Sun Ra ‎– The Magic City

Impulse! ‎– AS-9243, ABC Records ‎– AS-9243, Saturn Research ‎– AS-9243
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A The Magic City 27:24
B1 The Shadow World 10:59
B2 Abstract Eye 2:45
B3 Abstract "I" 4:01

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(P) 1973, ABC Records, Inc.

Previously released on El Saturn in 1966.

Sleeve states "Recorded 1960" but this is highly unlikely. The date of recording has been given elsewhere as 1965.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): AS-9243-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): AS-9243-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Runout etched): T1 AS-9243-A 2 H
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Runout etched): T2 AS-9243-B 2

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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May 12, 2013

I have never been a fan of Free Jazz (or space jazz when it comes to Sun ra.) I had never heard of Sun ra before, Nor have I heard the album when i placed the barely played LP on my turntable.

Like i said, I dislike free jazz, and this is just downright crap to my ears. Lots of abstract sounds, terrible production, knocking noises while drums play out of tempo. (Probably something for you?)

I'll be selling my almost "unplayed" Sun-Ra album. Keep an eye open.


August 22, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
Great album, very atmospheric and deep, one of Sun Ra's finest works, especially the title track on the A-side which reminds of a modern, atonal chamber symphony, dominated by futuristic flute sounds and echoing feedback effects from a microphone getting hit by a finger; later the saxophones join in and mess it all up, maybe even a bit too chaotic at the peak. Also the B-side features some good grooves, "Abstract Eye" with a wonderful deep cello or double bass, "Abstract 'I'" with a great dark and dreamy percussion, and "The Shadow World" with a fast, forward driving percussion and very wild saxophones.

Unfortunately, my record (I own the Saturn reissue on 180 gram vinyl) is strictly MONO (at least the A-side, B is stereo), and I wonder if the Impulse-pressing is really stereo (like mentioned on the labels). Maybe someone here can answer this? Are there real stereo effects on this record? I suppose it would make a big difference since this album relies very much on its wide sound panorama...