Sun Ra - Planets Of Life Or Death: Amiens '73
Following 2014's landmark compilation presented by Marshall Allen, 'In the Orbit Of Ra', Strut and Art Yard join forces for the first release anywhere of Sun Ra's 'Planets Of Life Or Death'. Within their 1973 European tour, Ra and his Arkestra had completed a residency at the Gibus in Paris before travelling North to Amiens to play a visceral, intense Sunday afternoon concert. Tracks include the theatrical 'Enlightenment' as vocalist June Tyson invites the audience to "be of our space world" and a rare instrumental version of 'Love In Outer Space', transforming the Arkestra classic into a percussive, ritualistic workout. John Gilmore's sax features on the glistening 'Lights On A Satellite' and the album closes with the epic, chaotic 'Discipline 27-II / What Planet Is This': "If this is a planet of life, why do people die here?" Recorded direct from the sound board and mastered from first generation reel to reel tape. The release features rare photos from Sun Ra's 1973 European tour by photographer Jan Persson with sleeve notes by the Arkestra's Knoel Scott.