Strange Celestial Road

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All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
The band Sun Ra had at the end of the '70s was surely the funkiest he ever had, with electric bassist Steve Clarke in tandem with upright player Richard Williams and the twin guitars of Taylor Richardson and Skeeter McFarland. This is the band that recorded the infamous On Jupiter album, and the slightly different band lineup for Sleeping Beauty recorded just two weeks later suggests that Strange Celestial Road was recorded between the two, based on the hybrid band lineup. "Celestial Road" kicks things off, where electric bass, arco bass and wah-wah guitar set the stage for a great June Tyson vocal and then solos from John Gilmore, Michael Ray, Sun Ra, and Damon Choice...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Sean Westergaard
The band Sun Ra had at the end of the '70s was surely the funkiest he ever had, with electric bassist Steve Clarke in tandem with upright player Richard Williams and the twin guitars of Taylor Richardson and Skeeter McFarland. This is the band that recorded the infamous On Jupiter album, and the slightly different band lineup for Sleeping Beauty recorded just two weeks later suggests that Strange Celestial Road was recorded between the two, based on the hybrid band lineup. "Celestial Road" kicks things off, where electric bass, arco bass and wah-wah guitar set the stage for a great June Tyson vocal and then solos from John Gilmore, Michael Ray, Sun Ra, and Damon Choice on vibes. "Say" has a great electric bassline and joyous horn charts, and swings mightily with a vaguely Latin rhythm. There's a fine electric guitar solo, as well as some more fantastic playing from Gilmore. Ra's keyboard sounds and soloing are particularly deranged on this album, but never get into the purely noisy realm. "I'll Wait for You" is the real treat of this album, featuring a great mellow groove and wonderful ensemble vocals led by the beautiful June Tyson. There's plenty of fine soloing on this track as well, but the main attraction is the mix by Ra and Michael Ray. There's a dub-like element to the way the instruments and voices are treated and mixed in and out, but this is dub by way of Saturn, and the mix is at least as weird and wonderful as anything Lee Perry has done. This is an overlooked album in an unwieldy discography, but it's a real gem and the fact that it's on the Rounder label should make it easier to find than many of the Arkestra's other albums. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661303522
  • Catalog Number: 613035
  • Sales rank: 35,291

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Celestial Road (7:02)
  2. 2 Say (12:05)
  3. 3 I'll Wait for You (16:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sun Ra Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Keyboards
John Gilmore Reeds, Multiple Reeds
Craig Harris Trombone
Danny Thompson Multiple Reeds
Marshall Allen Reeds, Multiple Reeds
Luqman Ali Drums
Artaukatune Percussion
Sylvester Baton Reeds, Multiple Reeds
Tony Bethel Trombone
Rhoda Blount Vocals
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Hutch Jones Reeds, Multiple Reeds
Reg McDonald Drums
Skeeter McFarland Guitar
Walter Miller Trumpet
Eloe Omoe Reeds, Multiple Reeds
Curt Pulliam Trumpet
Michael Ray Trumpet
Taylor Richardson Guitar
Knoel Scott Reeds, Multiple Reeds
June Tyson Vocals
Richard Williams Bass
Steve Clarke Bass
Harry Wilson Vibes
Kenny Williams Reeds
James Jacson Reeds, Multiple Reeds
Damon Choice Vibes
Ken Williams Multiple Reeds
Technical Credits
Mike Dacek Engineer
Keith Spring Liner Notes
Mark Sten Composer
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