, flute
Luqman Ali percussion
Eloe Omoe bass clarinet, flute
Julian Pressley baritone sax
Michael Anderson percussion
John Gilmore tenor sax
Disco Kid guitar
Michael Ray trumpet, flugelhorn
James Jacson bassoon, flute, oboe, vocals
Artaukatune congo drums, tympani
Danny Thompson baritone sax, flute
Dale Williams guitar
Richard Williams bass
Sun Ra ARP, Fender Rhodes, Yamaha organ, Hammond B3 organ, R.A. Moog Minimoog, acoustic piano, orchestral bells, Crumar electronic keyboard, vocals
Edde Tahmahs vocals
June Tyson vocals


Lanquidity - 1978 Philly Jazz Commerical Pressing

Side One:
  1. Lanquidity
Side Two:
  1. Where Pathways Meet
  2. That's How I Feel
Side Three:
  1. Twin Stars Of Thence
Side Four:
  1. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)

Lanquidity - 1978 Philly Jazz Alternate Version

Side One:
  1. Lanquidity
  2. Where Pathways Meet
Side Two:
  1. That's How I Feel
Side Three:
  1. Twin Stars Of Thence
Side Four:
  1. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)

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