Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* ‎– The Magic City

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

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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
LPB - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono) Saturn Research LPB - 711 US 1966 Sell This Version
LPB - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono, Red) Saturn Research LPB - 711 US 1966 Sell This Version
403, LP B-711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono, RP) Thoth Intergalactic, Saturn Research 403, LP B-711 US 1969 Sell This Version
A 8027-9243 Sun Ra The Magic City(8-Trk, Album, RE) Impulse! A 8027-9243 US 1973 Sell This Version
AS-9239 Sun Ra The Magic City(LP, Album, MP, RE) Impulse!, ABC Records, Saturn Research AS-9239 US 1973 Sell This Version
AS-9243 Sun Ra The Magic City(LP, Album, RE) Impulse!, ABC Records, Saturn Research AS-9243 US 1973 Sell This Version
AS-9243 Sun Ra The Magic City(LP, Album, RE) Impulse!, ABC Records, Saturn Research AS-9243 France 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
LPB711 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono, Ltd, RE, 180) Saturn Research LPB711 US 2001 Sell This Version
CMR001 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(CD, Album, RE, RM) Cosmic Myth Records CMR001 US 2017 Sell This Version
9152289 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gat) Pan Am Records 9152289 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
CMR-001 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, RE, RM) Cosmic Myth Records CMR-001 US 2017 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 Unknown Sell This Version
ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(CD, Album, RE) Evidence (5), Evidence (5) ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069 US Unknown Sell This Version
ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069 Sun Ra And His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(CD, Album, RE) Evidence (5), Evidence (5) ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069 US Unknown Sell This Version
LPB - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono, RE, 180) Saturn Research LPB - 711 US Unknown Sell This Version
LPB - 711, 403 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, Mono, RP) Saturn Research, El Saturn Records LPB - 711, 403 US Unknown Sell This Version
403, LP B - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, RP) Thoth Intergalactic, Saturn Research 403, LP B - 711 US Unknown Sell This Version
403, LP B - 711 Sun Ra & His Solar Arkestra* The Magic City(LP, Album, RP) Thoth Intergalactic, Saturn Research 403, LP B - 711 US Unknown Sell This Version

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BlueSoho

BlueSoho

March 10, 2021
referencing The Magic City, LP, Album, Mono, LPB - 711
let me know if you have an original/first press of this album. VG+ / VG+ or better.
kuvainraastaja

kuvainraastaja

June 3, 2020
referencing The Magic City, LP, Album, RE, RM, CMR-001
Any comments on the overall audio quality of this repress?
chemiezauberer

chemiezauberer

July 31, 2019
referencing The Magic City, LP, Album, Mono, LPB - 711
I am a HUGE Sun Ra fan and looking looking for an original copy!! Please tell me if you have one for sale. €€€
chemiezauberer

chemiezauberer

July 31, 2019
referencing The Magic City, LP, Album, Mono, LPB - 711
I am a HUGE Sun Ra fan and looking looking for an original copy!! Please tell me if you have one for sale. €€€
MarcoBruno

MarcoBruno

May 12, 2013
referencing The Magic City, LP, Album, RE, AS-9243

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.
inspector.godot

inspector.godot

August 22, 2011
edited over 10 years ago
referencing The Magic City, LP, Album, RE, AS-9243
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...
markjazz

markjazz

August 23, 2008
referencing The Magic City, CD, Album, RE, ECD 22069-2, ECD 22069
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.