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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sun Ra journey, 3 Aug 2009
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This review is from: The Magic City (Audio CD)
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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The Magic City by Sun Ra (Audio CD - 1993)
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