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ARTIST
TITLE
Strange Strings
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
SATURN 502 SATURN 502
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/7/2003

Tracklisting: "Worlds Approaching," "Strange Strings" featuring vocals by Arthur Jenkins, "Strange Strings" featuring lightning drum. Recorded in New York, probably 1966. A very uncommon Sun Ra LP, originally issued on Thoth (a Saturn-subsidiary?) in '66 or '67. A concept album of sorts, dealing with musicians playing unfamiliar instruments ("Chinese lutes, moon-guitars, mandolin, bass, koto," according to Tam Fiofori). "It is a piece of astonishing variety...Sun Ra here succeeds in creating perhaps the most completely improvised but organic piece in the history of jazz, with no prepared rhythmic, melodic or harmonic material, performed by players on instruments foreign to them." -- John Szwed.