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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra - Angels and Demons at Play (USA 1963)

Sun Ra Album Of The Week.

Side A:
"Tiny Pyramids" (Ronnie Boykins) – 3:38
"Between Two Worlds" – 1:56
"Music from the World Tomorrow" – 2:20
"Angels and Demons at Play" (Boykins) – 2:51
Side B:
"Urnack" (Julian Priester) – 3:46
"Medicine for a Nightmare" – 2:16
"A Call for All Demons" – 4:12
"Demon's Lullaby" – 2:35

Things sound pretty loose on some of these tracks as we jump ahead a bit with the recording dates for side one being from 1960 and side two back again to 56'. The album itself was released sometime later in the 60s and my CD copy comes paired up with "The Sound Sun Pleasure" and "We Travel The Space Ways" albums. There is a noticeable difference between the two sides with the 56' set being more swinging, like his other earlier stuff and the band sound much tighter and more conventional, I like it better than the later side which is more Ra sounding but the selection isn't what I'd call the best, sounding much looser and the music more demanding to stay focussed with. With the two recording dates so far apart it makes for an historical comparison but an uneven listen. Rating 2.5/5.

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