Sun Ra - Janus
Sun Ra - Janus
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Sun Ra - Janus
Sun Ra - Janus

Sun Ra - Janus

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Piano, Organ, Synthesizer [Mini-moog], Gong, Clavinet – Sun Ra |click here to see more vinyl featuring Sun Ra]

Vocals – Art Jenkins (A3)

Percussion – Pat Patrick (A1, A3, B2), John Gilmore (A1, B2), Danny Davis (A3, B2), Robert Cummings (A3), Tommy Hunter (A3), Art Jenkins (A3), Marshall Allen (B2)

Alto Saxophone – Danny Davis (A2, A3, B1, B2), Marshall Allen (A2, B1, B2)

Tenor Saxophone – John Gilmore (A3, B1, B2)

Baritone Saxophone – Pat Patrick (B1, B2)

Trombone – Bernard Pettaway (B1, B2)

Bassoon – Danny Ray Thompson (A2)

Alto Clarinet – Danny Davis (A1)

Bass Clarinet – Robert Cummings (B1)

Bass – Ronnie Boykins (A1, A3, B1, B2)

Drums – Clifford Jarvis (A2, B1, B2)

Drums [Log Drum] – James Jacson (B1, B2)

Bongos – Pat Patrick (A3)

Flute – Marshall Allen (A1), James Jacson (B1)

Piccolo Flute – Marshall Allen (A3)

French Horn – Robert Northern (B1, B2)

 

1LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”

Stereo

Studio

Record Press :  Pallas

Label :  ORG Music

Original Label : 1201 Records

A1 recorded at Variety Recording Studio, NYC, between 1968 and 1970, A2 recorded mono, probably at a live performance in 1970, B2 recorded live in NYC, early 1968

Originally released in 1999

Reissued in 2018

 

Tracks :

 Side A

  1. Island In The Sun
  2. The Invisible Shield
  3. Janus 

Side B

  1. Velvet
  2. Joy

 

Reviews :

"This compilation of rare material from the Sun Ra Arkestra draws from tapes recorded between 1963 and 1970, and the space-age jazz shaman conjures up a variety of styles and moods along the way. A balmy tropical vibe greets the ears with the opener ("Island in the Sun"), but it doesn't take long for Ra to set his controls for the stratosphere, and soon, distorted gongs, haunted house organ, and homemade instruments are exploring African mysticism on the title track. "Velvet" is a more traditional hard bop cut, but some gleefully manic saxophone and French horn work lends a cartoonish anarchy to the tune. Chaos is certainly the form for the finale, "Joy," as Ra directs his boys to get free, and the musicians coast through gale wind discord into a calm, disturbing breeze. It all winds down to a lonely drummer whose solo (and the album) meets an abrupt end mid-lick. Taken from both live and studio performances, the tracks may once have been intended as a complete album, but they haven't been available previously except scattered between a few rare Saturn sides. Janus is hardly essential for anyone still combing through Ra's voluminous catalog of unique releases, but the hardcore contingent won't be disappointed." AllMusic Review by Fred Beldin 

 

Ratings :

AllMusic 3/5  ,  Discogs 4.19/5

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