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Sun Ra - The Outer Darkness - Norton



The third incredible chapter of lost Sun Ra material in the Space Poetry series and a set that's a bit different than the first two! Side one of this record features two longer numbers in contrast to the shorter poems on previous volumes with Ra telling these cool little stories over music, "I Gotta Get Away" and "Know What It's Like On My Planet" both richly illustrated not only by the backings, but also by his vivid narration surprisingly dramatic at times, with a bad-rapping feel that's almost funky! Side two features two versions of "The Outer Darkness" one with a repeated text by Wisteria, over weird electric backings the other with June Tyson over even wilder electronics! Other tracks are from a 1977 on-air performance in Philly very spiritual numbers that include "Black Holes In Space", "This Is My Day", "A Better World", and "The Scheme Of Words" with Ra up front and lots of weird voices over organ in the back!

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