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Boomkat Product Review:
Recorded in 1974 and unavailable since 1978, The Antique Blacks begins as one of Sun Ra's most soulful and spiritual albums.
Set apart from some of his Arkestra's most abstract work, 'Song No. 1' opens the album with sprightly electric piano riffing and shuffling, tribal-style drumming, while its follow-up 'There Is A Change In The Air' proves to be grounded in a similar palette, although here the piece is punctuated by spoken-word passages and wild outbreaks of sax soloing and wah-wah guitar.
Sun Ra's rocksichord playing seems to be the musical lynchpin throughout the album, but it's when he plugs in his Moog that the album really spirals off into the realms of lunacy: 'Would I For All That Were' enters into a dark, heavy free-noise domain that's all-but stripped of musical logic, and this is pursued even further during 'You Thought You Could Build a World Without Us', which combines roving, almost Merzbow-like tones with explosive drumming and cosmological ramblings from the great man.