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In 1971 Sun Ra suddenly decided to take the Arkestra to Egypt, though he had no concerts planned; these remarkable recordings are from the Cairo Balloon Theatre.
 

Sun Ra
Horizon

Sun Ra: Horizon (Art Yard)
Label: Art Yard    
Released in: Great Britain    


"In 1971, in Denmark, at the end of a tour, Sun Ra suddenly decided to take his whole band to Egypt. They had no concerts and no contacts there but Ra sold some recording rights to Black Lion to pay for the tickets and they flew out. They were stopped at customs and their instruments were temporarily impounded but they were let through as tourists. Then they booked into a hotel facing the pyramid at Giza. Word got to Hartmut Geerken, then working at the Goethe institute, and he quickly threw a concert together at his house in Heliopolis, for which Brigadier Salah Ragab borrowed army instruments for the Arkestra to play (he was later disciplined for it). Ra's Moog had made it through customs and a Tiger Organ was hired. One of the audience (of 25) booked the band in for a Cairo TV session the following day. Then Ragab persuaded the Ministry of Culture to book a concert at the Balloon Theatre (for another tiny audience: only the first 4 rows were occupied). Two more concerts followed - at the American University (for the cab fare) and the Versailles Club. They stayed for more than a fortnight, making a film while they were there and finally, by band-members selling various personal items, raised the money to fly home. These 2 CDs contain all the released material from that visit (3 LPs) as well as unreleased material from these same sessions.

Horizon (also known as Starwatchers and Sun Ra in Egypt Vol.2) contains a big chunk of the now legendary Balloon Theatre concert (it burned down soon after their visit, as did the hotel in which the Arkestra stayed while they were in Cairo). The Balloon extract is an uncut block (tracks 1- 4 on the CD, side 1 of the LP) and features a lot of Sun Ra's all-hell-let-loose Moog soloing, as well as a great version of Discipline 2. The rest of Horizon is from the Heliopolis concert, kicking off with an instrumental version of Enlightment and Love in Outer Space (neither are on the original LP) segueing slowly into Space is the Place - followed by drum orchestra, more Ra soloing on Moog, Tiger Organ and detuned piano (bloops, hoovering, whistles, concords taking off) leading to a first lurching, then wild, Discipline 8. Two bonus tracks, for the first time restored from the original concert, follow: We'll Wait for You (with June Tyson) and The Satellites are Spinning - which ends in full-on percussion. A classic recording of a classic band in great form. Nidhamu & Dark Myth Visitation Equation complete the Egypt trilogy. Most remarkable is Nidhamu (the second release of the series, half recorded at the Balloon Theatre, the other half at Hartmut Geerken's house in Heliopolis) - a remarkable document: austere and very out there. Electric keyboards and an eerie Discipline No.11 set the scene, and after some solo Moog there's a spooky miniature Discipline No.15 introducing another long Moog and keyboards solo: 35 pretty abstract minutes that just slip by. Dark Myth Visitation Equation follows (this was the first LP release, and has also been known as Sun Ra in Egypt Vol 1 and Nature's God). The first tracks are from the Cairo TV broadcast and the whole collection features more familiar groove-based pieces characteristic of the period, interspersed with Moog and electric keyboard solos. June Tyson reappears for To Nature's God and the highly eccentric Why go to the Moon? "-ReR USA






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Product Information:

UPC: 752725025027

Label: Art Yard
Catalog ID: ArtyardCD008
Squidco Product Code: 11053

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at The Ballon Theatre, Cairo, Egypt DEcember 17, 1971. This concert was sponsorted by the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Personnel:

John Gilmore-tenor saxophone, percussion, drums, vocals

Danny Davis-alto saxophone, flute, vocals

Marshall Allen-alto saxophone, flute, oboe, vocals

Kwame Hadi-trumpet, conga drums, vocals

Pat Patrick-baritone saxophone, vocals

Elo Omoe-bass clarinet, vocals

Tommy Hunter-percussion, vocals

Danny Thompson-baritone saxophone, flute, vocals

June Tyson-vocal

Larry Narthington-alto saxophone, conga drum, vocals

Lex Humphries-percussion, vocals

Clifford Jarvis-percussion, vocals

Hakim Rahim-alto saxophone, flute, vocals

Sun Ra-organ, Mini Moog, piano, vocals

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Track Listing:

1. Introduction / Theme O... 1:22

2. Discipline #2 5:28

3. The Shadow World 16:42

4. Enlightenment 2:37

5. Love In Outer Space 7:13

6. Third Planet 6:44

7. Space Is The Place 6:10

8. Horizon, Moog Solo 5:31

9. Discipline #8 11:22

10. We'll Wait For You 1:38

11. The Satellites Are Spi... 11:14







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