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An extremely soulful electric album from Sun Ran and the Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra, a groove driven and funky swirling masterpiece from the late 70's.
 

Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra
Sleeping Beauty

Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra: Sleeping Beauty (Art Yard)
Label: Art Yard    
Released in: Great Britain    


"This is the great late-night Sun Ra chillout album you never knew about. The band had been working in a more groove-oriented setting off and on for over a year, as evidenced by the albums Lanquidity and On Jupiter, with both featuring prominent electric bass and electric guitar. Sleeping Beauty picks up right where On Jupiter left off, with the gentle, swaying "Springtime Again" echoing the same mellow vibe of "Seductive Fantasy" from On Jupiter.

A skittering intro coalesces as different instruments pick up bits of the melody, which is then fully expressed by the horn section and ensemble vocals. It's a simple two-chord vamp, with beautiful solos that seem to embody the reawakening and rebirth of springtime. "The Door of the Cosmos" starts with a gospel-like chant and handclaps, with comments from Ra's electric piano and electric guitar. A strong bassline enters, very reminiscent of "A Love Supreme, Pt. 1: Acknowledgement," but the accompanying chant celebrates the mysteries of the unknown rather than the universal truth of A Love Supreme. This track builds in intensity, but never loses its groove or becomes nearly as raucous as the Arkestra is sometimes known for.

"Sleeping Beauty" is the album centerpiece, taking up all of side two. Ra's beautiful electric piano gets things rolling, and the band falls into a peaceful groove before the vocals enter, led by the wonderful June Tyson. These songs are all built on the simplest of structures, and the playing from everyone is understated and sublime.

Sleeping Beauty is truly a high point in an unwieldy discography, and something of an anomaly at the same time. There's a good reason copies of this album go for several hundred dollars on the collector's market, but it really deserves a proper release so more people can hear it. Outstanding."-Sean Westergaard, All Music




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Product Information:

UPC: 752725024624

Label: Art Yard
Catalog ID: ArtyardCD003
Squidco Product Code: 9993

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Originally released on the Saturn label in 1980.

Personnel:

Sun Ra-piano, electric piano, organ, vocals

Michael Ray-trumpet, fluglehorn

Walter Miller-trumpet

Tony Bethel-trombone

Craig Harris-trombone

Vincent Chancey-french horn

Marshall Allen-alto sax, flute

John Gilmore-tenor sax, percussion

Danny Ray Thompson-baritone sax, flute

Eloe Omoe-bass clarinet, flute

James Jacson-bassoon, flute, percussion

Disco Kid-electric guitar

Richard Williams-elecric bass

Harry Wilson-vibes

Atakatune-percussion

Luqman Ali-drums

June Tyson-vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Springtime Again 9:17

2. Door Of The Cosmos 9:00

3. Sleeping Beauty 11:51