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Originally released on LP for Record Store Day 2015, this is an unissued Sun Ra concert from Amiens, France in 1973 with a 19-piece Arkestra performing live at Maison de la Culture, a good quality capture of this intense, ritualistic and visceral concert from the band's prime.

Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra
Planets of Life or Death: Amiens '73

Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death: Amiens '73 (Strut)

Label: Strut    
Released in: USA    

"Sun Ra and his Arkestra had just completed a residency at the legendary Gibus in Paris in October before traveling to Amiens for a visceral Sunday afternoon concert. "Sun Ra's use of the Arkestra as his instrument in an onslaught of sound, colour and movement stimulated and even shocked the senses and the shakras of audience participants onto a higher plane of spirit consciousness," explains the Arkestra's Knoel Scott.

The session kicks off with the theatrical overture, 'Enlightenment' as Sun Ra and vocalist June Tyson invite the audience to "be of our space world." Ra then moves into a rare instrumental version of 'Love In Outer Space,' transforming the perennial Arkestra classic into a raw, ritualistic experience.

That follows with the glistening 'Lights On A Satellite' led by the spiritual tenor sax of John Gilmore. Closing track, the epic, chaotic, anxious 'Discipline 27-II / What Planet Is This' features Sun Ra and June Tyson take a thinly veiled psychedelic swipe at life on earth: "If this is a planet of life, why do people die here?"

Planets Of Life Or Death follows 2014's landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, In the Orbit Of Ra."-Strut

Sleeve notes by Knoel Scott. Recorded direct from the soundboard and mastered from first generation reel to reel.

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Sleeve notes by Knoel Scott. Recorded direct from the soundboard and mastered from first generation reel to reel.

UPC: 730003312328

Label: STRUT
Catalog ID: STRUT123CD
Squidco Product Code: 20749

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Maison del la Culture, in Amiens, France on October 21st, 1973


Danny Davis-Alto Saxophone, Flute

Marshall Allen-Alto Saxophone, Flute, Piccolo Flute, Percussion

Danny Ray Thompson-Baritone Saxophone, Flute, Percussion

Ronnie Boykins-Bass

Eloe Omoe-Bass Clarinet, Flute, Percussion

James Jacson-Bassoon, Flute, Percussion

Alzo Wright-Cello, Viola, Percussion

Tommy Hunter-Drums

Sun Ra-Electric Piano, Synthesizer [Mini-Moog], Vocals

Brother Ahh-French Horn

Odun Shahib-Percussion

Roger Aralamon Hazoume-Percussion, Balafon, Dance

Math Samba-Percussion, Dance

John Gilmore-Tenor Saxophone, Drums, Vocals

Akh Tal Ebah, Kwame Hadi-Trumpet, Flugelhorn

June Tyson-Vocals, Dance,

Ruth Wright-Vocals, Dance

Cheryl Banks-Space Ethnic Voices

Judith Holton-Space Ethnic Voices

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Track Listing:

1. Enlightenment 2:24

2. Love In Outer Space 17:08

3. Lights On A Satellite 3:53

4. Discipline 27-Ii / What Planet Is This 23:47