Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra* ‎– The Magic City

Evidence (5) ‎– ECD 22069-2, Evidence (5) ‎– ECD 22069
CD, Album, Reissue


1 The Magic City 27:22
2 The Shadow World 10:55
3 Abstract Eye 2:51
4 Abstract "I" 4:08

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All selections were originally issued on the LP The Magic City (El Saturn 403). Track 1 was recorded in rehearsal in New York City around September 24th, 1965. Tracks 2-4 were recorded at Olatunji's Loft, New York in the spring of 1965.

Solos on Magic City in order of appearance:

John Gilmore - Tenor Saxophone
Danny Davis - Alto Saxophone
Pat Patrick - Baritone Saxophone
Marshall Allen - Alto Saxophone
Harry Spencer - Alto Saxophone

Back of booklet and disc photo: The Archives Collection, Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, Alabama.

This CD is made available through the kind cooperation of Saturn Research, P.O. Box 7124, Chicago, IL. 60680.

Total playing time: 45:24

℗ & © 1993 Evidence Music Inc.

Made in the U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 30182 20692 0
  • Barcode (Reader): 730182206920
  • Matrix / Runout: IFPI L892 ✷✷✷1/1DCA0545✷ C2 124221-01 THE MAGIC CITY
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L892
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI F702

Other Versions (5 of 16) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
LPB - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono) Saturn Research LPB - 711 US 1966 Sell This Version
LPB711 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Saturn Research LPB711 US 2001 Sell This Version
LPB - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono) Saturn Research LPB - 711 US 1966 Sell This Version
A 8027-9243 Sun Ra The Magic City(8-Trk, Album, RE) Impulse! A 8027-9243 US 1973 Sell This Version
ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(CD, Album, RE) Evidence (5), Evidence (5) ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069 US 1993 Sell This Version



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August 23, 2008
This album is a great free jazz listen and most of it is fairly soft. I would say it's almost more of an orchestral piece as well, the title track mostly. The title track is a great piece. It starts off very slow moving and light and then starts to pick up finally at the 15 minute mark and hardky gives you time to rest and collect your thoughts. I really like the piano in it too and wish there was more of it.

The Shadow World starts off softly again with rolling type thunder jazz. It almost has a hard-bop feel to it for a while. This track suits its title very well and I consider it pretty dark, for free-jazz. At 3 minutes various instruments slowly creep in, horns and piano, until a certain mess starts to form. A very well done track and probably my favorite on the album.

Abstract Eye, being under 3 minutes, is a nice little set with bleeding cello strokes and low horn sounds hidden in the background. It ends with some light flute play and rolling tom drums. Not a great piece but it does the trick.

Abstract "I" is kind of a part II from the last track. The same type of style but with more sounds added. Overall it ends the album very nicely.