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Sun Ra & his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra Discipline 27-II

Discipline 27-II Sun Ra Recorded during the same sessions as Impulse’s “Space Is the Place” . Difficult to track down on vinyl, but worth seeking…

Sun Ra and his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra Discipline 27-II
Saturn 538 (1973)

Side A:
Pan Afro (Ra) (8:02)
Discipline 8 (Ra) (7:56)
Neptune (Ra) (5:47)

Side B:
Discipline 27-II (Ra) (24:29)

Sun Ra-electronic space instruments, space org, Mini-Moog, vocal dramatizing;
Akh Tal Ebah- tp, flg, space ethnic voice;
Lamont McClamb (Kwame Hadi)-tp, perc;
Marshall Allen-as, fl;
Danny Davis-as, fl;
John Gilmore-ts, perc, space ethnic voice;
Pat Patrick-bs, eb;
Danny Ray Thompson-bs, fl;
Eloe Omoe-bcl, fl;
Alzo Wright-d;
Harry Richards-d;
Robert Underwood-d;
Stanley Morgan (Atakatune)-perc, cga;
Russell Branch-perc, cga;
June Tyson, Ruth Wright, Judith Holton, Cheryl Banks-Space Ethnic Voices.

treeterville Studio, Chicago, 10/19/72.

Part of a 1.5 day session under the supervision of Ed Michel that produced enough material for four albums.

The album (unusually for a Saturn) was reviewed in Down Beat, 41 (1), 1/17/74, by Ray Townley, who called it a “lackluster session” and said “the worst feature… is the random slicing of the long title cut” into several bands, apparently in an effort to get airplay.

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The title cut is a side-long space chant number, presumably recorded as one lengthy piece, although the tune itself is divided into three sections.

Lyrics to Discipline 27-II:
What planet is this? (repeat)
What planet is this? (repeat)
Is this a planet of life? (repeat)
Is this a planet of life . . . or death? (repeat)
If this is a planet of life, why are people dying here? (repeat)
This is not life, this is not life . . . this is death disguised as life. (repeat)
If this is a planet of life, why do people die here?
I . . . I roam the cosmos . . . I know what life is . . . Life is splendid. (repeat)
Why don’t you . . . why don’t you seek to know the mysteries of the greater universe? Why do you want to stay on just one isolated little planet?
(Why . . . why don’t you want to seek the greater mysteries of the universe?
Why . . . why do you want to stay on this one little isolated planet?)
Are you afraid? . . . What is it you want to know? Do you want to know where the universe came from? I’ll tell you. At first there was nothing . . .
At first there was nothing . . . then nothing turned itself inside out and became something. (repeat)
Why don’t you turn yourself inside out? (repeat)
Come with me . . . come with me . . . to the outer planets. Why do you want to stay here? What do you have to lose here? You have nothing to lose . . . except your death.
(Come . . . with me to the outer planets. Why do you want to stay here? You have nothing to lose . . . but your death.)

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1 Response to “Sun Ra & his Astro Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra Discipline 27-II”


  1. 1 Ebanks
    August 9, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Love this album… but how does one get it….??
    Please let me know.

    Thanks, E

    “Have you heard the latest thing from Neptune?” =)


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