"Saturn moon" and The Larks

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#1 Sun, 1996-10-06 20:18
Sam Byrd
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"Saturn moon" and The Larks

The Singles collection is fantastic!! One song intrigues me: the vocal riff on "Saturn moon," recorded in 1968, sounds EXACTLY like the opening melody of a semi-obscure doo-wop song called "Darling" by the Larks sometime in the late 50s. The only thing I know about the Larks is that they were a NYC group; I haven't read anything that led me to believe Sun Ra had anything to do with them (although after hearing "Happy New Year to you!" nothing would surprise me!). "Darling" shares with the doo-wop songs Sun Ra worked on strange, off-kilter harmonies not usually associated with 50s R & B vocals--the word "darling" is sung with the melody Gilmore et al. hum on "Saturn moon." So is this an homage on Ra's part, an unconscious cop, an outright steal, or what? It's beautiful, whatever else it may be.

I think Yochanan's vocals are hilarious. I think the live "Journey to Saturn" is wonderful, and the beautiful version of "Rocket no. 9" is sublime. What a collection! "October" is gorgeous. There's a lot here to absorb... "Daddy's gonna tell you no lie" is a great doo-wop song. Etc.

Saturnally,

Sam Byrd

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