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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. The title number recalls Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" in its slow pace and elegiac tone, while the middle three tracks have livelier beats with playing that often answers to the style of fusion played by many jazz groups in the late '70s. "There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of)," the nearly 11-minute concluding tune, is the closest to more familiar 1960s and early-'70s Sun Ra, with its less cohesive lead work and the "ethnic voices" that speak, sing, and whisper about outer space. Lanquidity was extremely rare in its original vinyl pressing. It was reissued by Evidence Music on September 26, 2000, with liner notes in which John Dilberto discussed Sun Ra's 25-year residence in Philadelphia and Tom Buchler, who organized the recording session, discussed the making of the album.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Evidence
UPC: 0730182222029
catalogNumber: 22220
Rank: 32860

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sun Ra   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals,Bells,ARP,fender rhodes,Orchestra Bells,Mini Moog
John Gilmore   Tenor Saxophone
Julian Priester   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Gale   Trumpet
Marshall Allen   Flute,Oboe,Alto Saxophone
Luqman Ali   Percussion
Artaukatune   Drums,Timpani
Disco Kid   Guitar
Atakatun Odun   Conga
Eloe Omoe   Flute,Bass Clarinet
Julian Pressley   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Ray   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Tahmaha   Vocals
June Tyson   Vocals
Dale Williams   Guitar
Richard Williams   Bass
Sun Ra Arkestra   Track Performer
James Jacson   Flute,Bassoon,Oboe,Vocals
Michael Anderson   Percussion
Danny Thompson   Flute,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Joe Arlotta   Engineer
Bob Blank   Engineer
Jerry Gordon   Producer
Sun Ra   Arranger,Producer
Richard Barry   Executive Producer
Charles Shabacon   Cover Photo

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