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Lanquidity (Definitive Edition)
Artist
Sun Ra
Label
Strut
Catalogue Number
STRUT237
Release Date
25 June 2021

“Enter the sober, tranquil chambers of the next moment. Soft angles of lights into space, chords of blue and gold. Melting impressions of liquid dreams.” Michael Ray, Sun Ra Arkestra

Strut present the definitive edition of Sun Ra’s classic ‘Lanquidity’ album from 1978 with brand new 4LP box set and 2CD editions.

Recorded overnight at Bob Bank’s Blank Tapes on 17th July 1978 after the Arkestra had appeared on Saturday Night Live, the album is unique in the Ra catalogue. “Most critics felt that it was more of a fusion-inspired record,” explains Michael Ray. “As the name suggests, the album is liquid and languid.” Bob Blank continues, “Musically, it was very ad hoc and freeform. There were horn charts but most tracks came out of improvised jams. Sun Ra just did his thing.”

Comprising five effortlessly fluid pieces, the album eases in with Lanquidity. Danny Ray Thompson remembers, “This was one of Sun Ra’s on-the-spot compositions. It is almost like an Ancient Egyptian Stargazing Ceremony, mapping out the stars and the planets.” Where Pathways Meet is “Sun Ra’s funky version of an Egyptian march. Pharaoh is sending his troops off to fight and this is his pep-talk!” continues Thompson. “The music seems to take different pathways but still converges.” The loping groove of That’s How I Feel, features the reflective trumpet lines of Eddie Gale with solos by John Gilmore and Marshall Allen: “Marshall comes in with that snake charming oboe.” Says Thompson. The funky Twin Stars Of Thence weaves around Richard Williams celebrated elastic bassline while the haunting closer, There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of), is pure “space music.” The poet Mama Nzinga described it as ‘The essence of light. Spirit takes a ride inside the deep dark space of just being.”

The new box set edition of ‘Lanquidity’ features the widely distributed version of the album alongside alternative mixes by Bob Blank originally released in limited quantities for a 1978 Arkestra gig at Georgia Tech. Both versions of the album are cut loud at 45 rpm over 2LPs each.

Housed in a silver foil box, both LP sets reflect the original Phlly Jazz artwork. The first comes in a foil / magenta sleeve with the second features 2 x yellow A4 sheets pasted onto a white sleeve. Also included is a 12-page over-sized booklet featuring unseen photos by Veryl Oakland and liner notes by Tom Buchler (Philly Jazz), Michael Ray and Danny Ray Thompson (Sun Ra Arkestra) and Bob Blank. The 2CD version is housed in a foil digipak.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Lanquidity (Remastered) 8:21 Buy

    Lanquidity (Remastered)

  2. 2 Where Pathways Meet (Remastered) 6:32 Buy

    Where Pathways Meet (Remastered)

  3. 3 That?s How I Feel (Remastered) 8:05 Buy

    That?s How I Feel (Remastered)

  4. 4 Twin Stars of Thence (Remastered) 9:34 Buy

    Twin Stars of Thence (Remastered)

  5. 5 There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Remastered) 11:01 Buy

    There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Remastered)

  6. 6 Lanquidity (Alternate Mix) 8:20 Buy

    Lanquidity (Alternate Mix)

  7. 7 Where Pathways Meet (Alternate Mix) 6:31 Buy

    Where Pathways Meet (Alternate Mix)

  8. 8 That?s How I Feel (Alternate Mix) 12:10 Buy

    That?s How I Feel (Alternate Mix)

  9. 9 Twin Stars of Thence (Alternate Mix) 9:51 Buy

    Twin Stars of Thence (Alternate Mix)

  10. 10 There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate Mix) 10:55 Buy

    There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate Mix)

Track List: LP

A1 Lanquidity (8.19)
B1 Where Pathways Meet (6.30)
B2 That’s How I Feel (8:03)

C1 Twin Stars Of Thence (9:55)
D1 There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (10.58)

E1 Lanquidity (Alternate version) (8.17)
E2 Where Pathways Meet (Alternate version) (6.27)
F1 That’s How I Feel (Alternate version) (12.06)

G1 Twin Stars Of Thence (Alternate version) (9.49)
H1 There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate version) (10.54)

Track List: CD

CD 1

  1. Lanquidity (8.19)
  2. Where Pathways Meet (6.30)
  3. That’s How I Feel (8:03)
  4. Twin Stars Of Thence (9:55)
  5. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (10.58)

CD 2

  1. Lanquidity (Alternate version) (8.17)
  2. Where Pathways Meet (Alternate version) (6.27)
  3. That’s How I Feel (Alternate version) (12.06)
  4. Twin Stars Of Thence (Alternate version) (9.49)
  5. There Are Other Worlds (They Have Not Told You Of) (Alternate version) (10.54)

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