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on 30 March 2000
Twelve years ago I bought the Solar Myth Approach volume two and hated it. Giving it a second try I really turned on to Scene one take one (track three)which is a spacey trancey moog piece. Now with the purchase of volume one i've got fourty two Sun Ra albums and this pair are definitely my favourit's (with nothing is and live at montreaux). The albums consist of small sparse arrangements usually Ra and another player, The tunes that each play are open and simple and compliment each other well giving a depth that may be lost in the ensemble pieces. There is a variety of styles on the albums possibly as they are drawn from sessions spanning the period 1967 to 1970, and in-between the band recorded some very fine albums (Atlantis, Pictures of Infinity)These are very much studio albums in mood and although the sound quality isn't great the playing is good and the set is very fine although there are two songs and I'm never keen on either songs or chants. The term box set may suggest special packaging when in fact these come in a very cheap double CD box with a low resolution photo on the front, the artwork is however attractive and the liner notes are informative. If the late sixties period Ra is for you I would recommend this CD. While some albums cover similar ground as for example Blue Delight is similar to Purple night (I dislike both) and the excellent Sun Song is similar to Sound of Joy. This album stands out and should probably be in every good Ra collection.