Thunder of the Gods

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Thunder of the Gods
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Studio album / Live album by
Sun Ra and His Arkestra
ReleasedApril 7, 2017 (2017-04-07)
Recorded1966/71
Venue Slug's Saloon, NYC
StudioNYC
Genre Jazz
Length42:41
Label Modern Harmonic
MHCD-021
Sun Ra chronology
The Space Age is Here to Stay
(2016)
Thunder of the Gods
(2017)

Thunder of the Gods is an album by Sun Ra and His Arkestra featuring unreleased live and studio recordings which was issued in April 2017 on the Modern Harmonic label. [1]

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic 77/100 [2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Pitchfork 8.0 [4]
PopMatters Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]

Metacritic assigned album an aggregate score of 77 out of 100 based on 5 critical reviews. [2] The Allmusic review awarded the album 3½ stars out of 5, stating "The first side is a 23-minute portion of a performance at Slug's Saloon in New York, where the Arkestra held an 18-month weekly residence. ... The other two selections on the disc are mono studio recordings taken from the same period as the Strange Strings album, so named because Ra provided the musicians with stringed instruments that they were unfamiliar with. He instructed them to start playing, but not how or what to play. As such, it's some of the most challenging music produced by the Arkestra, filled with atonal scraping, clawing, scratching, clattering, and slapping. Fascinating stuff for hardcore fans, but for most other listeners, the first half of the album is more likely to be played more than once". [3] Pitchfork gave the album 8 out of 10, saying, "This new set of unheard songs is gripping and challenging, as to be expected from the free jazz legend. Using oddball orchestrations, Sun Ra unfurls more complexities of the astral realm". [4] The PopMatters site stated "This is not music for the faint of heart or the impatient of ear, this is bold and strange and difficult, but like secondhand reports of undiscovered countries, it is impossible to comprehend what is being communicated without following to see and experience this strangeness for yourself". [5]

Track listing

All compositions by Sun Ra

  1. "Calling Planet Earth – We'll Wait for You" – 23:34
  2. "Moonshots Across the Sky" – 5:44
  3. "Thunder of the Gods" – 13:23

Personnel

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References

  1. Modern Harmonic album entry, accessed May 22, 2017
  2. 1 2 "Thunder of the Gods Reviews". Metacritic . Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  3. 1 2 Simpson, Paul. "Sun Ra – Thinder of the Gods Review". Allmusic . Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  4. 1 2 Pearce, Sheldon (2017-04-13). "Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods". Pitchfork . Retrieved 2017-05-22.
  5. 1 2 Kok, Dan (2017-04-21). "Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Thunder of the Gods". PopMatters . Retrieved 2017-05-22.