Album Review

Sun Ra – “Beyond The Purple Star Zone ” – [Art Yard]

Thurston Hunger   5/10/2007   12-inch, Jazz

Art Yard’s gorgeous re-packaging of the original El Saturn release. Sun
definitely has the hyper-space clavinet in effect here. Often piercing
and powerful, this righteously recalls the jagged points of “Crystal
Spears.” Especially on the title cut, but also on B-side, also lots of
pulsing synth, washing in and out. Eerie stacking of notes and a shrill
beauty, on “Romance on a Satellite” uncredited guitar takes on Sun’s
keys…the guitar is a softer twinkle and brings out a beachier,
juke to the keys. Lastly back on “Planetary Search”, photon torpedos
again fill Sun Ra’s finger tips…seems like a different galaxy, a
twirling swirl of sound and some sort of mechanical birds chirping.
“Rocket Number Nine” is launched from more UFO sky-searching keys
but moves into a great vocal melee. Head-bopping, finger-popping
chaos chorale that will hit a bit closer to earth for many, but the
deep space vibrations here, though a bit harsher, hit home for me!
Evidently these transmissions were culled from a week of concerts
in Detroit, 1980. Featuring fine folks like Samarai Celestial, June
Tyson, and Eloe Omoe (now the name of a band on Animal Disguise??).
More mythic meteor momentum imparted from the Sun??

-Thurston Hunger

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