Boomkat Product Review:
Secrets of the Sun was a transitional album for Sun Ra and his Arkestra. It was recorded during 1962 at a time when the musicians were relocating from Chicago to New York. Perhaps because of this, the Arkestra isn't at its full size, and the assembled performers toy with new ideas that would eventually feed into better known works like Out There A Minute. Older compositions are reworked here too: 'Space Aura' dates back to the Chicago period, but the slow, horn-heavy swing takes on a more cumbersome sound to the version that appeared on Interstellar Low Ways. Secrets Of The Sun is a satisfying and by no means impenetrable entry into Sun Ra's catalogue, and is packaged with 'Flight To Mars' a seventeen-minute, highly experimental work from the same era, notable for opening with a pretty radical tape collage. Highly Recommended.