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  • Audio CD (1 Nov 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Evidence
  • ASIN: B0000014KK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Magic City27:25Album Only
Listen  2. The Shadow World10:58Album Only
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martyn VINE VOICE on 3 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you don't know Sun Ra, you need to to research a lot before buying - as I've said elsewhere the 'Greatest Hits' is a good starting point.

If you're already familiar with Ra, and a fan of his more free-form work, then The White City is a great album. The title track is a 20-odd minute track which is supposed to be about his native town of Birmigham, Alabama (or rather what would have been his native town had he not come from Saturn or wherever...).

But you don't have to know the town to appreciate the way the track starts slowly, as if beginning with any city early in the morning with mainy empty streets, the lights and one or two people starting to go about their business - slowly it winds its way up to a crescendo - not a completely even journey, but like all the best Ra material it simply makes sense.

The other tracks are shorter but still interesting pieces, and it's a package worth getting if you're keen to build up your collectiono the more 'out-there' phase of Sun Ra's music.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Some Truly Great 20th Century Music: Too Good To Ignore 14 Nov 2001
By Timothy Dougal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm not going to compare "Magic City" to other jazz albums of the 60's, because it deserves a wider audience than only Sun Ra fans or free jazz afficionados. This album is distinct and amazing even in Sun Ra's eccentric ouevre, and it is without peer. If you appreciate the myriad attempts of 20th Century composers to reach the musical outer limits, such as those of Webern, Berg, Stravinsky, Varese, Bartok, Messiaen, Boulez, Zappa, etc., this is an album you will want to hear. Its textures, sonorities, and extremes of mood, from humor to terror and dread, put it in the august company of every musician who has put a soundtrack to consciousness and creation, to science and synthesis, to form generating itself in pure music. Get it!
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Otherworldly 28 Dec 1999
By Guy Berger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is not the place to start in avant garde jazz. In fact, I suspect that plenty of perfectly reasonable, open-minded jazz fans will never get into this album. Unlike more accessible albums in the genre (Eric Dolphy's _Out to Lunch_, Ornette Coleman's early albums, John Coltrane's recordings between '61-'65) there's not much for most listeners to touch base with here. Harmony, rhythm, and melody are fleeting; the second half of the epic title track, which features extremely discordant horn blowing, will scare off 99% of the reasonable people.
If you're not completely scared off by this, I strongly recommend buying this album; the title suite is an incredibly intense collective improvisation: Sun Ra plays his eerie clavioline while Marshall Allen manically toots his piccolo and Ronnie Boykins does some killer bowing. Finally the rest of the band joins in to what may be some of the most intense and challenging fifteen minutes ever recorded. It truly is from outer space. The second half of the CD is full of shorter pieces that aren't quite as mind blowing but are still remarkable.
Get it if you dare.
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I can't believe nobody's reviewed this CD before! 18 Dec 1999
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD is amazing and while I see 13 reviews for Eric Dolphy's "Out to Lunch," I see no reviews for this cd. This seems to show that people just buy those other albums because they're considered so good (and controversial), but never bothered to delve deep into the vein of free jazz, and this album is one of the greatest in that vein. Sounding harsh at times, this album ebbs and flows like no other. The continuously playing clavioline gives the album a constant theme of eerie unknown, like space, or another world. Yet it always manages to come back to sounding earthly. While Eric Dolphy was amazing and monumental in the same area, he never seemed to have the drive that Sun Ra did, who constantly made his musicians rehearse. This album is amazing and I highly recommend buying it for anyone who seriously listens to jazz, or any kind of music (if you want to have a better life, listen to a wide variety of music, that way you find out what you like.) The Magic City engulfs you and causes you to see things you wouldn't normally see. The songs not only are monumental in their sound, but monumental in their ability to represent visual themes, such as outer space and "the Magic City" itself, Birmingham Alabama. Listen to this CD at your local store, then buy it if you like it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great Introduction to Sun Ra (for me at least) 9 Jun 2014
By matthew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For a few years I had been interested in purchasing a Sun Ra album, but due to an overwhelmingly large discography and numerous phrases of his music it was difficult to find an album to start with. On recommendation from my friend who listens to a lot of eclectic music, I was recommended this album. This album is one of the best pieces of collective improvisation I have heard. If you enjoy albums like Free Jazz, Ascension, or Spiritual Unity this album is a great purchase, if you don't enjoy free jazz, this album might not be your cup of tea. After listening to this album, I am looking forward to purchasing more Sun Ra albums and learning more about his bizarre lifestyle.
Maybe he was from Saturn! 8 July 2009
By Douglas Bersche - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an astoundingly good cd. No traditional swing or bebop stuff here; it's all pleasantly otherworldly. Enjoy the trip.
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