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SUN RA - Disco 3000

Format: do-CD
Label & Cat.Number: Art Yard CD 001
Release Year: 2007
Note: rec. at The Teatro Cilak, 23/01/78 Milano
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €20.00

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"first release of the full concert recording.
This is a reissue of one of the great Sun Ra albums - documenting a rare outing for a small ensemble comprising John Gilmore, Michael Ray (trumpet) and Luqman Ali (drums). June Tyson is also credited on the sleeve.. Ra himself plays piano and electronic keyboards - including the mysterious Crumar Mainman (undocumented by the company itself), which Ra describes as 'like a piano, organ, clavichord, cello, violin and brass instruments' in one, and which offers, in addition, pre-programmed bass-lines and electronic percussion - used to great effect in this small grouping, and seldom, if ever, used by Ra elsewhere. This fact alone makes these this release especially interesting. The LP version was an ear-opener when it came out, and amongst the LPs we most frequently had pressed for us at the time by Ra - alongside Media Dream, Black Horizon and The Sound Mirror). Most of the material is outside the familiar repertoire - another feature that singles this session out. The newly mastered double CD contains the entire concert from which Disco 3000 was taken, adding more than an hour of previously unheard material, setting the LP selections in their original context. There are also excellent new sleevenotes by trumpeter Michael Ray who describes Ra's work method and reminisces about the tour and the recording session. Nicely packaged." [label notes]