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Sun Ra: Lanquidity

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Lanquidity proves that timing is everything. If this surprisingly accessible album had been released in the booming early ’70s market by Impulse! instead of by a fledgling indie when oil crisis-induced inflation was spiking LP prices in ’78, Michel’s prophecies of sales potential may have come true. Instead of jarring cued improvisations, the program is built upon gently floating exotica and hard-boiled grooves. Lanquidity is an album that gives the prattle about the Ra-George Clinton connection some credence; but Ra’s bouncier funk is far less carnal.

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