Live at Praxis '84

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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
This two-CD set reissued from a triple LP is by no means indispensable Sun Ra, but it does give a sense of what the Arkestra sounded like live in the mid-1980s. All the excesses are there, including the silly, repetitive lyrics that made the group such a blast to watch. A healthy portion of the tunes are standards, including "Mack the Knife" with a hilarious Louis Armstrong imitation, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Satin Doll," and "Days of Wine and Roses." The band could swing mightily, and it harbored an uncanny ability to perform virtually the entire history of jazz in a single set. This version of the Archestra recorded in Athens, Greece includes mainstay saxophonists ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
This two-CD set reissued from a triple LP is by no means indispensable Sun Ra, but it does give a sense of what the Arkestra sounded like live in the mid-1980s. All the excesses are there, including the silly, repetitive lyrics that made the group such a blast to watch. A healthy portion of the tunes are standards, including "Mack the Knife" with a hilarious Louis Armstrong imitation, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Satin Doll," and "Days of Wine and Roses." The band could swing mightily, and it harbored an uncanny ability to perform virtually the entire history of jazz in a single set. This version of the Archestra recorded in Athens, Greece includes mainstay saxophonists Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, and Danny Ray Thompson; three percussionists; and only a single brass player trumpeter Ronnie Brown. A must for Sun Ra collectors and aficionados of the exotic, but for others, there is better Ra available.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Golden Years Of New
  • EAN: 5024792500024
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 155,630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Untitled Improvisation - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:24)
  2. 2 Discipline 27-II/Children of the Sun - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:55)
  3. 3 Nuclear War - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:32)
  4. 4 Unidentified Blues - Sun Ra Arkestra (5:26)
  5. 5 Fate in a Pleasant Mood - Sun Ra Arkestra (9:31)
  6. 6 Yeah Man! - Sun Ra Arkestra (2:52)
  7. 7 Space Is the Place/We Travel the Spaceways/Outer Spaceways ... - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:57)
  8. 8 Untitled Improvisation - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:25)
  9. 9 Untitled Improvisation 3 - Sun Ra Arkestra (7:33)
  10. 10 Discipline 27 - Sun Ra Arkestra (8:21)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mack the Knife - Sun Ra Arkestra (8:10)
  2. 2 Cocktails for Two - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:25)
  3. 3 Over the Rainbow - Sun Ra Arkestra (4:05)
  4. 4 Satin Doll - Sun Ra Arkestra (6:38)
  5. 5 Big John's Special - Sun Ra Arkestra (3:55)
  6. 6 Carefree (Egyptian Fantasy) - Sun Ra Arkestra (9:42)
  7. 7 Days of Wine and Roses - Sun Ra Arkestra (8:53)
  8. 8 Theme of the Stargazers/The Satellites Are Spinning - Sun Ra Arkestra
  9. 9 They'll Come Back - Sun Ra Arkestra (1:45)
  10. 10 Enlightenment/Strange Mathematics/Rhythmic Equations - Sun Ra Arkestra (7:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals
John Gilmore Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Vocals, Electric Valve Instrument
Danny Thompson Flute, Bongos, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Ronnie Brown Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Tambourine
Marshall Allen Clarinet, Flute, Percussion, Oboe, Alto Saxophone, Kora, Electric Valve Instrument
Eloe Omoe Flute, Percussion, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Contra-alto Clarinet, Electric Valve Instrument
Salah Ragab Percussion, Conga
Sun Ra Arkestra Track Performer
James Jacson Flute, Bassoon, Drums, Oboe, Vocals, Electric Valve Instrument
Myriam Broche Dancer
Matthew Brown Conga
Technical Credits
Leo Feigin Producer
Stan Wijnans Mastering
Kostas Yiannoulopoulos Producer
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