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Marshall Allen, James Harrar and Daevid Allen collaboration released

The Arkestra leader's Cinema Soloriens duo upload recordings made with Gong founder Allen and others

Cinema Soloriens, aka Sun Ra Arkestra leader Marshall Allen and James Harrar, are raising funds to release an LP featuring the late Daevid Allen of Gong and 808 State’s Graham Massey, plus Paddy Steer, David Birchall and Richard Harrison.

Recorded in Manchester, the set is now available as a download for $9.99. They eventually intend to bring it out as an LP called Cult Of St Margaret. Ordering details here.

In other Marshall Allen news, the saxophonist has recorded new versions of The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Volumes 1 & 2 with Arkestra member Danny Thompson. The new sessions were recorded with Allen playing the same instruments but not the same music as the original pieces to “assemble the sonic palette of the original recordings”. The rest of the original instrumentation was painstakingly recreated by a cast of New York musicians. The original Heliocentric Worlds LPs were released on ESP-Disk’. Coincidentally, these new versions were recorded on the same day that ESP founder Bernard Stollman died.

Marshall Allen's Heliocentric Worlds will be released in November. More details here.