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Monday, March 25, 2013

Sun Ra - Supersonic Jazz (USA 1957)




India
Sunology
Advice To Medics
Super Blonde
Soft Talk
Sunology Part II
Kingdom Of Not
Portrait Of A Living Sky
Blues At Midnight
El Is A Sound Of Joy
Supersonic Jazz
Medicene For A Nightmare

The second release from Sun Ra is the first full album released on his legendary Saturn label and is now in my collection via the Four Classic Albums set I recently purchased.  The first thing I notice is that the sound quality has dropped a bit from the first album, although it appears this one was recorded earlier in 56' than the first one. This album kicks off with something far more unconventional and Ra-like with "India", although He could have called it Egypt, but it was a taster of what was to come. Sunology is a slow jazz number followed by Ra playing a little piece on a primitive electric piano."Super Blond" and "Soft Talk" get us back into the swing of the first album but although good, somehow lack the magic of the debut album. The set kinda plods along with another slow number and some more up-tempo stuff and although reasonably enjoyable and likeable, overall this album fails to really get me excited like the previous one, still good Ra though but understandable why it didn't take the Jazz World by storm back in the day. Still worthwhile having in my Ra collection. Rating 3/5 

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