Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra

The Magic City The Magic City

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On the original 1965 The Magic City LP, issued on Saturn, the monster 27-1/2 minute title track sprawled across side A. Ra customarily supervised the Arkestra's improvisational process via keyboard cues or hand signals. He was always in charge—hence critic Simon Adams describing the title track as "27 minutes of controlled freedom." "The Magic City" was never performed in concert; saxophonist John Gilmore said it was "unreproducible, a tapestry of sound." Although shorter in scope than side A's magnum opus, the four works on The Magic City's flip side reflect the same improvisational approach, spatiality, and lack of structure. One session outtake, "Other Worlds," an alternate version of "Shadow World," is included as a bonus track on side B.


For this definitive edition, historical and technical liner notes are provided by noted jazz historian Ben Young, who restored and remastered the album with his Triple Point Records partner Joe Lizzi. Both men have been recognized for their extensive work on the Grammy Nominated Albert Ayler boxset, released on John Fahey’s Revenant records in 2005.


First-generation Saturn pressings of The Magic City were monophonic. A full stereo version had been issued on Sun Ra's Thoth subsidiary label sometime after 1969; however, it suffered from a technical flaw that prevented many copies of the LP from tracking cleanly through the first cut on side B. A 1973 gatefold LP reissue on Impulse featured reprocessed stereo. For this definitive reissue, Cosmic Myth Records used stereo sources which are superior to the Thoth pressing.

Cosmic Myth Records issues recordings under license from Sun Ra LLC, comprised of the heirs and rightsholders of Sun Ra's music. The series is being co-produced and supervised by Irwin Chusid (Raymond Scott, Esquivel, Langley School Music Project) and Michael D. Anderson, who maintains the Sun Ra Music Archive, the world's foremost collection of original Ra session masters.

Album Details

Artist

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra

Album Title

The Magic City

Street Date

07/07/2017

Order Due Date

06/09/2017

Genre

Jazz

Label

Cosmic Myth Records

Parent Label

Virtual Label Group

Configuration

CD Longplay

Price Code

CD13

UPC

881626506523

Box Lot

30

Catalog #

CMR001CD

Album Details

Artist

Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra

Album Title

The Magic City

Street Date

07/07/2017

Order Due Date

06/09/2017

Genre

Jazz

Label

Cosmic Myth Records

Parent Label

Virtual Label Group

Configuration

Vinyl Longplay 33 1/3

Price Code

LP20

UPC

881626506516

Box Lot

40

Catalog #

CMR01LP