Sun Ra

Live in Egypt, Vol. 1

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1971 marked the Arkestra's first trip to Egypt, and is documented on both Live in Egypt, Vol. 1 and Nidhamu. Live in Egypt, Vol. 1 consists of performances from a Cairo television broadcast as well as a few tunes recorded at the home of Harmut Geerken, who arranged the tour. The broadcast portions suffer a bit from poor sound quality, but are quite entertaining, especially the brief interview portion. The highlights of this album are the (well-recorded) tracks recorded at Geerken's house. "Friendly Galaxy No. 2" is one of those Sun Ra tunes where he takes the simplest of vamps and makes it such a delight it could go on forever. "To Nature's God" is a feel-good singalong celebration of nature and "Why Go to the Moon?" ends the album on a gospel-flavored high note. Live in Egypt, Vol. 1 won't be easy to find, but Ra fans will be pleased if they do.

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