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Side 2 is a scarifying live performance (recorded at Olutjuni (sic)'s Culture Center in NYC in 1967) featuring Ra's organ playing as if in accompaniment to a horror movie. It's interesting, but Side 1 is what makes this release especially worthwhile.
The second half, and indeed the highlight of the album, is the title suite. Ra goes mad on the his "Solar Sound Organ", providing a highly dissonant solo that builds into an intense climax. (Think Pink Floyd's "A Saucerful of Secrets" without all the catchy bits) Then some manic big-band playing enters, and the last minute of the suite presents a neat surprise.
This album is highly recommended to adventurous music listeners. It will appeal primarily to free jazz types, though some space rock fans will like too. Beware that the sound quality is extremely poor: sound is muffled, and during the title suite you can hear footsteps and voices in the background.
This CD underscores his creative abilities. The title track, which starts off with a long organ improvisation, is one of Ra's greatest keyboard solos--an exploration into the depths, if you will, and along with the German Free Jazz Donaueshingen sessions, his Montreaux LP on Inner city, and the recent Kahoutek comet concert CD, among his finest works, and a great place to start.
I will never forget the joy of a Ra performance. This CD comes very close to capturing that spirit.
Gary Gomes GomesCrystalx@aol.com
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I was given a cassette of Atlantis many years ago and it was my first exposure to the recordings of Sun Ra, and there began my love for his music. Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by SandRA K.
Depends on your taste of course. What is music to one may be noise to another. To me this is noise - an atonal, arhythmic sonic mess for the most part. Read morePublished on July 30, 2008 by Minkosaurus
If you love Sun Ra you don't need to know what it sounds like. This is a much stripped down recording, really emphasizing Ra's electronic keys, and a lot of percussion. Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Geoffrey R. Balme
...I think alot of people give this album too much credit. Sometimes you cannot heap lavish praise upon something simply because it is different, and breaks the mold of... Read morePublished on April 27, 2006 by IRate
You think Pink Floyd is trippy and out there? Roger Waters and David Gilmour bow down to the great Sun Ra. Read morePublished on August 13, 2005 by TimothyFarrell22
This album surely breaks the traditional molds of rhythm, form and tonality. For these reasons alone it is really worth a listen; however, this is not earth-shattering or... Read morePublished on February 12, 2004 by Earsby
Typical craziness from your man from Saturn. A few of the tracks here actually sound like songs while others are a bit more like noisy experiments. Read morePublished on November 2, 2001 by cjw333