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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Recorded late in Sun Ra's life in concert, this version of the Arkestra was a good one, but far from the band who could make worlds quake in its presence. Featuring Michael Ray, Marshall Allen, Buster Smith, Ahmed Abdullah, Bruce Edwards, and a few others, these 11 men took the music to the people with the usual impeccable arrangements, but without the improvisational fire that was indicative of Ra's band at its zenith. The program of ten tracks, about an hour in length, features well-known Arkestra favorites such as "Theme of the Stargazers," "Calling Planet Earth," "Interstellar Lo-Ways," and "Echoes of the Future," as well as the closer, "We Travel the Spaceways," and the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Recorded late in Sun Ra's life in concert, this version of the Arkestra was a good one, but far from the band who could make worlds quake in its presence. Featuring Michael Ray, Marshall Allen, Buster Smith, Ahmed Abdullah, Bruce Edwards, and a few others, these 11 men took the music to the people with the usual impeccable arrangements, but without the improvisational fire that was indicative of Ra's band at its zenith. The program of ten tracks, about an hour in length, features well-known Arkestra favorites such as "Theme of the Stargazers," "Calling Planet Earth," "Interstellar Lo-Ways," and "Echoes of the Future," as well as the closer, "We Travel the Spaceways," and the standard nuggets "Prelude to a Kiss" and "S'Wonderful," along with Will Hudson's "Hocus Pocus." The feel is there, but the fire isn't; the groove is in place, but the fierceness of attack is absent; the playing is impeccable, but the chaotic edge has been rounded. There is certainly much to enjoy here if one is listening in a vacuum, but if one has to compare, as one can and should in a line of musical and historical continuity -- especially the one Sun Ra provided so willingly and insistently -- this album pales.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/1993
  • Label: Enja
  • UPC: 767522707120
  • Catalog Number: 7071
  • Sales rank: 102,863

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Omniverse Arkestra Primary Artist
Sun Ra Indexed Contributor, Synthesizer, Piano, Track Performer
Ahmed Abdullah Trumpet, Vocals
Marshall Allen Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Bruce Edwards Guitar
Tyrone Hill Trombone
Stanley Morgan Conga
Michael Ray Trumpet, Vocals
James Jacson Bassoon, Drums, African Drums
Jothan Callins Bass, Bass Guitar
Earl "Buster" Smith Drums
James "Ham" Jackson Bassoon, African Drums
Dos Santos Nascimento Percussion
James Jackson Bassoon, Drums
Technical Credits
Sun Ra Liner Notes
Horst Weber Producer, Audio Production
Patrick Schwitter Engineer
Patrick Schwitter Engineer
Daniel Meyer Mastering, Remastering
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