Sun Ra & His Outer Space Arkestra - A Fireside Chat With Lucifer
Featuring the catchily vitriolic call-and-response and expletive-filled anti-bomb anthem 'Nuclear War' - earmarked to be played like an air raid siren when we as a society decide to pack up and call it a planet (and further popularised by Yo La Tengo when they released an EP with four versions of it in 2002) - A Fireside Chat With Lucifer is a cool sprawling album that has been out of print since its original release in 1983 on the Saturn Research label, and this long awaited reissue is also the first time it has appeared on CD.
As was the artist’s intent, the album offers a wide stylistic array, reflecting his eclectic, seemingly irreconcilable approach to compositional extremes. With Sun Ra you get everything... except predictability.
Thomas Stanley, in his ambiguously titled 2014 book, The Execution of Sun Ra, observes, "Throughout his life [Sun Ra] was consistent in his opposition to war and his art reflected this, perhaps most sharply in the space chant 'Nuclear War.' 'It's a motherfucker, don't you know,' Sun Ra and trombonist Tyrone Hill [joined by June Tyson] sing over a deceptively sparkly chromatic piano line played at a steady walking rhythm. It is worth noting that this spicy chunk of language is the only use of profanity that this author is aware of in Sonny's vast recorded song repertory."
Nuclear War (7:44)
A Fireside Chat With Lucifer (20:11)
- US import
- LP presented with obi-strip
- CD housed in gatefold card sleeve with 6mm spine and obi-strip
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