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Boomkat Product Review:
Saturn XIII is a collection of live and previously unreleased rarities from Sun Ra & His Arkestra.
"Track A1 "Just Friends" (John Klenner and Sam Lewis) is a live recording that was only issued on a rare 1982 Saturn album entitled Just Friends. So few copies of Just Friends were pressed, that this track is almost unknown to Ra fans. This is the first reissue of this track in any format. The location and actual date of the recording are unknown. A2's "Just Friends" (John Klenner and Sam Lewis) was made around 1960 with Sun Ra playing organ in his Chicago apartment while softly singing the song "Just Friends."
B1 "Under the Spell of Love" is a live recording also issued on 1982's Saturn album Just Friends. As with the title track on side A, the location and actual date of this performance are unknown. And B2's "Cherokee" was composed by Ray Noble. "Cherokee" was a 1940s big band standard and was a big hit for Charlie Barnett. It was also recorded by Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Bud Powell, and many others. This is the only known recording of the title by Sun Ra. There is no information about the date, location, or personnel. It sounds like a home rehearsal, and probably dates from the 1970s."