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Angels and Demons at Play

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Released  1965
Release date  1965
Label  El Saturn Records
Recorded  1956 - 1960
Producer  Alton Abraham
Genre  Jazz
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Angels and Demons at Play (1956 - 1960)  We Travel the Space Ways (1956 - 1961)
Artists  Sun Ra, The Sun Ra Arkestra
Similar  Sun Ra albums, Jazz albums

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Angels and Demons at Play is a jazz album by the American musician Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra.


Side one was recorded in 1960, including two tracks taken from the mammoth session either at Hall Recording Company or at the RCA Studios (both in Chicago), around 17 June 1960, whilst the tracks on side two were recorded at the RCA studios, Chicago, around February 1956. Saturn Records had issued at least three of the songs ("Medicine for a Nightmare" b/w "Urnack", and "A Call For All Demons", the B-side of an early version of the song "Saturn") as 7" singles.

According to the musicologist Robert L. Campbell, the latter single was probably the very first Saturn release. It was a relatively common theme of Saturn releases to feature different sessions, from different eras with different personnel, on different sides of a record. Other examples include The Invisible Shield (1962/1970) and Deep Purple (1948-57/1973).

The distinctive sleeve was designed by Sun Ra, and uses the same design on both sides, leaving no room for sleeve notes.

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12" Vinyl

All titles were written by Sun Ra, except where noted.
Side A:

  1. "Tiny Pyramids" (Ronnie Boykins) – 3:38
  2. "Between Two Worlds" – 1:56
  3. "Music from the World Tomorrow" – 2:20
  4. "Angels and Demons at Play" (Boykins) – 2:51

Side B:

  1. "Urnack" (Julian Priester) – 3:46
  2. "Medicine for a Nightmare" – 2:16
  3. "A Call for All Demons" – 4:12
  4. "Demon's Lullaby" – 2:35

The 1993 compact disc release appends the album The Nubians of Plutonia in its entirety.


On "Urnack", "Medicine for a Nightmare", "A Call For Demons", and "Demon's Lullaby", recorded RCA Studios, Chicago, around February 1956;

  • Sun Ra - Piano, Electric Piano
  • Art Hoyle - Trumpet,
  • Julian Priester - Trombone
  • John Gilmore - Tenor Sax
  • Pat Patrick - Baritone Sax
  • Wilburn Green - Electric Bass
  • Robert Barry - Drums
  • Jim Herndon - Tympani
  • On "Tiny Pyramids" and "Angels And Demons At Play", RCA Studios Chicago, around June 17, 1960;

  • Sun Ra - Percussion, Bells, Gong and Piano
  • Phil Cohran - Cornet
  • Nate Pryor - Trombone and Bells
  • John Gilmore - Tenor Sax and Clarinet, percussion
  • Marshall Allen - Flute
  • Ronnie Boykins - Bass
  • Jon Hardy - Drums, Percussion
  • On "Between Two Worlds" recorded during rehearsals at the same time;

  • Sun Ra - Piano
  • possibly Bo Bailey - Trombone
  • John Gilmore - Tenor Sax
  • Marshall Allen - Alto Sax
  • Ronnie Boykins - Bass
  • possibly Robert Barry - Drums
  • On "Music From The World Tomorrow", also recorded during rehearsals in Chicago, 1960;

  • Sun Ra - 'Cosmic tone organ
  • Ronnie Boykins - Bass
  • Phil Cohran - Violin-uke
  • Jon Hardy - Drums
  • Songs

    1Tiny Pyramids3:41
    2Between Two Worlds1:59
    3Music From the World Tomorrow2:23


    Angels and Demons at Play Wikipedia

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