Sun Ra

Product Code: STRUT237LP
Release Date: 17th September 2021
Product Code: STRUT237LP
Release Date: 17th September 2021
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Strut present the definitive official edition of Sun Ras classic Lanquidity album, originally released on Philly Jazz in 1978.

Recorded overnight at Bob Banks 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 ichael 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 Ras 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 Ras 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 Thats 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.

The new 1LP edition of Lanquidity features the widely distributed version of the album originally released on Philly Jazz and reflects the albums original packaging with a metallic foil / magenta sleeve.

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